Hand Feeding


John (Education & Research) and "Macadu"
Hand-fed baby birds simply make wonderful, loving and affectionate companions. The act of hand-feeding helps create a bond between the baby bird and people. When purchasing a companion bird, always ask if the bird was hand-fed.

Hand feeding a baby birdIf you have never been formally trained in hand-feeding a baby bird, it is best to purchase a baby bird that has been weaned and is eating on its own. If you are interested in hand-feeding babies, it is important to receive training from someone who is experienced. Hand-feeding of baby birds has certain risks to the animal if not properly administered and should only be done by competent individuals.

KAYTEE exact® Hand-Feeding Formula is a nutritious diet for hand-feeding baby birds. Exact's high nutrition formula helps baby birds grow faster, wean earlier and develop better, brighter plumage.

Additional Resources
If you find a baby songbird, before handling or feeding, contact your local wildlife center or veterinarian for advice.

Hand-Feeding Information for Breeders

  • It is extremely important to follow the directions completely and thoroughly.
  • KAYTEE exact® Hand-Feeding Formula is mixed with hot, clean water to a desired consistency.
  • Feed the hungry baby with a special hand-feeding syringe.
  • Hatchlings must be fed about every two hours.
  • The number of feedings decrease and the amount of food increases as the baby grows.
  • Baby birds require 10-12 percent of their body weight per feeding.
  • Use fresh formula at each feeding.
  • Use proper hygiene.
  • Monitor babies daily for growth and health.
Depending on species, most birds wean between the ages of 8 and 12 weeks. For more informtion on weaning please read the following Kaytee Technical Focus on Weaning Tips.

For more information on the Kaytee exact® Hand-Feeding Formulas available and hand-feeding, please see the Pet Birds Products and Ask the Experts sections of this web site.