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I was recently gifted a lovely 17 (ish) year old tiel from a friend. I have lots of experience hand raising baby birds but very little experience with cranky, sort of tame sort of not tame old man birds. Spike is adorable and we have made great progress - he steps up onto my hand and will ride my shoulder but he will not let me pet or touch him at all. I really want to give him a head scritch, lol but I'm patient!

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Hello and welcome to you and Spike from Joey and me! Tiels are funny with what they will and won't allow. Joey loves a good head/face/neck scritch session, but he won't step up for anything, including his beloved millet. The fact you are patient will go a long way to getting him closer. Some birds never allow it, but with luck your guy will. :)
 

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Welcome to the board. Spike sounds a lot like my Sammy. No head skritches allowed.
 

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Hello and welcome from me and Percy! I like the sound of Spike and I'm sure he'll be a great pet, cranky or otherwise :D
 

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Allo Allo from central canada! Your little guy sounds adorable! Them seniors are full of chili powder and vinegar, aren't they? My 14 year old hen is cranky and nippy as all heck. But I wouldn't trade her for the world!
 

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Welcome to the forum, from Paula and Milo! Your little old man sounds cute as can be. I can only hope Milo lives that long! Pictures please ;)
 

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...Them seniors are full of chili powder and vinegar, aren't they? My 14 year old hen is cranky and nippy as all heck. But I wouldn't trade her for the world!
lol Yes, we must give due respect to our cranky ol' girls, too!
 

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Hello and welcome! :)
 

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Allo Allo from central canada! Your little guy sounds adorable! Them seniors are full of chili powder and vinegar, aren't they? My 14 year old hen is cranky and nippy as all heck. But I wouldn't trade her for the world!
My 'tiel gets super cranky all the time, and he's only 2!
 

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