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Ive had my cockatiel Pip for a while now (about six months) and she still does not let me anywhere near her cage. She hisses and lunges at me whenever I try to change her water+food and she trys to fly away whenever I open her cage to clean/ change out one of her toys. I whistle to her before and after school and I talk to her whenever I can. I love her a lot so I dont wanna get rid of her. Am i doing something wrong? I really need help because I want to be a better bird owner.

(The place i got my bird did not give me her exact age. They said she was most likely two years old)
 

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Some birds need a lot longer than 6 months to warm up to their human. You also got her when she is predicted to be 2 years old, which it is a lot more complicated to tame/bond with older birds compared to getting them while they are young. Keep socializing with her, put your hand close to the cage where she can see it until she is comfortable and doesn't show aggression or anxiety. Then put it on the cage, not above her though. Do this until she is comfy with it. Then you can move onto putting it in her cage. There are plenty of articles/posts here that help with training/bonding. You aren't alone!

There is nothing that can be done in a short amount of time to help her not fly while you change her stuff out. Sadly, she will have to tough it out and you need to continue changing her things. Don't take it personally. No one can scoop up an older bird and make it like them as fast as they want. It does take time. I have two budgies that I have had for almost half a year and they don't like me or my fiance at all. Just have patience, it will be worth it!
 

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My uncle has some really old cockatiels and I tamed them in a few days. Every time anyone got near their cage they would get scared and hiss and try to bite them. What I did was get a small towel or gloves and grabbed them with it, so when they tried to bite me, I wouldn’t feel it. When you have them, gently pet their head and try to gain their trust. Keep doing this everyday and when you see that they’re getting used to you, try holding them without the towel. I also did this with my first cockatiels but they were babies so it was easier. They did make me bleed a few times, but it was worth it.
 

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Here are some steps for bonding with your 'tiel:

1. Clip their wings; this prevents them from flying away. Go to your local pet store / vet to get them clipped
2. Once they have their wings clipped, they can't fly away from you when you try to interact and socialise with them. Interact with them for about 15 minutes each day at first, then add more time each day. This way the cockatiel can adapt to you and slowly become more friendly
 
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