On 8/02/07, karen wrote:
> On 7/31/07, Tiffany wrote:
>> I bought 5 cockatiels, less than 1 year old each, thinking
>> I could tame them and make them good pets and then resell
>> them. Well I have run into some problems!! The white-
>> is a beautiful bird and has finally found some trust in me
>> and now will take seeds from my hands. But the other four
>> jump from the side of the cage in terror whenever they see
>> me. I clipped their wings thinking that would help and I
>> didn't notice a difference. Is there any hope or do I
>> have one pet bird and 4 breeders? Please help!!!!!!!
> There are several ways to calm wild birds.
> Some slow & some more aggressive.
> One school of thought will tell you to sit next to the cage
> and hand them treats.
> Let the bird set the pace
> This is slow but advised by many.
> Another is considered “flooding” & many criticize.
> You will also loose some blood.
> Remove the bird from the cage,
> cup it on your lap gently, no pressure!
> Gently pet it, talk, whisper and remain calm.
> You must not get frustrated,
> if you are tense they will fear you more.
> Putting the bird in a small towel will help with the blood
> letting. (YOUR BLOOD NOT THEIRS)
> Sit with it for 5 min and put into another cage.
> Do this with each bird.
> They will watch what is happening with the other.
> Do this 3 or 4 times a day with each bird.
> One cage to the next. Do this with the calm bird first!
> Give them treats; tell them they are so smart.
> Give them time to calm down before you leave the room
> With luck they will become to realize you are not there to
> kill them. –WARNING! If the bird is sick the stress may
> kill it. This is drastic, but it works.
> As I said, flooding is drastic and should only be done to
> give a bird a last chance to a life without fear.
> In refuges we see many birds at the edge of crazy fear &
> this works with most. Bigger bird, more danger to you.
> Remember this is for the most drastic problem birds only.
> Good Luck, remain calm & think only love
I calmed a wild cockatiel a few years ago with the first
method Karen mentioned. It worked. But, it took a long time
for this bird to trust me. Once I earned his trust, he was the
sweetest bird !