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dori

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my grandparents live in another country and since i'm visiting in the summer, i was wondering how i could help their cockatiel, they don't take very good care of him and he's violent (bites a lot) as a result . i was just wondering how could i help him ? bring him toys, tame him ?
 

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Birds do not usually bite, except if they are threatened or have behavior issues. Try to find out why the bird is biting.
 

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Diet and toys are important for cockatiels and would be easier to change than, say, the cage size. Pellets and vegetables should be part of his diet. Lots of different toy types: paper, cardboard, plastic, soft wood, beads, swings, bells, etc. You could also provide him some natural branch perches, he might not have any. Depending on how long you stay with him, just spending time with him would be beneficial. Reading him a book, playing music, or watching a movie could be fun for him. Or maybe let him out for some fly-time if comfortable and prepared.
 

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Would your grandparents be willing to watch videos on training parrots? There are some great DVDs by Barbara Heidenreich. Perhaps if they saw how he could be taught to behave the way that they want they may work with him the right way.
 

dori

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Diet and toys are important for cockatiels and would be easier to change than, say, the cage size. Pellets and vegetables should be part of his diet. Lots of different toy types: paper, cardboard, plastic, soft wood, beads, swings, bells, etc. You could also provide him some natural branch perches, he might not have any. Depending on how long you stay with him, just spending time with him would be beneficial. Reading him a book, playing music, or watching a movie could be fun for him. Or maybe let him out for some fly-time if comfortable and prepared.
i've already made plans to go and let him out & bond with him in my guest room if they allow it !! i'll also look into an appropriate diet and get him some toys :) thank you !!
 

dori

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Would your grandparents be willing to watch videos on training parrots? There are some great DVDs by Barbara Heidenreich. Perhaps if they saw how he could be taught to behave the way that they want they may work with him the right way.
sadly my grandparents are not very fluent in english, but if there's anything similar in polish i might try !! :)
 

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Some computers have translation software or built in. Perhaps this would help them with the language barrier. @Teckechick
 

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You can add subtitles to YouTube that may help with the language barrier. I know Lara Joseph and Barbra Heidenreich both have helpful things on YouTube.
 
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