Ask Lafeber


August 4, 2021

Is it a good idea to go to pet store?

Hi, I’m the mum yesterday –

So I want to ask, is it a good idea to go to pet store? Because I’ve read many websites and articles say that if I go to a pet store to buy a cockatiel it’s usually hard to train them. Is that true? Any suggestions?


Hi Elizebeth,

Where you go isn’t as important as how nice the birds are. A chain pet store might only have parent raised cockatiels, and most of them will never be tame like a hand raised bird. It is very important that you and your daughter handle the birds before choosing one, as I mentioned before. If you can’t handle the bird before you buy it, don’t buy it. The bird should sit on your hand and be interested in you. You will find hand raised birds, and you will find other cockatiels that are half the price. You get what you pay for. If the deal seems too good to be true, it is. If they tell you to point to a bird, and they catch it and put it in a box for you and tell you it will be OK in a few days once it gets to know you – they are lying. This is where people make mistakes. The bird can be 8 weeks old and just weaned but if the parents raised it and it has never been handled, it may never want to be handled. Most adults give up on trying to tame a young cockatiel that was parent raised, so a child will never have the patience. You can work with one for weeks, months, a year or longer and not see much progress. A hand fed is much more expensive, but it can be handled before you buy it. That is the key – handle it before buying it, or buyer beware. Sadly some sellers will tell you anything to make a sale. You want your daughter to have a good experience, so make sure the bird you select is truly tame.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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