I have kept birds for 40 years and hand fed a few now.They are 4 months old at this time and will wean in a month or two. I am hand feeding twice a day now, but will go to once per day soon. They like to be petted, are stepping up, and say hello. They are large and beautiful. At the curious stage now, they inspect and chew on everything. They love toys. They have not been out of my house and have not been exposed to any other birds than my own. I have kept birds for 40 years and raised a few in my home.