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November 3, 2022

Change of behaviour

HI Lafeber,

I have a cocktail about 10 months old and it’s handfed, a week ago I brought him a female cocktail about the same age but was raised in the cage only. I kept them both for a week but all they did was fight each other so I decided to send back the female. Ever since I brought the female in my cocktail changed the behaviour and its really quite and sleeps most of the time. he was very loud and know too quite.



If your intent was to breed the birds, 10 months is too young. They need to be about 2 years old before pairing them and letting them breed. As for your bird, the female may have injured him or she may have been sick and passed the disease to him. Cockatiels can carry diseases without being sick, but they can get other cockatiels sick. If he hasn’t improved, I would take him to an Avian Vet to be checked out.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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