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Old 04-13-2018, 10:22 PM
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today when i went to the pet store to get some stuff for Arwen i asked the guy who works there how could i tarin my parrot better and he told me just to grab her in the cage and pet her, i didnt say anything but he told me hes been training birds for 10 years, grabing and then petting her sounds strange to me, i dont want to force her into doing anything but what you guys think about his advice?
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:48 PM
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Re: My cockatiel is sad

I don’t think very highly of his advice (personal preference). There are lots of good resources online and in books that provide great instruction about training birds using positive reinforcement. Parrots are intelligent souls and I believe it can damage your bond and the trust you build with your bird to “force” them to do your bidding. My opinion only, but I definitely encourage you to do some reading before you decide to take his advice.
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:20 PM
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Re: My cockatiel is sad

That guy is wrong. Never "grab" at a bird...EVER! That being said...leave cage door open and coax her out with treats. Wait I til she is ready...it could take time. Sometimes a day and sometimes months but in the end the relationship will be stronger and she'll truly love you because you did it on her terms. If she won't come out just sit and talk to her as long as you can each day, read out loud to her and do your daily activities around her. There are many threads on the forums for training your bird to step up which is an important step in the bonding process.
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In Bird Time, 10 years is amateur hour. No disrespect to the pet shop worker but I have had birds for nearly 20 years(I am 27 in a bit over a week and have had my own pet birds since I was 8 years old), and I am still a frickin' newb to the world of birds. Anyone who thinks 10 years' experience in bird training qualifies them as an expert: RUN, don't walk, away from their advice. This person has stopped learning.
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Old 04-14-2018, 01:27 PM
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Re: My cockatiel is sad

Definitely never try and grab her, that could cause her even more stress and distrust issues. She'll come out on her terms when she is ready. As suggested, some food out by her cage or let her eat from your hand. What a cutie she is. Cockatiels are wonderful and loving little birds. In time, she'll come around. Give that thread that was posted earlier a read. Their bond is like no other, but it takes time.
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Old 04-15-2018, 12:23 AM
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Re: My cockatiel is sad

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Re: My cockatiel is sad

disrespect intended towards that pet shop worker (and all others who think the same) but WRONG! How would you feel if a giant that you're already scared of grabbed you and began rubbing you? Probably a bit traumatized right?

It's far easier to win someone or somebird over with kindness than forcefulness. Treats, bribery, and niceness will win them over faster and better than grabbing
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:59 PM
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Re: My cockatiel is sad

I have the same problem with Tiel! He's a male, he's one year old and I got him 10 days ago. He always sits on the perch with his feathers fluffed up. He moves for food and water (he eats a lot) , and sometimes he just moves to another perch and stays there. He only whistles when I put him near a window especially in the morning.
He's a paired cockatiel and he's got a female for company named Cocka. They don't play together tho, just sit together and sometimes fight.
I am so worried about him and I don't know what to do.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:39 PM
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Re: My cockatiel is sad

Lethargic behavior can sometimes be a sign of illness and a vet checkup to ensure bird(s) is healthy.
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