Pet Birds : How to Buy a Cockatiel

Pet Birds : How to Buy a Cockatiel

How to buy a Cockatiel. Well, buying a Cockatiel
is a lot like buying a parakeet, or any other bird or animal. First thing you need know,
is you need to know what you want out of the Cockatiel. Do you want an animal that you’re
going to be able to play with and handle, and be best friends with? Or are you looking
for an animal just to look at? Once you’ve decided that, then you know whether or not
you’re looking for just an animal that you’re going to find physically attractive, or one
that you can actually play with and handle. Then go to your local pet store, or breeder,
or bird show, or whatever. Look around and find people who’ve got parakeets for sale.
And then you want to find the parakeet that meets your needs. Now if you’re looking for
one that’s handleable, of course you’re going to want to get him out, and play with him
and touch him. Chances are, most Cockatiels from a pet store or breeder, or you know,
someone who is doing this professionally, are not going to be super, super hand tamed.
They’re going to be kind of like this guy here. Which is, he’ll get up on you, he’ll
stay on your finger. He’ll deal with you handling him. But he’s going to take a little bit of
working still to get down to be that super friendly Cockatiel. And be able to talk about
that in a different video how to do that. What you’re looking for here is signs of good
health, so we want an animal that is active, attentive. He needs to be moving around, making
noises. He’s picking on me a little bit. He’s got clear and attentive eyes, there’s no discharge
coming from the nose. He’s not being lethargic. He’s got all of his toes intact, nothings
been beaten up on, or ripped off by a cage mate or something, which can happen. He’s
not missing any feathers, all of his feathers are intact. He doesn’t have any broken blood
feathers. He’s not sitting lethargically, puffing himself up, which is a clear indicator
of illness in a Cockatiel. As long as he meets all of those needs, than really all you are
looking for is personality and attractiveness. Any bird for the most part can be tamed down,
so, you know, keep that in mind if you find one that’s maybe not as tame as you would
like it, but you really find it attractive, you can probably work with the bird and get
him to relax and tame down, but don’t count on that completely. Because some birds just
never, never get used to people. They’re just always going to be a little bit, frustrating
and a little bit annoying to work with. So, but you know, it’s difficult, and just make
sure you have healthy one, and you’ll both a great and healthy relationship in your future
together. And, that’s pretty much all there is to it.

Comments (100)

  1. The one I bought has fur and crawls on the ground. I haven't had much luck training him to fly! My neighbor has one just like mine, although he seems to think it's called a ferret. Goofy guy.

  2. Anybody noticed that the cockatiel's wings are clipped? What are your thoughts on "wing clipping"?

  3. I love these goofy looking birds.

  4. Instructions unclear accidentally bought Canada

  5. That one looks exactly like my crazy ass cockatiel Roca 🙂

  6. sir how to tell if it is a male or female cockatiel Ln do they depend to their tail

  7. u own a pet store i see

  8. Don't make the cockatiel keep stepping up he got tired 😡😥

  9. my cocktail fly away

  10. The funny thing is, people KNOW how to buy a cockatiel. Why even make the video?

  11. I want to know why he kept saying to look for the parakeet you want, when the video is about cockatiels. And the video, how to buy a cockatiel. You get some $, and buy the cockatiel you want. Duh

  12. never expect more from a petco worker..

  13. is the cocktail eat very small??

  14. If i want a animal just to look at. I'll go to school

  15. leave.the.poor.bird.perched.on.your.damn.finger.for.fucks.sake

  16. We had one of these birds his name was tommy gun we gave him to my uncle he lives far almost an hour away. I assume he Amy be dead by now because of how long it's been

  17. do they have spunk a personalty and a fun loving attitude if u know what I mean

  18. Help, I was at a pet store and the cockatiel at the front desk called me ugly, hissed at me, bit my money, and said I cannot buy his friend? Help?

  19. Looks exactly like my bird

  20. #adoptdontshop ☹️☹️ stop telling people all of this fake info! If it's not real, what's the point of having a YouTube channel on it?!?!?!😤 That bird is becoming very agitated with you if you just can't seem to tell 😒

  21. why my cocktail scared form me

  22. I got my birds from a breeder because I have read so many things that pet stores don't take good care of their birds.

  23. What do you mean????You just go to the pet shop and buy one lol

  24. Don't shop! Adopt!
    (gotcha the cockatoo)

  25. how to buy a cockatiel bird
    1) walk to the pet store
    2) find the cockatiel bird
    3) buy the cockatiel bird
    4) walk out of the pet shop

  26. Instructions unclear. Dick stuck in cage

  27. My cockatiel puffs up sometimes, but doesn’t do it all the time. Should I take him to the vet?

  28. Thank you for sharing this video
    How many days they need to be feed by hand?
    When they start to eat by themselves?
    I wanna buy one,

  29. Stop making it step up. Nobody likes excercising

  30. Reads title:
    Shows:How To Buy A cockatiel

    Step1#go to a store that sells birds

    Step2:find a bird for you

    Step3: Buy It -_-

  31. I lost my lutino cockatiel yesterday… i feel like shit.

  32. My mom used to have cockatiels. She got the parents, Star and Rocky from PetsMart. She ended up getting a nesting box for the two and they ended up having two sons. The sons both had deformed toes and their wings were never clipped. Their mom, Star ended up dying because she couldn't get the egg that she was laying out. It was pretty depressing.

  33. Something that people don't mention a lot in these videos. Cockatiels are so very sweet! My 4 yo male is one of the joys of my life. In conclusion these birds make wonderful feathered friends.

  34. What? He couldn't be more wrong! The reason that cockatiel is aggressive is because it isnt tamed and your forcing it! They are cuddle bugs, and very sweet, if you take care of them right…

  35. Wow what as strange parakeet…. ( he kept saying parakeet and cockatiel 😂)

  36. I dont recommend buying birds in a mixed pet store because they don't focus mainly on that animal and I recommend a trust worthy breeder. Why, because usually in stores they don't have healthy birds in my opinion.

  37. False info and also bird need alot of attention. I have 2 birds and they really want me to play with them and handle them. If you just buy one to look at them they will get bored and depressed which leads to feather plucking. This dude don't know his shit.

  38. You look like literally every gamer ever

  39. Poor bird he wanted to stop stepping up and was trying to ask you to stop.😢

  40. Id be annoyed if someone kept moving the floor underneath me like that

  41. I want a male I have a female 🙁 but still good

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  43. It's a cocka-TIEL not a cockatoo

  44. That bird would kill you if it had the chance

  45. Lol i was half expecting him to suddenly scream out “AHHHHHH” when the cockatiel nipped at him

  46. Is he Giving exercise for that bad.. coz it's getting pissed off..

  47. How to buy koktel lol


  49. please please please can you tell me how can I buy the cockateil

  50. DO not buy birds from pet stores, they do not treat them well there

  51. This is poor information. You can't say "well all you need to do is decide what kind of animal you want and then go get it". No. You need to consider it for months and decide if you have the time and money for the next 25 years, do tons and tons of research. "Decide if you want a tame one to play with and get out of the cage or a bird to look at" No bird should be kept just to look at! All birds need to be out of the cage for most of the day! And the 2 most important things aren't attractiveness and personality, attractiveness really shouldn't matter at all, it should come down to personality, age and how well he will fit with your family or lifestyle. You can tell just by the way you hold birds that you aren't fully informed.

  52. Jesus. Someone get this guy away from the birds please. Clearly has no idea what he's doing.

  53. Poor tiel. He didn't mind stepping up the first eight or nine times but you gave him an endless stairmaster! When he starts pecking with an open beak at your thumb and incoming hand, it's a warning. He is saying he doesn't want to do this anymore. He gave you a LOT of warnings, the next step is a painful bite that will probably give you a fingernail piercing! I've seen a tiel bite clean through a thumbnail. You should pay closer attention to the birds body language when you film, because this isn't a good interaction for him. Next time you ask him to step up he's likely to bite you and he'll dread seeing your hand because he knows he's going to pushed through an epic workout.

    If you want a cockatiel…go and watch someone like Marlene McCohen and put her parrot keeping advice into practice on your tiel.

  54. cockateil for sale.

  55. Think the bird was pecking you because you kept wanting it to step up

  56. Poor Cockatiel, he's tired of your shit in the first 30 seconds

  57. 7447546449 call me

  58. Hi does anyone know when cockatiels come to pet stores like when is their breeding season


  60. If u want a true parrot, get it from a breeder, these stores just toss their animals in cages and don’t handle them, so they are always aggressive

  61. Why are you making it step up constantly? It looked like it was gettin annoyed.

  62. Shut ur mouth.. let the bird rest
    Poor bird is tired and irritated !

  63. This was very helpful thank you

  64. Instructions (simplified)
    Go to pet store
    Pick your favorite bird
    Put money on counter
    Go home with bird

  65. I absolutely hate this video, he's torturing it by forcing it to step up 3 million times a minute.

  66. IMPORTANT WARNING FOR PET BIRD OWNERS: The food that we normally give to the canaries (and other companion birds) consisting of a "complete, balanced and top-quality seed mixture" bought in pet shops or supermarkets, makes the owners trust that their pet is well fed, but it is not like that: indeed the health of the pets is at imminent and serious risk.

    The owners of canaries, parrots, cockatoos, parakeets, cockatiels, etc., WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO DOMESTIC BIRD BREEDERS AND VETS and keep in mind that although we feed them with such a typical seed mixture, our birds are very likely in danger of suffering an unexpected, painful and practically inevitable PREMATURE DEATH BY FATTY LIVER HEPATITIS. Canaries, for example, will surely die at 4 – 6 years of age of the more than 14 that they can live.

    It is discouraging that in a time like nowadays, in which food is studied in detail for other pets such as dogs and cats, pet birds are condemned to die painfully and prematurely in so many cases. You have to warn people so they can avoid it!

    This deadly disease is very common in pet birds but owners usually don’t know or detect it in time. And we can not imagine that THE CAUSE IS IN THE FOOD ITSELF that we provide to our birds, in which such a typical mixture contains low-fat seeds such as canary seed together with other VERY fatty seeds such as niger, hemp or nabine and, in addition, the birds usually prefer to eat the fatty seeds, so that their REAL DIET is unbalanced by excessive fat, gradually causes the fatty infiltration of the liver and in a few years causes fatty liver hepatitis and PREMATURE DEATH to companion birds in general.

    It is a cruel disease that progresses silently and, when its unexpected symptoms suddenly begin, they are imprecise, easily confused with other ailments, so the owners usually postpone the visit to the vet at a time already critical for the life of the bird (besides that not all vets are trained to recognize this elusive disease, even to administer lipotropic liver protectors and regenerators in curative doses, just in case it is that and not a supposed blow). It's a process of slow and asymptomatic progression, but when their visible symptoms unexpectedly begin (acute phase) the disease accelerates.

    SYMPTOMS OF THE ACUTE PHASE OF FATTY LIVER DISEASE: First, emotional decay or progressive lack of interest, hard belly (in many specimens, with a dark spot with a half-moon shape on the belly, to see it you have to wet your fingers to remove the down), falls from the sticks of the cage that seem for "errors of calculation" and then lameness more or less accentuated (that make believe that they are by the previous falls, but both symptoms are due to that it hurts the liver), lack of flight and singing, the bird fluffs up his feathers or inclines more or less slowly; Then, within a few weeks and even in a few days, forced breathing with an open beak, remaining lying on the floor of the cage near the food, sudden spasms from time to time (which make people believe that the bird is "epileptic" or which has a "tumor" but it are twinges of pain of diseased liver), abundant greenish stools (caused by biliverdin which if it's not fasting, it means hepatic harm), then black and watery (from hepatic hemorrhages), then a strange somehow purple color of skin and beak, an exaggerated appetite and the final "improvement" of a few days (in the last phase, the already degenerated liver becomes deflated by what seems to be getting better), after which it suddenly dies among seizures (which may seem a heart infarct).

    For the first symptoms the liver has already degenerated to 80% and only an urgent (and accurate) veterinary action can save your bird and revert the liver situation. If you simply feed your bird with the loose seed mixture (even if you give it fresh fruits and vegetables and let it exercise, for example by letting it out of the cage at home), right now your pet's liver is degenerating, and neither you nor your bird know. Also the breeding paste and its pigments and sunflower seeds can attack the liver if they are taken too much or for too long. Without liver protectors, it is almost certain that your bird will prematurely die and in many cases you will not be able to determine its real cause.

    Hepatic lipidosis it's not only deadly by itself when the visible symptoms begin (sometimes even it does not warn at all until few moments before the death). Even before the acute phase it predisposes the bird to suffer infections, as it weakens the immune system. Furthermore, obese pet birds have an increased risk of many other diseases, including arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Obesity in birds it's not so apparent but it's more dangerous than in other animals like mammals.

    For these reasons, in addition to administering to the birds lipotropic and detoxifying / regenerating hepatic protectors preventatively and routinely, breeders usually make their own mixtures with low fat seeds.

    The time to act is NOW that your pet does not have yet the visible symptoms. It is necessary to ACTIVELY PREVENT THE HEPATIC DEGENERATION. Fortunately it is easy to do it: You have to substitute the mixture of loose seeds for some pellets compound feed of seeds and fruits / vegetables (preferably those that already include liver protectors), because this prevents the bird from eating mostly what it likes the most and, whatever the diet, it is ESSENTIAL to add every day to the drinking water or to the food a LIVER PROTECTOR, a lipotropic that includes the famous carnitine (which is also indicated for humans) and / or choline, lysine, betaine, methionine, threonine (and it is very convenient to supplement with another liver protector detoxifying and regenerating with milk thistle, boldo, artichoke extract). The liver protectors are amino acids, vitamins (of which they have a protective effect on the liver, such as vitamin C), fatty acids and essential oils that remove the fat from the liver, clean it, protect it and favor its recovery. They are cheap food supplements and it is essential to add them to your pet birds diet to conserve their liver. It is something that professionals as breeders and vets know, but we the owners usually don't know.

    Even, it are increasingly appearing in the market compound feed for companion birds that don’t include fatty seeds and that already include several liver protectors. But the vast majority of owners still confidently feed their birds with the typical mixture of loose seeds with little fat and other very fatty seeds… And their birds continue dying of hepatitis due to fatty liver in a large number of cases (probably, in most cases). Now we know that, as fatty liver disease develops from the daily food itself, it’s most likely THE FIRST CAUSE OF DEATH OF PET BIRDS, and more likely as the bird ages.

    Some web pages that I have found about it (in Spanish). For example, this page echoes the wrong food situation in which these animals are too often:

    And on this other page: it’s described that the clinical manifestations of hepatic diseases in ornamental birds are much more frequent than people could imagine and that in many cases they are not appreciated, progresses in a silent way and when they are evident, veterinary action may (usually) arrive late.

    To remark that, in general, practically any avian symptomatology should be considered as if it were a pathology that could be serious, and not allow the disease to develop because then it will probably be too late. To do this, we must thoroughly investigate the symptoms, take preventive measures that do not harm (such as giving liver and intestinal protectors according to the leaflet) ask for advice from veterinarians, breeders, etc. and administer the most appropriate treatment RAPIDLY, but without rushing in the treatment or with the doses in such small animals. If the days go by and the bird does not improve, it is necessary to continue investigating and, if necessary, change the medication in an informed and contrasted manner. Doing nothing or stopping research usually ends up with the bird dead, but acting without being sure of what is done and in what dose, it likely ends the same way. Finally, it is necessary to obtain and confirm the sufficient veterinary experience and have the serenity to determine in each case whether it is convenient to hasten to do and / or administer what medicine and in what dose, or if it is better not to do and let the situation evolve without medicating for the time being, or according to the medication that has already been administered.

    And that a limp in a bird is not always an injury caused by a blow, but the symptom of a disease of some organ (usually the liver or an intestinal disease) that needs to be discovered and treated as soon as possible. When in doubt, change diet to one with the lowest possible fats (only birdseed, or birdseed with other low-fat seeds such as millet, chia, fresh fruits and vegetables) and administer lipotropic and regenerating liver protectors in curative doses immediately … although nothing could foreshadow a fatal outcome. Acidcare also has protective properties of the intestinal mucosa and stimulants of the immune system. In doses according to the leaflet do not cause damage and will surely save the life of your bird (if it is not too late).

    Hopefully these comments will be useful to save your pet birds from an absurd death and to keep them with a basic wellness.

  67. The baby doesn't like stepping up anymore stop forcing him 😒

  68. Hello!
    Please tell how I could differenciate between the male/female cookatiel bird..

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  70. This video is terrible and wrong in so many ways. Dislike

  71. Holy crap that cockatiel looks like my cockatiel

  72. The things that educate me are not the videos.. but in fact the COMMENTS THAT ARE CORRECTING the video.

  73. What the heck. Why u cutted his feathers? Please, people, dont do that! Its not a toy!

  74. I once had a budgie named Charlotte, so her mate died and we had to give her away.
    We found somebody but I found out they never let their birds out of the cage, I didn’t want Charlotte to go after that (She was finally getting tamed to me) and then they came and took her and I cried. I don’t want her to be locked up… but she got along well.

  75. How to buy a cockatiel: go on Kijiji or Craiglist and rehome/adopt.

  76. This is hwo to buy a cockayiel go to the pet store then buy a cockatiek then get its supplies and done BOOM XD

  77. I initially brought my first cockatiel which was not tamed but was very close to me. Later I brought him another male cockatiel but later which my old cockatiel is not coming to me it does the same thing as the new bird does.. even including the pellet selection….

  78. Or a pet just to look at

    a fish

  79. To buy a bird, or i’d say one of my first birds, cockatiels is a good type to buy right???

  80. Step one: walk in pet store
    Step two: see this guy and knock the door off it's hinges running away!
    Step three: find a reputable breeder or specialty bird store and get your bird from someone who can actually teach you something about bird behavior.
    Step four: say 10 hail Marry's and thank the Lord you dodged a bullet!

  81. What kind is that cockatiel?

  82. Gotcha the Cockatoo disagrees with this. “Don’t shop! Adopt!”

    “I want your hand” “TO GET THE bleep AWAY FROM ME!”

  83. My mum got me a baby cockatiel
    He is so sweet

  84. Theats not a coctaiel it a cockatoo

  85. Don’t just buy a cockatiel to look at

  86. Does anyone know how much a Cockatiel costs?

  87. How to buy a cockatiel, go to the fucken shop and get one

  88. Why are cockatiels $200

  89. I know this video is old but PLEASE NEVER EVER buy a cockatiel to look at, they require attention and love. (A better animal for this would be a fish or if you’re dead set on a bird, a canary or finch would be better as they do not need as much attention so long as you give them a partner). The videos by this Channel do not give very good advice on the subject of cockatiels . if you are looking for a cockatiel please redirect your research to other places. i regret not doing as much good research as I should have when buying my bird a lot of my learning was done through experience and I wish I had known certain things sooner. Go on avian forums and read comments on wiki how pages, the best info comes from long time bird owners and avian specialists, take advice from chain pet store employees with a grain of salt, unless they really know their birds or are an avian specialist, often they will try to sell you products with invalid advice, I bought unnecessary treats and dangerous toys because of this. take care and do not underestimate the value of small animals lives and care.

  90. how to actually buy a cocktiel
    First find a cockatiel and learn lots about them
    Second get all the supplies
    Last buy the cockatiel

  91. Is a month and a half year old cockatiel too old ?

  92. How to buy a Cockatiel 3 easy steps:
    Step 1. Go to your Pet Store
    Step 2. Pick out a Cockatiel
    Step 3. Purchase the Cockatiel

  93. instructions unclear accidentally bought the whole stock market

  94. were can i get a cockatiel bird in canada hamilton

  95. he talks just got him from the old owner and they visited him the other day and he lost some wings but our store cuts one wing so it can't fly? is that true how do i have it trust me more he does talk a lot but today was hard for him he did sneeze!

  96. none of my local pet stores have Cocktails 🙁

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