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My baby cockatiel is hissing.

Should I be worried?

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Bearpaw322

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My 9 week old female cockatiel is hissing and night when she is in her cage and I put a cover on. She has a big cage and I use a light sheet to cover her cage. I’m not sure if I should be concerned or if I should take off the sheet but she doesn’t like to be locked in her cage and she doesn’t like being alone.I have a night light on for her because I’m not sure if she maybe afraid of the dark. She’s not constantly doing it she does sleep but If I have to walk past her cage I can hear her hissing and i can hear her hissing even when I’m not walking past. I’ve had her for a week and 1 day. Other wise she seems pretty heathy other then she has a bit of a chip on her beeck but it doesn’t affect her eating and it’s getting better. I just want to know if I should be worried about her hissing.
 

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Welcome! Is she weaned?
 

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You could try a night light. She's still new to her surroundings, so it might make her less nervous. Maybe one of her toys is "scary?"
 

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I would definitely use a night light near her cage because cockatiels are sensitive and may get night frights. I use a special night lamp that clips on to the cage at night. It is LED and has a red glow that does not interfere with a birds sleep cycle.

I purchased this one for my budgies that were having night frights and since I started using it a year ago there have been no more occurrences.

Bird Night Fright Night Light Clamp Light With Bulb [5140301004] - $20.00 :
 

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Welcome to you and your new friend.

Obviously, her hissing is a result of her fearing something...perhaps she does hear when you go by...or even when you're in the vicinity. Maybe you could talk to her- in a calm and soft voice-as you walk by her. Reassure her everything's OK...and it will remain that way.

She is a cutie...what's her name?
 

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Is she eating ok? I would keep an eye on her weight. Baby tiels can make a stactic noise when they are hungry and sometimes regress and need to be hand fed.
 

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Can you get a video of her hissing? Maybe it’s not hissing like @sunnysmom suggested, but more of a static cry for food or comfort. 9 weeks is still very young, and babies don’t frequently hiss. That’s more of an adult behavior that is due to fear or anger.
 

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Holly hisses when I walk past her cage and my computer light is on she is terrified of any sort of shadow when she is covered
 

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One thing is for sure... cockatiels are sleeping divas!!! Almost every cockatiel out there *does not* like to be disturbed once they're ready for bred or attempting to sleep! Any and all disturbances will be met with a hiss!
 

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One thing is for sure... cockatiels are sleeping divas!!! Almost every cockatiel out there *does not* like to be disturbed once they're ready for bred or attempting to sleep! Any and all disturbances will be met with a hiss!
That is so true! My cockatiels love their sleep time and are always so excited about going to bed. If I’m late putting them to bed, they all yell at me loudly, especially Sunset. She really likes to get her beauty sleep!
:lol:
 

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Alfred did the same thing. I’ve finally perfected Alfred sleep set up and he hasn’t had a nightfright or hissed in his sleep in a while. His cage is in the corner of my room and I cover all four sides but one facing the majority of the room so that he can see everything and I crack the closet door so that the room is dimly lit. A night light would work the same as the closet. He is more comfortable when he can see more.
 
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