Do Baby Cockatiels Sleep A Lot?

Human babies sleep a lot, but what about birds? Do baby cockatiels sleep a lot? You are about to get your answer and many fun facts about the tiniest cockatiels for them all. 

Baby cockatiels sleep a lot. Baby mammals and birds spend more time in REM than adults. REM sleep is essential when a human is a baby for developing those later stages of learning. There is no reason to believe this is different for cockatiel babies. 

REM sleep is essential for brain development in newborns. The connections made neurally have a direct effect on the development of babies. REM sleep is a time during sleep when our neural connections pump it up, which means REM sleep bolsters advancement. 

Cockatiels are required to learn quite a bit if they want to survive in the wild, including how to sleep on one leg with one-half of their brain awake, which is an instinctual trait in birds that may develop while they are basking in that REM sleep. 

Let your baby cockatiel get all the sleep it needs but, if you feel she is sleeping too much, we recommend calling your vet because she could be ill. Avian vets train specifically to treat birds, so find one in your area for the best treatment choices. 

Do baby cockatiels sleep more than adults?

If the baby and adult cockatiel are healthy, the baby will sleep more than the adult. Baby cockatiels are developing the first eight weeks of their life and need REM sleep to make neural connections for learning like human babies. 

If your adult cockatiel is sleeping more than your baby, you may want to make sure she feels alright. There are other signs that your bird may not be feeling her best, but some can be confusing. We put a list together for you below. 

  • Puffed-up feathers. Puffiness can be a sign of serenity, but it can also mean that your bird is trying to keep warm because he isn’t feeling well. 
  • Too much sleep.
  • Excessive eating.
  • Tail-bobbing when puffed-up or breathing.
  • Poor appetite. 
  • Eyes that are almost or fully closed frequently.
  • Nose discharge or wetness. 
  • Poop sticking to the vent feathers. 
  • No energy. 
  • Lethargic.
  • Doesn’t sing or whistle. 
  • Crooked beak or toenail.
  • Blood.
  • Dull feathers.
  • Bad posture when resting. 
  • He can’t keep food down. 

If you notice any of these other signs, be sure to contact your doctor immediately. 

Where should baby cockatiels sleep? 

Baby cockatiels in the wild should sleep in the next with their parents. A caged baby should do the same if the option is available. If the parents are not there, the area should be warm for their comfort and safety. 

While humans are the most helpless of all babies, new cockatiels depend on their parents’ warmth and nurturing nature the same way many other newborns of several species do. But we are smart enough to know that nothing is perfect, and your baby cockatiel may not have her parents there for guidance. 

You will need to step in and take charge of how to keep your baby safe from dangers, especially while they sleep. Babies require a great deal of attention and delicacy, particularly those that are birds. Baby birds are some of the most fragile babies there are. 

At what age can a baby cockatiel be away from its mother?

A baby cockatiel should be with its parents for the first week at the least because they feed them around the clock. After two to three weeks, you can begin to pull them for hand feeding and then returned to their nest.  

There are many schools of thought regarding baby cockatiels and their parents. Each has its pros and cons. If you would like your baby cockatiel to get the most natural upbringing possible, we recommend not separating until they develop. 

Some breeders believe that birds raised by humans alone are different, but others feel that the more time they spend with humans, the more socialized they become pets. 

You can hand-feed a baby cockatiel after two to three weeks but, if you do, there are a lot of unique details you need to pay attention to, like the Crop. The Crop is a pouch that sits inside the esophagus—food stores in the Crop for softening and digestion. 

If the Crop is left empty, there can be severe damage to the inner lining of the crop and hinder that bird’s ability to digest food. Keeping the crop is essential and can only be empty for 24 hours one time. This point is highly vital. 

To make it more complicated, you also can’t let too much food sit in the Crop; otherwise, it can spoil and cause fungal or bacterial infections. Unless you have training and experience feeding and breeding baby cockatiels, you should keep them with their parents until they can eat independently. 

How many hours should baby cockatiels sleep?

Adult cockatiels sleep from twelve to fourteen hours every day, and baby cockatiels require more sleep than adults, so we can say that baby cockatiels should sleep AT LEAST twelve to fourteen hours a day, but they should be sleeping much more. 

Baby cockatiels require a lot of sleep because they are developing. All babies need to rest during the development period because that’s when their brain is forming, and it has a direct effect on their ability to learn. 

When can you hold a baby cockatiel?

You can hold a baby cockatiel in the first week it hatches. Cockatiels held by humans at an early age have an easier time with socialization when they become independent pets. Birds that don’t socialize with humans early can still be social. 

If you are breeding, then it’s a good idea to socialize your babies early, but you don’t want to take them away from their parents fully unless they are being abused, which can happen. If your adult is harming the chick somehow, you need to separate them and take on more responsibility. 

When do baby cockatiels eat on their own?

Baby cockatiels that naturally wean off their parents typically eat on their own by ten weeks old. It can take up to twelve weeks for some chicks, and others might wean themselves at eight weeks. 

An indication that a baby cockatiel has fully weaned when eating independently for two straight weeks. You can initiate the weaning process on your own if you like, but you will have to hand feed the baby until it is ready to eat independently. 

Cockatiel chick feeding schedule.

Below, you will find a detailed list of a chick’s age and how to schedule feedings. 

  • Hatched to 10 – 15 hours old: Do not feed your chick anything during this period. When you reach the fifteen-hour mark, you can provide your baby one drop of lukewarm water. 
  • One hour old: One drop of lukewarm water mixed with the ground, pure white cuttlebone, and pure yogurt. Repeat this step in another hour. 
  • Past 3 hours old: Give your baby a few drops of a hand-rearing diet every hour.
  • 4 – 9 days old: Give commercial, hand-rearing formula every two hours. You don’t have to feed them between midnight, and 5:00 am. 
  • 10 – 14 days old: Hand-rearing formula every three hours. No need to do it between midnight and 5:00 am. 
  • 15 – 20 days old: Hand-rearing formula every four hours. It should be thicker too. You can also give them a small bowl of water. 
  • 21 – 25 days old: Feed the formula to them two to three times daily, and be sure it is thicker than when you fed them at four days old. At this stage, you can begin to give them soaked seeds or millet blended with formula. At this stage, they will learn to find their food. 

Rick Matthews

Hello, I am Rick Matthews, I have helped raise 100's of pets in my life living with my Father who while we did not live on a farm, raised all sorts of animals to sell them to families. We had so many different pets we all quickly became experts intending to them and helping them stay healthy. Back then we did not have the internet to look up thing on how to take care of their kids. As my kids got older, they wanted pets and of course, I did not want to have as many as we did when I was a child, but wanted to share my experiences. Many of these articles are written to help educate families on what to expect when looking to get a new pet for their children.

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