I also have a year old cockatiel. I've placed their cages next to each other. I'm still hand feeding the baby, Jessie twice a day until Friday, and then only once a day for a week and then he's supposed to be weened. Last night for 2 hours before his feeding, he finally started eating at his millet spray. When I went to get him from the cage, he raged and cowered and backed off as if he didn't want me to touch him. He did the same thing this morning when I wanted to take him out to feed him. Am I at a critical point here? Do I need to take him out more and spend more time w/him? Is he just not wanting to be disturbed because he's enjoying his millet? It's this grinding raging and he won't calm down until a minute or two after I put him back in his cage. He still takes the formula like he's starving and is real good about it, but I'm wondering what all the rrrrrrr rrrrr rrrrring is all about. I "feel" like he's mad at me or doesn't like me. What do you think?