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Hello, or should I say G'Day Mates!

I'm Sharon and married to Alfred. We're in the over 50s crowd age wise. We had a Cockatiel for more than 10 years. Not sure how long really, maybe closer to 15. We called him Tilly, but obviously down the track we were told she was actually a he. He talked some (Hello Birdy) and whistled quite a bit. He was never tamed even though I tried. But after reading quite a bit around the internet in the past few days I wasn't doing it properly. And Tilly actually bonded with the Peach Face in the cage next to him. Tilly few away early in the year.

We have no other pets. Just each other :rolleyes:

We're hoping to get ourselves a nice cockatiel to become part of our family. I'm home most of the time as I'm a housewife. So it wouldn't be left on it's own all day very often.

The past week I've been thinking of trying again with a new bird. First I did think of getting a budgie, but after much thinking and reading I've decided I'll get a cockatiel again. It's hard to find someone who breeds them. There are always the Pet Stores in the City (none in my little town), but it would be nice to get one from a breeder who has possibly handled it.

We have the Show (kind of like a mini-fair) coming to town next Thursday afternoon till Saturday. The local Vet suggested I go to the area where the show birds are as there are often birds for sale by those who have come to show their prized birds. I also went into a store here called Rural Supplies, and the Lady there also told me to go to the Show as there will be birds for sale.

I've been trying to decide whether a boy or girl is better. Tilly was a boy and one of the grey kind with the big orange spots on the cheeks. I'd love one of the yellow or fair colored ones. I guess it would depend on what they had. They may not even have anything.

I'd love some input from those of you old hands at all of this taming and bonding as to whether a boy or girl would be better for us. I'll be the one doing all the training, but I bet it then wants to sassy up to Mr Husband and love on him.

We have Tilly's old cage..which is biggish. My husband made it. Tilly was in the laundry...all closed in and down 3 steps. But I read we should have the Cockatiel upstairs so it gets used to us. I've been doing my reading on how to go about taming. So I'm getting my info sorted.

Suggestions about getting one and all that would be very much appreciated.
 

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just let the bird choose you :) if an individual bird stands out in some way or it keeps wanting to grab your attention, that will be the bird for you, male or female.


but if you want some thoughts...


males can talk sometimes, they whistle, theyre fun and generally more bold. however when the teen stage hits, its usually worse in males than in females. they get a bit nippier for awhile and can be a tad aggressive during hormonal times, happens once or twice a year.

females dont really talk or whistle (can happen though very rare) but i personally find them to be more cuddly and gentle and less moody. but egg laying can be a concern for some birds.


both can be friendly and affectionate, all birds are individuals, but these are just generalizations. both make great pets. just go take a look at some birds, you will know which one is meant for you :)


good luck, we will want photos when you get your new baby.


welcome to the forum :)
 

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Hi Sharon and Alfred,

welcome to the forum, yes let the bird chose you :love:.
Where are you in Australia? I am at the Sunshine Coast and know sbdy who breeds tiels, lovely couple, they also own a small local pet shop.
I am thinking to get a mate for Joe but will let him chose his little friend :love:
 

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Welcome!

I have both males, and females, and I can tell you, they can both be just as affectionate as each other. Obviously it is going to all come down to the Cockatiel, some can be cuddly, while others aren’t, or not as much, each one differs.


Where abouts in Aus are you!? If you are in Queensland, they have the Parrot Rescue Centre there that are looking for new homes, or if you look at Gumtree and PetLink, both these sites I have seen people needing to re-home their Cockatiel.

All the best!
 

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I'm in North Queensland 130 kms north of Townsville, living outside Ingham. I've tried Gumtree but found nothing. Would travel to Townsville or even north to Cairns.
 

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There's a lady in Collinsville that hand raises tiels and regularly transports them to Townsville. There may be a couple breeders a bit closer too. Do you use Facebook at all? I'll point you to her Facebook group if you do.
 

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Yes please! I do have a Facebook page. So please point away.


There's a lady in Collinsville that hand raises tiels and regularly transports them to Townsville. There may be a couple breeders a bit closer too. Do you use Facebook at all? I'll point you to her Facebook group if you do.
 

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If you do a search on facebook for "Foowies Feathered Friends", that's a lady by the name of Cassa, she's in Collinsville. I know she breeds cockatiels and hand raises them. She had some beautiful birds not long ago but not sure what she has at the moment.

There's also a group called "Aviary and handraised birds Townsville buying, selling and information" that would be a good one for that area.

I'm away from home at the moment but if you have trouble finding them I'll be able to post a link to the page when I get home.
 

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Found them....thanks a lot. I think I will still go to the Show first...that way I'd save on frieght and the bird wouldn't have to endure a long trip up here and then a further 1 and 1/2 hours in the car. Thanks for your help Dave!
 

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This is getting awesomely exciting...I've gone from wondering where I can find someone who has cockatiels to now having a possible number of sources. Great forum this. Hoping it won't be long before we have our own little sweetie.
 

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This sounds so good, I am excited for you. It is lovely to have a tiel or 2 or 3 or... lol.

Some people on here also joined our facebook Cockatiel Lovers group. You are very welcome to do so too and everybody else who reads this and want to join too ;)
 

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Hanna...is it specifically called Cockatiel Lover or something else? There are a few with similar names.

This sounds so good, I am excited for you. It is lovely to have a tiel or 2 or 3 or... lol.

Some people on here also joined our facebook Cockatiel Lovers group. You are very welcome to do so too and everybody else who reads this and want to join too ;)
 

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Thanks. Have sent a request. Found a heap of FB pages of sellers around Townsville......so I'm really really hopeful of getting a bird that is at least had a measure of human contact and is young enough for us to be able to spend the time to tame and get him/her used to us. Just depends I guess on how long. But at least I've gone from no souces to a number of them.
 

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This sounds so good I am happy for you. Even if you can get a "rescue" this birdie will be grateful to have a lovely home again and it will get used to you handling it. Our Joe is a rescue and just now he's peering onto my pc screen while I am typing...

I'll go onot FB now and accept. ;)
 

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I've sent a request to join too :)

One tip that's probably obvious, if you get a hand raised tiel off someone who has a Facebook page, have a read back through older posts and see what others have to say about birds they've gotten. Helps work out if the breeder is someone who takes the time and cares enough to raise the birds properly or if they are just cranking them out factory style.

Best of luck with your search.
 

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I've decided to get my cockatiel through http://www.nqaviaries.com. There is something inside of me that says to work in with them. They seem to be very dedicated breeders. I've had a couple of email exchanges with Murray and it looks like there might be a possibility we'll go for a visit. He suggested we come and have a look at the cockatiel varieties he has to see what we'd be looking for. He said "We have several pairs of cockatiels with 4 prs. on eggs at present. We have tentative orders for 4 chicks so should have some surplus avail. There should be a variety of colours coming and welcome a visit from you if you wish to have a look at the breeding stock. We could then discuss in detail what we can do to help your quest for a new bird."

He's been very helpful with my questions. So if we go (it's a 1 and 1/2 hour drive), and things turn out as we hope, then we'll commit to one of the hatchlings and be parents in 2 and 1/2 months or there abouts. It will give us time to set up his/her "bedroom" (ha ha) and for me to print out info off here and put it in a folder. So in a way it's a good thing to have a little wait so we can be prepared for the new arrival. It's kind of like going to pre-natal classes before the big day ha ha ha!!
 

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Lol, this is so sweet, wishing you all the best... yes reading your post I thought the same, preparing for the new baby.... so cute :love:
 
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