I got a new Male Cockatiel in March. The 2nd day I had him he screamed till I let him out. He wasnt friendly at all and when I picked him up he bit me really hard till I had bloody bite marks and claws marks down my arm and hands. I was able to tame him completely on that same day. I just worked really hard on it. Now he gets really excited to see me and begs and cries till I let him out. I can not pick him up at all till he comes out. If I stick my had in his cage to get him out he goes spastic. When he comes out on top of cage I just pick him up. he kisses me, crawls on me and tolerates a few moments of me rubbing his head and giving him a "bird hug". But when he is in his cage and I have to reach to get him out or feed him its a different story. So I try to avoid sticking my hand in his cage unless he is willing to come out. Should I bother with getting him use to my hands in his cage or let it alone and have it be a safe haven for him? I just dont want him to be afraid of me. I do love him allot He is in a cage with 2 parakeets. They are both very friendly and were hatched and hand raised by myself. They dont care if I stick my hands in the cage...they rather like me doing that...So they absolutely love it when I play with them with their toys.