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Posted 3/6/2013 7:39:42 PM Post #3192
 

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Hello there! My name is Heather and I'm looking to start bird keeping again. My husband is paralyzed so I am a stay at home wife and have lots of extra time on my hands. I have kept and or cared for Cockatiels, parrotlets, Conures, Amazons and other through out my life so I'm not new to the care and needs of pet birds. After long talks with my husband we have narrowed down our choice to Cockatiels or parrotlets (maybe both) what I was wondering is which of the two are the better species to start out breeding or would it be ok to get a pair of each? Not sure how much it matters but I do know handfeeding as I worked in a vets office for years and he raised Cockatoos (umbrella and rosies) so we all chipped in when babys were ready.
I know both are common birds but were not doing this to make a bunch of money this is strictly a hobby and our love for bords..plus whatelse are we gonna do with the empty spare bedroom? LOL
Posted 4/11/2013 1:11:56 PM Post #3212
 

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Hi!
I have never owned parrotlets, but I have bred cockatiels. You are right that there won't be much money in it most likely, but they are so fun! I always had parent raised babies who ended up being incredibly sweet and cuddly because I handled them so often from such a young age. I kept a few into adulthood and their temperament lasted. I can't say which is better because I only have had the one kind, but I loved the tiels. Mine were all eager to breed and bred just fine in the same room as budgies, finches, and at one point a canary. My pairs were more aggressive during breeding but they were all tame and the couple of times they had to be handled during incubation and chick rearing they were still fairly easy to handle, though pretty stressed at the intrusion. Since I started so young, I have to admit that I had them in my bedroom, and having me around a lot only seemed to disturb one pair. I think as far as breeding purely for hobby goes, cockatiels are an ideal choice


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