Originally Posted by mars
His feathers are almost totally there. He tries to fly (must not have full wings yet or have been clipped although I don't think they have).
A 6 month old cockatiel is going to be fully feathered and should be more than able to fly unless his wings are clipped. Are you sure he's 6 mos and not 6 weeks?? Even left to wean on their own, cockatiels are usually fully weaned by 12 or so weeks. Is it possible that you miss heard the age? Did the breeder give you his hatch date?
Does he readily accept the formula? Is he 'pumping' while you are feeding him? How many ml are you giving him?
He does not seem to have much interest in anything but the millet.
How much millet do you give him? A 4-5 inch piece once a day is enough, that's usually the first thing birds go after and they will fill up on it.
I would welcome any info. on weaning him and quickly.
This will depend on his true age. If he really is 6 mos, try reducing the amount of formula you give him daily a little at a time. For example --(and the amounts are purely for example--not an indication that you should be feeding him that amount) If you give him 7 ml twice a day, reduce it to 6 ml twice a day, then down to 5 ml etc. Just be sure he has plenty of fresh food, seeds and pellets available because he will be eating more on his own.
If he is only 6 weeks, well then that's a whole new ballgame. You do not want to wean him at that age and I really don't want to get into that until we hear back from you on his age.