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Old 01-11-2017, 11:30 PM
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Hello,

I found my cockatiel through the Next-door application. Apparently, a neighbor saw a cockatiel perched on a telephone pole and it flew down to him. He believes she/he was hungry.

I offered to adopt the little guy/girl, and picked him up just before Thanksgiving. I just got a new cage - much larger and nicer than the first cage. I've purchased a few recommended toys.

As to disposition, this seems like a sweet little cockatiel. Although she wouldn't even take millet from me in the beginning, she eventually did. She will now "step up" after just a couple of sessions. She has never bitten me, although she does try to get away when I reach for her. I have to chase her around the cage a bit before she gives in and steps on to my finger.

I just took her to a parrot shop last week, and they clipped her wings. They said she was healthy.

But, she never plays with her toys and that worries me. Maybe I need more "stuff" and I'm happy to buy / do whatever will create a good environment for this sweet little bird.

Also - how do I know male/female?
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A picture will help us determine gender but sometimes you have to go by behavior.

Not all tiels like to play with toys. Shredable toy tend to be a favorite or foraging toys. Big blocky toys really aren't gonna work for a small tiel. There are lots of ideas in the DIY sticky on making your own.
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A picture will help with gender.

And not playing with toys isn't something you should worry about. My tiel doesn't play with them either. Not all birds will play.

You should work on hand taming longer. She/he is running away because she's scared, my lovebird also does that.



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A picture will help with gender.

And not playing with toys isn't something you should worry about. My tiel doesn't play with them either. Not all birds will play.

You should work on hand taming longer. She/he is running away because she's scared, my lovebird also does that.



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Do you mean I should have longer sessions of hand taming, or that I should take it slower? I hate to know that I'm scaring her! Don't mind the process taking longer at all if it will be kinder to the tiel
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Looks like female.

For hand taming I do 10 minute sessions throughout the day with my birds. You could probably increase the the time of the sessions, or you have short sessions. I find that short sessions will increase the amount of days till the bird isn't scared anymore, but it goes at the birds pace.


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Definitely a girl!!

Tiels have short attention spans which is why the shorter sessions work better. You can several throughout the day to reinforce what you've been doing, but chasing her around the cage to get her to step up is not reinforcing trust. You have to build that trust first then work on the stepping up. It can be a long process, but very worth it. There are some tips in our sticky library that you can check out for suggestions.
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It took my tiel 3 weeks to start biting his toys. He still doesn't play with them a whole lot, he enjoys singing and napping more. I think it will just take time for your tiel to get used to the new environment before playing.

My cockatiel is not hand tame but is target trained , I started at about 3 weeks, he still wont go perch to perch but he will move back and forth up and down on 1 perch. Lately I got him to target his toys for a treat too, so that he realizes that the target stick can get him to target other things. You can also try that after a few weeks of target training if he doesn't play by then.

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yes a girl.....

Looks just like my Julie....
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yes a girl.....

Looks just like my Julie....
Paul - what type of mutation is this - or is she just a standard whiteface?
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