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Question Just got a cockatiel few days ago

I still don't know a lot of their behaviors, if someone can help me please it would be appreciated

So I got my cockatiel few days ago, hand feed one (that's what they told me)
I got him from a persons that growing them in his house not from a pet store.
In the first two days I didn't even try to touch him, just changed his food and water and talked to him sometimes by sitting next to the cage.
Some times I would have offer treats but he didn't take them.
He's 2 months old.
Yesterday (the 3rd day I have him) I put lettuce in my hand and just old it. He toke one bite and that's it. I left the cage open to see if he will go out, and he did.
I let him be outside a little bit and then I try to per him, he was going around when I tried. Eventually I succeeded to old him.
The first few pets he was trying to fly of (he's wings are clipped) so every time he tried I toke him back and just give him a nice pet, on that time he hasn't try to fly much but he still tried.
I put him back in his cage.
Today I came back from work, try to old my hand inside to see if he will go on it and he didn't. I wanted to give him a nice shower, so I toke him out (most of the times he's on is food bowl so I take him out by taking the bowl out).
After the shower I was trying to pet him again and he was kind of stressed... And today he didn't try to get out of his cage when I left the cage open.
Yesterday when I pet him he's crest was all the way down on he's head. Today when I showered him it was half way down.
I try to read what it means but I can't get the specific answer for it.
Does I lost his trust by trying to make him calm and pet him?
What you recommend me to do from now on?
I don't know if it's good or not that I tried to pet him I just don't want him to lost his trust with me.

Any help or answer will be appreciated!

Thank you!
(Sorry about my English, I'm not from USA)
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My cockatiel didn't wean for a long time after 8 weeks, I don't even let my budgies wean by then, he could still be very confused and nervous about having to leave his 'mom' (the person hand feeding him). Was he definitely weaned?

I would recommend that you don't put your hands in the cage. If you open the door and sit back, observe, he should come out on his own terms. Sticking your hands into their comfort zone can really put them off hands a lot, that or they become territorial but I wouldn't worry about that too much with a cockatiel, and a baby one at that. I would let his wings grow in when he molts, he's very young to have been clipped. A clipped bird hasn't got it's method of escape and so can often panic if they want to get away (and if he keeps falling to the floor an accident could happen, such as breaking his keel bone). Regarding petting him, I wouldn't for now. I would just let him get used to you, sitting on you and such. Over time you can work up to petting them. A lot of birds only like their head to be touched, so when the time comes just give him some head tickles

How are you showering him? I feel that cockatiels love to be misted the most so a hand mister would work best for him if you aren't already using one. Showers that we use can be quite stressful, especially on a baby. I mist my cockatiels once a week. If they don't like it I hold off a bit and do it when they're molting and such

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You are trying to hard and moving too fast. He is getting stressed. Slow down stand and talk to him through the cage. I used the words "wanna come out?" Then open the cage and put your hand with your finger out and do not move, if he makes a move to your finger good, if not close the door a try again next time.
Of he comes on your finger repeat "wanna come out?" and pull him very slowly out of the cage. Repeat this a few times a day not too much that will stress him out and make him want to stay I the cage.

Remember he is just a baby he will do just fine if you take your time. Don't try to pet him so much first get him out of the cage nicely then worry about petting him. Too much Too fast will only scare him.... He has to get used to you give him time.
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well to me sounds like he is scared and he may have been hand feed but not handled a lot. the only reason i say this is i have been around a tiel that was hand feed but not handled often and one that was hand feed and handled a lot completely different. the baby tiel that had been hand feed but not handled often and by that i mean the tiel was feed then placed back in the tank or brooder no other interaction. this tiel was scared of hands even though it was hand feed. the tiel would shy away from your hand each time you tried to touch it. now the other tiel which is the tiel i have now i got her at 9 weeks old she had been hand feed and handled often. she loved cuddling from day 1 she will go to sleep while i scratch her head. she even went to sleep while on my chest. now since your tiel is most likly the tiel that was hand feed but not handled often you need to go slow like stated above. don't rush let the tiel come to you if you can get some millet to offer most birds love millet. talk to the bird in a calm gentle voice you will gain his/her trust with time and patience. it is a baby and with any baby slow is better than rushing and things are still new to .

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It sounds fairly normal. All birds can be shy at first no matter how tame they are because they don't know you or your house. Just keep doing what you are doing but hold off on the showering for a few weeks till he settles in. He may even then shower on his own in a bowl of water when he feels more comfortable.

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Thank you guys for the quick answer!

About the shower, that's how I showered my parakeets and they seems to like it so I tried the same with him.

I thinks he liked it cause he didn't try to run or to fly he just stands there's when I spray him.

Two days ago he was trying to go out of his cage, and by trying to pet him I think I lost his trust. Hope it something reversible.

So for now what do you recommend?
Just to change he's water and food for couple of days and then what?
When to try again to interact with him?

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Thank you guys for the quick answer!

About the shower, that's how I showered my parakeets and they seems to like it so I tried the same with him.

I thinks he liked it cause he didn't try to run or to fly he just stands there's when I spray him.

Two days ago he was trying to go out of his cage, and by trying to pet him I think I lost his trust. Hope it something reversible.

So for now what do you recommend?
Just to change he's water and food for couple of days and then what?
When to try again to interact with him?

Thank you!


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If it were me, I would go with my instincts after observing his reaction to things. If he likes the bath and his body language didn't seem that he is upset, then continue it. If you notice he is very afraid of a new thing, take a step back and let him look at it through his cage a bit before trying to introduce it again, etc.

As far as interacting with him, keep doing what you were doing. I would just continue to take him out if it were me. He is so young that the sooner he gets used to the way things are at your place, the quicker he'll settle down. Being consistent/kind/patient is key, he'll get settled once he sees the consistency in your actions and knows what to expect of you. Drawing back interacting with him will remove the consistency that you have already began establishing in my opinion. When birds or any animal come into a new environment or experience a change, it opens up a window of time (before they get comfortable) where they are more likely to easily accept things/people/rules/etc. and more quickly learn new things. Being comfortable sometimes makes them resistant to this. So, having said all that, my advice is use this window to your advantage.

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Thank you for helping

It doesn't mean anything that two days ago he wanted to go out of his cage by ohms and now he doesn't?

And about the crest, I tried to read a lot about it but I couldn't get a specific answer about that.

When I pet him two days ago (when he tried to rub sometimes) he's crest was all the down on he's head, when I stopped it was up when I continued it was down.
What does it mean? Good or bad?
Some sites saying that by that he is terrifying and some sites say it's a good feeling for them.

If I will know what does it mean it will be easier to know more about he's behaviors.
Who to believe?


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It doesn't mean anything that two days ago he wanted to go out of his cage by ohms and now he doesn't?

And about the crest, I tried to read a lot about it but I couldn't get a specific answer about that.

When I pet him two days ago (when he tried to rub sometimes) he's crest was all the down on he's head, when I stopped it was up when I continued it was down.
What does it mean? Good or bad?
Some sites saying that by that he is terrifying and some sites say it's a good feeling for them.

If I will know what does it mean it will be easier to know more about he's behaviors.
Who to believe?


By the way, I attached a photo of Tukka and he's cage

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I don't own a cockatiel, but in observing some I think a raised crest could mean excited/alert and a crest completely flat down with a hunched body posture could mean I am warning you to stop/aggression. Maybe someone who has a cockatiel can answer more specifics.

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Ok, thanks for your help


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Just a note, I think he may be older than 2 months! He's got a very white face on him already

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That's what I've been told

How old you think he is?


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Myka was a parent raised baby and three months old when I got him and I tamed him by just sitting next to his cage and talking to him then when I noticed that he wasn't moving away from me anymore I held some millet between the bars for him and he took it then the next day tried holding the millet to him from inside the cage and just made small steps from there. Your baby will forgive and trust you again it'll just take some time and patience maybe you were moving a bit fast for him.
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Thank you

I got a millet for him (millet bites not the chain one if you know what I mean
But he is not eating them, why?

I tried to put few in his food bowl, when I sew he didn't eat them I tried to put few in a different bowl for the whole night.
Still didn't eat them.

I just replaced he's food bowl and put a lil more inside.

What can be the reason that he is not eating the millet? :/


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