How To Tame A Cockatiel? (Step By Step Guide)

It can be extremely challenging for you to tame a skittish cockatiel when they’re bolting away and hiding every time you enter the room.

Teaching your cockatiel to trust you can take some time and patience, but bonding with your little pet is worth every moment.

The best tip for taming your cockatiel is to make sure you move at your pet’s pace. You need to be patient and avoid rushing with your pet bird since that will make the process take even longer. Once you find a method that works for you and your pet, stick with it until your cockatiels are tamed.

With time and patience, you can easily tame your cockatiels. First, however, it is important to pay attention to your bird’s body language and use these steps to help them understand that they are safe and nothing will hurt them.

By making your cockatiel feel safe in their surroundings and slowly teaching them self-confidence skills, you can easily tame your little pet.

Are Cockatiels Easy To Tame?

Studies suggest that almost all cockatiels can be trained. However, the taming process requires plenty of time, patience, and consistency.

Remember to be patient, stick to a schedule, respect your bird’s natural needs, interact with your little pet daily, and provide lots of treats!

Your cockatiel may be nervous or skittish at first. However, they usually become tame in a few weeks with consistent gentle handling.

How Do You Tame A Cockatiel Step By Step?

Handling a small bird can be one of the joys of having it around, but you must understand that not all pets enjoy being handled.

Some cockstiels need to be tamed before you can safely hold them.

Thankfully there are a few tried and true steps you can take to get your cockatiel in your hands in no time at all. There are a few simple rules to follow to make sure your cockatiel is not stressed before you begin the taiming process.

Minimize The Noise Around Your Cockatiel

You must understand that these birds are tiny creatures and might easily get scared by loud noises.

Therefore, you mustn’t scream or shout around your cockatiel. If you are making a lot of noise, then there are rare chances that your bird will approach you.

Furthermore, I would advise you to stay silent around your bird. You must try to keep the sound to a bare minimum.

You must speak in a soft and gentle voice around your birds. Just like most birds, cockatiels do not enjoy loud noises.

Let Your Cockatiel Come To You

I would advise you to never force the interaction on your cockatiel. If you try to interact with your cockatiels forcefully, it will only make them feel scared and distrustful.

If you are gentle with your pet, they will surely enjoy spending time with you.

Whenever you want to spend time with your cockatiel, I would advise you to allow them to approach you in their own time to build trust.

With passing days, you will see a noticeable change in your cockatiel. They will soon realise that you are not so scary.

With time, your cockatiel will be more likely to be brave and approach you again in the future. Besides this, having some small treats with you to reward your cockatiel’s curiosity can also help reinforce the behavior.

Maintain A Daily Routine

To make your cockatiel feel safe around you, I advise you to adopt a daily routine or a schedule.

If your cockatiel starts to feel safe around their surrounding, they will be braver and more likely to spend time with you and other members of the household.

You must set a proper feeding routine, and daily interaction routine with your cockatiel.

Keeping a consistent daily routine is the easiest way to help your cockatiel settle into a routine.

Also, instead of randomly choosing times to interact with your cockatiel, they will usually be happier with the interaction if they expect it.

Choose a few times a day to sit with your cockatiel consistently, so they’ll learn to be ready for you. This way, you can bond with your little bird much more easily.

Train Your Cockatiel

You can spend a wonderful time with your cockatiels while training them.

While training your cockatiels, not only do you teach them cool treats, you are also teaching them to trust you.

Your cockatiel will be excited to spend time with you, knowing they’ll have fun exercising their brain and figuring out how to get treats.

Training your cockatiel will teach them to slow down and earn their treats while keeping them from losing interest in you just because you don’t have any treats on hand.

Training a cockatiel is an excellent way to tame them and build a bond with them.

Entice Your Cockatiel With Its Favorite Treat

Treats are an amazing way to entice your cockatiel to bond with your little pet. You can definitely use your bird’s favorite treat to get to them.

Cockatiels love to munch on certain fruits and veggies. However, do not serve them too much at a time. Excessive consumption of treats could easily upset their sensitive stomachs.

When you reward your cockatiel, they will be more likely to come to you again and gain.

Pet Your Cockatiel

Some cockatiels enjoy being touched, while others don’t. Some cockatiels even enjoy getting a good massage more than they like to get treats!

Teaching your cockatiels not to be afraid of hands and petting them is an excellent way to bond with your little pet.

It would be best to keep in mind that young cockatiels are an exception to this, but not because they don’t enjoy being pets. Instead, it’s because they have too much energy to sit still. Cockatiels will inevitably start to mellow out and enjoy being pet more, though, as they get older.

Understand Your Cockatiel’s Body Language

Some owners might have to face a hard time understanding their pet’s body language.

It will help if you start by spending some quality time with your bird. Then, observe your cockatiel intently to understand their behavior.

Look how your cockatiel reacts to new places and new objects.

Each bird has its unique personality, and observing them intently will help you learn about their behavior.

It would be best if you made sure that there are no other pets or people in the room so that you can easily enjoy some quality time with your bird.

Provide Them Enough Toys And Mental Stimulation

Toys and mental stimulation play an important role in keeping your cockatiels happy and engaged.

Even if you are interacting with your cockatiels directly, I would advise you to provide them with fun toys to play with. Besides toys, swings are also a great way to keep your birds stimulated.

You can even try placing your cockatiels’s favorite treat in one of the toys. You will see that your cockatiel having a great time trying to reach the treat.

Besides keeping them engaged, toys also help cockatiels to work out. Try choosing different toys so that your little friend never gets bored.

Respect Your Cockatiel’s Boundaries

While trying to tame your cockatiel, it is essential to make sure that you respect your bird’s boundaries.

If your cockatiel seems fussy during the interaction, then leave them alone for the moment. Please do not force them to interact.

Also, you must leave your cockatiels alone while they are eating, pooping, or grooming themself. In such cases, wait till they are finished with their activity. If they still prefer to be left alone, respect that and give your bird their space.

On the other hand, if your cockatiel is unwell, then you will need to handle your bird even if they don’t want you to.

In no case should you force your cockatiel into an interaction for your own entertainment.


Hello, I am Mohini, the founder of this blog. I am a qualified Animal Nutrition. I am here to help everyone understand their pets better.

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