How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Anna Your Own Question

Anna
Anna, Bird Expert, Biologist
Category: Bird
Satisfied Customers: 9726
Experience:  Have owned and/or raised parakeets, finches, cockatiels, and poultry over a period of thirty years.
6012901
Type Your Bird Question Here...
Anna is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

how old do you hand feed baby cockatiels

Resolved Question:

how old do you hand feed baby cockatiels
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Anna replied 6 years ago.
Hello,

You'll need to hand feed the baby until he is eating well on his own. The best formulas are those you can buy in pet stores. They're made to be balanced and complete for baby cockatiels. Ask the person you're buying the bird from what they are feeding. It's better not to change the baby's food. If the seller is not hand feeding the baby, but is letting the parents feed, you may have trouble getting it to accept hand feeding at age five weeks. If that's the case, it might be better to ask that person to keep the baby until it is eating well on its own. If they've been hand feeding and you continue it, the baby is old enough to have pellets and a variety of other foods (fruits, vegetables, cooked beans, etc.) placed on the floor of the cage so he can begin sampling them. You can read about hand feeding in great detail at this site:

http://www.cockatiel.org/articles/handfeeding.html

Until the bird has gone through its first molt, you won't be able to sex it based on appearance. Once that molt has occurred, it will vary by color. Here is a site that tells you how to sex for each color. It has photos of most males and females, so you can compare your bird.

http://www.takoda-aviary.com/sexing.htm

A vet can determine sex through a probe, or you can have DNA testing done. DNA determination of sex is done through a blood sample or a feather sample. If you go with blood, you'd want to have a vet take care of it. The following links are to two companies that do the tests. Their sites explain how the sample must be collected and have pricing and ordering information.

http://www.vetdnacenter.com/avian-sexing.html

http://www.avianbiotech.com/

The following site has great information on bird nutrition and feeding:

http://www.4animalcare.org/Birds.html

If you have more questions about this, just let me know by clicking on REPLY. I hope you enjoy many years with your new cockatiel.

Anna
Anna, Bird Expert, Biologist
Category: Bird
Satisfied Customers: 9726
Experience: Have owned and/or raised parakeets, finches, cockatiels, and poultry over a period of thirty years.
Anna and other Bird Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Thank you so much!!! I love this service. It has given me peace of mind and extremely valuable information at an affordable price 24/7 to care for my beloved pets. THANK YOU Linda Centerreach, NY
< Last | Next >
  • Thank you so much!!! I love this service. It has given me peace of mind and extremely valuable information at an affordable price 24/7 to care for my beloved pets. THANK YOU Linda Centerreach, NY
  • I found my experience with you to be very positive. Not only did the vet answer my question thoroughly, he left me with a better knowledge to follow up with my vet. Marilou East Taunton, MA
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • S. August Abbott, CAS

    Certified Avian Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2481
    Cert. Avian Specialist; Int. Assoc.Animal Behavior Consult; Pet Ind. Joint Advisory Council; author
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TH/The1Caretaker/2012-6-6_23333_AugustJuly11.64x64.JPG S. August Abbott, CAS's Avatar

    S. August Abbott, CAS

    Certified Avian Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2481
    Cert. Avian Specialist; Int. Assoc.Animal Behavior Consult; Pet Ind. Joint Advisory Council; author
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MS/MsAM/2012-6-9_16426_anna.64x64.jpeg Anna's Avatar

    Anna

    Bird Expert, Biologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1017
    Have owned and/or raised parakeets, finches, cockatiels, and poultry over a period of thirty years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BI/birddoctor/2012-6-22_173214_birddoctor.64x64.png Dr. Pat's Avatar

    Dr. Pat

    Avian Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    561
    25 years as avian-only veterinarian
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Vet. Tech.

    Satisfied Customers:

    82
    Vet Tech
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/drangeladuke/2008-05-04_075618_justanswerphoto.jpg Dr. Angela's Avatar

    Dr. Angela

    Bird Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    77
    Member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Extensive avian clinical experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/durangojo/2010-05-12_205717_shrunken_avatar.jpg Dr. Jo's Avatar

    Dr. Jo

    Avian Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    57
    I have been a veterinarian since 1994 and am experienced with avian medicine and hand-feeding.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AL/alhdvm/2011-1-30_22392_DSC01130.64x64.JPG Dr. Hinson's Avatar

    Dr. Hinson

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    33
    Veterinarian experienced in avian and exotic animals.
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Bird Specialist
Anna
Anna
Retired Teacher/Biologist
1117 Satisfied Customers
Have owned and/or raised parakeets, finches, cockatiels, and poultry over a period of thirty years.