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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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I agree that most likely your new pet is just not comfortable yet. Every bird is different. I've had some be fine and are playing and chirping within an hour of coming home. I've also had one that took almost a month before she really started to move around her cage comfortably. So hang in there, keep an eye on him, and definitely don't give up trying to interact with him. He will warm up to you in time.
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