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Hello my birds name is Bil Bil lol. He's about a year old and I bought him from the local pet store.
I am trying my best to be the best bird mom I can possibly be I have noticed quite a few things over the week I've had him
Firstly I took him to the vet and she told me that he was underweight.
I have him on a seed diet which I know is bad and fattening but he just wont eat anything else, patience is +key yes I know but he doesn't even bother with the chop or anything lol he's really picky. Any tips and tricks are welcomed
He almost never makes any kind of noise which worries me I just want him to be happy
Talk about a protest for bed time, he has his own room where he roams about during the day under the supervision of me of course but after a long day of playing HE THROWS A FIT biting and screaming lol I feel so bad but I know he needs his rest. Sometimes it gets so bad where I have to resort to using a blanket and catching him, yes he is 'hand tamed' according to the pet store, but in reality I'm pretty sure they just cut his wings.
I fine as well he sneezes alot, I know he is going through a molt right now but idk how to tell if he is sick or not other than the sneezing I find that his poop is a little watery I have no idea if I am overthinking or not.
Also pooping, no amount of research could of prepared me for how much this bird poops!!!!!! How can such a little thing produce so much poop omg how do you all stay on top of the poop. I've read about training but I can barely get him to step up so I'll have to wait.
He just seems not to like treats. Also I read that mirrors are cruel? Is that true? because when my bird sees himself in the mirror he goes crazy.
Lead poisonings is so scary, everything is so toxic to them and I think I'm just so overwhelmed with information
I never did intend to get a bird but one day I just popped into the pet store and they had 10 birds in one cage and I just had to get one I couldn't of just left him there.
When I put him in his cage he never moves from the position I left him in which is so sad idk how to help him because we spend all day together its not like he is alone. He has alot of toys, a big cage and several different perches I just don't know how to warm up to the idea of his cage. Should I get him a friend? How can I improve his diet? I have no idea. I live in a country where they just keep their birds in cages and never let them out so information and supplies are rly limited here any information can help thanks
 

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Hello my birds name is Bil Bil lol. He's about a year old and I bought him from the local pet store.
I am trying my best to be the best bird mom I can possibly be I have noticed quite a few things over the week I've had him
Firstly I took him to the vet and she told me that he was underweight.
I have him on a seed diet which I know is bad and fattening but he just wont eat anything else, patience is +key yes I know but he doesn't even bother with the chop or anything lol he's really picky. Any tips and tricks are welcomed
He almost never makes any kind of noise which worries me I just want him to be happy
Talk about a protest for bed time, he has his own room where he roams about during the day under the supervision of me of course but after a long day of playing HE THROWS A FIT biting and screaming lol I feel so bad but I know he needs his rest. Sometimes it gets so bad where I have to resort to using a blanket and catching him, yes he is 'hand tamed' according to the pet store, but in reality I'm pretty sure they just cut his wings.
I fine as well he sneezes alot, I know he is going through a molt right now but idk how to tell if he is sick or not other than the sneezing I find that his poop is a little watery I have no idea if I am overthinking or not.
Also pooping, no amount of research could of prepared me for how much this bird poops!!!!!! How can such a little thing produce so much poop omg how do you all stay on top of the poop. I've read about training but I can barely get him to step up so I'll have to wait.
He just seems not to like treats. Also I read that mirrors are cruel? Is that true? because when my bird sees himself in the mirror he goes crazy.
Lead poisonings is so scary, everything is so toxic to them and I think I'm just so overwhelmed with information
I never did intend to get a bird but one day I just popped into the pet store and they had 10 birds in one cage and I just had to get one I couldn't of just left him there.
When I put him in his cage he never moves from the position I left him in which is so sad idk how to help him because we spend all day together its not like he is alone. He has alot of toys, a big cage and several different perches I just don't know how to warm up to the idea of his cage. Should I get him a friend? How can I improve his diet? I have no idea. I live in a country where they just keep their birds in cages and never let them out so information and supplies are rly limited here any information can help thanks
Also he loves running around sitting on me but HATES when i touch him
 

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First of all congrats on your new bird and welcome to the forum. This pet store you bought him from may have TOLD you he was hand tamed but sadly there are many that say that in order to sell birds. That or the hand taming process wasn't done properly. If this IS the case, it will just take time and extra patients with him. Another fact is there are just SOME cockatiels that will always be picky eaters. I know he needs to gain weight but I would get him off that seed diet and buy him a GOOD overall blend of cockatiel pellets. A brand called Rowdybush is a good one and you can order in on-line. ONE thing you can try to fatten him up is millet. FEW cockatiels can resist it however, do not overfeed him with this because after he gains a little, it should really only be given as a treat. All tiels should eat some form of veggies.....IF you can get them to eat it! Broccoli comes to mind. It may take several attempts, but this is VERY good for him. As for sneezing, do you live in a dusty area? You may consider some time of air purifier or air filter. When a bird molts, most are nearly always cranky and in bad moods because it's uncomfortable to them. As too problems at bed time, I KNOW what your going thru! I have 12 cockatiels and a three are problem kids when it comes to returning to there cage and sleeping! One thing you can try ( IF they actually like it is millet! ) Most tiels love it so much you can lure them back to there cage using it! LOL! Hope some of this has been some help and good luck with Bill bill.
 

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First of all congrats on your new bird and welcome to the forum. This pet store you bought him from may have TOLD you he was hand tamed but sadly there are many that say that in order to sell birds. That or the hand taming process wasn't done properly. If this IS the case, it will just take time and extra patients with him. Another fact is there are just SOME cockatiels that will always be picky eaters. I know he needs to gain weight but I would get him off that seed diet and buy him a GOOD overall blend of cockatiel pellets. A brand called Rowdybush is a good one and you can order in on-line. ONE thing you can try to fatten him up is millet. FEW cockatiels can resist it however, do not overfeed him with this because after he gains a little, it should really only be given as a treat. All tiels should eat some form of veggies.....IF you can get them to eat it! Broccoli comes to mind. It may take several attempts, but this is VERY good for him. As for sneezing, do you live in a dusty area? You may consider some time of air purifier or air filter. When a bird molts, most are nearly always cranky and in bad moods because it's uncomfortable to them. As too problems at bed time, I KNOW what your going thru! I have 12 cockatiels and a three are problem kids when it comes to returning to there cage and sleeping! One thing you can try ( IF they actually like it is millet! ) Most tiels love it so much you can lure them back to there cage using it! LOL! Hope some of this has been some help and good luck with Bill bill.
I just feel so bad I would leave the room for 5 minutes and my bird screams as though he's been in his cage all day lol
 
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