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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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