finneganw

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I know its a little weird to post about parrots on this website but I use it a lot for my ducks so I'd thought it might be helpful for this too. So, I've had my cockatiel Maui for almost 6 months, and he still hates me. when I got him I had done all the research, had a cage ready, had the right food, it's just that I bought him from petco. Ive heard too many stories about them abusing and mistreating their animals and Im sure he was mistreated too. He just looked so depressed with 1 toy in his little cage that I had to get him.

I believe I did everything right when I brought him home. I left him alone, and when I interacted with him it was soft spoken, small interactions. I fed him treats and showered him with toys. He is very comfortable now and flies all around my room, but he still hates me! I've definitely seen improvement, he doesnt cower to the corner of his cage like he used to, but he still hisses when I walk by his cage. He's always exposed to me since his cage is in my room, but he won't let me interact with him at all. He occasionally flies to my bed when I'm eating or just on my phone, but any movement from me and he flies back to his cage. He definitely tolerates me but will never let me near him. Not with a treat, not with a stick.

Anyways, I'm getting a little off topic. I need any tips to show him I'm not a threat and to gain his trust. I know this takes time, especially since he has had a rough past with people. I'm willing to take years to gain his trust, but learning a few tips to make it go faster wouldn't hurt.
 

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HollowOfWisps

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Was he hand fed as a baby before you got him? Hand fed birds tend to prefer humans and are usually easier to tame. Parent fed birds tend to prefer their own species and can be a little bit more difficult to hand tame.
 

finneganw

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Was he hand fed as a baby before you got him? Hand fed birds tend to prefer humans and are usually easier to tame. Parent fed birds tend to prefer their own species and can be a little bit more difficult to hand tame.
i don’t believe so, but when i got him one of the employees said they always put their hands in the cage and tried to interact with him but he never really complied
 

finneganw

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It's not weird at all to post on this site about parrot! Here is a link to the caged birds section of this forum:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/caged-birds-parrots-canaries-finches-etc.57/

Have you researched anything about bringing him in the shower with you? That is a trick I heard once, but I have never had any pet birds so I can't verify that it works.
never heard about that! i’d love to bring him everywhere with me it’s just that he’s not at all hand trained or tamed. wont even get close to me :(
 

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i used to give him it a lot since it’s his favorite treat but i don’t do it so much anymore. when i do it’s from my hand, and he reluctantly takes it after i sit still for 5 minutes. but i do leave it in his cage from time-to-time
Maybe stop leaving it in? It's really more like getting candy for them. If he only gets it with you, it might help with taming.
 

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Maybe stop leaving it in? It's really more like getting candy for them. If he only gets it with you, it might help with taming.
**Nods in agreement** You might also want to try Zupreem pellets or broccoli. He might be freaked out if he's not seen it before, but if you show him how much fun it is to eat, you can start using it as a treat.
 

finneganw

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**Nods in agreement** You might also want to try Zupreem pellets or broccoli. He might be freaked out if he's not seen it before, but if you show him how much fun it is to eat, you can start using it as a treat.
hi! actually he gets both lol, he gets zupreem pellets everyday and broccoli almost every morning, except when we dont have it then he gets other fruits/vegetables. i love the zupreem brand, it's the only one i buy
 

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