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Conure or cockatiel

Hey so as you guys know, I'm new here. I don't have a cockatiel but was planning to get one. So I wanted an easy bird that is really cuddly/affectionate, and read that cockatiels are like that. But I also read that Conures are even more cuddly birds. So now I'm stuck with, cockatiel or conure or quaker? Quakers seem cool too. Which of these 3 is the most cuddly, easiest to tame? More brave and not as afraid of people? I already have budgies just to let you know. I really want a bird that will be more cuddly unlike budgies since they don't like to be petted etc. I know birds aren't like dogs and cats but like a bird I could keep on my shoulder and for it to enjoy it as well as me. I'm most likely gonna get the bird off of Craigslist which is already tame, but just in case I don't I want to know which is easier to tame and which is more cuddly. Thanks!
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Hi dennis welcome to the forum.

If you want a cuddly bird that wants to spend a lot of time hands on with you then I'd find a breeder in your area and go and meet them and see the birds they breed.

A lot of breeders will hand tame a chick at a few weeks of age and get the bird use to being hands on and comfortable around people. You will pay a few more dollars for a bird from a reputable breeder who hand tames their birds for their customers but you will have a bird that will come home and want to be your hand tame friend and play with you the day you bring it to your home.

Do your homework and shop around with breeders and see what they have.

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Ok thanks, but which one are more friendly?

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Ok thanks, but which one are more friendly?

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It's hard to say which breed is more friendly, I know a girl who went out of her way to visit a breeder who had a conure chick every couple of days for a few months before she brought him home. He was her dream bird but she found after a couple of months he didn't really want to have much physical hands on interaction with her. He liked dancing with her and playing with toys with her but he wasn't really interested in her handling him. Odd... but all breeds can develop a personality over time so its hard to say exactly what you might end up with.

I do know you have to be there for the bird and show you care all the time. You have to put in the time and effort to keep that trust up with a physical hands on interaction or the bird will start to ignore you and your hands.

I've had cockatiels in the past that were really friendly and all about being hands on and learning to mimic speech and anything I said. They liked being in my hands when I turned on the tap so they could bath, they loved me blow drying them with the hair dryer. It was fun watching them so happy and excited while being around me all the time demanding my time.

One time I left my home one morning and a woman on the street said, "oh your bird likes to hang on your back and travel with you? How cute!"

I was shocked to find my cockatiel had jumped on my jacket as I was leaving the house and I had no idea. She hung on while I walked 2 blocks from home. She didn't fly away or freak out she just hung on while I did my thing. She had never been outside before and she wasn't clipped so she could have easily flown away but she was really into me so she trusted the situation and hung on. Lucky for me!!!!!!

I like tiels, they are funny little birds full of personality and spunk but I also know conures who are just as fun and full of personality as tiels.

So its hard to tell you which is the better bird.


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It's hard to say which breed is more friendly, I know a girl who went out of her way to visit a breeder who had a conure chick every couple of days for a few months before she brought him home. He was her dream bird but she found after a couple of months he didn't really want to have much physical hands on interaction with her. He liked dancing with her and playing with toys with her but he wasn't really interested in her handling him. Odd... but all breeds can develop a personality over time so its hard to say exactly what you might end up with.

I do know you have to be there for the bird and show you care all the time. You have to put in the time and effort to keep that trust up with a physical hands on interaction or the bird will start to ignore you and your hands.

I've had cockatiels in the past that were really friendly and all about being hands on and learning to mimic speech and anything I said. They liked being in my hands when I turned on the tap so they could bath, they loved me blow drying them with the hair dryer. It was fun watching them so happy and excited while being around me all the time demanding my time.

One time I left my home one morning and a woman on the street said, "oh your bird likes to hang on your back and travel with you? How cute!"

I was shocked to find my cockatiel had jumped on my jacket as I was leaving the house and I had no idea. She hung on while I walked 2 blocks from home. She didn't fly away or freak out she just hung on while I did my thing. She had never been outside before and she wasn't clipped so she could have easily flown away but she was really into me so she trusted the situation and hung on. Lucky for me!!!!!!

I like tiels, they are funny little birds full of personality and spunk but I also know conures who are just as fun and full of personality as tiels.

So its hard to tell you which is the better bird.
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I wish there were more opinions up here! I'm running into the same dilemma, tiel or gcc?
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Hah I'm still stuck, it's not of choice which is easier to care for and I don't know, some say gcc can become mean and cockatiels aren't fond of being held so I don't know. I know I should just go look but what if the breeder doesn't have the opposite bird at the moment. It's so hard to choose.

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Hello, dennisbro3112, I finally decided to go with a GCC, and will be picking him up this afternoon! He is 10 weeks old, and was raised with a 7 year old boy handling him, so I'm excited to meet such a tolerant bird! Do keep us updated on what your choice is, and when you get your critter! I'll let you know how our first few days are together soon!
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Yep I think I have settled on a green cheek too. Gonna get one in a month or so since it's still being weaned. BTW that's a beautiful bird there!!

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Hello, dennisbro3112, I finally decided to go with a GCC, and will be picking him up this afternoon! He is 10 weeks old, and was raised with a 7 year old boy handling him, so I'm excited to meet such a tolerant bird! Do keep us updated on what your choice is, and when you get your critter! I'll let you know how our first few days are together soon!

Congrats on your new conure its beautiful, I look forward to lots of pics and details about how he is is when he settles in to your home.


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Yep I think I have settled on a green cheek too. Gonna get one in a month or so since it's still being weaned. BTW that's a beautiful bird there!!

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Good choice, are you visiting with the bird before it comes home and getting to know it and getting it use to you? Will the breeder be hand taming it for you?
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Sadly I can not visit it since it is several hours away and my parents would be driving me, but the breeder is specifically focusing on taming the bird for me.

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Sadly I can not visit it since it is several hours away and my parents would be driving me, but the breeder is specifically focusing on taming the bird for me.

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Very nice, you should end up with a sweet tempered hand tame bird ready to play with you and settle in well if your breeder is working with him.

I can imagine how excited you are to get him home and in your life.
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Yes very!! Much more fun than the parakeets I have!

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Yes very!! Much more fun than the parakeets I have!

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Just think of the fun you will have watching your conure interact and socialize with your budgies. I always enjoyed introducing a new bird friend to the current birds I have had in my home.

You get to see the new birds excitement at seeing other birds in their midst, then watch the new bird wanting to hang out with the other birds or go in their cage steal their food or play with their toys and just hang out.

Its always fun to see this happen.


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Just think of the fun you will have watching your conure interact and socialize with your budgies. I always enjoyed introducing a new bird friend to the current birds I have had in my home.

You get to see the new birds excitement at seeing other birds in their midst, then watch the new bird wanting to hang out with the other birds or go in their cage steal their food or play with their toys and just hang out.

Its always fun to see this happen.
Hoping so but worried since some people say conures often attack budgies.

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Hoping so but worried since some people say conures often attack budgies.

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All you can do is watch when they meet, do it while the budgies are in their cage and take the conure up to the cage to have a look at his new friends.

If the conure lunges at the birds in their cage then you know this might not be a good friendship but really I think your conure will be happy to know he is not the only feathered friend in your home so he will be happy to hang out with your buds without any issues.

In my experience I've always had to watch out and be wary of my budgies around any new breed of bird I brought home. Budgies can be horribly nasty if they want to even to birds that are larger than themselves. Don't fret about them not getting along yet.

There are a bunch of pictures in the gallery here of members with conures who are housed and living happily with another breed of bird and they get along fine.





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All you can do is watch when they meet, do it while the budgies are in their cage and take the conure up to the cage to have a look at his new friends.

If the conure lunges at the birds in their cage then you know this might not be a good friendship but really I think your conure will be happy to know he is not the only feathered friend in your home so he will be happy to hang out with your buds without any issues.

In my experience I've always had to watch out and be wary of my budgies around any new breed of bird I brought home. Budgies can be horribly nasty if they want to even to birds that are larger than themselves. Don't fret about them not getting along yet.

There are a bunch of pictures in the gallery here of members with conures who are housed and living happily with another breed of bird and they get along fine.





Thanks. Hopefully they will get along. I might keep then together and I might not. Depends on how well they get along and if they hate each other or not. Another question, my parakeets are not the most tame birds and I know if one parakeet isn't tame the otherside are harder to tame. Is it that same way even if he is hand raised will he becomes more wild if I keep him with the not so tame parakeets.

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My little conure was pretty nippy early in the day yesterday, our first real day together, but just hours later, with a lot of cuddling and feeding and talking, she stopped biting completely. Although, she got cranky near bedtime, but my limited experience with birds says that they usually do. She's been bold and already clingy to me, ad will squawk and carry on if I leave the house, and complain and follow me if I leave the room. She's a love already, I don't care about the two blisters on my hand or the piece missing from my ear, lol <3
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That's cool but will a hand tame baby become untame from being with not so tame parakeets?

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