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    How To Look After Parrotlets

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    As the name suggest, parrotlets are one of the smallest members of the parrot family – and as a result of their small stature and sweet nature, it’s no surprise these birds have proved so popular as pets in recent years. To learn more about caring for parrotlets, read this guide.


     

    How To Look After Parrotlets

    • Unlike other members of the parrot family, parrotlets are fairly quiet and laid-back. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look to provide as big a cage as possible to accommodate them in. As they are lot smaller than other parrots, space is less of an issue, and a cage with roughly two square feet of floor space should be more than adequate – but if you can buy a larger cage, the parrotlets will appreciate the extra space.

    • To help with cleaning and maintaining the parrotlets’ health, try and invest in a cage that separates the droppings from the main floor. Parrotlets love to explore and forage along the floor – and inevitably this can result in an infection if the floor is littered with droppings.

    • Parrotlets are very sociable birds, so if you only have one bird, try and place it in an area of the house where there is a lot of foot traffic, such as the kitchen, as this will encourage you to interact and entertain the parrotlet more often. It’ll also allow you to keep a close eye on the parrotlet cage to see whether it requires cleaning out day by day. Try and keep the cage away from direct sunlight, as the parrotlet may find life in the cage uncomfortable.

    • Parrotlets are calm in character, but they will still look to enjoy an active lifestyle. It’s a sad fact of life that you will probably not be able to take the parrotlet out of its cage as much as you’d like, so make sure there are plenty of perches and toys in the cage to keep the parrotlet active and entertained.

    • In terms of parrotlets’ food, diet is similar to other parrots – pellets and seeds – but if you feel your parrotlet is deserving of a reward, fruits and vegetables can be a big hit.

    • Parrotlets can live for 20 years or more, so if you’re planning on looking after parrotlets, you’ll have to be dedicated to bird care for the long haul.


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