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  1. Training and Bonding
    Hello, I adopted a cockatiel, he likes me and will call to me, grind his break, and eat treats from my fingers. He likes to ride on my shoulders which I have heard is not good. He will not step up unless it is to jump off right away to my shoulder. He will even fly to my shoulder, when he...
  2. Cockatiel Talk
    Hi all, I very recently started fostering. I grew up with a few types of birds - budgies, a lovebird, then my mom had a grey shortly before I moved out. I'd been pet-less since then, for about the past decade. Wanting to try having a bird again, I decided to foster and my husband was okay with...
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  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Cockatiel Talk
    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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. Cockatiel Talk
    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...
  16. 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:
  17. 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...
  18. Cockatiel Talk
    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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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