Both male and female cockatiels make wonderful pets - the males will learn more complex songs and might attempt to talk but they can be noisy ( please be aware of this if you live in an apartment or are noise sensitive) - the hens will whistle but are generally more quiet. Hens are just as sweet and tame as the males and are a good option if you are looking for quieter pet. Cockatiels are happiest when kept with other cockatiels. They are often less noisy and will be less prone to unwanted behavior like screaming, biting and plucking when kept in pairs or groups. Two cockatiels can be just as tame as a single one as long as you spend time with them ( I give a discount if you purchase two cockatiels instead of just one- which is subject to availability of course!).
I currently have NO baby or adult cockatiels available. Please contact my friends at Avila aviary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303 663 0399 ! you are interested in adopting a cockatiel
I no longer keep or breed budgies or Bourkes in my aviary.
My aviary is located in my private residence, my bird-room is next to my master bedroom and I do not offer tours (!!) except to those purchasing a baby/adult bird from me. I do not run a petstore or a business and raising birds is a hobby only.
I give priority on my waiting lists to families or people that want to adopt two birds together. I strongly believe that birds are always happier to have a friend around that they can talk to and turn to when their human is away from home or busy doing other things. My babies are kept in groups since hatch and are still very tame and trusting- they do not get wild or un-social because they have a bird friend - they all love people.
Adopting a single bird means that you accept the responsibility to be this birds "mate" for the rest of it's life- cockatiels can live well into their 20s - birds eat, sleep and play together.
Birds feeding their toys (or humans), mating with hands, toys or bells or defending their human against others, screeching, plucking, cage aggression, destructive behavior and depression can all be the result of keeping a single bird.
I do not adopt out birds into homes with small cages or single birds into homes where they would be alone for most of the day- - a cockatiel cage should be at least 24 inches wide, a parakeet cage 20 inches wide, a Bourke cage 24 inches wide. This is assuming that the birds get free flight time every day. The smallest cage in my house is 30 inches wide - and is used for a maximum of 2 months during breeding season only- the rest of the year the birds are housed in 5ft wide flights. Tall and skinny cages are not practical - birds will not use the vertical flight space - the fly side to side but never straight up.
If you are planning to only adopt one bird please be aware that you will take the place of this birds mate for life - no bird likes to be alone all day. Birds are primarily active during the day and not an ideal choice if you only have evenings to play with your pet. If you are away from home more than 6 hours a day please consider getting two birds.
Multiple bird special: If you adopt two handfed baby cockatiels in 2016 - regular price is $ 125 each - from us at the same time into the same home I will reduce the adoption fee to $225 for BOTH birds together
one handfed cockatiel baby $125 ( some show quality babies will be higher depending on mutation and quality)
These prices are subject to availability of course. There might be a surcharge for rare mutations ( whiteface in cockatiels, show quality heavy pied cockatiels)
The purchase price of my birds includes a bag of seed, some pellets, a cuttlebone, stryptic powder, a toy and a small bag of treats to make the transition to their new home as easy as possible.
at this time I only accept cash or Paypal (please make sure you cover the fees if you send it commercial)
I do not sell un-weaned babies - no exceptions!
I do not sell birds to third parties ( including people that buy birds as gifts for others!) or re-sellers, pet stores or brokers - these are my babies and part of my family - please understand that I want them to go to good, forever homes and like to meet their future families in person :-)
Yes I ship birds weather permitting and at the buyers expense - I can only ship Delta or Continental out of Colorado Springs - the cost is usually around $150 for the airfare plus $30 for a crate. Delta has raised their fees quite significantly this year - I will only ship by air - shipping psittacine birds by USPS is not permitted and plain dangerous for the animals.