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Experience:  Have owned and/or raised parakeets, finches, cockatiels, and poultry over a period of thirty years.
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how old do you hand feed baby cockatiels

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how old do you hand feed baby cockatiels

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:

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.

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.

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

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