Indeed, it is! If you look at my about page, you can even see Ellie’s full name is Elspeth.
In an effort to get my birds to eat more veggies, I have started mixing in their seed diet with pureed baby food. So far, I think mixed veggies is a hit. Next stop: sweet potatoes.
I am not intentionally trying to breed my birds- it’s just nature’s call, I suppose. I am doing my best to discourage their mating behaviors, but there’s only so much I can do before stressing them out too much, especially now that school has started back up. I can only discourage what I can and be prepared for all possible outcomes.
Edit: As far as birds in shelters, etc. go: Though I agree with you, I come from an area where birds are far and few between. To adopt a bird from a shelter, one would have to drive several hours to even find one, let alone find one that is compatible for you. The only cockatiels in my area that one would be able to find is in our PetSmart in the neighboring city, and I would rather someone received a bird from me, who is knowledgeable in bird care and always learning more about their care, rather than from a pet mill where birds are treated like merchandise, not pets.
If the case became that my tiels did end up hatching eggs, I have comfort in knowing that I will educate my buyers in at least their most basic care and to provide them with free wing and nail clippings (if they cannot afford freelance vet visits), for I want to know that each of my birds is safe and healthy.
Puff and Peeko have been -doing the deed,- and as of late, Puff has been chasing and attacking Ellie out of their cage. Male protecting ‘the nest’ (there is no actual nest) perhaps, or maybe Ellie is actually male and Puff is being territorial? Anyone have cockatiel mating pairs with this sort of experience?