How Do I Handle 2 Flighted Out of Control Cockatiels?

Elleen A.  relates,    


I have 2 male fully flighted cockatiels that will not let us handle them. They are bonded. How can I get them to let us handle them again?


Dear Elleen

Short answer. You can’t.  Birds of a feather stick together and you have no feathers.  


Long answer.


You can clip their wings, separate them into different cages, and plan to spend several hours with each of them individually in daily sessions in hopes to earn their trust and want to be with you.



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A Better Bird Video Series For Training Birds And Their Humans

Just as the name implies, this is a series of quick and easy ways to help your birds stay happy and healthy around the clock.


This is a series of short but incisive ideas you can apply today bringing you closer to bird care nirvana.


The number of things necessary to provide foraging enrichment for your birds can be found in a series of quick and simple ideas.



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I Have a Question About a Green Ringneck Male I Just Bought

Nauman asks

I am messaging about a Green (African) ringneck male I recently bought from a pet shop (who said he is 6 months old ) however he has a clear ring not on the full neck but it’s there.


Anyways the first day he didn’t eat anything, the second day he’s started to eat the mix of seeds.


He’s not hand tamed and not aggressive unless you try to grab him (which is not what I’m am trying to do)


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How Do You Rehabilitate a Biting Senegal Parrot?

The following is in response to our feathered community member Patrick.


Hi Patrick B,


I have a 27-year old Senegal.  I was reading your post and thought I would offer a few suggestions to you. First, as Mitch said, try clicker training.  It is basically positive operant conditioning.  Birds do not understand the word “no” and yelling at them will teach them how to scream.  So please give it a try.



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Why is My Green Cheek Conure Biting Me All of a Sudden?

Elena T. is concerned:


I have a green cheek conure named Rae and he’s about 2-3 years old.


I’m not sure if Rea is a boy or a girl but I got him from the pet store pretty early on so I’m the only owner he’s ever had besides the pet store workers.


He’s a sweet bird and my family loves him but recently he’s been biting me.



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How Do We Stop Our Budgie from Over Preening Us?

Chris M. seeks budgie advice:


Hello, I enjoy your site and your advice very much.


My wife and I just got our hand raised Budgerigar, the bird is very affectionate and spends quite a bit of time on our shoulders.


Recently it has started to preen us, the issue is that it’s preening can be painful as it will focus on skin imperfections or small folds of skin and nip quite hard.



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