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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Meet Spike...

Hello! I know that everyone is fed up with my cockatiel search and I found yet another good tiel

I'll tell everyone what I know (I called Devin, the owner today)
Spike
  • He got spike 5 years ago, and supposes that his age is 5
  • He didn't even know if Spike was a male or female- he found out when I told him when I got the pictures
  • Spike is NOT handtame or handfed, he is also full flighted
  • Spike is not being taken care I know this because he has no toys in his cage nor do he have any good perches
  • Spike looks like a normal pied male
  • Thats all I can remember I'll give everyone more info once I remember


Is taming a 5 year old cockatiel a lot of work? Will I be able to get him tame and extremely friendly and snuggley, ever?

The guys asking $50 for EVERYTHING..... except I'm unsure about taking on the responsibility. I know I sound kinda selfish but with school and everything, will I have enough time for taming him or should I find another cockatiel or just give up the bird search in all?

I've attached 2 pictures of spike Also, he's has this name for 5 years, should I change it?
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I would think that it would be hard to tame him. After 5 years he is probably pretty set in his ways. I think that you would be happier with a younger, tame cockatiel. I definitely don't think that you should give up the search! There are a lot of cockatiels out there. When you find the right one for you, you will just know.

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Spike is a normal grey male cockatiel and is definately over a year old and thats as much as I can tell as cockatiels dont have anything to tell age. It might take a little more time and patience but taming older birds can be done



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To everyone here that has cockatiels- have you gotten a baby cockatiel(handtame)/ young handtame/handfed cockatiel or did you get a older completely untame cockatiel? I want both of you opinions, I'd love to hear the people's story that had the older untame cockatiel

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He's so pretty. I personally don't think it would hard to tame him. I was told that I would never be able to ever handle much less tame most of my teils. They're so sweet, They just needed to know that I am going to hold them wether they like it or not, and it doesn't matter how much they make me bleed, I don't stinking care , so they might as well enjoy it, plus most of them like they're heads rubbed, so I used that to my advantage.


As for which bird you get, always trust your instincts. We can tell you what we think, but you have to live with the decision so do what you think is best.

And one more little thing, I am so not tired of your teil search, If I lived closer, I'd probably be competition for you showing us so many great birds.
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tsuka was completely untame, and so was sarah's aero. both of these birds are sweet and cuddly.

tiels are easy to tame and can be very affectionate, if given time. tsuka took roughly 3 months to let me give him scritches. i got him at 5 months old, never handled from poor conditions. he was stepping up for us the same day we got him. he just liked people though. so it made taming easier that he liked people.

Tsuka has a nasty attitude, but thats his personality, not tameness! tameness, tsuka LOVES people. he sings and talks to new people and loves to get attention from people. hes as tame as a handfed bird, even though he was not handled for 5 months of his life. hes now almost 2 years old



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I know there are some people on TC that have tamed older cockatiels if you want more opinions you could ask there as well. I got Aero when she was 5 months old untame from a pet shop and she was no problem, stepped up the day after I brought her home and she is my cuddly tiel, Cupid was handfed since 2 weeks old and I got him when he was 9 weeks old and didnt take long to adjust, he loves head scratches and is a total velcro bird but is not as cuddly as Aero.



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i got him at 5 months old, never handled from poor conditions.
5 months, so he was pretty young But this guy is 5 years old. He has adjusted and has probably been in the same routine for the last 5 years. Oh I remembered something important!

SPIKE
  • Spike's owner got him when he was 18 just because he "wanted a bird" because they looked "nice"
  • Spike fly's free around the home he lives in right now and SOMETIMES lands on their hands.

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I have both, my older breeding pair are some they said I could never hold or touch. They are so sweet, Shi-Shi kisses me through the cage even. Saffy was a handfed baby, but only considered half tame, she's just stubborn. Neeko was hand tamed and is my most huggie, kissy bird and my little clown. To have the strongest bond is to hand raise yourself, but that's not really an option for most people. There's really no comparison to my chicks. My three older kids from the same pair are about 4 months old and parent raised, they were completly wild when I got them, one is still stubborn, but I can handle them all.
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One thing I can say, though most won't agree with me is clip his wings, with most birds it does work, I did that with some of mine and it really helped.
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I wouln't worry too much about him being 5, my breeder pair is around that age and they said I could never even touch them.
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Not sure about extremely snuggly since he isn't really used to that, but you can certainly tame him. You need to start off by letting him gain your trust, how long it will take is totally up to him, you need to go at his pace though, and give it time and patience. It might seem like a lot, but at the end, it is completely worth all that you put into it.
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i think your just going to ave to go see him.. to see if he is ok with people or sees them as an extreme threat


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As far as wing clip goes i agree... a wing clip will go a long way to tame down an aggressive bird cuz they see you as the savior when they get on the floor and just cannot get out of reach and you don't have to spend all your energy chasing them around... you can always let them grow out later if desired.
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I am definetely clipping his wings. But I'm still not sure if I want to take in a tiel who was bought on impulse and no barely cares for him. Am I doing something wrong? I want him tame, but 5 years and the fact that he probably will strongly dislike humans or even worse, have stress issues or worse Also I can't go and visit him because he's really far away and the guy says he'll drop him off. Should I settle for another tiel or take him?

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I think you should meet the tiels you can and see what happens... he may be too much for you and where you can't meet him ahead of time... i dunno.....
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Just trust your instincts, if you have doubts, then maybe he's not the one. It stinks you can only get one.
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HEY! Look what I found! http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-pets-bir...AdIdZ344398929

I know, I'm such a good influence.

Oh, just wanted to add that I REALLY wish I could get this guy! Whitefaces are my FAV!




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Personally I think you should get Motor still

It would be more ideal for you with school and everything and I feel that you'd get more out of owning a tame bird. I've never had a hand raised cockatiel but I've noticed that all of mine have this bad attitude even though they're tame

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I see no reason not to get him. You'd be giving him a good home where he would get toys and all the experiences of being wanted and loved for who he is and not just because he looks 'nice'.

With time and patience there is no reason he won't become tame. Plus you'd have earned his trust which is very rewarding in itself

At the end of the day it is your choice
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