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  1. Willow - three weeks in

    Training and Bonding
    Hello, I just want to say it's really useful reading everyone's experiences of taming and bonding with their birds. Willow has been with us for three weeks now, he was 10 weeks old when we got him, he was parent-reared so not really used to people, hands etc. I've been working with him to...
  2. How do I teach my tiel to come out of cage on command?

    Training and Bonding
    I've had my girl for about a month now (she's 4 months old), and we're getting along pretty well; she likes to climb on my shoulder and go around the house with me, but isn't fond of pets/scritches yet. We are still working on the "step up command," and I recently got her some treats to help...
  3. Taming a shy cockatiel and training problems

    Training and Bonding
    Hello everyone! I hope you're having a great time! I have two cockatiels (I'm new at owning cockatiels); Dhalia, an 8-month female and Dio a 4-month male. I'm having issues with both of them. First, Dhalia: I purchase her a few weeks ago, ever since I saw her in the store she seemed to be very...
  4. Trying to tame cockatiel. Should I clip her wings?

    Training and Bonding
    Hiya, I'm very new here. I got my cockatiel, Kiki, three weeks ago now. I know that taming/training a cockatiel takes A LOT of time, but she doesn't seem to be warming to me at all. She seems comfortable in every other aspect apart from when I try to hand feed her. If I get her out of the cage...
  5. Are females easy to train tricks?

    Training and Bonding
    I am getting a pearl-pied cockatiel and I've heard most pearl pied are more than likely to be female, especially if the mum cockatiel is pied, pearl pied or lutino. :pearl: At first I wanted a male but it's impossible to tell the gender at 3 weeks of age unless it has a DNA test. After doing...
  6. Won't Stop Chewing on Aviator Harness

    Training and Bonding
    Hi everyone, I recently purchased an aviator harness for my pied cockatiel, and it fits him and he likes it, really. He doesn't like putting it on or taking it off, but once it's on he's like "ooh, new toy!" His crest will be in the content position, so he isn't scared of it, but occasionally...
  7. How to stop bird from pooping on my bed?

    Cockatiel Talk
    Hello Talk Cockatiels! :-) Does anyone have some creative solutions about how to stop my bird from pooping on my bed? I recently adopted a wonderful new seventeen-year-old cockatiel named Zeke. Zeke loves to fly all over my apartment, to sit on different windowsills and doors throughout the...
  8. Randomly attacks me

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    Hi I have my own hand raised cockatiel Chickenwing, as soon as she started to molt her feathers she starting to get aggressive, I knew this was normal, but shes way over that now and she randomly attacks me, ill be giving her scratches and she'll be fine, and then she'll attack me again, she...
  9. Is training necessary?

    Training and Bonding
    I have a cockatiel named Cthulu that I got back in November 2014. Since then, I have trained him a few tricks (only like 2 or 3). I was wondering, however, if training for cockatiels is necessary, or if they can just be kept as a companion pet. I spend more than a few hours with him out of his...
  10. How to deal with aggressive/scared cockatiels?

    Training and Bonding
    I've had a male and female cockatiel (male now 8 months, female 6 months; we think) for just under 2 months, they were supposedly hand reared however when I picked them up from the seller we weren't allowed in the house and we think they weren't treated the best, and were definitely not hand...
  11. Suggestions for Treats

    Training and Bonding
    Hello, Indie refuses to eat anything but seeds. I know I have to convert him to pellets eventually, but right now I'm focused on training him. I feel like it will be hard to get him used to me/to perform tasks if I don't have any positive reinforcement to offer him. I have tried millet and...
  12. Our little monster...helpful bad behavior tips?

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    Hey everyone! So Pidgey has graced our home for roughly 3/4 of a year at this point, and about 2 months ago, we moved. Since the move, Pidgey has become, putting it as nicely as possible, an unmanageable, unstoppable tyrant. He bonded VERY heavily with my wife during her brief two weeks of...
  13. Cockatiel Training Books

    Training and Bonding
    Hello everyone! Here I would like you all to recommend the best cockatiel training book that you have ever read. One that really gets your bird into training. One that has some good tricks to teach. Good advice and fast results. Thank you!!!! JJ and Pip :cinnamon:
  14. Tiel won't let me handle her wings, tips?

    Training and Bonding
    Tiel wing handling problem... tips? I've been working with Luna for a couple of months. I've gotten her to the point where she'll step up, loves cuddling and scritches. I can touch her back (though I rarely do because I've read that can cause hormonal changes) She even lets me put hats on her...
  15. Bird Bunkers and Baby Cockatiels!

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    Hello to all! I and my boyfriend are almost cockatiel parents to Cheerio and Chacci, who are almost 7 weeks old now and still being taken care of by the breeder. We are in the process of accumulating all their toys and will set everything up in the big cage as soon as it gets here. :) :) Very...
  16. How to get a dog to be tame with cockatiel?

    Cockatiel Talk
    I'm talking about training my dog to be tame around my bird. I would Really like to know any tips or suggestions on how to keep both dog and bird to get along. I don't need them to be 'friends', but at least have my dog not attack the bird, in case they ever come into contact. Details: My dog...
  17. Starting harness training -- Advice please!

    Cockatiel Talk
    So, I've brought my little bird home & she seems very well settled in! She loves being petted and handled and makes no fuss about being upside down, having her wings, feet lifted etc. So, I've decided to go ahead with my original planning of buying a harness. A couple of people on here...
  18. Harness Training -- Appropriate age & tips?

    Training and Bonding
    I'll be picking up my baby bird (8/9 weeks old) in the next couple of weeks and I was wondering what age is generally acceptable to start harness training, and if there's any advice that any of you could give? Is the Aviator Harness the generally accepted high-standard harness? It's quite warm...
  19. Gary is very shy, anyway I can help him warm up?

    Training and Bonding
    I've had my favorite cockatiel, Gary a normal grey:grey tiel:, for three years at the end of December. He'll come close to me, and whistle and bob his head but if I move besides bobbing my head back he will fly away or hiss at me. I've been working with him everyday, sitting close to him and...
  20. Little butt is hard to train

    Training and Bonding
    I got a Good Bird Inc. training video for Simon, just the basic behavioral training video, and I don't even know how to start it. When Simon sees my hands he either bites or steps up, so when I'm trying to get him to target with my hands he just bites or steps up. And he gets so incredibly...
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