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New Cockatiel who cant fly

I have a young male cockatiel who when I let him out just flies into windows etc. He isn't keen on flying but when he does he just doesn't seem able to do so which is odd. Any hints on fixing this?
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How old is he? Has he been clipped? He may of never learned to fly properly if he has been clipped all his life, clipped to soon, or is very young. My tiel is a super flyer now but when I first got her she was clipped and every time she tried to fly, she took off backwards, crashed and broke all her tail feathers off... She was a mess.
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Young cockatiels can be awful, awful fliers. It takes time, but they do catch on eventually

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Just want to clarify... there's a different between not being able to fly and not having good aim only saying this because I have a cockatiel with deformed wings who really will never be able to even attempt to fly. Hopefully your guy will improve on his aim soon!
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That sounds like he is still learning to fly.
you could fix yellow "post it" papers on the windows so that he won't fly into it.
My Paulchen (blue) was exactly like your tiel when I got him.
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As long as your cockatiels flying is not due to being scared into flying, I would not get too concerned for a while. Birds eyes are different than ours in many important respects and they count mostly on the things that they see on either side of them to control their position and speed when flying. Just allow him time to learn where things are and his flying will drastically improve.
Do check him out after he crashes to make sure that he is ok, just don't rush to do it or otherwise make a big deal of it.
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I am now having him out the same time as my Sun Conure and he is now flying and sitting on top of cage and onto me so he must feel happier having Pixie around.
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Sounds like a good thing, just keep watch and make sure that they get along together or leave each other be.
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