I have 2 male cockatiels, a 6 year old normal, and a 1-2 year old pearly pied (the pied isn’t visible but that’s what he was sold as) the pearl, Storm has lost his pearls in the year that I’ve had him. I’m considering getting him a mate. I’ve learned a lot about genetics and have done hours of research but I wanted to talk to people who have experience breeding cockatiels. I don’t think I have the time or skill to hand feed and was wondering if handling young chicks is ok? If I got a female I would get a 2ish year old tame pearl (and hopefully pied if it works out). I have a large flight cage and my birds are fed pellets and a Variety of different veggies, grains, and healthy seeds blended into chop. I will also add that Storm has been very hormonal lately and trying to mount my other male.