Hi, I am just about to start breeding cockatiels and budgies for the first time. I have done a lot of research and spoken to a few different breeders about it and feel that i can finally give it a go. I am not planning on hand rearing any of the chicks this time unless it is absolutely necessary but i would like all my babies to be reasonably friendly when they go to their new homes.
I would like to know at what age I can start taking them out for short periods of time to get them used to people and socialize them a bit. I have read many articles about this and most say that for both budgies and cockatiels about 12 to 14 days is a good time to start handling them for about 10-15 minutes a couple days a week. Is this true or do i need to wait a bit longer.