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:ylw lovie: My name is Davie, I am a first time cockatiel owner. I just got my new baby a few days ago. After doing some research, I realized that my bird might be a little too young and also that she might be the product of inbreeding.. she is apparently 8 weeks old, but she doesn't eat seeds that well.. shes also pretty small.. the reason why i think she may be inbreed.. is because at 6-7 weeks old, her whole body and a bit of neck, is naked!! no feathers! only little pieces of feathers and things that look like porcupine quills. It her skin looks a bit dry and it also looks like there might be some blood.. and where theres no quills it's actually naked no sign of feather.. is she going to be ok can someone please help me figure this out and to also be the best cockatiel daddy I can be! :pied:
 

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Hello there and welcome to the forum.

Sounds like your 'tiel baby was plucked by his/her parents. Where did you get the baby from? If you got it from a breeder you need to take it back because it doesn't sound like the baby is weaned.
 

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Sadly it was bought off and buy and sell site, and the owner will not respond to my messages calls or even answer the door.. so I now have to take care of this little bird and need help.. please advise me the best you can I already really like this little bird
 

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Can you post a picture of what the baby looks like? If she isn't eating you will have to handfeed her or take her to a vet or breeder and get them to handfeed her or teach you how to do it. There are also plenty of YouTube videos on how to handfeed.
 

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Hi Davie! Welcome to the forum! :) That.. Does not look good. What a horrible, irresponsible breeder you got her from. I'm sorry that happened to your new cockatiel. I'm so glad you like her nonetheless, she's going to need a little help getting started in life. Have you decided on a name yet?

Like Vickitiel said, you're going to need to handfeed your new baby if she's not eating, but handfeeding can be risky for people who haven't done it before (and even people who have done it tons of times!) because it is possible to aspirate the little bird. You can read up on aspiration and other risks that come with handfeeding. Knowledge is power! Here is one very useful article on handfeeding and its risks. Watch lots of handfeeding videos and ask an avian vet to show you how to feed your baby. I highly recommend that you bring your baby for a vet check. Your bird's breeder has proven to be disgustingly irresponsible and, like you said, your bird could be a product of inbreeding. Either way, she is clearly in bad shape and a veterinary examination to help her out and to give you a peace of mind would certainly be helpful. I also recommend adding a small amount of this (UK site)/(US site) product to your bird's handfeeding formula and food until she gets better. It basically provides your bird with what it needs to recover, but it's a supplement, not a cure-all. It will help her make a stronger recovery and give her a better fighting chance but you will still need to see a vet for medical advice and treatment.

Good luck, keep us posted! I'm rooting for you and your new baby. :D
 
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