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2 untamed cockatiels

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I'm a new cockatiel owner, and I've currently got 2 untamed 3 month old cockatiels in the same cage...

I've read lots of people saying it will be really hard to tame 2 cockatiels housed together, and is that true? Is it still possible in a way though?

We didn't know that it was ideal to get one cockatiel first, as my dad kind of bought them on a whim...(Don't worry though, I'm willing to take care of them wholeheartedly and devotedly )

At the moment, they're willing to step up on my hand/finger as long as there is a millet behind

I haven't let them out of the cage a lot as the first 2 was a battle to get them back in...the last one, well it was easier since I lowered their cage onto the floor so they just walked in.

If anyone has suggestions and advice please do so as I'm open minded
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You have every chance of taming them, if they already step up for you evn if it is only in the cage and when food is on offer. Just keep doing what you are and they will learn to trust you.
Yes it is normal advice to get one tame it or bond to it then get the second.
But even getting two which to me does not sound like they were untamed.
Mind you you have not said if you know their ages. Older birds can take a lot more work and time.
patience and kindness go a long way. try to never force, but if like getting them back in the cage you have to use a bit of coercion, make up for it with treats after.


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Thank you for the feedback

It's assuring to know that I'm not doing things wrong
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I agree, if they are stepping up they are on their way to getting tame. Just be careful not to push them too fast in the training. Let them be trusting. After they are comfortable with eating from your hand you can try other things. Try offering your hand with the millet hidden in your palm, so they don't immediately see it until they step up, or move your hand farther so they have to jump on. Sometimes having two is not bad. I kept two of my linnie babies and one is bold and the other is very shy. The bold one has no problem stepping up and that convinces the timid one that it's ok. As long as you don't make one panick, having two could work out for the better.

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I agree, if they are stepping up they are on their way to getting tame. Just be careful not to push them too fast in the training. Let them be trusting. After they are comfortable with eating from your hand you can try other things. Try offering your hand with the millet hidden in your palm, so they don't immediately see it until they step up, or move your hand farther so they have to jump on. Sometimes having two is not bad. I kept two of my linnie babies and one is bold and the other is very shy. The bold one has no problem stepping up and that convinces the timid one that it's ok. As long as you don't make one panick, having two could work out for the better.
Thank you

I'll definitely try your suggestion

Also, I have read that some people separate them into different cages, then house them together again after they are tamed.

Would you think that is a good idea?
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I think you are doing just fins 'as is'. So would not separate.
Some also say you take each bird into another room to train.
Again this is up to you and how you want to tame them.
Time is on your side and as long as you do not mind the time it can take. Then I still say stay how you are.
And As Wyrinth has said having one do something in front of the other one can be advantageous.
I watch Sophie as she carefully takes notice of Bubbles and how he loves his cuddle time. Considering she was not real tame back in May, she steps up of her own violation now and rides a round with me. I did not use food rewards, just voice.
But i never push any of my birds. Well unless I have to. Like moving them from one place to another. And I am talking cage free Fids here. All Flighted. So their choice when they want to be with anybody.


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I think you are doing just fins 'as is'. So would not separate.
Some also say you take each bird into another room to train.
Again this is up to you and how you want to tame them.
Time is on your side and as long as you do not mind the time it can take. Then I still say stay how you are.
And As Wyrinth has said having one do something in front of the other one can be advantageous.
I watch Sophie as she carefully takes notice of Bubbles and how he loves his cuddle time. Considering she was not real tame back in May, she steps up of her own violation now and rides a round with me. I did not use food rewards, just voice.
But i never push any of my birds. Well unless I have to. Like moving them from one place to another. And I am talking cage free Fids here. All Flighted. So their choice when they want to be with anybody.
Thank you for the suggestion
I did consider leaving things as they are, but as you've outlined the advantage of having two, I guess I will be leaving things as is.

Just a question though, how did you use your voice?
I read somewhere that using voice or compliments as rewards can be difficult as a change in tone can mean something else for them

And also last thing: I read somewhere that it'll be difficult for 2 cockatiels housed together to learn to talk or sing...Would that be true with mine?

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Thank you for the suggestion
I did consider leaving things as they are, but as you've outlined the advantage of having two, I guess I will be leaving things as is.

Just a question though, how did you use your voice?
I read somewhere that using voice or compliments as rewards can be difficult as a change in tone can mean something else for them

And also last thing: I read somewhere that it'll be difficult for 2 cockatiels housed together to learn to talk or sing...Would that be true with mine?

My birds have always gotten excited when I used a happy excited voice with them while training, the birds would pay closer attention and always do what ever I asked because they want to hear that happy excited voice again and again when having hands on and play time with me. So use a happy excited tone when training you'll see it works.


If you want your birds to talk then talk to them, it doesn't matter if you have 2 birds together. Just keep saying one or two simple words to them over and over again and again and again day in day out.

Don't say long sentences keep it short.

When I first got SPX I started saying "whaaaaaaaaatcha dooooin?" in a drawn out way with lots of emphasis in my voice, he started repeating this exactly like I said it within in a couple of weeks after I got him. I have to tell you though, I said it over and over and over and over and over and overrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr to him thousands of times.





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My birds have always gotten excited when I used a happy excited voice with them while training, the birds would pay closer attention and always do what ever I asked because they want to hear that happy excited voice again and again when having hands on and play time with me. So use a happy excited tone when training you'll see it works.


If you want your birds to talk then talk to them, it doesn't matter if you have 2 birds together. Just keep saying one or two simple words to them over and over again and again and again day in day out.

Don't say long sentences keep it short.

When I first got SPX I started saying "whaaaaaaaaatcha dooooin?" in a drawn out way with lots of emphasis in my voice, he started repeating this exactly like I said it within in a couple of weeks after I got him. I have to tell you though, I said it over and over and over and over and over and overrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr to him thousands of times.

Thank you

I will definitely try that
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