I started a similar thread a few months back that asked about the best type of cat to get. Well, I think we’re holding off on getting a cat for now, because one of my cockatiels passed away since then (RIP Clark ) and our other cockatiel, Simon, has become really lonely and needy of attention without his bird-friend whenever we’re not in the room.
So I have two questions, actually. I know that most of the Dopers said with cats, often the best types are the mutts from the pound. But is it better or safer to get cockatiels from a breeder rather than a pet store? Because both Clark and Simon we got from a pet store (I guess we didn’t even think of going to a breeder back then), and they both turned out to be incredibly sweet birds. Clark had some health problems which led to his passing, but I think that was probably just bad luck.
My second question is this: Since Simon is about 10 years old at this point, by getting a baby bird we are going to be stuck in the same cycle: Simon will eventually pass away and then the younger one will be left alone, and then we’ll have to get another one and then there will be another big age gap. So should we get two baby birds instead? That seems like a big ordeal to train two birds at the same time, but maybe not.