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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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Keenan - 2012-06-08
I have a very bright yellow cockatiel and I dont know what type it is and the vets are finding it hard to tell as well. Do any of you know what it is.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-08
    There is really no way to know.  You say it is bright yellow - all over?  Check out 'cockatiel images on the net' as many have shades of yellow but not the entire body yellow.  Many breeders will cross breed cockatiels to obtain a high color also. 
  • Suzanne - 2013-03-12
    Hi. I've been reading up on cockatiels because I wanted to know the lifespan of my lutino cockatiel. He will be 24 years old in April. He is solid white with orange cheeks and a yellow top notch. From what I read a bit ago the female lutinos are very bright in color which might mean yellow.
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sarah sharp - 2013-02-14
I have a 3 maybe 4 month old whiteface cockatiel that I bought. I was told when I bought it that it was to young to tell what sex it was. The bird is getting alot of white under it's beak and around near it's eyes and some on the top of it's cere, but it's crest is gray and when it climbs the cage to come out the underside of it's tail feathers has the bar pattern except for the three middle ones which are dark. I have only had the bird for 2 weeks and would like to name it. I would appreciate any feedback as to what sex you might think it is. The bird whistles, chirps and does the wolf whistle. thank you

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-16
    Unfortunately there is no sure way to tell on cockatiels just by looking at them. There are definite signs that make it more likely they are one sex rather than another, but they can still occasionally be wrong! I would 'guess' that your cockatiel is showing signs it is a female - but again, there's no sure way to know at this point.
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Pamelia Doubleday - 2013-02-11
Hello, it is nice to have someone to talk to and ask questions. My name is Pam. My daughter brought home 2 young cockatiels that she got from her teacher just before Christmas. The mother was biting and pulling the feathers out of their neck. They are soooo sweet. I was on craigs list looking for a better cage for them and I came across a Military Mccraw with cage for rehoming. So, I called and I'm now mom. He is so smart. He talks all the time. I can't always understand him, but he seams to pick up words quickly. Milton bonded to me rather quickley within a few hrs, he was sitting in my lap on his back, but he won't let anyone else touch him. He bit the stuffing out of my daughter the first night, and now she is scared to get close to him, and I think he knows it. He has nipped at my husb. and won't let him pet him, but will get on his arm if I'm not around. I have warned others to keep a wide birth. I think in time he will accept others in the family. I'm not sure he will ever be stranger friendly. Any thoughts? I was so hoping that he would be. I have to admit that I am a bit leary of him, even though he likes me and wants me to hold and pet him, he often nibbles on me and some times he gets overzealous and bites down. (it HURTS) Any thoughts on that. Also---(I have lots of questions; I hope you don't mind.) I have been reading about the Mccaw diet. I have offered him various fruits and veggies. I have even brought them over and started eatting them in frouht of him to get him intrested. (No LUCK) Last night I set down in my chair with a ear of corn and some hot wings. He was after my plate. I offered him the corn thinking he must be after that. He compleatly ignored it, and grabed himself a hot-wing. I have to say, I felt a little weird about a bird eating chicken. I didn't know they would eat meat. Is it OK for them to have some? That is it for now, but ...I'LL BE BACK. See-Ya Pam.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-11
    I know a lot of people who feed their macaws and other large parrots chicken! Many large birds are a fan of it. It is ok in moderation - but obviously you don't want his entire diet to consist of chicken. As far as him bonding to people other than you - well the more time you spend with him the more bonded he will become to you. Most macaws are 'one person' birds. If you want him to bond to other people as well, you will have to make a point of spending less time with him and have other people spend more time with him. This can help make him more well-rounded.
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