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Help! My bird is a statue!

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I purchased a cockatiel from a pet store 2 weeks ago. He mostly just sits silently on his perch all day. He doesn’t chirp or play. He will move to eat or drink. He generally looks healthy. I called the pet store and they told me to give him time but seems odd the bird is so silent. He generally seems pretty nervous. He will eat seeds out of our hand but will hiss or bite if we try to pick him up. Is this normal bird behavior? Does he just need more time to warm up?
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It can take several weeks for a cockatiel to really start feeling safe in a new home. The behavior you've described indicates that your bird is afraid, so do what you can to show him that he is safe, and try to make him feel comfortable. Holding millet spray in your hand for him to eat can be a good way to make friends.
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