Ask Lafeber


May 28, 2019

Leave alone?

I have only had my cockatiels about a month. Next week I am leaving for 3 days. Can I leave extra food for them or should I find someone to come feed them daily?


Hi Ronda,

It would be best to have someone come in and feed them and change their water. Three days is long enough for them to starve if the food gets spilled or for the water to get contaminated by feces or food and be unsafe for them to drink. It is very important for your bird sitter to understand that cockatiels hull their seeds – if you are feeding seed – and while the dish may look full, it is just empty hulls. If feeding pellets, new pellets should be added even if there are pieces or powder left in the dish. And fresh water daily is also very important.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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