Ask Lafeber


January 16, 2019

Hand fed birds

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


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,


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