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Last year, i took in two cockatiels from aneighbor for free. They were in a small cage and didnt look very comfortable. As they settled down in my place, i got them a bigger cage and more accessories. Theyve just been on pellets up until now, for some reason they like to eat grass more than lettuce or kale.
The real issue is I have been trying to tame them, and one of them will bite my fingers every time, and the other will just fly away. I understand they are afraid of fingers, does anyone have any tips to resolve this. Also, for treats they dont like to be hand-fed millet spray, they would rather have it in a bowl
 

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Last year, i took in two cockatiels from aneighbor for free. They were in a small cage and didnt look very comfortable. As they settled down in my place, i got them a bigger cage and more accessories. Theyve just been on pellets up until now, for some reason they like to eat grass more than lettuce or kale.
The real issue is I have been trying to tame them, and one of them will bite my fingers every time, and the other will just fly away. I understand they are afraid of fingers, does anyone have any tips to resolve this. Also, for treats they dont like to be hand-fed millet spray, they would rather have it in a bowl
It is very hard to impossible to tame untame tiels unless tamed from a baby. I have a rescue from 6 months old to now 11 1/2. She is at best, 6 inches of separation. Loves a chat from me as long as I keep my distance from her safe space. That is her safety distance compared to all my tame from baby tiels who learn to love humans from hatching.
A bigger cage is good, but don't introduce too many toys. They are somewhat on the spectrum and "hate" change or overcrowding. Only give 2-3 toys separated in their space and never change out to another space.
Lettuce is really bad for any bird. I would imagine kale is the same to them as they don't have in the wild.
They will bite big time if you try to touch them if not tame from babies. You cannot change this, just respect their personal space.
Hang millet by pegs/clips on inside or out of cage, not feed to them. Some don't even like it. They will learn to eat or not. I put frozen corn/peas/carrot covered by boiling water from jug for about 2 minutes in a dish drained/cooled. They love it and will learn to eat. Particularly corn. They don't like fruit by the way. Not their natural diet. A little bit of cooked egg for protein, plus tiny bit of meat. They love small amounts of cooked chicken, mince, lamb, pork, beef, etc also cooked potatoes-yum, yum 馃槃
 

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It is very hard to impossible to tame untame tiels unless tamed from a baby. I have a rescue from 6 months old to now 11 1/2. She is at best, 6 inches of separation. Loves a chat from me as long as I keep my distance from her safe space. That is her safety distance compared to all my tame from baby tiels who learn to love humans from hatching.
A bigger cage is good, but don't introduce too many toys. They are somewhat on the spectrum and "hate" change or overcrowding. Only give 2-3 toys separated in their space and never change out to another space.
Lettuce is really bad for any bird. I would imagine kale is the same to them as they don't have in the wild.
They will bite big time if you try to touch them if not tame from babies. You cannot change this, just respect their personal space.
Hang millet by pegs/clips on inside or out of cage, not feed to them. Some don't even like it. They will learn to eat or not. I put frozen corn/peas/carrot covered by boiling water from jug for about 2 minutes in a dish drained/cooled. They love it and will learn to eat. Particularly corn. They don't like fruit by the way. Not their natural diet. A little bit of cooked egg for protein, plus tiny bit of meat. They love small amounts of cooked chicken, mince, lamb, pork, beef, etc also cooked potatoes-yum, yum 馃槃
Thanks this was very informative, I actually learned a coupel pointers, if there is anything else you could provide it would be great! If not, youve already done plenty.
 
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