What has Nadine been up to?


4 days old and eyes have not opened yet.

It has been a while since I have really posted anything, but once you read why I think that you will totally understand. I have been hand-rearing cockatiel chicks since mid-April. My bonded adult pair laid a clutch of 5 eggs: only 4 hatched and only 3 survived.

But these three little birds have been time consuming! They needed to be fed by eye dropper every 2-3 hours, which meant that they came to work with me. They lived in increasingly larger boxes with a light to keep them warm.

Now that they are full feathered they have begun to fly and spend more time in the adult cage learning to eat a solid food diet. By the end of June they will be going to their new homes and forever families. I just hope that the new families take as good care of them as I did.

Fully feathered



3 weeks old and starting to show adult coloring.


Mother, Luna, with 3 eggs and 2 newly hatched chicks.


close up of newborn


8 days old and starting to show pin feathers.

About nadineandadamblog

Nadine and Adam are mother and son. Nadine lives in Florida where she has provided outpatient MNT in a large healthsystem for the past 20 years. In addition, she teaches nutrition to second and third year family medicine residents. She is a past-spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Adam lives in Washington State. His career has largely been involved in recipe development and food production. He is currently developing recipes and menus for the Seattle schools to meet the new federal guidelines for school nutrition programs and he does outpatient nutrition counseling. He is also a voice in PSAs over Seattle radio representing the Washington Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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1 Response to What has Nadine been up to?

  1. Thanks for sharing this amazing story and photos.


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