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My cockatiel had babies but one of them is very small in comparison to it’s siblings. It has been at least 2 weeks and she hasn’t opened her eyes and I am very concerned. Should I feed it and take it out of the cage? Should I take him or her out of the parents care? Is it ok to hand-feed only one of the babies?

Thanks for your question. ¬†Unfortunately without examining the baby it is very difficult to know why it is not developing at the same speed as the other. ¬†It may not have formed correctly in the egg, or it may not be getting enough nutrition from the parents since it is last in line. ¬†Supplemental feeding won’t hurt, however a comprehensive physical exam is the best way to fully answer your question.

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