How to Care for Parrotlets
Most people think of Parrotlets as being miniature Amazons because of their bold character and playful, clownish nature. Parrotlets are known affectionately as pocket parrots because despite their tiny size they are true parrots in every sense.
Parrotlets are favourites with bird lovers because they are inexpensive and easy to look after; this also makes Parrotlets great birds for beginners. Because Parrotlets are so small they are no where near as destructive as most larger birds and are incapable of screaming.
If you keep more than one Parrotlet then they will bond and the chance of human interaction will be slim. When Parrotlets are kept singly they make fantastic pets as you can hand feed them. Parrotlets have limited abilities to talk but you can get them to say several words with a lot of patience and practice.
If you are breeding Parrotlets then you should take care with the cage that you choose. You will have most success with a cage no smaller than 18 inches square. If you have more than one pair of Parrotlets then you should separate their cages so they cannot see each other or they will spend their time arguing. Parrotlets will kill their mate if they suspect they are flirting with others.
Parrotlet Care – Feeding Your Parrotlet
- Parrotlets enjoy eating sweet corn, peas, carrots and green beans.
- When other fresh foods are in season things such as apples, oranges, grapes, peaches, melon and kiwis can be fed.
- Safflower and sunflower seeds should also be fed to Parrotlets.
- You should also put cuttlefish bone in each cage which you will need to replace frequently.
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