is it almost ova

by nell
(san antonio)

ok i have belief my cockatiel is a grey male cockatiel. it has a grey body with white in it's wings. the face is grey with traces of yellow the cheeks are orange but not a dark orange, just orange. anyway i read alot about still handling ur bird even if it bites, so even though my cockie draws blood i still make it come out its cage everday & talk to me. i talk to him when i clean his cage,feed him & take him out when i get home. ordinarily when i take him out i wrap him in a baby blanket til he calms down but then when i unravel him he flies away from me well today even though he tried to bite he stayed with me. he's sitting by me and he's even walking around on my keyboard im so excited. does this mean im gaining his trust? i still cant touch him though...lol

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Jul 30, 2010
is it almost ova
by: Linda

YES! You are beginning to see some trust from your Cockie. It takes a while for a new bird to trust their human companion as the body size difference is so great, and for a Cockie who has not been tamed, the fear of their new human is even worse.

Each time you take him out and handle him, talk to him, sing to him and such, the trust between both of you is building. The next time you are at the Avian Vet's office, you may want them to trim his wings so he can't fly all over and get hurt. Only trim the 6 long primary flight feathers at the ends of the wings. Do not trim up any higher as this will cause a great deal of pain for the bird. Just the 6 long, primary flight feathers are enough so he can land gently and not be able to get enough lift to fly into things all over the house. This will also help in continuing his taming training as he will be more dependent on you which is a good thing.

If you have any other pets, make sure they are not around when you have him out of cage as both cats and dogs can injure little birds like the Cockies severely. Once his wings are clipped, he will glide gently to the floor and be vulnerable to attack or being stepped on.

Thanks for writing and for loving and caring for your sweet little bird,

Linda

Jul 30, 2010
is it almost ova
by: Anonymous

Yes you are gaining it's trust. Take it slow. Don't push him too much, let him come to you now.

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