Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Toronto, Canada
I have 6 parrots for 5 years now and I had many behaviors issues with them. First, birds are really intelligent and they have the behavior of a pray wich is totally different from a cat or a dog. They love company and they NEED it. If they scream, there is a reason and you have to observe them to understand why. I have a cockatiel second hand just like yours and he screams, but in specific moments. They are like kids, they need a routine, at least 12 hours a sleep and toys.
i have two cockatiels (male and female), they are not friendly either.
Cockatiels are from the same family as cockatoo. Theyre know to beat the female to death. Separate them! I had a couple of green cheeks conures. They were friends, but not a couple. The male was mad about it and used to chase the female from the food dishes and plucked her head. I let them played out of the cage when I was able to supervise them or be together in the same cage for few hours. THey had 2 separate cages for the night which where side by side.
but the birds don't even want to touch the tip of the stick, they go to the farthest side of the cage, it aggrevates me....i don't know if that's why there afraid of me
This technique is used to train the bird, but they need a motivation! FOOD! Usually we do that to have fun with your pet bird, to learn tricks. PLus, NEVER EVER go get a bird in his cage. THis is HIS territory, his SECURITY. LEt him decided when he wants to get out and they reward him with a treat like millet spray. Talk to him gently, dont move fast forward him, just sit there and let him get use to you. It coult take a year or more to tae a bird who had bad experience with a human... It took me 3 years with my African Grey. WIth some birds, you'll never be able to pet him or hold him. You have to respect that. There are many ways to interact with your birds beside touching. Talking to them, dancing, singing, mimicing moves and noises are some of them.
then when there seperate, they scream like crazy!!
When you separate them, you take out their security. They feel safe together but CANT live in the same cage. HOw big is their cage? Like I said before, 2cages side by side and play time out of the cage probably will fix it. Plus, for the screaming, one side of their cage should have a wall or something behind it to make a closed space. If all the 4 sides are wide open, its really scary for them. Look where is their cage. Is too busy their? Not much privacy? Windows with scary wild birds? A dog or a cat? To dey have a routine regarding of the wake up and bed time? Do you feed them enough? How is their water? Bird love to play and put stuffs in their water dishes.
and i don't seperate them, the male climbs out the cage to sit on top of it, and they start screaming like crazy,
THe male is telling you to let her out!
i don't want to pay membership
What esle you dont want to pay for?? Birds cares are EXPENSIVE if you want to do it RIGHT. Did you buy any toys? Are your birds on pellet or seeds? DO you have a cage big enough for that type of bird?
At least, go on BIRDCHANNEL and read articles there...you can also subscribe to BIRD TALK magazine which is cheap for US member.
good luck! You can ask me more question if you want, i will do my best to help you, but especially your birds...