A few years ago, we had 2 parakeets, Doug and Carrie. I guess they were with us a couple of years or so before they died (we were not their first owner). I was pretty sad about their passing, because even though they were very mean, they sang beautifully. Jeremy did not like them because they were very rough. He tried many times to hand tame them, but they would just peel the skin off your hand if you held them.
I remember my husband specifically mentioning that he’d like to have a cockatiel, so I stored that in my memory banks for later use. Well, recently I decided that we needed another bird in the house (our cats are outdoor cats, so we are good there), and decided to start looking for a new feathered friend for my husband for Christmas! I mentioned this to several friends of mine, and one of them happens to be a fellow animal-lover. She sent me a link to an online ad site that is similar to Craigslist. The listing was for 4 hand-raised/fed baby cockatiels. What luck! I immediately called the breeder and spoke to her about the birds that she had. She had been hand-feeding them bird formula (I had never heard of this) since they were born, so they were very accustomed to being held, which was important to me. They were about 10 weeks old or so at the time. She did tell me that the bird would probably sell quickly, but that she had several more young birds that would be ready in a couple of months. So, I plotted and I planned. I did show my husband the pictures that the breeder texted to me, and asked him what he thought. Out of the ones left, he chose the pied pearl. He had a major case of bedhead. It was precious!
On Tuesday, December 17th, we welcomed George into our home. The kids and I call him Georgie. Jeremy gave him his name. I think it fits him perfectly. He loves to sit on your shoulder and groom your hair (and nibble your ears) and to walk around the living room. The kids are in love with him for sure.
Isn’t he adorable?! He is right around 11 weeks old right now. I was told that cockatiel eggs are about as big as the first joint on your pinky finger. They grow so quickly!