> 1. Do keets and tiels get along? Would another keet be a better idea?
Hey, that's two questions! First - sometimes. It depends on the birds.
Second - probably. But, if you fall in love with this tiel... well, let's
just say you can always get another keet later ;-)
> 2. How long do tiels live?
Average, 10-15 years. Up to 20-25.
> 3. Is buying a 5 yr old bird a bad idea?
Not if the bird is a great bird; tame, no bad habits etc. Properly cared
for, you'll still have a lot of time left with this bird.
> 4. How can the owner just get rid of a pet?
I have no idea! I certainly couldn't do it...
> 5. Should I take the tiel just because I know I can give it love and
> attention and it may not be getting much where it is now?
That can get you in trouble, trust me, I know from personal experiance!
Whether or not that's a "yes" or "no" answer is up to you... Something to
consider, tho. You are probably the only person interested in this tiel
that knows much about birds and is willing to spend time on it... no, I'm
not encouraging you...
> 6. What if it hates people?
Than you should either not take the bird or be willing to spend a lot of
time trying to tame it! Or, of course, be willing to pair it up.
> 7. Will my keet feel neglected?
Only if you neglect it <g> Seriously... as long as you make sure to spend
just as much time with her and not fawn *too* much over the new guy, she
should do just fine.
> 8. Can they eventually share the same cage if they get along? Or is that
> always a no-no?
Possibly, probably not. Tiels/keets are two of the very few species I would
ever recommend possibly keeping together, because the keets are the more
aggressive, but not TOO aggressive, and the tiels are so much bigger that
there usually aren't many problems. But, it depends on the individual birds
more than anything else; if your two get along great, maybe they could share
a (large) cage. If not... no.
> 9. The tiel is on a seed-only diet. Will it be too late to introduce
> pellets and greens? Will the bird's life be shorter because of that?
Hey, that's two questions again! First - it will take a lot more work on
your part, but you should be able to introduce at least a bit more variety
to his diet, if not a complete pellet/fruit/veggy/etc. thing. On the other
hand, sometimes some birds suprise you, and if introduced correctly, respond
really well to having their diet's switched around. Second question -
possibly. The first thing I'd do, is take the bird to a vet, see if there's
problems already caused by the seed-only diet, and get recommendations on
> 10. Did I ask too many questions? :)
No such thing! :-)