New parakeet doesn't seem to be eating

by Pamula M
(USA)

Hi. I just bought a parakeet yesterday. She has been here for close to two days. I have not seen her eat anything. I know she is nervous.She is not tamed.We have just been going up to her cage once in a while and sofly talking to her. I have her in the living room so she can get used to everyone. But what should i do about her not eating? She seems healthy,no other problems. Do you know what the problem is? Thankyou

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Jan 04, 2010
Parakeet not eating
by: Amy

Hopefully, your bird is just a little nervous about being in a new home and being separated from her clutchmates, and not ill. Try putting some of her seed/pellets in a saucer at the bottom of her cage.Parakeets do ground feed in the wild. Try giving her some of what she was eating at the breeder's/pet store where you bought her from. She'll recognize it. Also, millet spray is very tempting to small birds, and although it shouldn't be a steady part of her diet, giving her some in her cage (clipped to the inside of her cage bars)every day for a week or so won't hurt her, especially if she's not eating anything now. Some over zealous pet store workers (it happened to me many years ago with my first parrotlet) will tell you to go home and just give your new bird pellets in their bowl. The problem is, she may not even recognize it as food if it's foreign to her. Then, she won't eat at all. Slowly, over the first week, introduce healthy pellets (my big and small birds all love Roudybush Pellets, your bird would eat the mini's or crumbles), and some fruits and veggies for her. A little chopped hard boiled egg is good, and you can add the egg shells crushed up, too. What worked for my Fischer's lovebird who wasn't eating was to offer the things I suggested in little stations at different levels of the cage. That way he could eat what he liked, or at least try it. Those hook on bowls are good for that. Also, I bought a good gram scale with a perch and recorded my bird's weight at the same time each day and made sure he was at least maintaining his weight. He did go from bowl to bowl eating a tiny amount at each one (just enough to make me nervous about what he wasn't eating) If your bird continues to not eat,(even for another day) after trying these things, call and get him in to your avian vet right away!!!! God bless your new buddy!!

Jan 04, 2010
New parakeet doesn't seem to be eating
by: Linda

There is more going on here than just being nervous. Birds are scared to death when they move to a new home with all the new people, sounds and such. One they continue to do is EAT! Your bird sounds like she is ill, and I highly recommend you take her to an Avian (Bird) vet in your driving area as quickly as you can. Birds, especially the smaller ones, who are not eating will die in a very short while, so do not delay taking your bird to an Avian Vet to be checked for infections. It is common for birds to get infections when being moved to new homes. A lot of the ones bought in pet stores are sick already and only get worse.

PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AND TAKE YOUR BIRD TO AN AVIAN VET IN YOUR AREA VERY QUICKLY AS YOU HAVE LITTLE TIME ONCE THEY STOP EATING.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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