My Cockatiel Hates Me
I recently adopted a previously neglected Cockatiel. However, we adopted him from his rescue family who sought to travel more often and simply couldn’t take care of him anymore (they were a very old couple).
His first abusive family kept him covered all the time, and his only friend was a mirror that they kept in his cage. Apparently when they kept him covered for days, the only movement he could see was his own reflection and he grew very attached to his only companion, which was himself.
His new rescue owners helped him rehabilitate and in time, he got over most of his problems. However, he couldn’t part with his mirror and sometimes didn’t like to be held.
When we adopted him, he was of course very nervous and reluctant to let us hold him. But, it never got any better; it’s only gotten worse. He nips at us even when we just try to put feed in his bowl, and flat out won’t let us touch him anymore. He just stares at his reflection and sings, sometimes nipping at his mirror.
Admittedly this is my first bird, but I tried my best to accommodate him into my life and research what he needs; I’ve heard that mirrors are bad for Cockatiels, but if I try to take his mirror away he gets all flustered and angry and anxious until I put it back.
He’s 7 years old and I really worry that he’s resentful towards me for taking him away from his rescue family :((