Hi everyone ... I just found a cockatiel in my backyard (nw minnesota) a couple days ago and am wondering a bit about her age / well being. I have had tiels in the past but my last one died a year ago. I feel almost stupid asking such idiotic questions but ... she won't make any noise above a very soft "peep" almost like a baby bird, and only tends to make this "peep" when she's eating. Also, when shes sitting on the perch the underfeathers of her wings closest to her tummy aren't actually feathers yet, they are more like sticks... am I right in thinking that she's a baby yet and her feathers haven't grown in?
She doesn't seem to be able to fly, I had no problem catching her with a towel, but she's not fond of my hand by any means. She is not aggressive to me, she just wants to get away, no biting, no noises and she allows me to pet from outside the cage. I found her eating from my bird feeder (the seeds that dropped to the ground) and have no idea how long she'd been outside.
BTW: I've named her Mime (mee mee) because she doesn't make any sound (well not much)