How to hand raise a 9 week old cockatiel?

by Monique

I have a 9 week old cockatiel that i have just recentally got i was just wondering if someone could give me a few tips on how to efficentally go at trying to hand raise him as a tame bird. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Nov 08, 2011
How to hand raise a 9 week old cockatiel?
by: Monique

my bird has been breed by profesional cockatiel breeders he lets me put my hand into his cage at the moment he will come near my hand but not on it so thats a start. i was also wondering if any one could tell me why he will not eat any fruits, vegs or even millet he will only eat wild bird seed he wont touch anything else he only hisses at it, any ideas on what i should do there

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Nov 05, 2011
How to hand raise a 9 week old cockatiel?
by: Linda

First thing that always has to be done with new birds, before any taming/training or dietary changes is to be examined by an Avian Vet in your driving area. The only vet qualified and safe for your bird is an Avian Vet, so please don't take him to a regular dog and cat vet unless they are also licensed and trained to diagnose and treat birds because they do not know what they are doing and sometimes kill birds because of lack of credentials and experience with birds.

Your bird needs to be examined for infections both bacterial/viral and general bloodwork done to see how organs are functioning and to see if any abnormalities show in the bloodwork.

After that, there is training information on this site you can look at. Untamed birds have to be tamed first and taught to "step up", and you'll start there.

No training or dietary changes can be done until your bird has been thoroughly checked out by an Avian Vet and either given a clean bill of health or the correct meds to get him over an infection. Sick birds cannot take the stress involved in any kind of taming/training.

Thanks for writing,

Nov 05, 2011
How to raise a 9 week old Cockatiel
by: Anne

The first question I ask is, is it an Aviary one or did you buy it from a breeder who breeds from there indoor pets.
Should it be an aviary one then I don't hold out much hope for you but, if it came from a person's indoor pets then much better results.
Keep the cage in a low traffic area.
First start by talking softly to it then once it feels comfortable with you start by putting your hand slowly in its cage offering bits of small millet, saying step up so it jumps off & on your hand. When this has started go in again but put your hand by the door saying step up & each time it does this say GOOD BOY/GIRL so the chick knows the difference & realises that he has just done right. give a tiny bit of millet to reward it.
Now you are on your way to bonding with your chick & the rest of your training so good luck :)

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