how to, properly
care for your bird, will give you endless
years of joy and companionship.
are shy in a new cage, so it is very important to place water and food high in the
cage, so don't expect them to know where to look for the food.
|Parrotlet Care Sheet
Bottled or filtered water is best:
• Place open container in cage away from where their droppings may land.
• Use an open container with no hoods or covers.
• Change and wash daily.
• If you use a glass bottle, use one without a rubber flange.
| Nutrition and Feeding:
mixes (daily): A grass seed mixture,
such as small hookbill or cockatiel
mix (Oats, Hemp, Millet, Wheat, Canary
Grass or AKA White Seed)
(daily): Apples, bananas, apricots,
cherries, grapes, berries, pineapple, oranges
and Vegetables (daily): spinach, chard,
lettuce, eggplant, peas, corn, carrots, celery,
tomato, zucchini, broccoli, and more. Parrotlet eat more veggies than fruit.
(several x a week):, whole grain
breads, potatoes, rice, pizza crust,
popcorn, muffins, and pasta (uncooked)
- but note, as long as this food has
little or no fat in it.
Proteins (several x a week): Eggs
Food!!: Do not feed the KERNELS
(seeds) from the following fruits:
Apricot, Peach, Nectarine, Plum and
Cherry - the fruits themselves are
fine. Also no avocados, alcohol, or
Breeding pairs in the wild were found to feed their
chicks greens and seeds. When they start to hatch chicks
they will consume about 10 times as much greens as normal. Chard,
Romaine, and Spinach are their favorites.
Water and food containers should NOT
be placed under perching areas or
other places where the bird's droppings
might contaminate them. Make sure
the containers are open and wide enough
for them to drink or eat from, as
they will not stick their heads into
covered or hooded containers.
Containers: Always blow or dump
out empty hulls before adding new
seed. Wash containers daily to keep
contamination down from spoiling food
particles, e.g., from muffins, bananas,
A cuttlebone should be provided at all times (these are best). Or if none are available, use a mineral block, until a cuttle bone can be obtained.
Each bird is different as to how they
like their baths. Some use the water
bowl to bathe in and will splash out
all of the water, so you need to keep
an eye on that, because they will
get dehydrated if they do not have
enough water to drink.
You can also offer them a canary-sized
bath, which they will find most entertaining
as they will play in it until they
Another option is to offer them wet
spinach or lettuce leaves and they
will roll around in them until they
are completely wet.
Some parrotlets even prefer to be
gently squirted from a tepid plant
We strongly encourage you to have two birds in a cage. These birds live in flocks and are much happier with a buddy bird.
Parrotlets tend to be territorial,
so sometimes, it is not a good idea to introduce
an unknown bird into their cage. If
you want to have more than one and
are acquiring them at different times,
sometimes it is best to introduce them by first having a cage for
Always have adult supervision at
all times with other pets and children.
Make sure you hold your parrotlet
gently, do not squeeze or poke. Let
them climb on you and sit on your
head if they like.
taking them from their cage,
be sure to hold them firmly around
their bodies and and make sure you
don't bump their heads or beaks. Stroke
them gently with the direction of
their feathers and even scratch them
gingerly around their body.
If you want your bird to stay tame, you need to handle them at least once a day.
Safety Tips: Your curious and
precocious parrotlets will like to
investigate, so make sure you:
• Close the lid to your toilet bowls
not leave any standing water or leave
sinks full of water
sure your houseplant are nontoxic
or keep them away from them if you
do not know for sure
not use fans around the birds as they
can cause all sorts of injuries
• Putting an empty teflon/non-stick pan on the stove and heating it can release toxic fumes that can KILL your birds, always make sure you have food or liquids in your teflon/non-stick pans BEFORE heating them
outside, always keep the bird in a
cage, as raptors or other predators
can easily harm or kill them
reason to keep them in a cage is that
they are territorial and will harass
or attempt to engage in battle with
birds larger then themselves
• Chew Toys: Natural products such as,
fiber ropes, leather and soft woods
(no bells, as the clappers can be
dangerous) and also, NO PLASTIC Products.
• Perches: Hanging and swinging
toys or perches are preferred, as
they like the motion.
• More is better: Variety is
the key to a Parrotlet's happiness,
so give them more than one of the
above mentioned items at a time in
their cage. Also, to avoid boredom,
it is best to switch toys on an occasional
basis because it helps keep them stimulated.
Wire cages with a grate at the bottom.
This keeps as many of their droppings
away from them. For a single bird
the minimum recommended size
for the cage is: H: 24", W: 18", D:
• For a pair the minimum requirements are: H: 36", W: 18", D: 18" (the bigger the better)
• Maximum bar width: 1/2" (one half of an inch)
Use natural branches for perching,
but not dowels because they don't
give enough grip support and comfort
to them. DO NOT USE branches from
the following trees as they contain
cyanide and are poisonous: apricot,
peach, nectarine, plum and cherry.
Keep them away from drafts and extreme
cold, if they are not used to the
climate you are in it is best to keep
them indoors until your weather is
more stable for them.
Nail trimming: If you have never done
this before, take your bird to a Vet
and have them show you how to do it
or just have your Vet do it on a regular
!! If your bird at any time appears lethargic,
quiet, weak, cold, doesn't eat, or
is unable to perch and sits on the
floor with both feet, immediately
contact a Veterinarian !!