We just bought a parakeet yesterday and brought him home. Since then he has not chirped, vocalized, eaten, or drank much. He is not preening. We called the pet store and the guy said that he is just nervous and acclimating to his new environment.
He does not appear ill, but he is not doing much of anything. He can fly from perch to perch for example when he is scared, but mostly he stays in one place like a statue. Do these behaviors most likely mean he's just nervous? And if so, do you have any suggestions?
By Emma from Centreville, VA
I have cared for a lot of birds. This behavior seems normal for a new bird. He just needs some time to get comfortable and feel safe in his new home. Give it one more day and try not to stare at it so much. I've have this problem even with my birds of four years when I change their cage. With time it will get adjusted. If you see him sleeping too much and loosing balance then you might want to take him into a bird store. (09/07/2010)
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