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Old 11-26-2016, 12:24 PM
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Unhappy Help - Cockatiel won't eat !

I just got a cockatiel from the pet store yesterday, but he is not eating nor drinking anything yet, I even left millet clipped by his perch and he hasn't touched it .

I am so worried, I don't remember my budgies being this scared when I got them =(

It's been almost 24 hours im really really worried.

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Old 11-26-2016, 12:35 PM
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I'm sorry to hear that and while it's difficult, try not to freak out as that can add to the stress levels.
Your cockatiel may not be familiar with millet spray.
What you can do is to place the food container close to your cockatiel's favourite perching spot.
If you haven't done so already and in order to help him in better settling in and feeling comfortable, you can cover the cage on 3 sides (leaving front part uncovered) and having some soothing music on low volume.

I hope your new little friend takes a bite to eat soon, good luck.
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Old 11-26-2016, 12:44 PM
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I saw him eatting millet spray at the pet shop =( and I bought the exact food he eats in his dish and put it in a dish by his new perch. I also did the blanket thing as I had to do that with my budgies when I first got them.

Sigh I feel so bad I took him from his pet store home. I hope he doesn't die.
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He should be fine. It takes some birds longer to settle in than others. Have you tried the music suggestion? What do his droppings look like?
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His droppings looks like my budgie droppings but bigger.

Yeah im playing some classical music, and the cockatiel sometimes makes some noise when he hears the budgies in the other room.
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Have you tried leaving your new tiel alone for a while?
While you love your new bird and are anxious to make sure he's okay, some alone time might be good for him.
Maybe spend a couple of hours with the budgies, leave the music, the covers on the three sides, make sure the food is full by the perch and just leave him be and check back later on and see if any food has gone.

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Im also very worried he will bite me . He lunges towards me when I attempted to add more food in his cage.. and hisses.

How hard do cockatiels bite? Much harder then budgies?
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Therm: Yeah i left him alone for the morning, just checked on him and added more millet on his perch to try to entice him more then left him be. So worried. He didnt like my hand in the cage at all I had to wait for him to move off the perch so that i didn`t get bitten.. He is a very nervous bird.. I decided to not clean his cage today because I am extremely worried he will bite me haha. What have i gotten myself into ! Maybe ill wait a few days before attempting to clean inside the cage.

His poor wings are clipped badly it seems and he cannot fly, I feel so bad for him.
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I can't say I know the difference between bites. A budgie, when upset and scared, can draw blood and a tiel could easily do the same.

I would try and leave him as much as possible. When you change his food and water, just be very slow and careful and just speak calmly and softly while you do it.
There should be no reason to keep adding food. If he's not touching it, just leave him alone.
I would try and spend time away from him and let him settle without the being there. I know it's hard but as he seems so frightened, it might be for the best.

When you do spend time in the room with him, ignore him. Just let him get used to you being in the room and paying no attention right now might help more than constantly checking on him.

I think that you need to just get him comfortable with him being in the room before you try and do anything else.

As for cleaning the cage, do you not have a tray at the bottom of the cage? You should be able to clean it without upsetting him too much. If he's that upset, I agree leaving the cleaning for now is probably for the best, but you also want to be able to keep an eye on his poops and that's going to get harder the more poops that build up.

Hopefully within a couple of days you'll be able to clean his cage without him being so afraid.
If your birds wings were clipped badly, he might have had a traumatic experience, hence why he's acting so afraid right now.
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Im also very worried he will bite me

I've read that if you hold your hand in a tight fist, so that your skin is taut, then it's less easy for a bird to grip onto your skin when trying to bite you & that it hurts less. Might help you feel a bit more confident when you have to go into the cage.
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