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I have a baby Cockatiel named Lulu. She is 51 days old today. I was wondering around what age do they come off the bottom of the cage and start sleeping, eating, playing and perching like an older bird does. Sometimes I'll find her perched but 99% of the time she's at the bottom. I put everything down there for her. She has food, water, treats, and toys at the bottom aswell as the top. I gradually weaned her off of the morning and afternoon formula feedings but she still gets a night feeding right before bedtime. Do you know when I should stop this?
 

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normally tiels are weaned at 8 weeks old - Some take longer and don't fully wean until they're 10 weeks old

mine are just starting to come out of the nest box, and the oldest will be 1 month old on the 29th of this month. but they haven't ventured away from the far back corner of the cage yet except to climb back up in the nest box

I just started breeding tiels, and these are my first babies So im not sure if they should be fully perching by now or not
 

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It depends on the baby really. :) My little Snickers was out of the nest box at about 35 days old (5 weeks) and he was perching from then on. But he was parent reared and he had his parents to watch and learn from. It's different for hand reared babies as they're often a lot more dependent on their human mum and they don't have anyone feathered to learn from. I'm sure Lulu will be perching soon. :D
 

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When I got Spike I was told to put food and water at the bottom of the cage as well. Spike never ate from the bottom dishes though. Iam sure Lulu will start to climb around and start to perch soon.
 

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She's perching :D!

When I uncovered her yesterday morning she was perched and I noticed a pile of bird doodey under the perch so I know she was there for a while. When I cleaned her cage I still put everything at the bottom just in case. So this morning she was perched again so when I cleaned her cage today I moved everything to the top. The only thing at the bottom is her special dish and that's for veggies :D. Another thing...She's fully weaned :D.
 

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Thats good that she is perching :) Is she able to get to her food dishes alright. Spike was one clumsy baby and keep falling off his perches :p
 
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