I would like to know how hardy cockatiels are? I've lost three budgies, the first was a tragic accident (we think he fell off his perch), the second was probably fireplace fumes (some website said it was bad for birds) they both lived no longer then 3 months and the third, who lived 5 months, would probably have lived longer if we had been more careful not to let him near the dog's water (he didn't drown, he drank it). I'll be extremely careful with the tiel. But, each parakeet was from the pet store. Could this be part of the problem? Either way, I'd buy the cockatiel from a breeder. But, back to my question, how hardy are teils? Not cold hardy, but how tough/healthy. Like the second parakeet, how would they do with fireplace fumes? And just to be safe, we have a sunroom that the tiel could go in with a far corner away from the fireplace. The family room is where we all are most of the time, and it's where I'd prefer the tiel to be, but it's where the fireplace is. So that's a no. I also read somewhere that cockatiels get stressed out by dog barking. Does anyone know if that's true? I have two big dogs, one only barks if the first one does. But they can be loud. But anyway, your help is appreciated! And if anyone knows any reputable breeders (I live near Fredericksburg, VA) that would be really helpful. Thanks for your help!!!