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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-26-2018, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Cockatiel Training help

Hi all, Im new to this forum but was wondering if i could get tips for training my rescued cockatiel which i got 2 weeks ago. She is 10yrs old and was given up as her last owner developed cancer and couldnt take care of her anymore. The first week went amazing as she started taking seed from my hand through the cage and then outside the cage would take it straight from my hand. The problem is now for stepping up... she instanty hisses and runs away whenever i leave the millet in my palm or try to get her to use my finger/hand to get to the millet. I have no idea where im going wrong and I read that i should allow her to come to me however this lasted in 45mins of her sitting at one side ontop of her cage not coming near me.. please help
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Hello David and Welcome to Talk Parrots.

You've done well if you have her coming to your hand for millet treats even if she hisses and acts all moody you have managed to get her attention and that's the first step.

All cockatiels are hissy little monsters and the older the more hissy but I wouldn't take the threat of the noise and lunge as much she is just trying to assert her dominance in a new home. Try offering her some sunflower seeds from your hand, not shelled and white ones are good for her but don't give too many as cockatiels love sunny seeds almost as much as millet.

Keep offering her the treats and then walk away, show you are going to randomly give her what she will love and every once in a while when you offer the seed ask her to step up by gently placing your finger near her lower belly and pressing lightly. She may get the idea its not such a bad idea to step up and get even more seeds.

PRAISE and excited speech is a big win for all birds especially if you are trying to win her over, blink your eyes when you talk to her and don't stare as they assume a staring person is a predator. The more you talk to her and shower her with goodies she will warm up, just let her take her time in deciding what she wants to do.

You have to remember she's an older girl and probably has been through the mill so trying to settle in and get use to you is a challenge to her as well.

Time and patience and you will do well. I am happy to hear you have been able to feed her from your hand already, this is a big first step.

Good luck and keep up the good work.
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Apologies for the late reply but I have been trying what you suggested but it always boils down to the same result, with her running off when a finer is placed anywhere near her even if she is eating a seed or millet at the time. I have no idea why she will eat seeds from my fingers but when I offer the food on an open palm she will have none of it and run away.
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