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HI ALL! Shout to all my bird people in da birdhouse!

I'm new to this community AND new to cockatiels. I've been doing a lot of research before I decide to bring a bird into my life (wanna be responsible, ya know?) and I joined Talk Cockatiels to glean as much wisdom as I can from all you bird-gurus here! My live-in boyfriend also wants to get a bird, but it would be primarily MY cockatiel. I want to do right by my feathered friend, if everything is right, and that means knowing my options, so my first question is:

1. Where is the best place to get a bird for a first-time bird-owner?

My sisters are both volunteers at the pet shelter and told me they'd be really disappointed if I bought one from a breeder instead of adopting one that needs help... but my thinking is, I'm better off starting with an easier-going bird, not one that already hates people. Wouldn't that be harder to handle for a first time bird owner? What do you guys think? :confused:

I know I have patience, I have patience in spades. I teach special education to mentally retarded and emotionally disturbed students all day long. My boyfriend has a home business so he would be with the bird during the day. We had a guinea pig together, Gooshie-La, but he passed away a year ago of kidney trouble after being our little guy for 6 years! We're ready to have a new little friend in our lives. It's so lonely without a pet.

P.S. This is a great website! :tiel6::tiel6::tiel4:
 

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Hi there welcome to the forum :D I think its wonderful that your doing your research before hand good for you ;) personally I think for a first time bird its better to get one thats young hand tame from a breeder but thats just my opinion.
 

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Hi there, welcome to TC. As Laura said, I'd be inclined to get one that is already tame from a breeder. Who knows, in time you might want to get him or her a little friend and then you could maybe get one from the shelter. Have fun on here.
 

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thanks for the warm welcome

Thanks to Plukie, Bea and Laura for the warm welcome and the advice. It does my heart a lot of good. :lovebirds:
 

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I've come back with a bit more time now, i also think that a handreared baby is the way to go for a first time owner. A lot of people these days disagree with this, but the way i see it you are better off going with something you will enjoy and feel confident handling so that you get a great start to tiel ownership than going to a rescue and potentially becoming over whelmed with the task of taming and overcoming the baggage that the rescue bird has. It could get to the point where it just really doesn't work out and you end up giving the bird back to the shelter which just adds to it's problems.

Having said that some rescues/rehomes are awesome pets whose owners just don't have the time or perhaps their circumstances have changed. My Gracie is a rehome who would've made a lovely first pet (for a man anyway) because she was given up reluctantly by an owner who adored her. She's tame, loves cuddles and is well socialised. If you can know what you're getting from a rescue and only take on a bird that you're 100% comfortable is what you're looking for, then there's no reason why a tame/friendly rescue should be shunned in favour of a baby. :) Afterall, there is one sure bonus of getting a tame adult - you miss out on the dreaded puberty stage or terrible teens.
 

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Welcome to the form :D I would say a hand raised tiel from a breeder would be best but if you could find a tame tiel at a rescue that would be great aswell :)
 

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Welcome! :) Tiels that are hand reared or are still quite young and have been reared by their parents are the best for first-time owners from a breeder. 'Tiels that are young that have been with their parents and are not tame when you get them from a breeder can still be great birds, like my Earl he wasn't tame when we got him from the breeder but now he is just a cheeky loving bird!! :p Good Luck finding the bird you want!
 

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Even though females tend to be more quiet then males, the seller I got my 'tiel from told me it's better to go with the personality rather than gender.
 
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