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Hi, I am new here and have a post on the newbie forum ("I love my bird") about a neglected Cockatiel I adopted 3 days ago. I don't know a great deal about Cockatiels yet but I'm reading more and more. I was wondering if pacing the cage is normal.

If it's normal, does it sometimes go on for an hour or so, back and forth? Also, does the bird sometimes pace very quickly back and forth?

I don't know if this is normal or is it a symptom of his neglect (nuerosis)?

The previous owner said she left the bird outside all the time (except in winter) and never covered the cage. She had not handled the bird in 10 years or so (she couldn't remember). The bird was never let out of the cage because she had several cats and they would sit on top of the cage looking at the bird (licking their chops, no doubt). I bought a new cage for the bird, all new toys, and high quality food. He's eating very well (all she fed it was millet).

If this is normal, then I'm being a worried mom and you can laugh but I don't know if it is or not!:love:
 

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Hi all, thanks for the replies. The cage he had was gigantic - it was a Parrot cage. It was too big for my RV so I got him a large cage that sits on a table next to me. I got him all new toys, new cage, new food to go with the new home. I've noticed that during the time since I posted this message, he has stopped pacing so much - in fact almost stopped. I'm wondering if it was stress from moving from his previous owner. She kept him outside all the time but he screams bloody murder if I put him outside now. He doesn't want to go.

I really appreciate all of your advice. I had no idea that it could also mean he wants to come out and play.

I like what Spike said about pacing because it reminded me of when I was little and my mom would take me to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. The cages were built in the early 1900's and it was awful. The animals would just pace back and forth in their cages. That's why it kind of scared me when Lord Cheeky was doing it.

Thanks everyone! You give me faith in my new bird companionship. I am a worried mom. I dote over him, so hopefully he will heal in time.
 
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