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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Angry cockatiel bites

Hello everyone!

How are you today? So that's how the story goes..
While passing outside of bad bad bad petshop, i saw a depressed male white faced cockatiel..

At first he was aggressive a lot He is better now regarding aggressiveness and sings every time he sees us.
He loves it when i pet him on the head.
Today he had a blood feather and he didn't want to corporate with me, of course i took care of the wound without stressing him but it would be easier if he wouldn't try to bite me.
Now and then he does these threatening sounds. I try not to catch him except if i have to for some serious reason.
i'm confused from one hand he loves cuddles, from the other hand he doesn't let me touch him.. and if i do he gets anxious.. so how i 'm going to tame him if he gets anxious? if i try to catch him and during his panic he injures himself? Maybe I should wait until i put him in the same cage with the others so he will be more relaxed or i should do it now.. In a few weeks his quarantine period ends. He stays with another one male cockatiel in different cages.
At first it was obvious that every time i caught him he was thinking that he will never come back and screaming at his cockatiel friend. He came from Holland to greece and he is 4 years old. I'm sure he had many bad experiences in his life, i found him in a very bad condition, sick with chlamydia.
Any advice is appreciated
Muchas gracias! Sorry for the long post but tried to give all the details so you can reply to me better.
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I would catch him in a towel for injuries, it's easier for them and yourself no bird likes having a blood feather pulled!

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Give him a bit to settle in too, birds need some time to get over moving, it is a scary experience, talk to him, sing, anything. Be with him, without trying to touch him at first. Sounds like hes head shy, meaning he does not trust you fully, which again, could be because he just moved to your place.

Building trust can take quite a while. ESPECIALLY feet, wings and back. I'm just now beginning to be able to touch Duke, and I've had him for a year.

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I tired to catch him and scratch his head.. he loved it, i do it every few days and he seems to be calmer than before and happy when sees me, he lets me touch him all over his body now, sometimes he is trying to get away just a little bit. Sometimes he threatens me still but not as before and he doesn't mean that now, he stopped biting 100% and when he doesn't see me for a couple of hours he is even happy when he sees me coming back and keep dancing and singing to me.. Huge improvement, uh? I think that also my other parrots helped, when he saw how much they love me he started relaxing..
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That is great news!

I have also found the presence of a tame bird helps nervous birds calm down around humans more.

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