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Hey guys, I am new to the forum and do not know if this is the proper thread to ask this question (let me know if not!). Anyways, I have a 9 week old cockatiel that I brought home Saturday morning (2 days ago). She is the runt of the group and the breeder said that a little bit longer of formula hand feeding couldn't hurt and if anything, would be good to bond.
Fast forward to this morning- she started making that sound that typically indicates she wants formula. When I offered it to her, she was not very interested but still continued making the sound. She also bobs her head while making the noise but does not open her mouth to be fed. (is my hand feeding technique improper?)
Now, if I walk close to the cage or place my hand in near her she makes the same noise. She has been eating solids all day so I do not think she is hungry. I tried just water to see if she was thirsty and she did not take any (she has a water bowl, a bath, and a silo until I figure out what she refers). Any thoughts on what this noise means? Any experience with something similar? TIA!!
 

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From what you describe, that's pretty normal behavior. It takes some birds longer than others to stop making that baby noise. If she is no longer eating the formula and you say she's eating solid food, it sounds like she weened other than the noise she makes. I might add this would be a good time to try getting her to eat green veggies. Broccoli is a favorite of most of my tiels. Don't be discouraged if they won't eat it the first few times. Just keep trying as it's best for them. Oh, and WELCOME to the forum.
 
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