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shes definately a girl if shes molting back in the same pattern. i was on talk cockatiels before, just recently left as its overwhelming there when you have a lot of every day stress.
molting makes tiels cranky. any bird really. but they tend to be a bit more nappy and they tend to be dustier. the first molt is usually the worst on you because you dont know what to expect, but its not bad. the attitude will go away.
if its the teen stage, it lasts a few months then goes away. females i find have a more laid back stable temperament. males tend to be hormonal off and on and they often have attitude from it their whole lives after they hit the teen stage. its not bad, but it can get annoying, but tiels are fairly gentle. they bite and let go. they dont hold on, even if they break skin so her nips shouldnt be too brutal. some tiels bite harder than others, some never bite. my tsuka has a nasty mood issue where he is moody almost every other day and he is really unpredictable. he is so sweet and affectionate and loves cuddles one moment but the next he will be trying to bite and will dive bomb my camera and bite my fingers hard. hes our bipolar bird lol but hes harmless for the most part as he doesnt latch on like the lovebirds do. dally on the other hand may "beak" but she never bites. ive never once even been nipped by her. but she is unusually placid even for a tiel.
extra baths will really help with her irritability with molting. if you have an aloe plant, you can squeeze some of the juice in the mist bottle and spray her with it, it will soothe her itchy skin and feathers. its normal for them to be cranky when molting. even miss gentle dally can be cranky where she may open her beak and sway her head and make some angry squeaks at me when molting lol
you can offer the mirror out of the cage, it could be a factor, though its not as likely. but it would not hurt to remove it. with the teen stage, it actually may help to remove it.