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Taming 2 Cockatiel brothers !

Hi everyone!!

I adopted my 2 cockatiels 3 weeks ago this wednesday. They're brothers, aged about 11 months. Their previous owner didn't spend much time with them, but confirmed they were hand fed as babies.

So far, I've been talking to them through their cage and trying to get them used to my hand by feeding them millet through the bars. I was so happy when they finally approached me! I can tell they're still scared though.

They seem to be happy overall, they both are pretty vocal (mostly during the day) and they sometimes make that clicking sound with their beak.

I'm worried that they'll never want to bond with me since they have each other. I'm not sure if I'm doing this correctly, or when and how to start teaching them to step up on my hand. I don't want to scare them or make them uncomfortable in a situation where they ultimately hurt themselves.

Thank you for any help in advance
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Congrats on getting 2 new burb friends! Honestly I think the more time you spend with them talking to them and bribing them with millet and treats will work at getting them use to you and being hands on birds.

I adopted/rescued 2 breeding tiels who had never been friendly with people before they were older birds probably 4 or 5 years old and in a few weeks I had the hen eating sunflower seeds and treats from my hand. In a few weeks I had her stepping up and coming out of her cage to shower in the sink and sit on a cage while I dried her off with a hair dryer. Once the male/cock bird saw how easy it was for her to adapt he started coming out of the cage stepping up on my hand and letting me carry him to the sink so he could bath under the running tap and joining in his mate to be warmed and blown with the warmth of the hair dryer.

It didn't take long for these 2 mentally abused birds to be friendly with me because I gave them what they needed in loads of attention and time. If you put in the hours you can have 2 happy tiels sharing their lives with you so keep on doing what you are doing and keep up the attention they will come around and be friends with you and be company and happy with each other as well.

Good luck & keep us posted on how it goes.

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