In order to care for parrotlets, you need to ensure a number of things for their well-being. A well-balanced diet, proper supply of food and water, time and attention are necessary. And above all, you have to provide them a proper environment for them to flourish and develop.
In this article, we will go step by step on caring for parrotlets that you have just purchased to pet.
The more active the parrotlet is the greater appetite it will have. Experts suggest keeping the parrotlets and its species on seed and green diet is the best-balanced diet to go for. Feed your parrotlets a mixture of gourmet cockatiel seed mix, fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole wheat bread. The birds will be more than happy!
Install a water bottle inside the birdcage; bird’s specific water bottle ensures that the birds are given clean healthy water all the time, 24 * 7. Most of the water bottle in the market promises to provide water absolutely free from bacterial contamination, dust or debris (something we actually need). Look for a bottle that has a unique cover-up design, where no food or feathers fall on the drinking water, thus providing clean drinking water to your birds.
Coming to the convenience and usage…When you are buying a water bottle, look for such where the birds don’t have to do much to drink water from the bottle. It should be as easy where they just have to move or manipulate a certain switch or ball that is hanging at the end of the tube, and that’s about it, they will be able to drink water from it. If the bird isn’t touching the ball/switch no water will drip from the bottle – thus no wastage of water. If you are keeping it in the birdcage, then the cage will be clean too as there’s no accidental spillage. With few uses, your birds will learn the process and they can get to drink water anytime they want.
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More Key Aspects Of Caring For Parrotlets
Create a bond with your parrotlet
Before you want to teach your bird any words, any tricks or any game, the first thing you have to do is create a bond with them. They should allow you to hold them and touch them; basically, they should not fear to be closer to you. If your bird still doesn’t come to you willingly, then you need to spend more time together to create that trust and bond.
Plus, if you have just bought a pair of parrotlets, don’t get started training them instantly. They would fear and run from you, rather take your time, create a sense of familiarity and have fun while doing so.
The way you approach them, matters
Now, let’s not be all so greedy when you see those “fluffy litols”. Yeah, it can be tempting to hold them and shower them with kisses, but NO. You have to approach them slowly, and they should know you are around them – they don’t like any sudden “attacks”. You can also talk to them so that they get familiar with your voice.
Check out their body language – that says a lot
Out of all the birds, parrotlets can be placed as one of the most social and fun loving birds. So once you have created a sense of trustworthiness, the next step is simple. However, one thing you have to keep in mind is their moods.
Since birds can’t speak, they express their emotions with body language and voice. Notice how the bird reacts when you first try to reach them. They will act uncomfortable, stiff and stare you straight as you try to touch them. They will attempt to bite or move away from you – these are all signs that they are not comfortable around you and need time to warm up. On the other hand, compare these behaviors to a few weeks after your continued exposure to them; they will open up more. They will bow their heads more when you hold them to get your love, fluff its feathers more to get your attention, and close their eyes more often – these are the signs that show they like you more and consider you as their closed ones.
However, just a quick tip, if your bird is feeling cranky or tired, put them back in the cage with some toys. Let it play for a while; later you can start again your training session.
Know where you CAN’T touch your parrotlet
NO, you can’t touch all of their body just because they are birds; YES, there are few spots that parrotlet considers “inappropriate”. For example, a specific type of parrotlet considers touching below the neck as one of the breeding ritual behaviors. You may have no idea why your bird got all so strange and start fluffing its wings on your face just because you tried to tingle it below its neck- but according to the poor parrot “the deed is done”.
That’s why, I ask you to do some research on your birds, their species and rituals before you start to pet them.
The training area has to be calm
I know it’s tempting to get started with the training lessons on your birds. But behold!
The parrotlets must feel safe and secure before you start making them learn anything. They need to focus on anything you are doing to make them learn, and for that, you have to make sure there is no loud noises in the room and there are no other pets around.
Your parrotlets will cherish once they are fully comfortable around you. Give them some time to know about you and get familiarize with your scent. Whenever you talk, talk calmly around her- no need to rush.
Final Words On How To Take Care Of Parrotlet
All these can be overwhelming to your senses, I know.
But trust me when I say; parrotlet is the easiest pet bird to take care of. Know your instinct; give your birds what they need and the bird will turn into a best friend in no time.
This is all about caring for parrotlets