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Question:

August 11, 2021

My new male cockatiel


About 15 days I got him. When I go to close to his cage he always goes away from me and moving very fastly and scared of me . I tried to calm down him but it doesn’t work. What should I do?


Answer:

Hi Mayuree,

It sounds like he probably was not hand fed. He will be hard to tame, and two weeks isn’t much time. It can take weeks, months or longer to tame a wild cockatiel. Never try to grab him – he is a prey animal and this is what a predator would do. I’ll give you some links to our taming and behavior pages. You have to go slow, one step at a time. He needs to learn not to be scared of your hands before you even think of trying to teach him to step up.

Teaching Your Bird

Pet Bird and Parrot Behavior

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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