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    'Taming' cockatiels...

    I have just got two cockatiels, they came together and their previous owner was rough with them, in the way that she would just stick her hand in the cage and 'grab' one of them if she wanted to hold it.

    I would like them to trust me, and i know this will take time and patience, but i was wondering, is this going to be harder having the two of them and them living together?

    One of them isn't too bad, but the other one will bite very hard if given the chance! And it is hard too! They don't like me or my hands at the moment, which is understandable as i only got them on Friday evening.

    What is the best way to get them used to my hands?

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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    Anyone?
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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    Get them to learn to associate your hands with good things.

    You'll probably have to work with them daily though, and it may take them time to learn to trust you.

    You could try offering them food with your hands, and tell them how wonderful they are when they finally take some from you.

    Or, you could just put your hand nearby where they can see it. Watch their reactions. Put your hand as close to them as you can without them acting frightened of it. And tell them how wonderful they are being. And gradually move your hand a little closer to them, and leave it there. If they get used to that and act relaxed, then reward them again. And keep on doing so until they allow you to gently bump them with your hand. Once they get used to that, they can learn about stepping up (if that's something they don't know yet).

    But... like I said... that's a gradual process, and you can't expect to have them fully trained in a day or so. You'll have to work with them for short periods each day - five to ten minutes per day should work. Birds are fast learners, but especially with regards to trust, you have to let them work at their own pace.

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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    That's brilliant, thank you very much.

    I know it will take time and patience, and i have plenty of that. I don't want to rush them, i just want them to trust me and not want to bite me every time i go near them! Lol!

    My other question, do you think it will be harder as there are two of them, and one will always go to bite straight away?

    I'm not 100% sure on their sex at the moment, but are two males ok to live together?
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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    Hi!
    I believe that it is harder with 2 of them as they rely on eachother more than you - but then, its nice company for them.
    When we first got each of ours, I spent HOURS sitting reading next to the cage, (on a bean bag or something comfie) just reading outloud to them, or quietly, putting my hand near the cage, then just inside the door, being very still. Then holding some millet or something for them to see. Takes ages...!! but worth it!

    Good luck ;-)
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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy P View Post
    Hi!
    I believe that it is harder with 2 of them as they rely on eachother more than you - but then, its nice company for them.
    When we first got each of ours, I spent HOURS sitting reading next to the cage, (on a bean bag or something comfie) just reading outloud to them, or quietly, putting my hand near the cage, then just inside the door, being very still. Then holding some millet or something for them to see. Takes ages...!! but worth it!

    Good luck ;-)
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    I'm not sure how much they do like each other though? As they seem to pick at each other an awful lot!
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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    grooming or biting? mine don't mind each other but if they get to close they start hissing and biting, the tamer one definately prefers my company to the other bird

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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    It's not grooming, it's like pecking at each other. Not all the time, but quite a bit...
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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    I can't decide whether they actually like each other or not...
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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    Good treats, and a lot of patients!

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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    What are really good treats other than millet?
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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    Ok progress has been made! At lunch time, i sat next to their cage whilst i ate, and kept talking to them and then i stood by their cage. I kept telling them how good they were and just talking really nicely to them, and there was no hissing!! So i opened the cage, held a bit of millet in my hand, and they both ate from it! With NO hissing!! Yay!
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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    Yay! Good job, and keep up the good work!

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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    You want to keep your hand in there with them a lot. You want them ot get used to it. If they bite you need to hold in the pain, when you take your hand away they use it against you as they are the boss. To be more tame most of the time clipping their wings and fileing their beak down with break them pretty good.

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    Re: 'Taming' cockatiels...

    they could be pecking at each other if their living space is too small for both of them, mine get very territorial

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