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I have a male cockatiel that is about a year old. I got him from a breeder that hand-feeds their babies. Despite being hand-fed he has never enjoyed being touched, but other than that he was very friendy and loved being out with people. Lately he has not been acting like himself. He doesn't ever seem to want to come out of the cage and randomly attacks hands. He doesn't bite hard, but he screams and nips. I tell him no when he does that, but I don't think it's making a difference. I know it shouldn't, but it is starting to hurt my feelings that he suddenly seems to hate me! Am I doing something wrong and what can I do to get him to behave?

-- Oh he's just being a 'tiel!  When they're bratty they can be frustrating, but when they're loving, they're wonderful right?  

Take a look here to find a step by step guideline to change this   (look under both 'biting' and 'screaming' )

You can fix this in about 5 to 8 days if you are consistent.  Have fun!


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Certified Avian Specialist. For more than 30 years I've worked with veterinarians, protective facilities, nature centers, preserves and on my own in providing care and education with regard to multiple animal species, including raptors (hawks, kestrals, owls, etc) and marsupials. In recent years I've focused on parrots, usually rescued from abusive or less than ideal situations and helping educate owners as to proper care. Expert in behavior studies and modification of problem behavior.

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