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If there are droppings, he must be eating something, so that is a good sign. I agree with the advise about talking to him softly and moving slowly when changing food and water. He will settle in but I understand - bringing a new bird home always makes me anxious until they start to eat and act normal.

He ate the millet and drank some water ! So relieved. I get the feeling he was only on a millet diet. I really hope not because I dont want to stress with converting him. Ill let him have millet for a day or two i hope that would be okay then take it out.

What do you guys think, is it okay to let him eat millet for a couple of days. I got a cup of Tropimix in there too , in case he wants some..

The lady at the pet store had been feeding him Tropimix for small parrots, but i get the feeling she had millet in there all the time also and he just went for the millet all the time. Sigh I am very disapointed in them right now. They cannot hand tame or feed birds properly , shouldn`t be selling them. I feed my budgies 50% pellets 25% seed 25% veges every day. I hope cockatiels are easy to convert like my budgies .


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For now, leave the millet until your tiel is more settled. It's not an ideal diet, but it's better that he's eating something than nothing. Once he gets more comfortable with his new home, you can take away the millet and just leave seed mix and see how it goes.

I'm glad he's eaten something.
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You've already been given some good advice about how to make your new little guy comfortable . He is not settled in his brand new environment yet, and that is the root of the problem. It takes time for some new birds. Some take days to eat. The fact that he is eating a few bites of millet already the next day is showing promise that he will be okay.

Also about cleaning the cage, just clean the pull out tray and change paper for now. He is getting defensive because he is scared. He doesn't know you or his new home yet, and isn't sure if your hand in the cage is a predator in his mind. Hopefully soon through your demeanor, mannerisms, and tone of voice, he will start to trust. Keep in mind trust comes in small increments and can take time. For now, he might need more alone time. Best of luck .

Did you name you new little fellow yet?
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Yes I think i will call him Pablo. Pinto and Poncho would like that.

I wish I hadn't lined the inside of the cage before I put him inside, lol.

I always put newspaper above the cage floor because I thought my birds would rather walk on paper instead of wires.

I just didnt realize he was so scary when he looks like hes going to bite haha . He never bit me yet , but he sometimes looks at me very evil and did bite a stick of millet while i was putting it in the cage (aggressively!) it spooked me out lol.

Thanks so much for the kind and quick responses. I get overly anxious when I think something is wrong with my birds. I have anxiety disorders so I guess that doesn't help, so big thanks to you guys for helping me feel better !!!
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Cockatiels are way more needy then budgies. IME they are prone to regressing when stressed and even when they aren't stressed they liked to be babied. I have a 4 month old that has been weaned for over 6 weeks and he still begs for formula.

As for biting I have never had one draw blood or bruise me. Their beaks are really not powerful. Their bite is harder then a budgie but not as bad as lovebird. Make sure you are not reinforcing the behavior by withdrawing immediately or over reacting.
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mekat : I would love to baby him but I think it's going to be a long road for him to trust me by the way he is acting , and not being hand tamed. Also hes an older bird, 2 years the pet store said. So I am guessing it will take months Poor guy I'd love to take him out with me .
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So - the cockatiel i got 2 days ago is now calling out to the budgies in the next room all the time. I feel badly because he wants to be with other birds and is not tame.

Will this affect the taming process ? Will he never bond with me because he hears my budgies in the other room ?
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Flock calling is natural for any bird that you bring home. He can hear the other birds and wants to be with them- it's perfectly natural.

The further apart the two rooms are- the better, as it will make them hearing one another harder. You can also try playing some music in both rooms as a distraction.

Right now, your tiel is settling, so I wouldn't worry too much about binding at this time. He really needs to settle in for at least two weeks before you worry about bonding. Don't get too carried away with worrying about the next step.
Just try and create a stress free, calm home for him and he'll settle much quicker.
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okay thanks Term ! He makes some beautiful whislting noises I never knew they could do ! It's so sweet.

Sadly I live in a one bedroom apartment (cockatiel in the living room - budgies in my room) but I can bring in the radio to the other room to distract each other great idea ! My boyfriend has an apartment next door but he smokes so I cannot bring them there =(

I also vape non nicotine e-cigs that have a slight smell to them. I hope it doesnt hurt them if i vape away from their cages.

He is so beautiful ! I am in love I hope he can bond to me eventually !

I tried playing a whislting star wars tune but he called out to a flock so I guess I should stick to the "human non whistling music /talking" only

lol when the kettle boils he goes nuts too.
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I know it's sometimes difficult to be patient, but at the very beginning we can't place a timeline on them. You can't even see his 'real' personality yet right now. He is just scared and settling in since it's only been a couple days. That's completely normal .

The budgies don't have anything to do with the potential to tame. Being already an adult and mostly wild, don't place expectations on him for what you want him to be. That would only be setting yourself up for disappointment. He will get as tame as "he" wants to be in his own time. Typically, a wildish adult male tiel will not get 'as' tame as a hand fed, hand raised baby. They can still be wonderful pets though .
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