On 3/03/08, ellie wrote:
> On 2/06/08, Val wrote:
>> My daughter got a new young cockatiel. We're not sure on
>> the sex yet. He/she is starting to make this little rolling
>> whistle. Do females wolf whistle also? The breeder said it
>> was to early to tell if it was a male . It's a yellow
>> cheek. Do they get the same sold grey tail like the normal
>> gray when they mature?
> Dear Val,
> Hubby & I had two cockatiels. Turned out one was female and
> the other was male. Couldn't tell till they were mature and
> one started laying eggs and the other mounted the female, so
> we then knew it was a male. From talking to our veteranian
> doctor who also had two cockatiels, he said that the only
> way to really know early is to "sex" them which is a
> surgical procedure, and is painful for the birds. He did
> not recommend it. His two were named Harry and Harriet and
> he found out the same as we did, after a couple of
> years "Harry" started laying eggs and "Harriet" was the male.
> Our two were "Sydney" the female (YES!) and Ladybird the
> male! We referred to them as he and she for the beginning
> years incorrectly and continued so as not to confuse them
> and ourselves. After all, they don't really know what "he &
> she" meant.
> Sadly, Sydney died of old age five years ago (spent hundreds
> to try and save him!) and Ladybird remains with us at age
> 17! She was affected greatly by Sydney's death and for a
> full year she (he) explored everywhere and called for him
> (her) constantly. She lost interest in the many things they
> did together. We didn't want to start over with another
> bird mate for her as no one could assure us of sex, and we
> were told they mate for life anyway, and they may end up not
> accepting one another, fighting and such.
> She gets lots of attention and love from us and seems
> content enough now.
> Also from talking to other cockatiel owners, seems male
> birds tend to be more vocal and squawk a lot, which happened
> to us.
> Hope this helps.
Ellie, you are so full of it you make me laugh.
You say, and I quote, "From talking to our veteranian
doctor who also had two cockatiels, he said that the only
way to really know early is to "sex" them which is a
surgical procedure, and is painful for the birds."
Surgical sexing is done under anesthesia and is NOT painful at
all. If you don't want to go that route, how about DNA testing?
That's simple a feather or blood sample is all it takes.
Stop giving such ludicrous and nonsensical advice when you know
nothing of what you speak.
Hope this helps.
Mrs. Know It ALL