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How to Pick a Companion for a Cockatiel?

Updated on June 5, 2017


Cockatiels are known as one of the friendliest pet birds. They can easily bond to their human companion and can provide hours of entertainment, amusement, and love. One interesting fact is that they were originally discovered in Australia in 1770 and did not become popular until the Australian gold rush in the 1900s. Make sure to avoid cooking using any sort of Teflon pot or pan around them, as the fumes are extremely toxic.


Best Type of Companion

Most people think that because cockatiels are extremely friendly and well known for being a good companion birds that they would do well with a Companion of their own. This leads to many people putting different species of birds in with the cockatiels with a variety of results. While the cockatiels bigger than some other pet birds their gentle nature often leads them to being the victim of bullying.

The best type of bird to get as a Companion for a cockatiel is another cockatiel. Cockatiels do best with a Companion of their own species. However especially if your cockatiel is middle-aged you might not want to take on another cockatiel as a baby. If possible it would be best to get another middle-age cockatiel in this case for my situation with the bird lived with another cockatiel so that you know the new bird is capable of living with a companion.

Minor Bullying

Other Companion

In the situations where you do not wish to bring another cockatiel into the cage with your cockatiel it is best to choose a bird that is also gentle nature. There are many different types of birds and it is very important that the new bird is gentle and not vicious. The go to bird that most people decide on is a parakeet or a budgie. While a cockatiel and a parakeet or budgie can live together often times it ends badly. Budgies and parakeets are often described as being a little bullies.

When you put a parakeet or a budgie in with a cockatiel, you often end up with a bullying situation. That is not to say this is always the case as I personally have a small parakeet living with my cockatiel in a peaceful environment.

If you have your heart set on having a parakeet in with your cockatiel there are some very important characteristics to look for in the parakeet. The first thing you need to ensure is at the parakeet you are getting is not vicious. The second thing is you want to make sure the parakeet is very young so that it is not too set and it is ways.

For me I insured this by adopting a parakeet that was only four months old, which made it still very much a baby. I also picked the one that had been a victim of bullying among its fellow parakeets. I knew this right away because the one I picked out had an injured told that was just waiting to fall off. The pet shop owners advised me that one of the other parakeets had bitten the toe and been picking on the bird. By choosing the only one parakeet that had been injured I knew that I was not adopting the bully, but instead the victim. The fact that none of the other birds were injured proves that this bird was not one to attack others.

When introducing your new parakeet or budgie to your cockatiel it is very important to monitor the situation carefully and to ensure their introduced in the right manner. The way I did this was by introducing them outside of the cage. I also had two other people on hand so that if there is any sort of attacking a boy and we could have easily gotten the two birds off each other. In my situation, the two birds were perfect together and the baby parakeet really bonded to the cockatiel. The parakeet often follows the cockatiel around and mimics what he does.

If you are going to have a cockatiel in a parakeet a budgie, living together the absolute most important thing is to make sure your cage is big enough that both birds have their own separate feed and water area as well as plenty of room to be away from each other. You do not want to shove these two types of birds together in a small cage with no room for escape. So far, in my cage both birds have their own separate food and water area as well as numerous perches, ladders, and toys. This allows the two birds to interact when they want, but also leaves both of them plenty of room to get away from the other and to have their own space. Ideally, the cage should have a room for two or three levels of perches and other perching devices like ladders.


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