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no name please - 2005-07-25
We have a white faced cockatiel (boy) and another which i think is a pied cockatiel (girl). i have found that hand fed cockatiels are nicer than unfed. the handfed is the boy the other one is unfed. she is more aggressive and has less trust for us. Males are a lot more singy, at least mine is. he is so sweet!

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  • rozie stout - 2013-10-06
    Females seem to have a cranky side sometimes. I raise a lot of them. I don't hand feed but if the female is handfed it will be very friendly. Females do not talk or whistle any way none of mine do. I have probably 30 white face and 40 pieds and yellow lutino mixes. Of course I have them in aviaries and I live in the country.
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Franco - 2005-09-11
i have a grey cockatiel and around a month ago i decided to get a Lutino cockatiel while i was buying cockatiel food. Why? because he was so great looking and was standing near the cage door and all the others were standing away. i was right, he is the best of my choices so far. he is so loving and loves to be handled and outside the cage. thanx for this great site, learned a few thngs to keep in mind.

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  • Gunasekaran - 2013-09-22
    Just starting a wbesite for parrot supplies and have a few parrot books listed but will definitely try to accommodate a number of these. I will also add them to my personal collection as I have two Macaws and an African Grey. Thanks for sharing!
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Anne Day - 2013-08-23
Please don't keep your cockatiel or any bird in the kitchen where you are going to use a teflon frying pan or any pan with teflon because teflon gives off a chemical or chemicals that their little lungs can't handle. I thought everyone was aware of this until I gave two baby cockatiels away to a young couple and they used a teflon frying pan and both birds died. This after them hand feeding the birds for days and now they are both devastated! I don't know how to get the word out fast enough, please tell your friends and pet stores to spread the word. Thank you. Anne Day in Clearwater, Florida.

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Nikki - 2004-11-09
your web site helped me so much on my reasearch project. plus i got an a+, so i want to thank you very much

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Mary - 2004-01-10
Thank you so much! This has really helped me in a tremendous way!


I have a pearl who laid an egg today, her first in 3 years!
I noticed that she was ignoring the egg and so my son and I decided that maybe we could incubate the egg by using odds and ends around the house. So well see what happens in about 22 days!

Thanks again for the help!

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jayashree - 2013-04-11
I got a pair of 2 months old cockatiels. they are healthy and active. they do step up and sit on my shoulder. but sometimes they are feared. my 6 months old is Alexandria is also with them. sometimes Alex is biting the female cockatiel. I don't know how far they are going to be good and friendly... how tame and train cockatiels? expecting Ur responses.

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David - 2013-04-02
We have a cockatiel named Bobby. I never thought I'd be a 'bird person' but I love the little guy! He loves to be let out of his cage for 'play time'. He walks around on me while I'm chilling on the couch. He like me to pet his little beak. He chirps and says his name, 'Hi, Bobby' and 'Hi, Stinky Bob-Bob!' I have to give him kisses on his beak in the morning when I uncover him or he hollers!

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sos - 2005-12-25
My family and I have a Pied Cockatiel and she is not very loyal at all. We got her from a house breeder, and she is not open.

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  • David - 2013-04-02
    Not knowing the circumstances it is hard to tell, but a lot of house breeders only care about the money and not the birds. He was probably never socialized or handled and loved. It will take a lot of patience on your part to undo the negative effects of the house breeding. The key word is patience. Cockatiels are very loving and intelligent. Let him out of his cage for 'play time'. At first I would just let him get accustomed to being out of the cage and his surroundings. Talk to him in a very sweet, loving voice and you may be amazed at the rsponse after a while!
  • Lynnette - 2013-04-02
    Hello, Sorry you are having problems with your cockatiel. I have 4 currently and 3 of them were not very open birds. It takes lots of handling and talking to the bird to get them familiar with living in a home situation after being in an aviary situation. We started just spending time sitting next to the cage talking with them, then slowly letting them out once they learned to step up. I would recommend any of the Barbara Heidenreich resources for positive behavior training. It took about a year for the the first two (a male and a female) to become more open. Now they climb up, want to be with you, and will sing and talk with us. In January we began this process again with a new bird, a female. She is already asking for head scratches but we are still working on step up. She is an older bird and she didn't receive individual attention before she came to us. I also suggest setting them up in a quiet room where you can visit with them and eventually take them out of the cage for short amounts of time until they are ready to be handled frequently. They are flock animals and your little one now has a new flock to learn. But if they are shy, then you have to move slow. It can be frustrating at times, but all but one of mine has had to take this slow bonding route and it works. Hope this helps, they are worth the effort - I promise you.
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Barbara - 2008-10-09
I have a cockatiel named Brandy who is approximately 1 1/2 years old. When we got her the lady we got her from told us she was a female (she was the breeder) and I have since been told she was a male by someone else. She is a loud mouth talker and the sweetest thing you could ever meet. She has a pretty big vocabulary...says her name and other words...have known her to say full sentences. I would love her even if she were a male but can someone help me solve the mystery of her being male or female. PLEASE! hehe She is the very best pet I have ever had, and I have had lots of them in my lifetime. My kids just love her, and I don't know what we would ever do without her!

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  • hoosierbabe2 - 2010-02-18
    Male cockatiels have a bright orange spot on each cheek. The females spots are less colorful if she is a lutino breed.
  • Tracie - 2010-08-06
    Males sing, talk, mimic, and whistle. Females whistle but not as much as the male. No offense to the the reply but coloring in a pied does not indicate sex - per my certified & degreed avian veterinarian. I believe you have a boy (just like mine).
  • David - 2013-04-02
    As far as I know, if he has orange 'rough' on his cheek he is a male. Also, males tend to be more vocal.
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jayashree - 2013-03-13
hi, I have 4months old Alexandria (nane) i don't know it is male or female. I can see a pale yellow ring on the neck. I guess it is male. sometimes my nane is aggressive. every time when nane is hungry,nane does not self feed, he expect me to keep him on my shoulder and takes food from my mouth then he will eat by himself. feeding through my mouth is okay or not? if so, how to stop this?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-13
    Humans carry many diseases that birds or other animals can not fight.  I would not recommend this.
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