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Old 01-06-2019, 12:57 PM
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Congrats! Tiels are AMAZING little creatures!

Keep in quarantine for 30 days, then I'd let them see each other but not be able to get to each other. Perhaps different cages in the same room, then after awhile move them closer together. I'm sure you could read their language and see if they would get along. supervised playtime for awhile then see where it goes! good luck!
Thank you for your response!
The ‘tiel is already very curious about Max, listening in on him from the other room. At first he was spooked but now he just chirps every time Max makes a sound haha.
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:59 PM
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Wow, another bird found its way to you!


Yup, get the quarantine going, a huge all-over vetcheck and live happily ever after
Haha yes, quite the surprise! I had no idea until yesterday that I would be getting another bird this soon. Its true: the birdies choose you!
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Old 01-06-2019, 01:00 PM
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Quote: Originally Posted by ChristaNL View Post
I am a bad person, but he looks like a wise old man with the bald pate.

(horrible seedmix indeed, it is mostly fat)

I do not know any baby-tiels, but to me this one looks more like he lost feathers by repeatedly scaping/ bumping his head against a cage-ceiling.
(Saw this with very nervous birds at birdshows sometimes)
Or being plucked by parents/mates, but the other feathers are waay to great looking for that.

Are all babytiels bald long after they leave the nest?
(just curious)
You’re not the only one! He looks like such a cute little dork - I LOVE it!!!
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Old 01-06-2019, 01:02 PM
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Your little guy is adorable! His head feathers should grow back in time, it looks like they were plucked either by the parents or a cage mate. He is fully feathered and those would be grown in by now.

As far as fruits, veggies, and pellets go, he is old enough for you to introduce all of those! Plus the sooner the better, since the younger your bird is when you introduce new foods, usually the more willing they are to try new things. Especially if you try them too!

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Thank you for your response! I thought so too but I wanted to make sure.
I’ll definately be giving him fruits and veggies soon.
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Old 01-06-2019, 01:11 PM
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It sounds to me like he was weaned onto millet far too soon...I've seen that before, as when you're hand-feeding a baby bird, they will start to eat millet sprays while they're still being fed multiple feedings of formula a day...And then people go "Oh, they're eating the millet seed, so we can stop the formula"...That's not good, so I'm glad you've got him now...Make sure you let his wings grow-in fully and don't clip them again, he needs to be fully-fledged and be able to fly with total control first.
Thank you so much for your response, EllenD! Oh yes, he’s SO tiny. I suspected that he might have been weaned early the moment I saw him. I was hoping that the wings wouldn’t be clipped but alas . They will grow back in though!

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As far as his diet goes, YES he can eat fresh veggies and fruit, that's ridiculous. Most breeders/hand-feeders start giving their babies fresh veggies and fruits while they're weaning, as that's the only way they'll ever learn to eat them!!! Bad information. Please, go ahead and start feeding him plenty of fresh veggies, dark leafy greens, and a little fresh fruit each day...
Honestly, this is the first time I heard someone say this. And I immediately went, Whaaaat really? I wanted to double check so I asked!

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It just depends on them...but introducing them slowly and putting their cages together in the same room for a while to let them get to know each other is the best way to start after the quarantine.
Absolutely! Here’s hoping for the best!
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Old 01-06-2019, 07:54 PM
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Re: Fell in love - welcoming a ‘tiel!

Very cute indeed! It looks to me also that someone plucked the "hat" off his noggin to me! With all the clothes he has on his body his head should also be full. They should grow back.
BB was 4.5 months old when he came home with me. He was already eating Zupreem fruity pellets and fresh veggies according to the breeder..kale and pieces of peppers and picking at banana and grape. But he is very finiky and picky now. His vet said NOT to give millet..it is like us eating French fries..only in moderation and very little seed. He gets about a table spoon of cockatiel seed that the breeder said he developed specifically for tiels.
Your little guy is a cutie!


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Re: Fell in love - welcoming a ‘tiel!

So good that he made his way to you!! What a cutie he is. The feathers on his head should grow back.

With fruits and veggies the earlier the better. I wish I introduced veggies early on with my tiel but he eats a little that I offer him. So many wish they introduced fruits and veggies early on. So definitely the earlier the better. Fruits and veggies, a good quality seed mix that at least has more safflower in it and pellets will offer better nutrition and be good for him. Making a birdie chop will especially be good and helpful, a variety of grains and veggies together that he can eat.

I found this thread which should offer more great info and guidance on nutrition and a variety of foods - Converting Parrots to a Healthier Diet - Tips

If you have a gram scale or can get access to one it would be really helpful as he begins to eat more/put on weight and get older to track his weight.
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:31 AM
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Update: We’re officially in the “I bite everything” phase! The only time my ‘tiel is not biting me is when I’m getting him out of the cage. He’ll sit on my hand and randomly bite me. I’ve tried putting him down with a firm “No bites” but he doesn’t really seem to care. I’ve tried the earthquake method but it only makes him bite me again and again. What can I do about this?
Also, he’s a shoulder guy. Once he’s on my hand, he climbs up to sit on my shoulder and refuses to leave.
He pecks at everything like a chicken lol. I gave him pellets earlier today and he was pecking at it but he’s not able to “chew” on it? I’m thinking of soaking the pellets in water and giving it to him.
His activity outside the cage is restricted to him only sitting on my shoulder. If I set him down, he pecks down a bit and starts screaming for me to pick him up again. How can I get him more involved?
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Re: Fell in love - welcoming a ‘tiel!

Your little guy just needs some time! You mentioned before that once he's on you then he's fine. When they're on the shoulder and fight to get off they're defending their territory and kingdom because they are the bird king and comfortable! He seems somewhat tamed so practice Stepping Up and associate it with a word that means to step up. Try to distract him when he bites, give him food, a toy. The ''earthquake'' method can break trust. Right now you need his trust more than anything. Offer him his food or favorite food on your hand or hold it for him to eat. As for getting him involved...put on some music and bob your head...really. Eventually he might and it'll be an interaction between you two. Right now getting him involved is limited because of the quarantine phase but in the room he is can be explored.
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Awwww what a cute little guy, glad to hear he has found his way to you!
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