My bf and I recently got a young cockatiel pair - one that's 4 weeks old and the other 2 weeks. (I'm assuming the seller meant "out of nest"? 2 weeks hatched sounds a little too young.) We've had them for over a week and though I have had lots of experience keeping cockatiels in the past, it was never more than one at a time. We want them to bond with us as well as with each other. So far, they seem to have bonded with one another already - they preen one another, prefer to be together at all times, and so on.
They have a very roomy cage but we only place them in it at night and if we're leaving the house to go out. For the majority of the day, they are on their playpen that sits beside our desk area and the living room area - the places where we spend most of our time. They are never left unsupervised when out on their playpen. We interact with them as much as we can. They are accustomed to being on the playpen since the pet store we bought them from had them with other tiels and small parrots on one huge playpen and similarly, they were only caged for the night there as well.
We feed them mainly when they're out on the playpen. They know to come to the entrance of the door of their cage for breakfast in the morning, but they're wary of hands so it takes some time to pick them up and place them safely on their playpen since we're careful not to chase them around and stress them out. The only time they will voluntarily "step up" is if they can't reach a perch or if they have managed to really wobble off a perch and need help climbing onto the playpen again. Any other time a finger or hand approaches them and no matter how slowly, they tend to move back right away.
Just yesterday, we began picking up one tiel each and going in separate rooms to spend individual time with each one since we noticed that when in the same room they're too distracted trying to get back together. But maybe that's too early for this stage... Not sure...
A lot of the forums and articles I've read through recommend separate cages entirely, but we're concerned that it will just stress them out to be separated completely. We want them to bond with each other, but also to bond with us. We're wondering if anyone out there has any successful methods for training cockatiel pairs. We really wanna do right by these two babies and any advise from experienced handlers would be much appreciated!