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A new friend for a cockatiel!

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I have had a cockatiel for about 8 months now, hes friendlty but is'nt hand tame, my mum and dad like him btu say he gets lonely and i should talk to him more, now conisdering i have school, other comitments, coursework and lots of other things this makes it very hard. My mum and dad work and me my bro and sis all go to school,so hes alone through out the day, i leave the radio on sometimes but its not the same!

I want to buy him a friend, i dont want another cockatiel i was thinking about a budgie or something, does anyone know of any other parrots that are cheap (under £/$100) and would be okay to share quarters with a female cockatiel? big_smilehmm

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Animals get on best with others of the same species. Try getting a different color cockatiel if you want to spice things up...budgies aren't any cooler as pets so you may as well get another tiel.

I live on a farm in Israel with an American Hairless Terrier from Wales (Ellah), HER cat (Señor Pussy Cat), a rescued Galah (Chrysi), her cage buddy cockatiel (Mio), 3 featherless bantam chickens (Gimpy & co), a Barockpinto colt (Felix D), a Cameroon Hair Lamb (Shoshana) & a Betta fish (Logan)

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I live on a farm in Israel with an American Hairless Terrier from Wales (Ellah), HER cat (Señor Pussy Cat), a rescued Galah (Chrysi), her cage buddy cockatiel (Mio), 3 featherless bantam chickens (Gimpy & co), a Barockpinto colt (Felix D), a Cameroon Hair Lamb (Shoshana) & a Betta fish (Logan)

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I had a female cockatiel and put a parakeet in with her and they were best friends. My cockatiel past away (rip lou) and my parakeet was lonely, I was thinking about another parakeet to put in the cage with her when my daughter found a very hungry canary.  I put the canary in with the parakeet and they also get along just fine.  I did put them in seperate cages right next to each other for a little while so they would get to know each other. I know they are happy because they are signing and chirping all the time. ya

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post #4 of 7

I've heard that small birds don't survive long in the same cage with a bigger bird, but it seems geepy had good luck with that.  We have a parakeet, cockatiel, and green-cheeked conure all in the same room, but in different cages.  Obviously, you don't want to get a needy and loud conure, but I DO recommend a parakeet in a separate cage nearby your "tiel.  They'll sing to each other and imitate each outher.  It's pretty cute and I'm sure it addresses the lonliness/boredom they experience when everyone's gone.  You can see if they get along while you're there to supervise, but I wouldn't leave them alone.  Getting a "keet sounds like a good plan to  me!

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Mom of 1 amazing daughter, step-mom to 5 awesome young adult people, wife of very helpful and understanding husband, AND caretaker of 29 hens, 2 ducks, 2 geese, 6 dogs, 6 cats, 2 mustangs, 3 pygmy goats, 1 lionhead rabbit, 1 green-cheeked conure, 1 cockatiel, 1 parakeet, 1 rat, goldfish, and 1 box turtle.
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post #5 of 7

I got a parakeet to keep my cockatiel company.  They really liked each other, but I had them in seperate cages; side by side.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people. 

A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, runner ducks, call ducks, two geese that are my feathered children, and a crossbeak silkie X named Dragon. 

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post #6 of 7

You could adopt a Lovebird or Parrotlet. They both are smaller parrots and would be good company in a cage near by. I had a Quaker Parrot, Pepe, may she rest in peace. She was a plucker and I couldn't cure her of it. I lost her at 8 years. Anyway, I bird sat two budgies and Pepe would try and get their feet/talons. I understand that is a common thing. I definitely wouldn't put any type of bird in the same cage right away. Any new bird should be quarantined for 30 days to start. Good luck in finding your teil a new buddy.

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post #7 of 7

Why not get him a Button Quail?  The quail will live on the bottom of the cage and clean up the seed, etc. for you, plus it will keep your 'tiel company smile

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