Cage requirements - PARROTLETS
minimum 18 x 18 x 18, Bar spacing is 1/2 inch or less. It is my experience that pet parrotlets like taller cages, the bigger the better. They love their cage to be filled with a variety of toys.
House temperature should never drop below 60 degrees. Ideal is 65-70 during the day not getting over 90. No lower than 60 at night. Parrotlets can adapt to any temperature but it is not the ideal situation. We cover our birds up at night to prevent night fright and to keep birds warm. During the winter months if power goes out you can use a hand warmer for emergency situation. Place hand warmer in a piece of flannel or a washcloth and set in cage. The parrotlet will sit on the warmth which can last up to 10 hours. In the summer months I always place a shallow dish of clean water to bathe in . Parrotlets love to splash and play in water.
Your baby parrotlet will go through stages just like a child. Around 6 weeks old they really start testing their beak. If they nip too hard I always scold (Gentle Beak). This technique really works because the babies are raised with us touching, petting and rubbing the beak while we say Gentle Beak. The baby becomes conditioned so that when they hear these words they will usually stop what they are doing and allow you to rub their beak. You must continually use these words in order for the baby to stay conditioned.
At around 3 months old your baby will molt which means they lose and regrow new feathers. You will notice your babies feathers looking ragged and out of sorts. Parrotlets become very moody at this time and one minute may want all kinds of love the next minute they are scolding you for touching a feather that doesnt feel good. You must have patience at this time. Put the bird back in cage for a break until they seem interested again. Molting usually last for a few weeks. There are molting products on the market to help the bird thru this period.
Tips for Biting: If the baby won't stop nipping or misbehaving I suggest not to let the baby up on your shoulder unless they behave. There is something about being up high that makes them feel bossy. Keep your birds wings clipped. These are two tips that can really make a difference.
You must be prepared to spend at least 1 hour a day in order to continue your bird staying tame. Remember it takes time, patience and a lot of work on a daily basis to keep a parrotlet tame. They crave your attention and want to spend all their time with you. When you bond with your baby it is so worth the love they give along with the fun times you will have together.
One last tip is to let things be your birds idea. You cannot force a bird to want to be with you or to be touched when they don't want to be. I have had some tame birds that you open the cage door and out they pop. Most are very territorial about their cage and do not want your hands in the cage. Open the cage door and walk away or go sit down.. The bird will come out when he is ready. To try and force them will only make them aggressive. Sometimes your sweet bird will nip you for know reason. Try to learn what they are telling you. Have you been petting or holding too much. Do they want food, or need to relieve themselves. Most birds will step away to relieve themselves. I have a tame parrotlet that when she wants some petting and love will nip me. I gently tell her no and use gentle beak if she settles down then I give her all the love she wants. This is a work in progress. Every bird is different and some take longer than others. The rewards are so worth it. I am always available to discuss any difficulties you might be having with your baby. Thank you, Joan