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Question:

January 16, 2019

Hand fed birds


Hi,
I want a cockatiel but I don’t know the difference between a hand fed bird and one that isn’t.


Answer:

Hi Sidney,

Hand fed birds are tame and parent raised generally are not. However, it depends on if the bird was still handled after it was weaned. And some breeders will co-parent their birds where they allow the parents to feed it and they handle the chick between feedings. The important thing is to choose a bird that you can handle at the breeder’s or pet store. Do not buy a bird you can’t already handle because it may never have been tame, or may not have been handled and was allowed to go wild. If you have never had a pet bird, you will have trouble working with a bird like that. So insist on being able to handle it, or find another place to buy your bird.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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