(Canyon, Tx, USA)
I recently (3 days ago) brought home an 8 week-old cockatiel that had been hand-fed and weened. The first day he just sat at the same spot on his perch and wouldn't eat or drink unless I held a treat up to him.
I thought maybe he didn't know where his food was, so I placed him (he loves being held) on the bottom perch near his food, and, since then, the only times he's stopped eating are when we get him out of his cage. I even have to hold him up to his water to get him to drink anything!
Naturally, since he's still growing, he'll eat more often than an adult bird would, but is this incessant eating normal or healthy? There are no avian veterinarians within an 8 hour drive, so I don't even know of who I could call for this...