sitting on bottom of cage...
Please help! A little background. About 6 months ago, I was asked to take in a cockatiel. I was told he was a male and about 9 years old. He's in a very large cage, plenty of room to move around. I've let his wing feathers grow back in. He stays in or on his cage, and is very easy to pick up if he occasionally flies off, but he doesn't like being away from his cage. My problem is this: about 1 week ago, he went from being extremely friendly to me - singing with me, letting me kiss his chest, calling to me if I left the room, letting me pet his head, etc. Now he's nippy, he no longer sings with me, and he's moody. The worst is that he is shredding the newspaper at the bottom of his cage and then sitting on the area he's shredded. Is he a she? Is he/she possibly nesting? I have 6 other birds in two other cages in the room (lovebirds). No other bird in his cage. Any advice? He never went to the bottom of this cage prior to this (which is why I used newspaper). I don't know if he's sick or "nesting" I also don't know about the change in personality. I'd appreciate any info you can provide.
Last edited by bllivingston; 04-17-2017 at 10:05 PM..
Reason: tried to make it more concise.