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Old 08-31-2018, 07:06 AM
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Re: New Cockatiel's age

My little Beebs was 4.5 months when he picked me to go home with. He looked quite like your little one does now....and he still had his baby clothes on but I could see little splotches of yellow on his face,more than what a female would have so I assumed he was indeed a he,which he is

He was pretty friendly at the breeder,climbing up my arm to my shoulder and making little birdie chirps,so when we got home and I fixed up his house,I took him out of his little "come home with me"box and let him hang with me on my shoulder and haven't looked back since lol.

BB loves everyone and will go to just about any one,just as long as that person isn't wearing any kind of hat!



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Re: New Cockatiel's age

Oh my, yes, he/she needs lots and lots of toys and foraging activities! They have the intelligence of a 3-4 year old human toddler, so if you don't provide them with lots and lots of toys, foraging activities, wooden toys to chew on, things to shred, etc., he/she will most-likely become extremely bored (she actually already looks very bored, just sitting on a perch with nothing to do but stare at the wall), and this is when plucking/self-mutilation starts. And yes, you absolutely MUST let him/her out of the cage every single day, for at least 3-4 hours a day, more is better! These parrots are social, intelligent birds that not only need to be mentally and psychologically stimulated all day long, but they also need lots of exercise and to not feel like they are prisoners locked inside of a cage.

Even though he/she is not yet hand-tame, that should not at all prevent you from interacting with him/her, talking to him/her, and letting him/her sit outside of the cage, either on top of the cage, or better yet, on a special perch, T-Stand, play-gym, etc. that is just his/her special area to be. I don't know if his/her wings are clipped or not, but if your goal is to work with him/her every single day and hand-tame him/her, then my personal opinion is it's a really good idea to have ONLY his/her outermost 4-5 primary flight-feathers on each wing clipped. This will not hurt him/her at all, and it's completely temporary, and if done this way where only the 4-5 outermost primaries are clipped, the wings will grow back fully within a month and a half to two months, so this is just long enough for you to get her very comfortable with stepping-up for you, and for you to earn her trust. Some people disagree with clipping a bird's wings at all, ever, but in my experience with hand-taming many non-tame Budgies, doing a very short-term, temporary clip as I describe above is the best way to easily start hand-taming. This needs to be your decision it's a personal decision that only you can make for your bird.

And as for the age, he/she is definitely young, as mentioned under 6 months old. As the feathers change during the first big molt, which is coming soon, then you'll be able to visually tell the gender. But I would start working with he/she every single day immediately, get lots and lots of different types of toys and foraging activities for him/her, or make them if they're not available, as bird toys are very easy to make, so that she can live a long, happy, stimulated life. Without lots and lots to do, parrot become so easily bored, stressed, and totally unhappy. They cannot just sit inside of a cage all day long sitting on a perch with nothing to do, it's not healthy and the bird will be miserable and start self-harming.
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Re: New Cockatiel's age

thanks everyone for the tips. I've bought her some toys waiting for the package to arrive.
I have been letting her out for the last 2 days. Her wings aren't clipped. She flies around, tosses into walls/curtains () and lands. Then she walks around. My 9 month old son has his toys scattered around I'm sure she'll like to play with them when she feels more comfortable.
I have also bought a new cage as the current cage's bars are all verticle it's hard for her to climb around. Here's her new cage:
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Should I do anything specific to while moving her to the new cage?
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Re: New Cockatiel's age

Birds can be tamed at any age, but younger is usually easier.

I'm personally not a fan of open top cages... have heard of more horror stories than I cared to hear about... and believe me, one was enough! It's a shame though that you don't have more availability of bird items where you live and I can understand that.


You may want to consider looking into many DIY toys for him/her!



Being out in a new area can be kind of scary and cockatiels do startle easily... how is she doing now?
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Re: New Cockatiel's age

Quote: Originally Posted by MonicaMc View Post
Birds can be tamed at any age, but younger is usually easier.

I'm personally not a fan of open top cages... have heard of more horror stories than I cared to hear about... and believe me, one was enough! It's a shame though that you don't have more availability of bird items where you live and I can understand that.


You may want to consider looking into many DIY toys for him/her!



Being out in a new area can be kind of scary and cockatiels do startle easily... how is she doing now?
Hi,
So far I haven't opened the top of the cage, i see no need. She has quite a few perches in the cage, and outside the cage she loves perching on my son's basketball stand and toy with the net

After about 4 weeks of getting her, i can say she's tame now. She loves getting scratches and playing with my daughter's bracelet She also tries to imitate my whistle. I whistle her "if you're happy and you know it" and she's trying to whistle it too. She needs more time to perfect it

My only trouble so far is getting her to eat veggies.
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Re: New Cockatiel's age

Almost sounds like a little male there!

Male or female, she sounds like an absolute doll!
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