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New Cockatiel baby

Hi everyone, Iím here to introduce myself and get a little bit of advice. I brought home a baby cockatiel from my usual lovebird breeder about 4 days ago. I have had a handful of lovebirds and have finished hand-feeding them with no issues. My first lovebird was nearly naked when I brought him home then ended up flying around the house chasing me from room to room. My second lovebird was pretty much weaned when I brought him home but loved me from the very beginning. Never left my side. This is my first cockatiel, it is only a month old today. He is eating well and putting on weight, Iím just concerned about his screeching? Iíve read online and on other forums that he may just be begging for food or attention. When I try to offer him (extra) food he takes a few swallows then just continues crying. He wonít cry if left alone completely. If he sees me or anyone else (dogs included) he will not stop screech! He flew for the first time today, AWAY from me. As soon as he landed, continued to cry his little heart out. Iím honestly afraid heís going to hurt himself (his throat) just from crying all of the time. Any solutions?



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Welcome to Talk Parrots and the lovely time with a baby cockatiel! It's extremely common for baby tiels to yap and screech all day long when they want food. Mostly they are missing their nest mates and mom or dad who both feed him so your new little bird is being demanding so he can train you to be at his beck and call.


Don't worry about the noise, carry on and do your thing. Play music and talk to him/her and get them use to your voice and attention from other sides of the room or house. The bird will catch on soon enough the they need to chill out.


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Hello and welcome to the forum! I have hand raised several cockatiels and I have found that as soon as I am heard or am in sight they do start to scream for food, even when full up. I wouldn't be too worried. As long as you're seeing growth, they're eating well and their poop is ok then I would have no concerns right now. I gave mine a stuffed toy to snuggle up to when hand raising them on their own as it keeps them company when you're not around. It does help keep the screaming to a minimum
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Thank you! He was a little afraid of the stuffed toy at first but now loves it. Are there any certain bonding or socializing exercises I should be working?


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I'm glad he likes it! Mine were always a bit spooked by them but they soon settled down. As for socialization, get as many people as you can to handle them as they get bigger, expose them to household noises, take them out and about if possible (in a safe carrier or when old enough a harness)

A good thing to do while still feeding is to try to teach recall. Once their wings come in and they practice flying you can get them to start running to you for food, then hopping and then eventually flying. Even if you were never interested in flight training, it can be a real life-saver should the bird ever escape. It's also a fun bonding experience. If you want any more advice regarding that feel free to ask!

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