Breeding pairs of Parrotlets

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My oldest daughter (2nd child) has decided she wants her own pet (she’s 4 yrs old) so automatically I told her NO! However, since April she has proven to be very mature for her age. She gets up and helps change the water and food bowls of all the parrots and of course, you guys know she helps to train them already.

She has been adamant that she wants a specific type of parrotlet. A blue male parrotlet because she loves this vibrant blue on the back and she promises that she will do everything for it and we won’t have to do anything (unrealistic) hahaha, I wish. Anyways, I said okay, I wouldn’t mind a small parrot. I couldn’t find anyone that had a well-tamed baby.
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So, I kept looking as we already had a cage and everything and I thought perfect birthday gift (never buy a bird as a gift! I was doing this, knowing I would end up being the caregiver). Anyhow, no one had one so I came across a breeding set and although I know nothing about breeding parrots I thought, Perfect, I could have the baby born here and raise it to be used to the kids! So I bought it But it wasn’t just one pair, it was a blue pair, a green pair and a green female that just lost her mate.
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Definitely adorable although their cage setup is less than stunning, I find these little birds to be entertaining. I now wish they were tamed so I can interact with them. I’m wondering if I would be able to tame them once I remove the nestbox. I bought a breeding book (will do a review) and a parrotlet book (will do a review) so I’m definitely learning a lot and I’m enjoying this journey but parrots regardless of size is a lot of work!!
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This lone female is 1.5 yrs old like the blue pair and is now single as she lost her mate. She is completely timid but I am going to try interacting with her since she is by herself in the stackable set. She will put all my strategies to the test. Follow our youtube channel to see how it goes.
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These lovelies are 11 months (female) and 6 months (male). They have been really busy but they come to the cage doors as I read to them every morning. They have a nest box up so I don’t interfere with them too much but reading by the cage I think is a great “get to know me” starter.

So please wish me luck in this journey and hopefully, my daughter will get a forever best friend out of it.

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Sprouting Seeds

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Here I go embarking on another journey of trying to sprout seeds. I tried this already and FAILED miserably! I’m seriously hoping this does not bring about the same results. I have a specific sprouting container but after my first few failed attempts years ago, I threw away the instructions so this is what I’m going to do… WING IT!

The inner container has holes at the bottom so that’s why I call it the inner container. I’m going to put it inside the closed container, add water and put the closed lid on top and leave it like that for 8 hours. Every 8 hours I will rinse the seeds off and continue doing the same thing for 3 days or until the seeds look sprouted. I believe the “sprouted” look is when it creates a V so that’s what I’m looking for. If I’m incorrect about the sprouted look PLEASE someone tell me!

My first try I had just used a seed mix. This time I’m only using sunflower seeds. I figure it will be easier if I keep to one specific seed. Once I feel this is successful than I can try a seed mix again. WISH ME LUCK!

I’m really bad at gardening and keeping plants and stuff alive so sprouting actually scares me. But I like to offer my birds a variety of things so if sprouting is really great for them than this is what I need to master.

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A Talking Parrot

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Everywhere I look, every book I read it says the same thing: Do NOT get a bird for it’s talking ability because that bird may never talk. Although this statement is correct doesn’t it also defeat the purpose of obtaining a PARROT?!?

At one point, my goal was to obtain the 10 top talking parrots in the world. I wanted a parrot because of their intelligence and their talking ability. If I wanted a bird that couldn’t/wouldn’t talk I would go for a regular bird like a canary. Now, of course, this is not my only reason for wanting to have parrots but HELL YEA it is one of the reasons! If you happen to have a parrot and it never says a word or it doesn’t even mimic a household sound, I would seriously question what/who is it bonded too? Now whether or not that bird talks will not make me want the bird any less but the “talking” is definitely icing on the cake.

I currently have 5 parrots with 3 out of the 5 are already talking and my other 2 which is Purrain and Kodak haven’t uttered a word and it doesn’t bother me as I’m in love with our bond more than anything else. Of course, I would love to hear them both talk but Kodak I received at the age of 2 and he wasn’t talking with the breeder so I’m not quite sure if he will or not. I thought I heard him muttering words but the true words never came out so I must have been mistaken. As for Purrain, she isn’t even a year old yet so she still has time.

I have this theory, that a parrot who talks the English language is saying, “I love you, I want to communicate with you”. I could be wrong but this is just my views. Think about it. If parrots truly have the same intellectual level as a toddler than shouldn’t they be able to learn as a toddler would? Toddlers can speak (unless a medical condition), learn to identify letters and numbers, colors etc. We need to hold our parrots to those same tasks.

If you have a parrot who isn’t talking, there are steps you can try to boost that parrot up and see if it helps to encourage them to start. These steps won’t be overnight steps but with time, energy and effort, you can stimulate your parrot to want to communicate with you. You can find these steps by buying/ reading Guide To Companion Parrot Behavior Review

Here’s to wishing you and your feathered fan great success in getting your parrots to talk!

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The Mealworm Meal

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Reading these sites, trying to educate myself more, I’ve come across the introduction of live mealworms being offered to parrots. It may be to help their protein levels or you can use this especially for breeding pairs. So I thought why not try with my birds. They have only eaten pellets, seeds, sprouted seeds, cooked food, fruits and veggies since being with me. Plus we always have mealworms here for the bearded dragon.
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I figured all the other birds are already set in their ways so the only one who might eat these would be Purrain, my violet Indian Ringneck because she is still a baby. However, I just put it in her food bowl with nothing else in there and Purrain was not having it. She came over to look at them in her bowl, eyed them for a bit, even touched them and then she moved away. I guess she doesn’t need more protein in her diet, hahahaha.

I haven’t tried mealworms with the rest of my flock as yet but I definitely plan too. I  like the idea of them having a diverse palate and being able to have a variety of food. Just the thought of them eating worms is GROSS but to have something new to be able to offer them makes it all worth it. I’m especially excited about this because it is something that they would have been able to enjoy in their natural habitat. I’m still looking to see if I can obtain more branches with bark so this is just one step in the right direction.

If you’re bored or you think your feathered friend could use a change or needs more protein this is the perfect thing to try.

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Multi-use Stand

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I made connections with a carpenter that makes bird homes and stuff. I was really eager for different things for my parrots as I’m  bored with the regular stuff I have and I want to sell them and get new things, after all, everything I have is almost 10 years old now and while Grayson is used to them, the other parrots have only had a year or 2 the most with them but still I think they need to go. So she sent me this multi-use bird stand and I thought okay cool, yea I can use that BUT then she said $200!!!

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I get it. It’s handmade, laminate finish, use for indoor and out and it can be used for different things like training or as a car seat plus it has wheels to wheel around… I would get it but for $100, not $200. Unfortunately, the saying does say you get what you pay for and I love the finish but when I can get a whole standing bird stand that comes with wheels and a removable tray for 150, I can’t justify this being 200 so, unfortunately, I won’t be adding this new perch set to my accessories. But I do have to say it is ABSOLUTELY a beautiful make and if one day I have extra cash that I can do without I may look into acquiring one… Maybe one day.

What do you think? Would you add it? Is it worth it? Am I wrong?

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Facts about My Parrots

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Lories/Lorikeets:


They can become bossy if allowed and they are quick to use their beaks.

African Greys:

Definitely, like a child. Observes and mimics EVERYTHING!

Indian Ringnecks:

Very Consistent in their personalities traits. What you see is definitely what you get

Conures:

Breeding pair sold on kijiji – great deal.. I couldn’t resist

Fast Learners

Quakers:

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Very vocal

Galah Cockatoos:

Can be shy and reserved or very affectionate

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I believe lovebirds are feisty little birds that have no fear and the same concept goes for parrotlets but my experience has been that Lovebirds can deliver a nasty bite but if tended to with lots of attention they can be very loving. With parrotlets I have only come in contact with breeding pairs so I’m not sure of their personalities but I do know that they have never went to bite me yet so I will say they are slow to use their beak.

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Do You Know What Your Parrot Likes?

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I go to the pet store and I’m just picking up things I like or that I think looks like fun etc but since starting to make my parrids’ toys I actually want to get things that they actually like. For example does your birds like bells?

I was told this toy was great for conures and maybe it is but I’ve given it to 3 black capped conures and NONE of them were interested in it. So maybe this is more for a sun conure or a Jenday Conure possibly a Blue Crowned Conure but I wouldn’t recommend it for Black Caps. Every parrot is an individual so you might find a black-cap that loves it but after trying it with 3, I’ll stay away. Technically I just bought a toy that does not serve it’s purpose… I will now have to try it with my Indian Ringnecks and hope it has more success.

I’m tired of spending money on toys that my birds aren’t into so I’ve learned to put my observational skills into play here and actually find out what each of my birds like. Now I’ll be able to make toys that they will actually have interest in. I’m sure I have so much more to learn but so far I think I’m on the right path.

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Grayson, my African grey likes to swing on things. As long as he can swing on it, it doesn’t matter what it is: rope, chain, wood etc you name it and he’ll use it. With that being said he also likes wood. The thick wood that I would be giving an amazon parrot but not quite as big as for a macaw but close enough. Purrain, my Indian Ringneck prefers foam material. Ringo, my male Indian Ringneck loves balsa wood. Those are just a few examples, so what about you? What kind of parrot/s do you have and what type of toys do they gravitate to?

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Guide To Companion Parrot Behavior Review

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I have to say I absolutely love Mattie Sue Athan. She truly is a great author and I believe in her methods however with that being said I forgot about who the author was and focused on the content of this book. ( You can purchase the book through my amazon affliate account: https://amzn.to/2BtdRe3 ).

This is my first official book review and I’m so excited to do it! When I started to read this book I automatically was like NOPE this is NOT a book for me. I already have parrots and although it was great to read about the different type of parrots and what they are known for, I hate stereotyping! BUT in this case, how else would you explain the different type of parrots and what you can expect from each one? Now, this doesn’t mean your specific bird will be like this but it is a high possibility, as this is what other owners of the same parrots have experienced. I understand that this had to be done and I actually did learn a thing or two about stuff I didn’t know regarding certain parrots so it came in handy.

I love the cover of this book, I literally have had almost all of the parrots she chose for the cover. A Mitchell Cockatoo starts the lineup and although I didn’t have a Mitchell I did have a Galah Cockatoo which is also pink so I think it qualifies hahaha. Next is a green-naped lorikeet, then a conure – NOT a black-capped but still a conure. An Amazon, I have yet to be graced with such and I will never have one because my flock is closed but I love watching them on Youtube. Last but not least a wonderfully, beautiful, amazing African Grey parrot which we all know I already have!

I read this from front to back and I wish I had read it sooner, it gives a lot of suggestions and ideas to common behaviors you might encounter when having a parrot. Such as the typical screaming, biting and fearfulness to new objects. If I had read this sooner, I would have definitely manipulated Lola’s (galah cockatoo) environment more.

If you are looking to learn about parrots or even if you already have a parrot, I would recommend this book for the wonderful knowledge and insight that it brings. If you already have a parrot, I would say that “Guide to a well-behaved parrot” would be a better choice for you BUT if you are battling certain behavioral issues than this would be a great reference guide for your process of elimination.

You will learn what to do when looking for a new parrot or a second hand. What to look for from a breeder or pet store etc. It gives you tips on how to work on trust-building exercises, how important and what is needed when doing the “step up cooperation”, the towel game (which I have to teach my parrots), peek a bird and she covers how the cage setup can really make or break a parrot. She covers the “honeymoon phase” and how to help teach your parrot all the things it needs to learn in order for it to have the appropriate disposition. She covers what to expect once parrots mature and a few solutions for common parrot behavioral issues that owners come across. My favorite chapter was chapter nine: Stories about companion parrots. I LOVED reading the different stories about birds and their owners. This wasn’t about bad stories, it was just stories that were shared and I loved it. I don’t have a lot of friends who have birds so when I get to enjoy another story about one, it touches my heart!

I found this book to be well written, informative and definitely one that can be added to your collection if you have no other books about parrot behavioral issues. So yes I will recommend it, I don’t think it is a MUST HAVE but I do think it is a nice add-on.

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Hawkhead School

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Hawkheads are apparently very difficult for the average person, You can have a Dr. Jerkyel and Mr. Hyde or you can get a sweet, cuddly, always affectionate one. I’m sure we all know which one I would prefer! The word on the street is that it comes down to Socializing. The issue is: If I do get one it probably won’t be ready until September which limits my socializing options… But I will figure it out even though it might mean traveling with the bird when it’s a bit chilly outside which I don’t like.

This is where a really good breeder comes into place. A breeder who properly socializes the bird will definitely make your job easier as all you will have to do is continue. I don’t have a lot of friends so I feel a lot of my parrots aren’t socialized like I would like BUT I feel that can still be changed as long as your willing to work at it!

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It’s a journey that I’m nervous about because I think my flock is okay with who we currently have and we are all still mourning the loss of the other birds and I don’t want any of the current birds to feel like they are replaceable because trust me, they aren’t! However, I wouldn’t be getting this Hawkhead until September IF any of the eggs are fertile. Which is a big IF, apparently.

They aren’t easy to find or easy to breed. One breeder, I found said this was his first egg in 5 years! I’m the 2nd person on the list of 3 for him so I’m not sure if I will get him or not but in the meantime! I NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL! When I say school, I’m referring to Hawkhead school, I need to find out what food is good for them, whats not! How to go about socializing them, cage size, the best type of toys etc…

I’m so nervous but yet so excited. The only downfall is that there are no SPECIFIC books on Hawkheads so I really don’t have a good reference guide. I’ve watched some youtube videos but nothing is teaching me something I don’t already know. I’ll keep searching!

Wish me luck as I continue on my journey to be the best parrot parent I can be for all of my babies!

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