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Old 09-01-2014, 08:55 PM
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Pet cockatiel Help With Taming & Training

Good Morning

i am very excited to have somewhere who understands the love i have for my bird and to also get advice so thank you to everyone who has made me feel welcome

exactly 1 week ago i bought home our newest addition being a cinnamon pearl cockatiel who was 10 weeks old at the time.

At first we noticed Freckles wouldnt eat however this has now changed approximately 2 days ago. Freckles does seem quiet and want to be on her own glued to her cage and we are trying to handle her and getting her to enjoy our company as well as training. Freckles will step up but does not like pats or scratches and will not eat from our hand nor does she want to be extremely close to us.

i just wish to find out - am i expecting too much too early? do you have any tips that may help Freckles become more comfortable and eat from my hand so that we can begin training?

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Old 09-01-2014, 09:30 PM
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Re: Pet cockatiel Help With Taming & Training

Hello, I have the same problem, however to day
JoJo showed some interest coming a little closer but very unsure of me. He is happy enough sings and whistles. Will take food from my mouth but that's as close as it gets. He is supposed to have been hand reared, so it is a little disappointing.

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Old 09-01-2014, 10:12 PM
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Re: Pet cockatiel Help With Taming & Training

Hello and welcome to you and Freckles, very cute name!

Don't be disappointed yet. Freckles and JoJo need time to adjust. Everything is brand new to them. They have no idea what is expected of them yet. Training is a process, some learn quicker than others, but all of them need time and none of them come out of their shell knowing how to please humans. Make them feel as comfortable as possible and let them build some trust and confidence. Talk to them, let them get accustomed to you before you ask too much of them.

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Will take food from my mouth but that's as close as it gets. He is supposed to have been hand reared, so it is a little disappointing.
Letting your bird eat from your mouth is a dangerous practice. Human saliva contains harmful bacteria than can make your bird ill.

Both the following sub forums have excellent information if you haven't already read through them, I think it might be helpful.

General Health Care - Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community

General Parrot Information - Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community

Good luck with Freckles and JoJo. Please post photos, we'd love to see your babies.
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:36 PM
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Re: Pet cockatiel Help With Taming & Training

Good afternoon Allee,

Thank you for your kind words - i cannot take the credit for the name unfortunately as my 6 year old daughter was

of course im only to excited to

show off pictures hee hee. Here is Freckles

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i am enjoying trying to read and learn as much as i can, i guess im just a little worried that she was 10 weeks old and want to desperately do the right training and exercises
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Re: Pet cockatiel Help With Taming & Training

Looking at the both your pics up close (I first read this on my phone and knew my reply would require a computer) I think Freckles is a he. The main reason for this is Freckles has a lot of yellow and bright orange on it's face which more often than not is an indicator of being a male I was trying to look at the tail fethers in the second one but you can't really see them in the pic so I suggest checking the tail feathers for "bars" or lines on them especially the darker feathers if there are none then Freckles is a male. Unless you plan on breeding then it really doesn't matter what the gender is as both make good pets. It's good you got Freckles so young it means that Freckles hasn't really had a chance (with the exception of a bad breeder) to have a bad experiences with people and hands. Also since she (for the sake of argument we will go with she) is on your daughter it is a good start. It means she's not compleatly afraid of you guys. The best way to get her to bond to you guys and become trusting enough to eat from your hands is to spend time with her. She will eventually allow you to pet her and give her scratches once she allowes that offer treats with your hand. DO NOT wrap your hand around her wings as most birds hate that and VERY few good breeders will do that while handfeeding them. Rileys breeder was an exception and I got lucky with her breeder as all the chicks were well socialized which doesn't happen often at least around here. Get everyone one to bond with and take care of Freckles as that way if you ever have to go out of town for some reason another family member can care for her and won't be attacked. Also try to get her on pellets as they are healthier than seeds. An all seed diet can cause fatty liver diease which means that rather than your bird living 20-25 years (expected life span of a healthy cockatiel) it may only live 5-10 years. Also an extra fun fact we brought our birds home at around the same time I brought Riley home on Tuesday of last week and she was 2 days shy of being 8 weeks. So don't worry Freckles will basically be a sponge right now absorbing everything and learning what does and doesn't work to get attention ( ignore when she screams or she will become a non stop screamer for attention). She will also be learning what behaviors are and are not acceptable.
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Re: Pet cockatiel Help With Taming & Training

Also something Riley just reminded me of cockatiels are prone to night frights. Normally they are harmless but sometimes, in Riley's case, they can cause problems. This is the first night fright Riley has had since I brought her home so I brought her out gave her some cuddles and now shes back in the cage and getting ready to go back to bed. Night frights are what happens when the bird gets scared at night. I find them annoying but knowing Riley's history with them I know I need to check on her after each one as at 3-4 weeks old she broke a blood feather during one and the breeders had to pull the feather and said she lost a lot of blood because of it. Then 2-3 weeks later she had another one and released all her tail feathers causing her to be unbalanced until they grow back in. However what has happened during her night frights is NOT typical. I prefer to leave the cage uncovered as it's been my experience that they tend to have more when they are covered. However some members reccommend covering the cage part way and leaving a night light on for them. Everyone has their own way of preventing (or at least reducing them as they are unavoidable especially with tiels) and you will need to find what works best for Freckles.
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Re: Pet cockatiel Help With Taming & Training

Those photos are precious, thanks for posting them. Looks like Feeckles has found a wonderful home.
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Re: Pet cockatiel Help With Taming & Training

Good Morning

Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply to me, it is great that i can express myself here - when some people including family do not get the immense love you have your bird

i am very excited to learn if freckles is a he or she i will as freckles gets comfortable try and snap some helpful photos of the tail feathers

i was very thrilled with last night as i got home and cooked dinner and i noticed the first few nights freckles seem very interested in the corn but was still to nervous to touch it, so last night i whipped up some freshly cooked corn cobs and sat freckles beside me and allowed her to pick up the corn and she absolutely loved it yippee!! i think we may have found our first training treat, so i let her eat her corn last night and tonight i will try some had feeding and see how we go..

of course i had to take more photos

Thank you for your extremely helpful posts colourguarder, im looking forward to taking a look at your beautiful teals
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Your welcome and good job getting Freckles to eat corn. Its not easy getting birds to eat new foods. It sounds as though your bird has found a wonderful home. Don't worry I have tons of pics of Riley posted through out this forum
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Re: Pet cockatiel Help With Taming & Training

aaww Thank you i certainly do hope i am providing freckles everything he deserves (just getting use to it incase LOL)

i must admit i feel its a bit like 21 dates - the movie, it feels like we start over every morning LOL...im hoping she remembers the corn when i get home tonight

i have been admiring Riley all morning, what an absolute devine little tiel..
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