We're getting them tomorrow! I'm very excited and can't wait to get them in place and let them settle in.
They were told both were male but my neighbour thinks one is female based on her cheek colouring. No history of egg laying, but I'll be doing plenty of reading up anyway so I know what I need to watch out for generally healthwise.
While females are supposed to have paler cheek coloring, it's not quite precise enough to use to determine gender. There are under-tail markings (I think) that are better indicators, but I don't know exactly what they are. The rescue does dna testing on cockatiels to determine gender, but if you research some you might be able to figure out what the other visual indicators of gender are. Or you could decide that you didn't really care since there's no history of breeding or egg laying.
One of the differences in care between budgies and cockatiels is that cockatiels have slower metabolisms. Pellet diet is excellent for them, and lots of vegetables. I don't feed mine any fruit and I'm careful with seed and treats. Enjoy!
They've been together for a year with no breeding issues so maybe they are both male or just not interested. I have had a bit of a Google and saw the other indicators , once I have them might have a better look and see if there are any other clues. Either way they get on and are happy so it's all good.
They are on seeds rather than pellets but current owners have told me what veggies they like and it's quite a long list so at least I'm not going to have to persuade them to eat up!
I really can't wait to get them, been eyeing up toys and ideas for foraging toys I can make but no point getting too carried away as I don't know what else they have that we'll get with them. Their cage has a mix of natural branches, nail trimming and rounded wooden perches already and some toys so they're not exactly deprived.
I had a lone tiel many years ago and she was very friendly and sweet just a little loud (well, a lot loud), but hopefully with two birds they will be happy with one another when your busy so won't call for you. Can't wait to hear how things progress with them.
Thanks for all the lovely comments! As I haven't spent enough time with them to figure out their mutations I'm not even sure if I'm using proper terms but the grey on the left is Coco and the yellow on the right is Buddy.
They're settling in really well, Buddy is very friendly and has been out, climbing over us, preening my hair and playing with toys. Coco is more cautious but has also been out, sat on laps and hands, but mostly on the perch on top of the cage. Coco seems to be the boss. Our daughter is besotted, and even hubby who was lukewarm about them has held them, and is watching them. Here's a couple of clearer pics.
I'm thinking Buddy is lutino, has red/pink eyes, and Coco is pearl. However "he" is two-ish and online what I'm reading implies that after about one males just look like normal greys so I'm wondering, if I'm right thinking he's a pearl, if he is actually a she.