Tips for helping tame my 3rd tiel


Sep 3, 2023
Hey guys, as you know I have had 3 tiels now for close to 1 month. My original tiel lemon is hand raised and very tame. My pearl has quite a chill personality so she is already stepping up and tolerates me. However, my third guy Rusty is completely terrified of me. They are all hand raised but these guys weren’t purchased right away so they hung out till 6mo in the nursery. I have to admit I had to move cages and got a bit frustrated and grabbed him quickly to move him. Now he’s completely scared. Any tips on how I can win him back over?


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May 9, 2022
Indiana, USA
Ona: Dilute Green Cheek Conure
How is Rusty doing? Have you tried offering him treats through the cage?


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Sep 17, 2021
Minnesota, USA
Eclectus Parrot: Nico (male)
Jenday Conure: Kiwi (female)
With my last 2 parrots I did things a little different. I open their cage in the morning, and let them out. Then I walked away after this to go cook breakfast. Eventually my curious parrots came out, and started to want to interact with me. I just let it be on their terms. I’ve been bit too many times trying to force a bird to do something that they didn’t want to do. It just isn’t worth it to me.

I will add that I have my birds eating primarily veggies, fruits, and pellets. I do this intentionally to use high value treats like almonds, sun flower seeds, and such to train with, or for bribery (yes, I’m not above it). I wouldn’t come out of my bedroom if I had a fridge of my favorite food/treats, toys, and everything that I need. I just apply this thought process to my parrots.

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