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Old June 9th, 2005, 08:37 AM
Eleni Eleni is offline
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hand training an older cockateil

is it still possible to hand train a cockateil when they are older?

say 7 yrs or so,

i ahve a cockateil that my dad gave me, and beacuse she bit he told me i shouldnt try to hand train her, but Id like to give it a try.

she trusts me to a certain extent, she will whistle and strut for me, but when i put my hand in her cage or near her cage she gets defensive and flaps.

however i can get her to eat lettuce out of my hand if there is enough lettuce that there is a distance between her and my hand.

shes never made an attempt to bite me, so I feel she doesnt fear me specifically, that its more she fears someone intruding on her safe zone, wich her cage generally is.

any thoughts??

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