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Cockatiels are very sociable birds and will get depressed if they are left alone for long periods of time. They may hit their heads against cages, pull their feathers, refuse to eat, or become angry. It’s best to get a pair of cockatiels if you know you’ll be out of your house for long periods of time.Drafty areas in your house can be very bad for your cockatiel, it can even kill them by making your tiel very sick. Don’t place the cage anywhere there might be a direct or indirect draft like air conditioning vents. If you want to find out if there is a draft you are not aware of, place a candle in the area you are thinking of placing the cage. It if flickers, there’s a draft there, so find another area for your cage.Cockatiels enjoy human contact and can be petted. However, their personalities vary greatly and not all birds make good pets. Hand-reared birds are the best choice. They are intelligent birds, and unless they receive regular attention and companionship they can get frustrated and develop behavioural problems such as shrieking for attention, and feather plucking.