I got my cockatiel for my twelfth birthday, I'm now sixteen. His name is Frodo, he is a male, and he is quite a cutie... when he's not snapping. You see, I begged my mom for a year to get a bird and when I got one, I really didn't know what to do with it. We got it from a no name pet store and so he's definately not a hand fed cockatiel. He's been difficult with me since the day I got him. I used to take him out a lot more, and bring him to the kitchen downstairs, (when I used to clip his wings). I stopped doing this when his wings grew back because one day someone opened the front door and out he went. I found him down the street scared stiff. I also don't really have much time anymore, Grade 11 is becoming work loaded, and when I'm not working to stay on honour roll, going to group clubs afterschool, or seeing my boyfriend, I'm sleeping. I really hate that Frodo doesn't get out of his cage, but I suppose he has the budgie. (My sister got two budgies for her birthday one year. When the first one died, she thought the second was too noisy, and so left it in the hallway. I took it in, but I think it's been even harder trying to tame Frodo when it's in my room too.) I took the mirrors out of his cage also, even though it is cute to see him dance with himself. All I want is to make him happy! He's so attacted to his cage! Can someone give me some tips to tame an angry pre-teen cockatiel? I just wish he wouldn't be so angry when I take him out of his cage.