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Old 03-13-2015, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I would like to buy a cockatiel, but the petsmart store near my area doesn't have cockatiel.

Where can I buy a cockatiel from? Also how are they in terms of maintenance? I already have 2 parakeets, but I love birds and their singing a lot. If I don't find cockatiel, I was thinking to get a couple of zebra finch.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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A good source might be at a flea market or check local classifieds. Cockatiels are very easy to raise/maintain. There are very rewarding companions. Best wishes to you. Avoid the big box pet stores as they charge far too much.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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A good source might be at a flea market or check local classifieds. Cockatiels are very easy to raise/maintain. There are very rewarding companions. Best wishes to you. Avoid the big box pet stores as they charge far too much.
I am not sure what a flea market is, but will google it and learn more about it. In terms of local classifieds, I am looking at craigslist. Since I already have 2 parakeets, I would like to have a bigger pet bird now... something like cockatiel or parrots who can become companions. And yes big box pet store charges too much. The petsmart I have nearby, charges $500 for a baby conure. The other stores I have nearby are all adopt-a-pet store, but they have lots of terms and conditions which I will have to go through.

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Old 03-13-2015, 01:23 PM
 
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A good source might be at a flea market or check local classifieds. Cockatiels are very easy to raise/maintain. There are very rewarding companions. Best wishes to you. Avoid the big box pet stores as they charge far too much.
Stay away from flea market animals too.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:49 PM
 
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Cockatiels are very dusty. Shockingly amount of dust come from such a small-ish bird. It would be great if you have a covered patio and put it there, if not, be ready to de-dust your place often.

You should look into three other type of birds:

1) Green Cheek Conure - Yellow-sided mutation is nice looking

2) Parrotlets. Pacific or Green Rumped

3) Halfmoon Conure
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:22 AM
 
Location: In The South
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I had a cockatiel a few years ago, he was a very sweet bird. We bought him at a bird fair, and being that we were pretty inexperienced, we lucked out. He was just a grey, but he was a pretty young hand fed chick. Didn't pay much for him, I think around $30 or so, plus cage and supplies.

If you see any bird fairs in your area, check them out!
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I went to a pet store nearby who had 5 cockatiels, but of them 3 looked unhealthy and the other 2 were constantly sleeping (were not very active).

I finally found a cockatiel breeder out of my area and thought of checking them out today. I had gone there to get just one and they had many varieties. They let me play and interact with all birds they had and I liked lutino-pearl, but there was this other fallow cockatiel who liked me and didn't wanted to separate out. When we were putting lutino-pearl into my cage, the fallow was himself trying to get inside the cage too. So I decided to get both of them. Next I need to order a bigger cage since the one I have is very small just for one parakeet. Please suggest if you know any good ones else I was thinking to order one from Amazon.

But I am so happy to be a proud owner of 2 male cockatiels.
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:10 PM
 
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You bought two cockatiels? Did you totally ignored my post to you?!
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Quaker, lighten up a little.
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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You bought two cockatiels? Did you totally ignored my post to you?!
I didn't ignore your post. That was one of the factors I also looked at while buying them. I did see one of cockatiel which was in a separate cage, was not showered and had dust on it. What I learnt is it's nice to shower them somedays a week, just like we do for the parrots. They told me spraying some light water on it to clean them up. These 2 were showered and didn't had any dust in them.
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