when I say hand feed I mean that only eats for a syringe, I got my cockatiel since she only had one week. when she was one month and a half I started trying to eat it alone putting a plate on the bottom of the cage but she only eats a few seeds that are not sufficient to feed herself. if there is any way you will leave the syringe would be gratefulWhen you say hand feed.. do you mean she will only eat food out of your hand and not the dish? Or do you mean you are hand feeding her with a syringe? Have you had her long? Is the food dish at the top of near the bottom of the cage? It might just be she's not sure where the food is. What do you feed her?