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Cindy - 2012-08-27
Tomorrow I'm adopting what sounds like a white-headed c'tiel from someone who can't give him enough attention. This bird flew right to her feet about 2 mos. ago and she thought she could handle it but can't and she never had a bird before. I have had for 12 yrs a female grey who is verylovey and friendly. I intend to separate them in different rooms until I have male checked out. I already know he prefers to be in cage while she likes to wander and fly around, clipped. I don't know age of male. How jealous can my female get if at all but am very afraid of his influence on her laying eggs, don't want her to lay eggs (unfertilized). I intend to keep him in my bedroom until we get to know each other, etc. What do you think of bringing a male into a home where 12-yr old female has ruled roost?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-27
    I think what you are doing is very sensible.  I also think you can have more than one bird companion.  A grey and a coaktiel are very different and yes - they should have their own cages, perches and play areas.  If the grey decides for wahtever reason she wants to lay an egg - she will do it.  I have had males and females together for years and not one female ever laid an egg - just to do it.  However, it does happen. My birds all have their own areas/toys./perches etc but my little boy conure gets into my female macaws cage constantly and no eggs.  A grey usually will climb on down the cage and come to you via walking.  A cockatiel - he will come to you but usually by flying.  There can be a danger in clipping their wings or clipping them short and they land hard and break something.  I would wait and see about the clipping. 
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Anastasia - 2012-08-12
My cockatiel is 3 months old, I was told he's a male. After a week of having him, I noticed that his tail feathers are becoming a little pink. Is that normal?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-12
    I don't know what type of cockatiel you have but they do not achieve their full coloring until after their first major molt.  Your little guy is probably losing his baby coloring and going into his adult coloring and that is quite normal.
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Ananya Roy - 2012-07-29
I have a male grey cockatiel with a female lutino cockatiel. They are both from the same clutch of the same parents (according to the breeder). The lutino cockatiel (Kiki) is very cheerful and sings and plays all the time.but the grey cockatiel (Jiko)sits on its perch all day long, looking morose and lonely. Kiki often attempts to seduce him, but he sits there as if he is sworn to celibacy. He doesn't show any interest at all, no matter how hard Kiki tries to get his attention. He eats well and he is healthy. I wonder what his problem is but if I take Kiki for an outing jiko calls out and searches for her, and he won't stop screeching until I bring her back but then again, after the fuss, he sits there and shows no interest in her. When I placed a nestbox in their cage a few days ago, Kiki sat on it, inspected it and started coming in and out of it but Jiko never went near it, nor he ever inspected it. The nestbox is still in their cage. Kiki sits on it and Jiko clearly avoids both the nestbox and Kiki. They are about a year old. What is wrong with them? What should i do? Is Jiko sick ? please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-29
    Females in general mature faster than males so possibly Jiko just isn't ready yet.  However, you do have flock behavior and mating behavior and your Kiki and your Jiko are a 'flock' or possibly a pair.  You remove one and they have company as they are with you.  However, you are leaving the other one behind and they do not like to be alone.  They become afraid.   Take them out together  or just let them both out at the same time - even if you are just holding one.  Your the flock leader and so you keep the one your with safe but that leaves the other frightened.  Probably Jiko isn't sick - just not ready to 'do it'
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amanda - 2012-05-27
I have one to he is cheeky

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Kawshik - 2011-10-23
Can I keep Cockatiel in wooden cage? Would they destroy a wooden cage like Lovebirds?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-10-23
    I would recommend against it. Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) beaks continue to grow and they need cuttle bones and other toys to keep them nice and trim. A wooden cage might last for a while, but they will probably be prone to chewing on it to help keep their beaks in shape.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-24
    Sexing cockatiels --- The only way to accurately determine the sex of cockatiels 100% is through DNA sexing. However, many breeders get pretty accurate at determining the sex by appearance. Going from the eyes up the head and down to the neck, the females head is a smoth curve. The males head is not a smooth curve and feels/looks flatter. Much easier to see without feathers but you can see it and you can feel a slight definite slope (ridge) to the males head at the back of the top of the head. Look at the back of the cockatiels head - where that bare spot is and feel right there. The female pelvic bone is wider and sometimes you can feel this. Female is usually a little broader than the male. So humans might not be able to tell with 100% accuracy but hopefully they can. The Animal World article above in sexual difference also explains a barring of color. It is said that the male loses that barring of color under the tail when sexually mature - around 6 - 9 months. It is retained in the female. Hard to see. So lots of luck.
  • Anonymous - 2011-10-24
    Thanks for the information. Can you tell me how to identify the sex without DNA test? Is their any other way to identify male or female? Because in Bangladesh we dont have any pet clinic where we can test the DNA.
  • francesg - 2011-10-28
    I just bought a white male cockatil to mate. How can I tell if it's a male. It haves two bones just like the girl.
  • Sam - 2012-04-29
    We paid $25 for a DNA tests. Look for specific bird shops and they should be able to send in a few feathers for testing. You get an official gender certificate in the mail. And their beaks should not rule out this amazing pet. We take ours in to the breeder every 8 weeks for nail trim and wing trim, and they can easily keep an eye on their beaks. Keeping an eye on it will prevent any major problems! These birds should live 25-40 years! Hope this info has helped.
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tara - 2011-05-15
I have two white faced at the moment the female is darker coloured grey and stark white with baring on her tail and my male he is very light light grey almost silver and a creamy white. His head is all white and hers is all grey they are currently nesting 6 eggs all layed over two weeks. I wasn't expecting so many so we will see. They aren't hand raised just in avairy so I'm hoping to hand tame bubs making them more sell choice. I also have a pure latino yellow with orange cheeks I'm pretty sure he's a male but not 100%. He doesn't sing also avairy. And I have one cinnamon she is beautifull and hand tamed she loves to climb all over you she doesn't whistle more squeals she has baring on her under tail. I'm going to get another lutino to mate with my other one very soon . Curious if the whitefaced are mating is there a chance babies will be same colours ???? as parents?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-15
    Usually the offspring will look like the parents unless the parents happen to be a mutation. Of course the offspring can look like the granparents as well, depending on genetics. So good luck.
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
    You have some pretty cockatiels. I really like both the White-faced and the Lutino coloration! Not sure what happens when the two White-faced mate, but I think you can find out from the genetics.
  • Heidi Michelle Hellstern - 2012-04-12
    I have raised two chicks from my cockatiels. Shadow was a white-faced and Stormy was a white-faced pearl. CJ turned out to be a whiteface and Cloudy turned out to be a white-faced pearl. It is 50-50.
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Heidi Michelle Hellstern - 2012-04-12
I love my CJ! She is so funny and has lots of personality. She probably gets it from her dad, Shadow (RIP).

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Anonymous - 2012-04-03
Cashmere, my grey cockatiel, is the most rewarding bird
I have owned.
Unfortunatly she is an alchoholic and loves to share my
evening sherry with me, climbing into my glass to get her next sip.

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steven - 2011-04-30
Hi. I have a pearl cockatiel. I'd never had a pet bird before. I need to know when will he start to whistle like other. All he cried ack ack ack. That's it. Any suggestions/comments?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-30
    There isn't any guarantee that your cockatiel will whistle. It would be very doubtful that he will just do the ack ack ack though. They usually have a variety of calls, whitles, little noises that they make. Talk to him, whistle, let him listen to music, and be patient. Is he still quite young? Chances are great he will start to make other little noises as soon as he is old enough and all settled in and he knows you are his friend.
  • abdul - 2012-03-24
    I thing he is small when he become Adult then he whistle but in this period u have to train him
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Summer - 2007-08-24
I have a 10 year old pied cockatiel named Buddy, I got her when I was 7 years old 10 years ago!!! She's my best friend.

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