A friend of mine, who breeds Cockatiels (as well as Budgies and Princess Parrots) wanted to hand-raise some babies this season, but with work being so busy, she didn’t have the time, so I offered to do it for her.
There was a total of 14 eggs all together and she had paired up 20 or so Cockatiels.. only 3 of the eggs survived though. (there was 4 but the chick died a few days later)
So, here are the first 3 babies that I hand-raised; they have now gone to new homes and are being so very spoiled! I actually had 9 babies all together, I got 6 more just before these first 3 babies went to their homes. That WOULD have been a handful had I needed to hand-feed all 9 of them.
I got these 2 Platinum Pearl babies first:
Photo taken the day I got them — 16/10/10
The third baby I got, a normal Pearl:
2 weeks later, the breeder dropped off this baby (from the same clutch as above 2), she was attacked and stunted so was left with the parents a bit longer. Photo taken the day I got her — 31/10/10
And these photos I took before they left to go to their new homes — December 24th..
* the 2 Platinum Pearls went to a home together, and the normal Pearl went to a man who lives in the next town.
(I can’t tell who is who though with the first 2 babies, the Platinum Pearls
I miss them so much. It was the biggest pleasure to hand-raise these 3 babies though, they are VERY cuddly and are the biggest sooks.. they love sitting on top of your head. The 2 Platinum Pearl babies love cuddling into your neck, too.