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The answer is yes! You can indeed tame an Aviary-raised cockatiel, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. This is my experience with taming Maisy, and hopefully these tips can help you.

TOP TIPS
1. Don’t tame your cockatiel in a space with other birds. You want your bird to focus on you and not get distracted by others.

2. DO NOT grip your cockatiel tight. Grip them gently and pin your bird’s wings to it’s body.

3. Make sure there is nobody else in the room. If there is, make sure they’re quiet and not close to you or your bird.

4. Clip your bird’s wings before this process. Otherwise they’ll more than likely fly around the room. I’m usually against clipping wings, but it’s a more safer and easier option.

THE TAMING PROCESS

You’ll want to take these steps nice and slowly. It took me five months to get Maisy tame enough to step up into my bare hand.

1. You’ll want your first few ”sessions” simply to be gently pinning your bird to your chest. They might seem freaked out the first few minutes, but you’ll eventually notice them calm down and realise it’s not so bad. Do this for around 10-15 minutes with minimum 3 day gaps in between.

2. After around 4-5 sessions of that, you’ll notice your bird is a lot tamer. It is recommended that you start bringing in other cockatiels, especially already tamed ones. They’ll notice how the other bird(s) trust you, and also build their flock. Your cockatiel probably won‘t be brave enough yet to step up onto your hand, but be patient.

3. When you think your bird is ready to learn how to step up onto your hand, here’s an easy way to teach them. Put two fingers just under their breast and encourage them to step up by hovering your hand over their back. Keep doing that and practicing, and your bird will eventually get used to it and automatically step onto your hand!


I hope this helped in some way! Have a good day!

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I have a cockatiel who hatched in an Avery but only got a bit of partial handling before he came to me. He loves to be with me but he hates my hands and will hiss and bite if my hands come near. He will only step up if he’s outside the cage and recognises I’m helping him back to the cage. He will take a sunflower seed from my fingers inside the cage but if I try to get him to step up inside the cage he runs away. He is now about 6 years old is there much I can do to get him comfortable with my hands?
 

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Give him treats he can't really run away for. Offer him the end of a stick of millet and let him eat while you are there. Don't let go of the end.Over time try holding the millet closer and closer to your hand so he has to come on your hand. Also try sitting next to his cage when not busy and just relax there. You can play on your phone or whatever, its just to get them more used to you and realize you are friendly.
 

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I have a cockatiel who hatched in an Avery but only got a bit of partial handling before he came to me. He loves to be with me but he hates my hands and will hiss and bite if my hands come near. He will only step up if he’s outside the cage and recognises I’m helping him back to the cage. He will take a sunflower seed from my fingers inside the cage but if I try to get him to step up inside the cage he runs away. He is now about 6 years old is there much I can do to get him comfortable with my hands?
yes, just be near him and whistle to him often. He’ll eventually recognise you as a nice person
 

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I know this isn't related,BUT MAISY IS SO CUTE! :D
How do you pin the bird to your chest if the bird avoids your hand like the plague? My bird had her wing clipped, but she can still fly around inside the cage and I'm afraid of traumatizing her.
It can be hard, but try and grab the bird from above, gently pinning their wings to it’s body.
 

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I don't know if I agree with this form of taming but it seems to have work, and seems to not be too harmful. It sounds very stressful though. I would've just offered millet to them and other birds and let the others lead by example.
It does, but the bird eventually recognises you as a nice person.
 

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Can I still try step 1 if I've had her for a month and I was going the millet route (which went awry partly because I wasn't letting her out of the cage)? Also worth mentioning that she's started finally started hissing at me. I left her alone, but it's been days and apparently she hisses whenever my hand is in the upper area (even when not inside) of the cage (where she is).
 
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