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Question by Jose: When do I stop hand feeding my baby cockatiel?
Just wanna know so I can start to give him food like seeds veggies etc.

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Answer by Lilmiss
Here is a guideline you can follow (again, this is just a guideline, some cockatiels take longer to wean then others, use your judgement)

8-14 days old – feed every 3 hrs
15-24 days old – feed 7 am, noon, 5pm, 11pm
25-34 days old feed 7 am, 5pm, 11pm – offer weaning foods in a shallow bowl on the weaning cage floor during the afternoon feeding (seed, millet, fruits, veggies, etc) – at this point the birds may start ti nibble the weaning foods but not really eat it. An afternoon formula feeding may be necessary if the chick loses too much weight, or if it is not gaining weight.
35-44 days old – formula feed 7am & 7pm with weaning foods always available (again, a middle feeding may be necessary if the bird loses too much weight, or if it is not gaining).
45 days old – weaning = 7 pm feeding (continue to feed the bird until it starts rejecting formula, or until it starts gaining or maintaining weight without the night time feeding.

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