My New Cockatiel Is Very Quiet

It can be worrying when you have just adopted a cockatiel and your cockatiel is not doing anything or talking much

All that excitement of being a cockatiel parent and hearing how friendly and talkative they are

But the thing that makes you wonder is

My new cockatiel is very quiet – What could be the reason for this?

Well, you have to remember your bird is coming into a new a home

That means it’s a new environment so your cockatiel is going to take some time to get used to it

That is pretty normal

If you think something is wrong with your cockatiel then you need to look out for these signs

  • Shivering
  • Not eating it’s food
  • Not washing itself with water

If you notice any of these signs then it would be a good idea to take your birdie to the vets to make sure it is healthy

But if your cockatiel is not displaying any of these signs then it shouldn’t be a problem


Because a new cockatiel takes time to adjust

New Cockatiel Behavior

When you adopt a new cockatiel

It’s normal for them to have a different type of behavior

This is expected because they’re coming into a new house

A new environment

Everything is new for them

Here’s what to expect or how your new cockatiel may behave

  • Going to the bottom of the cage
  • Hissing at you
  • Closing his eyes
  • Not talking and is very quiet

These sort of behavior is expected

Although do remember all cockatiels are different

So your tiel may show different signs of behavior

Give your birdie some time to adjust to their surrounding

With time and patience your birdie will come round

They won’t be like this forever

Your cockatiel won’t stay quiet all their life

It just takes time

Let them adjust to their new home

Which leads me to my next point

How Long Does It Take a Cockatiel To Adjust To a New Home?

This depends also on the cockatiel

Some may adjust very quickly but some may take longer

Some birds may just take 2 days to get used to everything

While others may take 2 weeks

Whatever you do, don’t force your cockatiel to bond with you

If your cockatiel is quiet, it’s okay

By the time you know it, they will be making so much noise!

The good thing is,

You can help with the process of making your cockatiel feel at home

Let’s look at some tips you can use to help your bird

Tips To Help Your Quiet Cockatiel Settle In

Interact Your Bird

This is very important

Your cockatiel won’t become used to you if you don’t spend some time with it

You should at least take 30 minutes out of your day just to be with your cockatiel

Sit by the cage and talk to your bird in a soft voice

Show your presence to your bird

Hang around by the cage


This is a great way of bonding with your cockatiel

It allows your bird to get used to your voice and your presence

They won’t all of sudden feel comfortable

It will take time so patience is key

Keep a routine and do this everyday

The more time you spend with your bird the better

Get Some Bird Toys

Decorate your cockatiels cage with lots of bird toys

That means you need a large cage

This will allow you to add a variety of toys in their cage

These toys will surely keep your bird entertained and more comfortable in their cage

Give Some Treats

Who doesn’t love treats!

I love my chocolates and candy

Your cockatiel is no different

Give your bird treats and they will love you for it

A great way of I guess “breaking the ice”

Your cockatiel will appreciate this and will start to become more comfortable around you

Pet Your Bird

This may not happen straight away but once your cockatiel starts to get used to you

They will allow you to pet them

So pet your bird softly

Don’t force your bird or try petting them if they look scared and move away

Put your finger in the cage and see how they react

Slowly go closer and observe how your cockatiel reacts

Once you realize your bird is comfortable, gradually pet your cockatiel

Soon you’ll be able to let your cockatiel out of the cage and they would want to sit on your shoulder!

This leads me to my next point

Let Your Cockatiel Out Of The Cage

Out of cage time is very important

Once your bird is used to you and their environment you should let them out to roam around the house

This gives them some sort of freedom to fly about

It’s a great exercise for them too

Also, it’s a great way to bond with your cockatiel when they are out of their cage

You get to play with them and bond more closely

I go into more detail about this in my article which you can check out by clicking the link below

Should I let my cockatiel out of his cage?

Why Is My New Cockatiel Nervous?

A new cockatiel will feel nervous and anxious

That’s normal because they are in a new environment seeing new faces

I mean, we would be nervous and anxious if we were starting a new job in a new office meeting new people

Nothing to worry about but if you feel like their is a change in their behavior then a trip to the vets would be a good idea

Wrapping Up

A new cockatiel would be very quiet because they are new to their environment

Your cockatiel won’t become comfortable and straight away talk and get along with you

I wish it worked like that but unfortunately it doesn’t

The good news is,

You can make this happen quickly

Yes, it takes time and patience so bear this in mind

Spend time with your cockatiel and bond with it everyday

By the time you know it your cockatiel will be very attached to you which reminds me, I’ve actually written an article on this which you should check out

My cockatiel is too attached to me 

Here are some other related article about cockatiels which you may find interesting

Can my cockatiel sleep with me

Cockatiel flying around the house – Should you allow this?

Why does my cockatiel scream when I leave the room?

When do cockatiels start talking?

Cockatiel hissing and biting 

Can cockatiels be left alone?

Why does my cockatiel nibble me?

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