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Hi, My grown up son bought a cockatiel about 5 years ago and now he's left him with me.
I don't agree with having birds in cages but I try to give him a nice life. He's a sweet little thing.
I bought him a small aviary so he can fly during the day but he hates hands.
If I put my hand anywhere near him or even raise a finger when he's sitting on my leg he full on attacks me.
He flies up with beak and claws full on assault that takes little chunks of skin out. I have to push him away with my hands to protect myself which doesn't help him overcome his fear of hands. He loves me playing the piano and sits on my foot loudly whistling out of tune but if I stop he attacks me.
I can't let him out of the cage every day because we have 2 dogs and 2 cats but I put him down in his aviary with trees in it and I bring him up at night so he doesn't get cold.
To bring him upstairs I have to wait until it's dark and put a torch on top of his smaller cage and he goes in no problem.
I want to get him another cockatiel for a friend but my family won't let me. They say one is enough and it would be too hard to catch 2 and that's true but I think he must get lonely with no social life.
I don't know what to do. Just keep on the way it is I guess.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thank you
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Christina Malcolm
 

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If you can get a cockatiel that is already tamed and trained, and put that bird with your first one, they might decide to be friends and then the untrained one will try to copy the ways of the trained one. I think that really works, since my bird Cookie had copied my trained bird honey and soon they were both trained. Now that Cookie has left us, Honey seems to be acting really weird. But I am sure that won't happen to you. :)
 

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Another tiel may help, especially if the tiel is tame, but you may end up with two birds who hate each other OR two birds that are really bonded and want nothing to do with you. I would say work on taming him first, then look into getting another tiel.

http://talkcockatiels.com/showthread.php?t=33824 depending on how aggressive he is this may be the way to go.
http://talkcockatiels.com/showthread.php?t=28661 food bribery always helps when taming
http://talkcockatiels.com/showthread.php?t=22073 this was how I trained my birds and it worked fairly well for me.

If he's afraid of hands, trying offering him a fist to step up instead of an open palm. Most of the time, it's the fingers that freak them out more than anything else.
 
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