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I had found my cockatiel on the streets a couple of months ago. I put my hand down and it hopped onto it so I decided to take him home and raise it. My mom and I have been caring for him for a couple of months now and we really are beginners at this. We never thought we would be getting a cockatiel but now I love my cockatiel so much I want to find the best way to take care of it.

We don't know the gender or even age so I was wondering if that would be an issue. When we first got him he never lost any feathers but it seems that lately, he is losing more and more. However, they are not full feathers but a lot of small ones. He likes pets very much but will not stand on my finger and tries to bite every time I am near. I'm worried about the increase in feather loss and I know it could be from boredom.

I am thinking about getting another cockatiel to keep him company while we are away but I am wondering if it will be a good idea. I also am worried about the increase in feather loss. I was wondering if adding another cockatiel will help him stop biting whenever I am near the cage and will make him more gentle if he were to have a friend around. I just want him to be happy.

Please give me advice! Thank you :pied:
 

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First of all, that’s amazing how your bird chose you! Cockatiels are truly great companions.

Would you be able to take him to a vet clinic that accepts bird patients, or a specialty bird store? That would be the safest option.

Some toys are actually designed to be plucked, so he may choose those toys over his own feathers. (My tiel personally loves the confetti-stuffed shred toys)

Also, if he’s biting, he could end up aggressive towards any new friend you get him.

It’d be good to test for the gender, because if you’re looking to get another bird then you’d want to know if babies are going to suddenly appear or not!

Edit: when my bird first molted, his room almost had a feather carpet!! They lose a lot of feathers if they’re still growing, and even now I find feathers all around the entire house. Once again, seeing a bird specialist is the safest option!
 

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May I ask if you tried to find out if (s)he’s somebody’s lost pet? There might be a heartbroken owner somewhere trying to find him/her.
 

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It's possible that he's just molting. That's a process where old feathers fall out naturally so new ones can grow in their place. If he's actually plucking himself it's a problem, but molting is normal and natural.
 

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We've already tried to look for missing signs and posts but have gotten no replies :( so we decided to keep him :)
 

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It's possible that he's just molting. That's a process where old feathers fall out naturally so new ones can grow in their place. If he's actually plucking himself it's a problem, but molting is normal and natural.
Thank you so much for your reply! Do you know if getting another bird would be good for him? :0
 

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Before getting another, you need to know this one's gender. You are not ready for breeding, so you need to get one of the same sex. Call your vet or feed store or even a pet shop, to find out who breeds cockatiels in your area. Then you will have someone to help you decide whether your friend is a boy or girl. Check out facebook to see if there are any local bird groups that you can join.
 

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I had found my cockatiel on the streets a couple of months ago. I put my hand down and it hopped onto it so I decided to take him home and raise it. My mom and I have been caring for him for a couple of months now and we really are beginners at this. We never thought we would be getting a cockatiel but now I love my cockatiel so much I want to find the best way to take care of it.

We don't know the gender or even age so I was wondering if that would be an issue. When we first got him he never lost any feathers but it seems that lately, he is losing more and more. However, they are not full feathers but a lot of small ones. He likes pets very much but will not stand on my finger and tries to bite every time I am near. I'm worried about the increase in feather loss and I know it could be from boredom.

I am thinking about getting another cockatiel to keep him company while we are away but I am wondering if it will be a good idea. I also am worried about the increase in feather loss. I was wondering if adding another cockatiel will help him stop biting whenever I am near the cage and will make him more gentle if he were to have a friend around. I just want him to be happy.

Please give me advice! Thank you :pied:
It's wonderful that you are caring for the bird but it's important to post on lost/found sites Parrot 911, Facebook, there are many. The loss of a beloved Tiel is devastating. If you have done all you can, a companion is always a good idea, they are very social creatures and suffer when alone. They need healthy food, lots of fresh veggies (no avadado, it's toxic) a good seed/pellet mix. He/she might be molting, they lose a lot of feathers during a molt and then replace them.

A companion won't necessarily cause him to stop biting but if you bring in a sweet hand raised bird, he will see that the other bird trusts you and it tends to help. Boys like to sing, whistle and mimic, girls are usually pretty quiet except when calling for attention. That's the easiest way to guess gender. There are mail in dna tests that will let you know for sure.
 
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