My first tiel was named Cheeko, and I really don't know how old he was when he met his horrible fate a year ago. First let me say that he was really only friend besides my parents when me and my wife had a separation. We grew close together, and for a time he really brightened my day. I even did a no no and let him eat mashed potatoes. If I didn't give him some he would glide (I maintained clipped wings) to me to get some off my plate. I had some troubles and had to move into a house with a couple of dogs. I thought nothing much of these dogs so I let Cheeko sit on his cage door as he loves to do and forgot to shut the door to the room. I come back and poor Cheeko had been torn to shreds. It was the most horrible thing I had to do when I had to pick up the piece of him. I vowed to never let any dog get near any pet bird, and I figure this story will remind you all to be careful if you have friends or family visit with there dogs. Your baby is probably no different than the wild birds they catch outside.