4 month old Cockatiel tossing head with open beak.

I have an untamed 4 month old Cockatiel. He is not particularly active and still afraid of people. Occasionally, he will stretch his neck out, open his beak and toss his head. He does this for about 20 seconds or so and just stops. I don't know what it means, or if he's sick.

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Oct 09, 2011
4 month old Cockatiel tossing head with open beak.
by: Linda

You have a bird who is barely weaned. When very young recently weaned birds get moved to a new home, they revert back to needing to be handfed at least once or twice a day using baby parrot handfeeding formula with a syringe. 2-3 months is as early as a Cockatiel can be weaned, and the bobbing and opening the beak is a request to feed it.

Your baby could also be sick, so I strongly suggest you get it into be examined by an Avian Vet right away. Have them get a weight on it, and if it comes up underweight, you'll need to get some handfeeding formula and a 10cc/ml syringe so you can feed him a couple times a day.

If he's not eating much, he is in danger of starvation and dehydration. Your bird needs to be eating high quality organic pellets and not all seed diet as all seed diet is slow starvation for parrots and they are unhealthy and will be sick a lot.

So, take your bird to Avian Vet right away, have him checked for infections and a weight taken. You can find baby parrot handfeeding formula here, and Avian Vet will give you a few 10cc syringes so you can get this baby some food into him. You can also find handfeeding formula in pet stores who carry a good line of bird products. Roudybush is good and not filled with chemicals.

Linda

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