My new pet cockatiel sleeping too much and seems inactive

by Ranjita Neogi
(Hyderabad, AP, India)

Hi, I bought a two month old cockatiel 5 days back. It was initially very scared. Now it is no more that scared but it sleeps a lot. Most of the time it dozes off and kind of inactive (I have budgies too, which are always very playful).

It did not eat much on first 2-3 days. It was on seeds diet in the pet store. I tried to introduce millet spray, oats and fruit. The bird liked millet spray and oats mostly. But I noticed a change in dropping color agter introducing new food. It was green initially and now it’s kind of deep brown. I am scared if my bird is not keeping well and whether I should get it to some vet. I never had cockatiel before. Please advise.


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Nov 06, 2017
New cockatiels inactive
by: Siva

I have bought 2 cockatiels one week back.i am not sure of its age they are very scared and not allowing us to even touch and most of the time closing eyes and relaxing or sitting on perch on a was on seed diet.I gave sprouted moong beans one day and raw dry corn on cob on another bird pooping in different color another in different color but urates and urine normal one birds feces are peanut green and one bird feces are dark new birds i can't identify it is normal or not.first time i am dealing with birds.they r fluffing sometimes especially one bird fluffs most of the time.

It may be due to winter or what? I am in confusion they r sick or due to new place. One bird have patches under both the is normal.i observed it is not plucking feathers.How can make them active?pls help i am very much worried.....

Sep 22, 2011
by: Aletta

Your bird is still young, It would naturally doze a lot. He seems have settled and feels at home, otherwise he would still act scared.With a correct diet he will become more active. Give him all sorts of tous to atimulate his interest.
Enjoy him. Just don't, feed him just on pellets, add veggies and sprouts, please? That and fruit, eccept avocado, that is toxic and a absolut no/no.
Love him. What have you named him? My two are named Kukuba and Schatzie. Both are African Parrots. They are cute and adorable.

Sep 21, 2011
Sick bird eating poor diet
by: Tracie

Your bird needs to be seen by an avian vet. Please Find an Avian Vet that can examine your bird in person and help you with getting the bird on a proper diet. Seeds and oatmeal is not healthy for birds, it is way too high in fat.

I am not sure what is available where you live, that is why an AVIAN vet, not a dog/cat vet, where you live is best for your bird. Please read our Switching Birds To Pellets article that was written by an avian vet.

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