Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ocean Springs, MS
• Horses: 0
Hand-fed Cockatiels are AMAZING birds. My first baby was an absolute cuddlebug.
Right now, though, I have a Budgie. I'm making a larger cage out of PVC and wire mesh (ungalvanized!), and getting him a companion, within the next month or so. I bought him from a breeder who is an amazing lady, who hand feeds her babies and socializes them excellently. He's an absolute PIP! He thinks he's a macaw, I swear! That or a friggin' peregrine falcon. ;) He talks and whistles and siiiings his little head off, but woe betide you if you ignore him! He can be LOUD. It's not conure or lovebird loud, though, it's...much better. I HIGHLY reccomend budgies -- hand fed ones, at least. I don't really know about the others. The challenge is great, but you're never as close to them. They won't fall asleep under your hand like they're a chick being brooded, I don't suppose. Eitil does. He's...really, the perfect bird. Seriously. And apparently, budgies are the third best talkers! I am unsurprised. He whistles andy griffith, dixie, and various parts of other songs, likes to tell me that he's a pretty (slash another word that starts with a p and isn't quite as nice ;) ) bird, and says a few other things sometimes when he thinks he'll get attention for it.
A long cage is better than a tall one. They don't fly like helicopters, they fly like planes. ;)