Hello. Long ago, I had a cockatiel. This was a hand-fed baby that was very tame and very social. Its been decades since I have owned one, and since I was volunteering at the local Humane Society, someone gave up their bird (a male) and my husband (as a bird lover) expressed an interest, so I agreed to "foster" this bird for a week to see how he would fit in. Of course I interacted with the bird before reading all the information on the internet and like an idiot, I brought him out of the cage when he didn't want to - beak open, and biting. I used a gloved hand so he wouldn't hurt me, but he ended up biting both me and my husband.
In my ignorance I hope I have not spoiled this bird. I have read a lot in the past few hours realizing that birds do not adjust well, are fearful and need time to adjust and gain trust. I am hoping that with this new knowledge and not handling him until he shows no aggression will help him become the bird we would want to save from a shelter. I am certain he has not had a proper night's rest since getting to the shelter knowing where they had him - big open room with lots of noise. We have moved him to our dining room where we sit a lot and is away from the TV and window (which is where we first had him). Of course giving him human traits, we thought being by a big window and our bird feeders would give him more comfort rather than the recommended corner. We feel we have done just about everything wrong a person could do, and are hoping to rehabilitate ourselves and this bird. Have we ruined this bird? He really is a delight, he barks, wolf whistles, chuckles and other things, so someone has spent some time with him, but the person surrendering the bird said they had no time for the animal, which is very sad.
I would like any information and guidance you wise bird owners have to help this bird become a member of our family. We feel terrible about the interaction yesterday because the bird was not willing to come out of his cage, but once on the hand did come out and seemed to like being with us, but after reading what I have read, I now know we pushed the issue too quickly and should have just left him alone to adjust to his environment. We are starting over today, so please feel free to give your advice and guidance, because its obvious we need it. Thank you!