Originally Posted by frozengirl
as someone mentioned to me on another forum that unless a cockatiel was hand raised by humans they will not bond with people.
Don't believe everything people tell you.Of course people are are well intentioned, but nothing beats your own personal experience.
A 11 year old bird I have now homed was bonded with my niece when she first got him-from a pet shop too-so no hand raising.
As she has progressed through high school and now uni,the bird was basically ignored and left to languish alone in his cage with little interaction apart from daily water and pellet change.
Any way a long story made short is that we have been able to coax this cranky little bird out his cage and adapt him to our cockatiel friendly lifestyle.It has taken from August to the present,so patience is needed.
This bird has come from attacking anyone who who placed a hand in his cage -he would bite and draw blood even with my mum feeding him to a stage where he now will sit up my chest and allow him self to be stroked behind the head.
How? Be prepared to put in a lot time and be consistent. Speak to and interact with your bird at every possible opportunity. Cockatiels thrive on companionship and affection.
Some owners I think pass by their bird many times a day but expect the bird to be receptive when they finally acknowledge them and try to handle them after days of ignoring them. Every day and at least an hour a day
A final bit of advice. When you approach the bird make your movements slow.Its embedded in the birds DNA to take flight at quick movement and we humans ,a 100 times larger than the our bird- forget this.If you practice gentle slow movement, the feeling of trust from your bird is developed much quicker.