Cockatiel agressive behavior

by Delaina

I have a cockatiel. She was extremely sweet for the first 4 weeks i had her, even after a 74 hour car ride. This is the 6th week i have had her. She hasn't been as sweet the 5th week, i recently tried to hand feed her and when i brought my hand slowly towards her with tons of seed she hissed and bit my hand. I was able to feed her the first couple of weeks even when she wasnt hand tamed. Why is she so moody?

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May 17, 2011
she sounds frightened.
by: Anonymous

It is not uncommon for people to make a mistake of thinking their bird is so sweet & quiet when they receive them & then find 4 weeks later they are aggressive. This usually happens because the new owner has rushed things to fast with the new bird for the first 4 weeks, not allowed the new bird to adjust properly before handling the bird. After about 4 weeks of all this the bird suddenly has had enough & the only thing it knows to do to get you to leave her alone is to become aggressive.

It is important to take baby steps with any new bird. BTW, a cockatiel is not always the most placid bird. I have one that is not placid & he is very healthy.

Please go back to taking baby steps with her. Learn to read her body language. If she doesn't want company or to be touched then leave her alone. She will call you when she wants your company.

And take her to a vet for a wellness check.

May 16, 2011
Cockatiel agressive behavior
by: Linda

Considering that the Cockies are the most docile and gentle of the bird species, you may be looking at an illness. Anytime there are sudden changes in behavior, it is prudent to take bird to be examined by an Avian Vet in your driving area. You can find an avian vet in the yellow pages of the phone book or we have a link on this page to help if you need it.

Your bird was supposed to have been taken to be examined by an avian vet during the first few days you had it because all birds coming from pet stores are already sick and need medical attention. The stress of being moved into pet store is one factor as is putting a bunch of birds together from different places can bring infections to all of them.

So, please take your bird to be examined by an Avian Vet in your area and then consider getting it off all seed diet and onto an organic pelleted diet like Harrison's which is found here. All seed diets are a poor source of nutrition since they are mostly fat with very low quality proteins and vitamins.

Please have your bird examined, diagnosed and treated by an avian vet BEFORE starting the changeover as sick birds do not need extra stressors. Below is link about how to go about the change which takes time:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Thanks for writing,

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