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Why Pacific Parrotlets Are Such Great Alternatives To Large Parrots

Owning parrots as pets has been popular for hundreds of years due to their bold personalities and beautiful colors. However, since many of the larger species can be quite loud, screaming, screeching, and shouting to get attention, they have gotten a bad reputation as being unneighborly and hard to control. Most of the larger birds also chew on everything making them difficult to allow to roam inside the house. There are some other species that are much easier to raise, almost never noisy, but still have that great personality that most people are looking for. These are called the Pacific Parrotlets, a smaller yet still beautiful parrot that you're sure to love.

It's Best To Buy Them As 2 Week Old Babies

There are several reasons why this is done, first of all, the mother birds lay more than 4 eggs at a time but can really only care for 2 or 3 babies adequately. This leaves several of the later born babies to die due to neglect. By taking the oldest siblings from the nest, the mother will turn to the younger babies and care for them instead.

The other important factor is that baby Pacific Parrotlets have their eyes closed up until about 2 1/2 weeks old, then they tend to bond with the first thing they see as they open. If they bond with their mother, they'll be afraid of humans as a natural instinct. However, if they bond with their human owners, they'll be friendlier, easier to train, and lack any basic fears that they instinctually should have had.

Once You Get Your Parrotlets Home They'll Need Plenty Of Care

From age 2 weeks to about 8 weeks your new baby will need to be fed about every 4 hours or so. There is a special Parrotlet formula that you can buy at the pet store that supplies all of the nutrients that it will need to thrive and grow.

You'll want to mix the formula in slightly larger batches so that it maintains its warmer temperature until you have fed the baby all that it desires. At about 8 or 9 weeks the bird will begin refusing the formula more often and that's an indication that it's time to start feeding it solid foods. They love thawed frozen mixed vegetables, fruits, and nuts to start with, but there are many other foods they love as well.

You should avoid feeding the birds foods with high salt content, avocados, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol or most processed foods that are bad for humans too. They should always have plenty of fresh water to drink, and it should be changed regularly.

Parrotlets Don't Need Constant Interaction With Their Humans

Larger parrots need to be played with daily or they'll scream and yell constantly for attention. Pacific Parrotlets will play on their own more often, especially if they have a large cage and some toys to entertain themselves.

If you've always wanted find and purchase a parrotlet bird for sale but were annoyed at some of the antics of the larger parrots, then you'll surely fall in love with the Parrotlets. For the most part the different names of the birds come from their colors, so the Pacific is blue of course. They make great pets and can keep you company for hours per day with their playful antics.

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