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Shoulder habit

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My cockatiel is with me for almost 20 days. He started getting comfortable of me at 11th day. I have a major problem with his habit, he never comes on fingers, he always runs to shoulder. If I keep him down, he runs back to my shoulder. I have no problem with that behaviour alone, the thing is, he bites after he reaches my shoulder. He bites my fingers and I have to call people to take him off. Plus he may be marking my shoulder as a territory, he is 4 months right now but after he grows up, it will be dangerous for me or anybody. What should I do? The good thing yet it that he cannot fly a lot so if I put him far away, he doesn't come. But I am still afraid of him growing up to be violent.
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Hello Akihito,

it鈥檚 me again 馃槀 , if he likes to stay on your shoulder , let it be. You can try giving head / cheek scratches when he鈥檚 on your shoulder. It won鈥檛 be dangerous for you or anybody my friend. I have 3 tamed cockatiels that like to stand on my shoulder and yes sometimes they could be very territorial but once they started to hiss or fight I鈥檒l just place them back to the floor. Every birds have its own unique personalities , so you can鈥檛 always expect the birds to turn out the way you wanted , I did mentioned before if the bird likes to bite , use a gentle and soft tone to say no or you can blow his face gently.
Thank you again for guiding me once again. I am perfectly fine with what I have been told but he doesn't listen at all. He doesn't understand my any commands, once he does, I will have him on my shoulder as long as he want. Currently, he comes, bites, makes a mess and then I have to get rid of him. I don't want to stress him either with force
I understand that you鈥檙e feeling frustrated , in fact I did experienced before , we need to be patient when comes to taming / handling a new bird.. some people took months till year to tame their bird鈥 remember take it slow and don鈥檛 rush .. work with the bird鈥檚 pace. 馃槂
Okay, but just confirm me that he won't become dominating.
Train him as early as now because I guess it can be a problem when he's grown up. Try putting something else on your shoulder for him to be distracted. Have you tried that?
Okay. This is a great way ngl. He is 4 months only so I think it's not that late. Thank you so much
Train him as early as now because I guess it can be a problem when he's grown up. Try putting something else on your shoulder for him to be distracted. Have you tried that?
Okay. This is a great way ngl. He is 4 months only so I think it's not that late. Thank you so much
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