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They produce a surprising amount of dust and dander. It's manageable with an air purifier and frequent vacuuming/dusting, but it is something to keep in mind, especially if you're asthmatic or sensitive. Here is a pic of the prefilter of my air purifier after forgetting to clean it for 3 weeks. This thing is normally BLACK.Hello, thanks for the information. I have experience with small conures and lovebirds. I was about adopting a tiel for me. As this post give me a lot of information. I still don't know how much dander they produce according to their small size. I just compare with cockatoo which is bigger than tiels. Please do explain from experienced people..
And also about the egg chronic. What is it mean? Like they produce non-stop eggs? become bonded with her eggs? Is it dangerous for the tiels or normal?
Thank you for sharing the picture. Hahaha Lot of dander. I guess I must prepare air purifier first, before getting a cockatiel Tiels are such a loving creature. But I have to think further before deciding to own one.They produce a surprising amount of dust and dander. It's manageable with an air purifier and frequent vacuuming/dusting, but it is something to keep in mind, especially if you're asthmatic or sensitive. Here is a pic of the prefilter of my air purifier after forgetting to clean it for 3 weeks. This thing is normally BLACK.
Laying eggs in itself is very normal - all parrots are highly motivated to procreate, and it's hard (and often futile) to fight their natural programming. Chronic egg laying is producing eggs continuously due to excessive hormonal stimulation. This is dangerous in a lot of ways - the amount of nutrients and energy required to form that many eggs can take a huge toll on their body - not to mention the risks that come along with laying such as egg binding, yolk peritonitis, cloacal prolapse, and so on. It's unfortunately a little more common in cockatiels, as they're very eager opportunistic breeders. That said, hormones can be managed, and many people keep hens and have no issues. They are very sweet and often more quiet and laid back than males.
They are so loving. My boys light up when I walk in the room. It's the sweetest thing. Makes all the dust and mess worth it!Thank you for sharing the picture. Hahaha Lot of dander. I guess I must prepare air purifier first, before getting a cockatiel Tiels are such a loving creature. But I have to think further before deciding to own one.
Tiels are indeed very loving.Tiels are such a loving creature. But I have to think further before deciding to own one.
This is a good point that often isn't talked about. Some cockatiels adapt very quickly to a new home but many others don't. My cockatiel Sunny was not an easy bird the first 3-4 months we had him. Although still charming, he did not want to leave his cage, did not want to eat vegetables, was afraid of new toys, afraid of hands, etc. But I will say patience and not pushing him beyond what he was comfortable doing paid off. His little personality bloomed and he went from being afraid of everything to a little explorer and a complete snuggle bug. He became, to me, the perfect bird. But it didn't happen overnight. And I think it's true with all birds, really, you need to let them be themselves. And it may not always be what you want them to be. But you need to love them for who they are.You'll probably watch a ton of cute videos of perfect little birdies. Understand that when you get your bird, it probably won't be anything like the birds you've seen on Instagram or the bird of your dreams. Not at first anyway. The videos you see and the instagram accounts you follow: they're only highlight reels. There's a lot going on behind the scenes that isn't always cute or funny.
Please, spend some time on different forums, read as many threads as you can, familiarize yourself with as many potential issues as possible and ask yourself if you're ready for ANY and ALL of the problems other owners are having with their birds because they could happen to you!
If you can't accept that the first few weeks or months may be frustrating, please rethink your purchase/adoption.
I am too. I thought they were moderate. Loud to me is sun conures. I have a green cheek and she too can be loud. Just how loud?like cockatoo??Humm, mine were girls. Girls must have less volume. My girls didnt speak or whistle great. I hear boys are good at whistling. I am surprised about so many Loud comments.
No where near cockatoo volume!!! I would say that they are louder than budgies but quieter than green cheek conures. I am able to live in an apartment with my two male cockatiels, and I've never had any complaints from neighbors. However, they are very chatty in the morning and will flock call while my fiance and I prepare to leave for somewhere. It's difficult to describe volume, because compare to all other parrots, cockatiels are quiet. But compared to all of the pet options available (dogs, cats, rodents, reptiles, fish, etc.) they are not AT ALL quiet!I am too. I thought they were moderate. Loud to me is sun conures. I have a green cheek and she too can be loud. Just how loud?like cockatoo??
I used to have budgies and cat and dog kept together when I was a child. The cat did not care much about the budgies, but we have never left them together alone. However now as an adult I would not do that, as predators kept together with spoil animals is never a good idea. Although I can understand your decision and if you do some additional precautious actions there will be no problem with it.I purchased Phoenix about a month ago. He was born may 27th of this year so he is about 3 months old now. I love all the things I am reading about cockatiels in this forum. I love my bird and he is such a delight that fills a place in my heart along with my dogs and my cat. Yes I said cat. That is my one big worry. I knew that if I do not get a cockatiel now, that I will be far too old to wait until I no longer have a cat. People tell me they have cats and it is ok to have a bird using caution of course.
Does anyone else have thoughts or experiences with their cat and a bird (being the natural predator/prey relationship)? I don't know if I did the wrong thing by having them all as pets..but I try to give them all attention and love. My cat really is a predator and stalks birds and squirrels..but so far I keep them apart and if the cat ever gets a bit close I am reminding him that he cannot have the bird. So go ahead and let it fly. I would like to hear how people have adapted to having a cat and bird.I am sure there are horror stories too.