Hi there, we have a cockatiel, we think he is around 2. We got him about 6 months ago from a friend. My question is, he has never been handled and when we go near his cage he goes nuts. I have read other posters with advice on younger bird. Does anyone thing this will work with him? I dont want to scare him to death but would like to be able to take him out. Is he too old and set in his ways? I have tried just setting my hand in there but he goes crazy the whole time. He seems to like to "talk" to us and almost lets us get near the cage when we are talking. He has bit me one too many times, if he can change cool, but if not oh well. Oh he was raised with his sister but we only took him. I know we cant put another bird in there but just wanted to add that in. That is the only contact he has ever had with anything. And he hates toys! Well I dont know if he hates them but he is a master of breaking them! Any advice would be appreciated. Oh one more thing, do cockatiels talk? Someone told me they could and he is really good at imitating the dogs noises. One day I could have sworn one of my dogs was hurt cause he was whinning. Freaked me out big time. But he sounds exactly like them!