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My aunt's bird is about 18 years old, and he/she has been alone for all of that time, and has been in the same store bought cage. If it isn't obvious already, he/she is very antisocial. It hisses when you're 2 feet away or 10 feet away, and it doesn't even accept food from you. I want to know if i can make it less antisocial and more "open" to people, or of its already too old for being taught again. I also can't take it out of it's cage because my aunt doesn't like to have it's wings clipped.:yellow pied:<_<
 

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Check out our training stickies. The bird may never be cuddly but it can be tame.

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I think it's never too late to tame a tiel. My tiel came to us when he was 15. He also was a solo bird and had lived in the same cage his whole life. Although we believe initially he had out of cage time, we think over the years it became less and less. Now, a year and a half later, he is a cuddlebug and loves to be out of his cage and play. Although there's no guaranty your aunt's tiel will be cuddley, I'm sure he would like some human interaction and out of the cage time. My tiels wings aren't clipped either, as many tiels here aren't, but he still gets out of the cage time. You just have to build some trust first. Here are some helpful threads:

Food Bribery - http://talkcockatiels.com/showthread.php?t=28661

Taming lperry82 version - http://talkcockatiels.com/showthread.php?t=22073

http://talkcockatiels.com/showthread.php?t=33824
 

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None of my birds are clipped and all get out of cage time. As long as your take time to make a room safe it's fine. Even if a bird is clipped, it can still fly under the right conditions, so even a clipped bird should only be in a bird safe room.

Henry was probably around seventeen when I started working with him. He would come out for my mum, and came out sometimes, but he was very anti social to everyone else and would often draw blood when he bit. He's become very docile and friendly, though not hugely cuddly. He's perfectly happy just sitting around on a shoulder or lap now.

A bird is never too old to learn.
 

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Wow, 18 years old... It could be possible, but it may not be easy. Actually, it won't be easy but you can do it. :)
 

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Hello. I'm so glad that you are going to try taming her/interacting with her. It might take time and patience but it will be worth it. Please keep us posted on the progress. It will be nice to read how she is progressing. :)

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