What does it mean when a cockatiel spreads its wings?
This stance, paired with spread wings, is usually a sign he’s trying to defend his territory. It’s probably time to back away if he’s making this stance while you’re near the cage. Watch for snapping. Cockatiels will lunge at you if they are about to bite.
Is it normal for a cockatiel to get sick?
No, your bird is probably not getting sick, although it is important that all new birds have a new bird health check by an avian vet. It’s normal for a new cockatiels to tremble when a stranger is talking to them or comes to close to the cage.
Why does my new cockatiel cry all the time?
A young, new bird that makes a static type of cry is either not fully weaned or he/she has regressed and needs more hand feeding. If you have had your cockatiel for more than a week and it suddenly stops eating or drinking water, it may be getting sick. Please call an avian vet and have your bird checked. All new birds should have a checkup.
Why do cockatiels hang upside down in their cage?
This means that they are content, feeling playful and just enjoying life. It’s also a way for birds to exercise their wings while inside of the cage. Sometimes cockatiels will block the entrance to their cage by hanging upside down. This is associated with their instinct to protect their cage and the nest.
What to do if your cockatiel has a Night Fright?
Leave a night light on in the room for your bird and provide some “white noise”, from an air purifier. Also leave a corner of the cage uncovered. These things can help prevent birds being startled by other sounds.
What happens if a cockatiel breaks a feather?
Often cockatiels scrape their wings or break a blood feather while flapping their wings. If your cockatiel is bleeding, you will need to stop it quickly, in the case of a blood feather you will need to pull the blood feather out of your cockatiel can bleed to death very quickly.
Why does my cockatiel see shadows in his cage?
If the material you cover the cage is too light or semi-translucent, your cockatiel might see passing shadows that might startle your bird. As always the information offered here is to provide guidance and is not intended to be a substitute for the good advice provided by your own avian vet.
What to do if your cockatiel is scared?
If your cockatiel gets scared, it’s very important to comfort him and reassure him that everything is OK. Spend a few minutes petting it until it calms down. While you pet your cockatiel, check for any injuries it might have suffered from flapping its wings.
What can frighten a cockatiel in a car?
For example moving shadows from a curtain or blinds, car lights, the shadow of you passing by can frighten your cockatiel. These reactions usually happen while you bird is trying to fall asleep.