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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.
Last edited by Mr Peepers; 11-27-2018 at 09:14 AM.