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Hello, New to this community. Seriously considering purchasing one (perhaps 2) cockatiels. I am a responsible pet owner so I won’t make that commitment without learning all I can first. NO intention of rushing into this purchase. Please recommend good book or books for beginner owners. We are a retired couple so we feel we can provide the time and attention these little darlings deserve.
There is an avian vet in our neighbourhood so I feel this is giving us some confidence.
Is it a benefit to the birds to have a pair rather than a solo bird? Is it possible to have same sex couples 😂??? I really do not want the stress and responsibility of trying to raise chicks. It would be very anxiety provoking for us to have a chick die or get very sick. Also very keen to only purchase from a reputable breeder we live in Bowmanville and would be grateful for referrals to good breeders not too far away. THank you
 

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Hi, I've had 2 female cockatiels past 10 years, and one has just died , but they got on really well together and slept together and groomed each other. I think with birds it's better to get two, especially if they are spending most of the time in a cage, they are social creatures and prefer company. There is a lot of interaction between them, now I have only one bird, I feel she is lonely and I try to compensate with toys etc but it's not the same as having a little companion.
 

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I have normal greys, whiteface, pearl pieds, creamface cinnamons, and pearls.
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Welcome to the forum Marian. I can recommend TWO excellent books covering cockatiel health and care. The first is "Living with a cockatiel" by Neil Forbes and the second book is called "The complete guide to cockatiels" by Diane Grindal. I'm pretty sure both can be found on Amazon.com.
 
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