New here! And new to caring for a cockatiel too. I have a cockatiel named Daisy that I my dad gave me two months ago. Probably from a pet store...I don't think she's used to interacting with humans and has probably been kept in a cage all the time. She's still not used to me, but I often sit beside her, and talk to her, and sometimes she eats from my hand when she's hungry. I have a few questions, I want to make Daisy happy!
I live in a tropical country, it's usually warm, and though at first I kept her inside the house, she's now out in the balcony, with half the cage covered in case she'd rather be in the shade. It's usually hotter inside the house, and she doesn't seem to mind being outside much. The only con of her being outside is that it's rather noisy, but whenever I look at her, she's eating her food and not minding the noise anyway (perhaps? Honestly, the noise can still be heard inside. This is a noisy country hahah a lot of motorcycles). She's also much noisier outside, livelier? I guess. But every morning, my mother would bring the cage inside because the balcony gets struck by direct sunlight during that time. I'd bring her out again during the afternoon and sit with her until evening. My question for this is, is it bad that we move the cage in and out all the time? Does it affect her view of me in any way? Should I just leave her inside rather than outside?
Next! I've read that cage-bound birds are usually protective of their cage, and should be let out more. Daisy's still not tame, but is this a good idea? Won't I have a hard time retrieving her? I was able to lure her out with food once, and she even got to my lap. I closed the cage door but she still clung to her cage. She didn't fly around thankfully, but she might next time, I'm uncertain. I tried to get her out again but it's really difficult now.
And since cage-bound birds are protective of their territory, and I have to place my hands inside to clean the cage, does this affect her view of me also? She stays in one place when I clean the cage and I try to move slowly, I'm just hoping she doesn't think I'm trying to invade her space (but she probably thinks I am)
Something to take note of is that I will not clip her wings. I've heard taming tiels without having their wings clipped can be difficult but not impossible, and I'd rather do it this way.
Thank you for taking the time to read this! And I'm really really hoping that Daisy will get used to me one day. I'd really love to be able to pet her.