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October 26, 2018

Lonely cockatiel?

I have a 3 year old semi-tame cockatiel, he is comfortable with me handfeeding him and likes me being in the room as he sings when I sit near him but is quiet when I’m not in the same room. He doesn’t like me handling him through, I bought him from a breeder when he was not tame, he eventually allowed me to handle him but an even occured when a loud sound frightened him when I was handling him and he flew under my bed. Basically he hasn’t recovered from that and it was about 9 months ago. Can I have tips on how to get him tame again? Also since he won’t like me handling him, should I get a friend for him? I don’t want another cockatiel so would a pair of budgiesvbe a good idea? They would be in separate cages of course. Thanks


Hi Jesse,

Cockatiels who were not hand raised are often always more cautious than a hand raised bird. Mainly you need to be patient with him. You did not specify what scared him, but apparently he still does not feel secure. Do what you can to make him feel safe in his environment, which would mean removing or keeping away whatever scared him. If you click on the link below, there are articles that can help you better understand your bird and tips to help you tame and train him. As far as a companion goes, he has you even if he does not like being handled right now. He would probably vocalize with budgies if you had some, and might enjoy having other birds around, but as long as you are giving him attention, another bird or birds not necessary for his well being.

Caring For Your Bird

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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