New parakeet won't eat

by 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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Jul 16, 2018
Won't eat
by: Anonymous

I got a new male parakeet over four days ago and he is not eating how can i get him to eat? (he is the only bird)

Editor's note: Carefully measure the food, count out the pellets so you know how many the bird actually ate. Also place white paper towels under the bottom grate to make sure you can see if the bird is pooping. If the bird is actually not eating, drinking and pooping then get the bird to an avian vet right away.

Jun 18, 2018
Quaker won’t eat
by: Anonymous

I found a monk parakeet a few days ago and he’s not eating, he’ll drink water, but mostly find under his covers. What can I do to help him get comfortable and eat?

Editor's note: Please find either an avian vet or an experienced breeder to help you in person.

Apr 15, 2018
other bird won't eat
by: Anonymous

we found a red jay and it won't eat.His name is spring.It was ice-blizzarding where I lived. thank goodness it didn't die. we already have 2 lovebirds.HELP ME.I really hope it won't die.but it is a wild Red Jay. HELP ME!! );

Feb 02, 2018
Won’t eat or drink
by: Sharon

I have a male parekeert & had a female which I lost two weeks ago so I thought I would buy another female for companionship but she wont eat or drink & it’s been at least 3 days I’m concern she just sits on the bottom of the cage.please helppppp

Editor's note: If the bird is sitting on the bottom of the cage then take it back to where you purchased it. It is probably sick, and hopefully you were quarantining the bird so it didn't infect your other bird.

Jan 15, 2018
Female will eat now
by: 2 parakeets

I am OK now. My female is more comfortable around me (after months), she has not died, and I see her eat because she doesn't care anymore. Thank you anyways.

Jan 06, 2018
Parakeet won't eat after 2 days
by: Anonymous

I just got a parakeet 2 days ago and he isn't eating. I've had other parakeets but this hasn't happened yet. what do I do?

Dec 19, 2017
Parakeet won't eat or drink
by: Anonymous

I got a new parakeet yesterday but it won't eat. It doesn't even look at the side where the food is. My parakeet only faces the other side of the cage and when I try to feed it, it still wouldn't eat. I don't think it drank any of the water either. Please help me.

Dec 02, 2017
New home jitters
by: Anonymous

Our new parakeet wasn't eating until we moved his millet to the side of the cage he was comfortable with. It seems he doesn't like one side of his new home. Now he is feasting. It wasn't serious just a nervous bird in his new environment. Before you panic check out things like that.

Oct 06, 2017
new parakeet wont eat or drink
by: Anonymous

Help me My parakeet will not eat or drink I had him for almost 2 days

Editor's note: The bird is probably eating when you are not looking. Put just a few pellets in the dish and see if they disappear. If you are not feeding high quality pellets, then get some.

Aug 29, 2017
My female won't eat
by: 2 parakeets

My blue male will eat seeds and bananas and strawberries, but my female will not. She still shakes, and only a few times when I try to hand feed her she'll peck at it 2-3 times. I'm very worried. I got her on Saturday, and it's tuesday. PLEASE HELP ME!!

Editor's note: I can't help you because I'm not an avian vet and the only way an avian vet can help is if he/she can examine the bird and possibly run tests. There isn't some magic formula that works for everything, sorry.

May 14, 2017
Got them just yesterday
by: Anonymous

My two new birds won't eat is that just a sign of fear or what but they might after but I'm concerned

Editor's note: Carefully measure the pellets, like put 20 pellets in the cup and put a clean paper on the bottom of the cage. If the pellets disappear and they are not on the bottom of the cage then you know they are eating. Often new birds will not eat when being watched.

If you are not feeding pellets, and are feeding a seed diet then slowly switch them over to pellets so they don't die of fatty liver disease.

Jan 16, 2017
baby parrot not eating
by: paly

i bought a new baby parrot after two days he not eating any thing i thing he is sick what should i do if he is not eating

Editor's note: Carefully measure a small amount of food to make sure the bird is actually not eating. If the bird is still not eating then take the bird to an avian vet, not a dog/cat vet.

Jan 07, 2017
concerned bird lover

I just got a parakeet yesterday and she wont eat or drink. she moves around in the cage and chirps even to the sounds of other birds but she just wont eat or drink I hope shes just getting used to her new home maybe I need to get her a friend

Dec 30, 2016
Uh Oh
by: Anonymous

I just got to parakeets yesterday and they have not eaten or drinken anything. I'm starting to get concerned. They might just be settling in and don't know where anything is, but it still scares me.

Dec 29, 2016
My New Parakeet
by: Anonymous

So I got my Birdfrom Petsmart 3 days ago the Bird won't Barely eat or drink not even when I hand feed it. it walks away I haven't took it too the vet yet but I don't now if it's necessary I don't know what to do because it's shaking a lot please help.

Nov 24, 2016
I am confused
by: Anonymous

I got myself a new parakeet and he doesn't eat or anything right now. And I have a female parakeet and they don't like going by each other . And my new parakeet won't eat or drink what should I do

Apr 04, 2016
Millet spray
by: Anonymous

Ours is on their 2nd day home and we have the same issues. I hand held a stick of parakeet millet spray up to them and after a while they ate from it. I did the same with their water dish.success there too. Only problem is they won't eat from their dishes yet by themselves. But they will.

Jun 17, 2015
My new budgie wont eat too!
by: Abhisar

I brought her 4 days ago ,she has not eaten anything
since.i am very worried.she sits on her perch all the time and never comes down.please give your can a budgie not eat for 4 days.

Editor's note: read previous posts!

May 27, 2015
by: Anonymous

I just got my parakeets yesterday and I gave them plenty of bird seeds and water but they don't seem to be eating or drinking anything and I've been concerned and they won't eat out of my hand either but I do you have to go to school so I don't think I'm spending enough time with them and I think that I'm going to get a CD with bird sounds and water running so they will have something to do while I'm gone and I'm also trying to teach them how to talk so that will help

May 07, 2015
Fancy Parakeet
by: Anonymous

I'm going through the same thing right now I got mines yesterday evening.
Very worried

May 07, 2015
Fancy parakeet
by: Anonymous

Why my 4 months old fancy parakeet is not eating I brought him yesterday evening ?

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
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
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 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.


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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