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Old 02-19-2017, 10:20 AM
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Greetings everyone!

When I have my cockatiel is out of her cage, she usually wants to get in again after 2-3 hours to eat and drink, and I usually close the cage after her.

But she do not wish to go inside her cage the past few days, and I have to force her inside. When she gets in she eats, drink and then stand next to the cage door, waiting to come out. She has been biting on the cage doors.

She has never done that before, and I'm very worrying. Am I doing something wrong?

She has plenty of room and toys that I switch every 2. week to entertain her.
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:11 AM
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No you aren't doing anything wrong. She has gotten used to her environment and would rather be with you than in the cage.
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Old 02-20-2017, 02:11 PM
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My Ava is the same way. She will pace back and fourth until I let her out. She rather be out anytime then in her cage and I switch her toys as well every week.
 
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Is there a treat that your girl will eat that you can only give when she's in the cage? I find that really helps when my brats don't want to return to their cages
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Give her, her favorite treat (millet is a very common one) and put it in the cage when you put her away. It will make going back to the cage less of a negative thing and she won't feel bad about going back.

Seems like you're doing a great job!
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Some birds after a time out of flying around the hose aren't really keen on being returned to their cage. One of my birds loves to fly.

First action after being released is to fly around the kitchen as fast as he can,shrieking in delight. After a few high speed laps he lands on one of us and then flits back from one person to the other perhaps several times a minute.

These birds love to explore and I mean explore. We try not to leave drawers and cupboards open as the younger bird is in them very quickly and in no time the tops of the Wheaties or Cornflakes packets are chewed up and dog eared.

We put the birds back in their cage when cooking and they do not like it.They have to be bribed back in with treats at times.

The toys might be the key.Cockatiels are indeed creatures of habit. My birds hate the toys or even the perches-native tree branches in our case- being moved around to different positions.
Try putting everything back in the same place after a cage clean and see what happens.
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