Okay, so you can't cuddle a bird. Wrestle, well, maybe that is a trainable skill. However, Petey loves to be petted, he especially likes to have the back of his neck rubbed. I never knew how soft feathers of a bird could be. Did I mention that I am suppose to bathe him once a week? It supposedly helps with the dander.
We have spent quite some time getting to know one another. As hard as it was to let Petey be so he could adjust to his new environment, I had to open the cage. Of course he became a jail bird immediately.
The little guy is trying to teach Petey to talk. He has gotten Petey to stand on his hand. Next task for my little man is trying to get Petey to stand on his shoulder. Just wait until the droppings happen to come out when Petey is on him!
My little man insists that Petey likes him more than me. I can handle that. Let's see how long the kid keeps interest in the bird. So far the relationship has been good. Cockatiels are known to be friendly. He was a hand fed bird, so he enjoys eating from our hands! I must say, I get a kick out of it too. So yes, he is already spoiled.
I have cleaned up more seed from my little man than Petey. In fact, Petey has done rather well in that department. I barely have any seed on the floor.
So I have invested approximately the next ten years with Petey. All I have to do is feed him, give him water, bathe him, clean the cage, play with him, and who knows what else. This is a total new experience for me. I hope I survive.