Does anyone keep a male and female cockatiel together without them breeding? I have a female gray I adopted from a pet store a couple months ago (not bought). The same store has another cockatiel for adoption. Its head is solid grey right now with no cheekpatches, so I assume it is a whiteface. They don't know if it is male or female. It has only been at the store about 2 months, but it seems larger than my Beatrixie. Uusally their birds come in young,
Is there a noticable size difference between males and females? If there is, and this one is the same age as mine, but bigger, I'll assume it's a male. If not, then I have to wonder if it is full grown and came in that large. If it's full grown and already gone through a molt, then it is a female, since its head is grey and not white. It also has bars under the tail.
They've been calling it a female since it came in, but they say they don't know for sure. When I went in to meet 'her,' she started making all kind of interesting noises that made me suddenly doubt that 'she' is female, and not a male. At the same time, she lives in a room with a male cockatiel and a conure, so maybe their noises inspire her to be loud. Or maybe she's just loud. Trixie gets noisy once in a while, but not as much as that one seemed to be.
Which brings me to my question... If I adopted this bird, and 'she' somehow turned out to just be a large 'he,' is there a possibility of keeping them together without having to worry about breeding? I have no interest in breeding my birds.
Thanks so much for any insight.