New parakeet won't eat

by NA
(NA)

It's the second day of my parakeet's arrival and it won't eat or drink, it won't even eat a grape cut in half. I've made sure it is as comfortable as possible, but it's extremely terrified. It won't stop shivering from fear (and i know it's fear because my houses temperature is always kept at a comfortable temperature. I don't know if it'll die if it won't eat or drink soon. How long does it have? What's the best way to make it comfortable? I'm very worried...

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Dec 10, 2013
New to birds
by: Anonymous

I just got my new parakeets a few days ago. They wouldn't eat, wouldn't move, weren't drinking, no poo on the cage floor. I noticed they were chirping when the water was running in the kitchen. I bought an MP3 of water running from Amazon, which helped. Then I found a whole disk of bird sounds. It's the best money I've spent on my birds. They perk up whenever it's on, they are eating and drinking and singing. They are still timid but they are getting better. :)

Nov 03, 2013
What do i do?
by: Anonymous

What do I do to help my pet bird I cant find an answer. The problem is that my bird is not moving it kept laying in its food bowl and it cant even move its neck what do I do?

Editor's note: In the future if you want people to see and answer, you need to post a question, not an answer here to another question, on our Parrot Questions page.

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

Mar 25, 2013
HELP!!!
by: Parakeetlover

I just got a new parakeet 4 days ago and he is already trained. He will eat out of your hand, you can pet him,and he knows step up but he won't eat out of his food bowl. He is under a year old. I really love him and I want him to be ok. Please help!!!!!!!

Editor's note: In the future if you want people to see and answer, you need to post a question, not an answer here to another question, on our Parrot Questions page.

Dec 09, 2012
answer to anonymos help
by: Anonymous

your parakeets don't eat because they have to get use to their surroundings if they don't eat for one day it is fine if they don't eat for more then one day then there is probably a problem

Dec 01, 2011
Help!!!!!!
by: Anonymous

I got a new parakeet yesterday and he is not eating or drinking he will step up on my finger but he won't eat. What do I do??? All he does is sit there and watch me. I offered him some millet spray but he still won't eat. I am VERY concerned about it.

Editor's note: If you want people to see and answer, you need to post a question, not an answer here to another question, at Parrot Questions.
New birds, when just weaned, often revert back to needing to be hand fed and will die if you don't get them back to the breeder.

Sep 07, 2011
new parakeet won't eat or drink
by: Anonymous

i have a new parakeet his name is nigel and we have had him since sunday.i don't think he is eating or drinking and he really doesn't do anything although he will let us put our hand in and let us pet him and he will go on our finger but i am concerned about the eating and drinking .is this normal?

Editor's note: This has been answered on this page, please read it. You need to call the breeder or take the bird to an avian vet. If you want people to see and answer, you need to post a question, not an answer here to another question, at Parrot Questions

May 11, 2011
Related parakeet question
by: Bird Lover

Id like to ask a related question. My new bird also wont eat.well,thats not true,she will eat spray millet out of my hand and is drinking. how can i get her to eat from her dish?

Please post your question as a new question, so it can be answered, at http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com/parrot-questions.html instead of asking as an answer to another question. By the way, please read the links already given for help.

Aug 15, 2009
Happy owner
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for the great advice. I was on the verge of considering to take him back, but then I caught him eating. He apparently doesn't like me to see what he's doing :) I think he will be alright, I think he was just scared of his new home. He has been more active too :) I greatly appreciate you guys for taking your time to help me with my parakeet. I will keep a careful eye on him, and if he seems to go downhill again, I will take him to the vet. :)

Aug 13, 2009
Sick Bird
by: Linda

If your bird is not eating, you have a very sick bird on your hands. As Tracie said, a trip to an Avian Vet in your area will rule out infections, parasites or injury that could be causing loss of appetite. Normally, when birds don't eat, they are sick, and once they stop eating and drinking, they are days away from death.

So, I suggest you go ahead and make an appointment with Avian Vet to have your bird examined. If it is found to be sick with infection, then you need to either treat it or take it back to breeder or pet store where they will most likely let it die and throw it in the trash!

If you bought bird from a pet store, please do not buy any type of pet from a pet store. They do not usually know or care what they are doing, buy from unreliable breeders and sell sick and/or injured birds. I've worked in speciality stores selling only parrots, and people in these places know their stuff about birds and only buy from smaller breeders that can be trusted to not bring in already sick birds.

You have a choice here. Take your bird for help or take him back to where you bought him. If he does not receive help in a short time period, he will die of dehydration from lack of water. Lack of food is also a death sentence in that birds' energy levels have to be maintained to keep their hearts pumping blood to body and brain.

As Tracie said, call the people you got bird from and go from there. If they sold you a sick bird, THEY SHOULD PAY THE VET BILLS TO GET IT BACK ON ITS FEET.IF THEY SOLD YOU A SICK BIRD, DO NOT BUY ANOTHER BIRD FROM THEM.

Linda

Aug 13, 2009
Bird will not eat or drink
by: Tracie

Your bird will die if it is not actually eating and drinking. If you determine this is true, then you must do something quick.

If the bird is a baby that has just weaned, and you got it from a breeder, then call the breeder right now. It is possible that the bird has reverted back to needing to be hand fed.

If you purchased the bird from a pet store, then you can either return the bird RIGHT NOW or take the bird to an avian vet.

No matter what, the bird needs to get help eating and drinking before it gets too weak and dies.

If the bird is active, then it might be eating and drinking when you are not looking. Hopefully your bird is on a healthy pellet diet like Harrison's pellets. If so, then count out 10 pellets, leave them in the dish and leave the room for a long while.

Once you get back in the room, count the pellets again to see if the bird ate any. If your bird is on an all seed diet, then count seeds for now. (Please read the Switching Birds to Pellets article soon.)

Water is a tricky thing to measure, especially if you are not using a water bottle. The bird is likely drinking when you are not looking.

Oh, put a white paper towel under the grate to watch it's droppings. If it has droppings that are a medium-dark color with white in it, the bird is eating.

I am sorry to go on and on. It is so hard to determine anything over the Internet. Let us know how it goes. Call a breeder or a vet or someone to walk you through all this.

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