My Personal Cockatiel Story

All my life I have owned birds.  After my dog Trixie died when I was ten years old, I remember being devastated.  This was my best friend who had grown up with me.  She was born two months before I was and life without her just seemed unlivable.  I think that that was the first time that I really understood the finality of death.  My dad buried Trixie in the back garden, and I would often stare at her grave and picture her rising out of it to come and play with me.

Trixie was the last dog that I ever owned.  A few months later we caught a cockatiel at our farm.  No one ever claimed him, so we named him Zanadu (after  Movie that was popular at the time), and Zanadu became part of the family.

He took to living on the shoulder of which ever family member he chose, mainly my father, whom he took a special liking to, whistled tunes and said pretty boy.  He had a character second to none, but was rather cheeky to us, maybe being scared that as children we would hurt him.

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The Insight Bird Bath is designed to fit on the main door of most small and medium cages. This bath has a brightly colored base and a clear cover so you can watch you bird splish and splash. The easy screw on attachment makes this bath not only fun and healthy for your bird but convenient and easy to use for you.

A few months later we went to the pet shop and bought Zanadu a mate.  We called her Zooander, and we watched in amazement when Zooander started saying pretty boy.  Females aren’t supposed to talk.  Well Zooander grew quite colorful, and we were later told that she was actually a he.   Zooander copied everything that Zanadu did, but was a very affectionate cockatiel.  Unlike Zanadu she didn’t mind being with the children.

Years on I have never forgotten those first two cockatiels, and have probably replaced them about four times in my lifetime.  Each cockatiel that we acquired after Zanadu, took on his vocabulary and his whistled his tunes.  Although I must admit the original tune is now horribly out of tune with my latest cockatiel.

When I moved from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, I decided to take on an avairy.  I started breeding cockatiels and budgies, which was rather fun, but the budgies were bullies, and thus far outbred the cockatiels.
When we moved again, I went back to having two cockatiels.  I prefer keeping one or two as you can develop a personal relationship with them, whereas when they are in an avairy, it is more difficult to make pets of them.   More often than not my cockatiel couple has been two males.  The pet shops can never seem to tell when they are young what they will grow up into.

As I have grown up and life has gotten more busy, my cockatiels remain more in their cages than out, but I still enjoy them thoroughly.  I have even expanded my animal family by adding a bare eyed cockatoo to the mix.  He is absolutely terrified of the cockatiels, but seems to enjoy having their company in the cage next to his, and complains like mad when I move them away.


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Caged birds require a warm, stable habitat . . . Thermo-Perch is the answer!

The Thermo-Perch provides a gentle source of warmth that circulates through the bird’s feet. Unlike heat lamps that can get too hot, dry out feathers, and cause sleeping disorders due to constant light, the Thermo-Perch provides safe, therapeutic warmth only when your bird needs it!

Every Exotic Bird Should Have a Thermo-Perch!

The Thermo-Perch solves the problem of providing consistent warmth for exotic birds in their cages, protecting them from the hazards and discomfort of air conditioning and cold drafts.

Cold is a major contributor to health problems for exotic birds, and the first step that veterinarians turn to is providing warmth. Exotic birds have a body temperature that ranges between 104 – 106 degrees. The Thermo-Perch is thermostatically controlled to help them safely regulate their body temperature. This allows the bird to pick the spot that provides the warmth it needs.

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