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    Benny Wild; Cockatiel Brand New Egg dothedeerdance's Avatar
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    Newbie: Budgie vs Cockatiel?

    Hey there, I'm Amy, I just registered! and I live in a sunny part of New Zealand.
    I would love to get a bird.

    However, I am having issues deciding between budgie or cockatiel.
    I would love a highly interactive bird that can sit and play with me. However, I will have a full time job soon from about 9-5.

    I'd be able to play with it a bit before and a lot after work, but it will be alone during the day.

    I will be making the cage myself so size of cage wont be an issue, but I need a bit of help deciding between a budgie or a cockatiel.

    Theres also, one bird or two? this will be my first bird so I am thinking just one...

    I am leaning towards a single cockatiel, but budgies are so bright and colourful! I would end up wanting 2 budgies

    any advice would be greatly appreciated, i've been reading these forums and now i am registered! haha



    Edit: Oh, perhaps I should add they will be petshop birds! I dont know about the cockatiels but the budgies are approx 6 months old. I knoooow the internet says "dont buy from petshop!" but petshop birds need good homes too!
    Last edited by dothedeerdance; 06-15-2010 at 06:54 PM.


    Benny Wild came home 21/7/2010

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    Re: Newbie: Budgie vs Cockatiel?

    Welcome to TF.

    First off, both are excellent for new bird owners. Both can be interactive and friendly. Both are fine for people who work.

    Personally, I like tiels. I have one tiel, he sits with me all day everyday, demands kisses and scritches (which have to be given with my nose, since he still hates hands ) and will fly around the house watching me do chores.

    One bird is fine, two are fine. If you get two, as a petshop bird, often they do not have them sexed correctly. So, you may end up with a male/female pair... last time I got a bird from a shop, they told us it was female and we ended up finding out "she" was a he.

    If you are building the cage yourself, have you researched this? A lot of materials are TOXIC to birds (IE: galvanized wire, several types of wood). If it is a indoor cage, it may be cheaper to buy one pre-made. You would need stainless steel mesh... which is pricey. Cockatiel and budgie cages are pretty cheap.

    The reason people say not to buy from petshops is because:
    1) They are generally harder to tame, though you can turn a petshop bird into a fine pet too.
    2) They are often from bird mills, mass-breeding is done and the people who do that are not interested in the birds health at all.
    3) Usually the people at pet shops don't understand how to care for the bird... and will steer customers very wrong (finch cage for a tiel, for example).
    4) A lot of people are adopt-only advocates.

    But, a lot of people have birds from shops that are just fine. I would, if possible, find a shop with a good breeder though (not petco/petsmart/chain stores).

    The key to a happy, healthy bird who is left alone during the day is lots and lots of toys and interaction! Toys in stores are very pricey and often not well accepted (I have over $100 in toys, my bird touches none of them). So, I would suggest buying toy parts and making your own. Also, make sure the cage is big enough that they can get exercise while you are out.

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    Re: Newbie: Budgie vs Cockatiel?

    Hi Amy, welcome on board! I've already posted on your first thread about the tiels I have. Did want to add that only 1 of my tiels, Sonny, was bought from a petstore (Petland). Sonny was the one who wanted out of the plexiglass triangle that the tiels were in enough to step up on my finger and then perch on my shoulder and not want to go back.

    He is still a very good tiel, steps up, lets me scritch him though he isn't cuddly since he has Peeps. He's also turned out to be a very good dad and does his part in protecting the nestbox and feeding the babies along with Peeps. Peeps was an adoption (she was dumped at a local Petsmart & the avian vet there knew I had tiels & asked if I wanted her). Theo & Indie were bought from hobby breeders, as were my Quakers & gccs.

    As for the adopt only, the one thing I've run into here is that the rescue groups (not shelters) have extremely tight requirements in order to adopt a bird. Below is what one group requires that you have had done to each of the birds you own prior to being able to adopt one of their birds. Granted, they have some very large birds mainly of which not all have been treated well.

    These tests include:
    1. Polyoma shot or test,
    2. Psittacine Beak & Feather,
    3. Psittacosis,
    4. Fecal,
    5. Complete blood count (CBC), and
    6. Avian chemistry panel w/bile acids.

    I'd asked my vet about the tests and he'd said that if I had a "closed" aviary situation he wouldn't consider these necessary. Since my birds don't "visit" anywhere and the only bird that has visited my house has been my vets bird, the bottom line was that this amount of testing was not needed. Of course it also stands to reason that if your birds is sick, yes you would have tests done.

    That said, I'm hoping to adopt a little green lady Quaker from a shelter and their application form looks something like an entrance exam.

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    Re: Newbie: Budgie vs Cockatiel?

    Welcome!

    I've had more experience with budgies and in some ways, almost prefer them... but to be honest, I do feel that cockatiels are wonderful, amazing companions. I say this all the time: they are great first birds and last birds. And they are often the treasured companion of people who don't consider themselves to be bird people.

    I think that you'd be happy with either/or... so let us know what you decide
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    Re: Newbie: Budgie vs Cockatiel?

    I think I am going to get a budgie. Haha, but I think I'll just keep my mind open to both budgies and tiels, and then in the petshop, s/he can choose me


    Benny Wild came home 21/7/2010

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    Re: Newbie: Budgie vs Cockatiel?

    Sounds like a good idea. Just remember, the cute little birdy that sat on you at the store is NOT gonna be around when you bring it home in most cases. They will turn back into it, but when you bring it home it is gonna be a scared and stressed bird. Let it settle in and don't be upset if the bird seems to not like you at first.

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    Re: Newbie: Budgie vs Cockatiel?

    And also remember that sometimes the scared little bird in the cage being a bit picked on by the others can be the best pet ever when you get them away from the flock. The first bug we bought was a nervous looking little thing that kept getting kicked off the perches by his bigger cage mates- but there was something about the glint in his eye and the way he sidled up to me even on the bottom of the cage. Took him home, and never regretted it- he was the loveliest budgie you could have ever hoped to meet.

    You have the right idea though- i always think the best pets are the ones that pick us.


    Thanks Lee for the adorable sig!

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    Re: Newbie: Budgie vs Cockatiel?

    i get asked this a lot
    i have both budgies and tiels
    personally i prefer tiels...theres just more of them if you know what i mean but budgies are so sweet and i love their looks and colours more than tiels
    over the years i have learned to go for personality not looks though!
    from my point of view tiels are more maintenance...mine are so attached to me and they like the attention ...their devotion is really touching
    but they can be noisy and some get really demanding and scream for attention when you leave the room
    mine is with princess parrots so i dont have that problem...they have company
    tiels drop a lot of mess when they preen...if you black furnishings you may have constant cleaning to do
    but both species are messy seedwise lol so keeping caged birds is a bit of work

    id go for two boy tiels...handraised from a good breeder...they wont talk but they will learn to whistle...single birds can be taught to talk...mine imitate sounds and have learned to say one word only because the eclectus taught them lol
    budgies are easy and dont have to be handraised to be tamed....just make sure you get weaned babies and away you go
    once again id go for a couple of boys...but unlike tiels budgies dont become so territorial in my experience..i have added lots of budgies from time to time with no incident
    tiels are more fussy with whom they share their space and can be quite hostils so buy two at the same time

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    Re: Newbie: Budgie vs Cockatiel?

    When i was being nosey at the pet shop today (hehehe...) there was a budgie who was well, not biting, but sort've just...erm, eating my finger. that makes no sense. It wasn't hard biting, just more "ooh who are you?" nipping curiously.
    S/he was very cool. I would have taken him/her home right then and there. It was blue with a bit of yellow...i wonder if s/he would loose the yellow? it was quite young, as it still had the stripes


    Benny Wild came home 21/7/2010

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