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I got my cockatiel last week, Petstore wasnt sure exactly but they told me that she was 9 month. I think shes a girl and i named her Arwen, shes white/grey
I got her toys but with toys she doesnt seem to be interested and she is very quite all the time, except every morning when i move her next to my window, thats when she starts whistling for a little and i keep cage door open so she comes out, (she cant fly) im trying to train her and put her on my hands and teach her step up, she also doesnt like to eat any vegetables she just seems very bored, lately ive noticed that she gets puffy and stays bottom of the cage, I also dont want to force her into anything,

what should i do? should i keep her cage doors open and let her out when she wants, should i try to buy her different food? her cage isnt huge as well btw i just want her to be happy i know shes only 9 month and she just got to new enviroment but i would really appreciate the help, thanks )
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Re: My cockatiel is sad

Take her to the vet! She sounds sick to me because being puffed up at the bottom of the cage is one of the signs of illness.
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Re: My cockatiel is sad

Congrats on the new cockatiel! We would love to see pictures of Arwen!

With only a week in your care, it is still very early. There are many things you can do to work on gaining her trust, so be sure to give this a read -- Tips for Bonding and Building Trust

Her being 'puffy' and sitting on the bottom of the cage is a concern. I would encourage you to bring this new bird to a vet for a wellness check and also check for diseases. It will ensure she is healthy and has no health problems.
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Re: My cockatiel is sad

Wonderful advice!
A week, yes, is such a short time for a l'il birdie to adjust to a brand new world!
That bonding thread is a great one.
Ditto on the fluff issue. It's great to have an avian vet on hand in case of emergencies/accidents...
Good for you, for reaching out and being open-minded!
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Re: My cockatiel is sad

Indeed, a vet visit please! All good advice here.


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Re: My cockatiel is sad

yes, take her to a vet. fluffed up and sitting at the bottom of the cage is a RED flag that something is wrong.

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Re: My cockatiel is sad

Please take her to a vet or back to the store and see if their vet can evaluate her. I don't like the sitting on the floor, all puffed out.
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Re: My cockatiel is sad

sitting on the floor puffed up isn't sadness. That's illness, get to a vet
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Re: My cockatiel is sad

Ive noticed that shes not always at the bottom puffed up, today morning when imoved her to the window she was excited and was whistling a little, but im still gonna take her to the vet anyways just to make sure.
Also should i still take her out of the cage? i dont force her i just leave the door open and if she wants to she comes out and once she gets bored or i have to go to work i have to pick her up because she doesnt come to me.

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Re: My cockatiel is sad

AWWWWWW What a cutie!

Looks like some pearling on the wings? If your bird is as old as they say, chances are she has had her first molt and is indeed a female(boys lose their spots).

I would say to watch very VERY closely or (if my bird I would choose this option) get her to a vet asap. Glad to hear you have chosen to take her in to be seen, things can go south very quickly with such delicate critters as birds.

Cockatiels are such lovely creatures. Mine is my best friend in the world.

By pick her up do you mean restrain? I would not do that, it is a fabulous way to obliterate trust. Talk to her in the cage and try to get her stepping up inside of the cage before you let her out. But at only a week home I would just give her space and talk to her through the bars only for a while.
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