Ask Lafeber


February 7, 2020

New pet

How long does it normally take for a new cocketeil to acclimate to its new cage /home? How long should it be out of its cage per day?


Hi Keri,

It depends on the bird and whether it is tame already. A tame bird may want to be handled right away, but keep the play sessions short so you don’t overwhelm him. You should only have him out of the cage when you can supervise him. There is no set time limit for being out, just play with him at least once daily, and more if you have time. If this is a wild bird, it can take weeks or months before he settles in, and then you can start trying to tame him. Here is a page with more information:

Caring For Your Bird

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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