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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!
(Sorry about my English, I'm not from USA)