Ask Lafeber


March 6, 2023

Add another cockatiel

If I were to get another cockatiel for my male, is it okay to get another male?


Hi Linda,

Two male cockatiels can get along just fine, and it’s a better option if you don’t want to deal with eggs or breeding. If your male is tame, I would not get another cockatiel, or at least not to live in the same cage. Many owners make the mistake of getting their bird a “friend” but even if the bird is the same sex, they tend to bond and no longer want to interact with people. Another bird in its own cage can provide some companionship without the bonding. But if you handle your cockatiel, you are the companion so another cockatiel really isn’t necessary. And regardless of why you want a second cockatiel, there is no guarantee they will get along, even if you get a female. In the wild they choose a mate, and do not always get along with the mate we choose. A new bird needs to be quarantined in another room for about 45 days. Then you can out the cages side by side and give them time to get used to each other. If they spend their time next to each other and interacting through the cages, then this is a good sign. But once you introduce them to the same cage, it needs to be under very close supervision. Ideally you should have a neutral cage so that neither bird feels territorial. Harmless sparring with their beaks and fussing at each other is normal, but if they pull out feathers or blood is drawn, they have to be separated.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


Subscribe to our newsletter

Click here to subscribe to our newsletter