Tips for Breeding Parrotlets

The parrotlet, sometimes known as the Forpus, is a small powerhouse. They are connected to the Amazon, and we believe that some of their behaviours may be observed in their bigger relatives, the Amazon.

The parrotlet’s natural range extends from Mexico across South America to Northern Argentina and Paraguay. The Pacific Ocean begins on Peru’s northwestern coast.

There are various parrotlets available these days, and they may be quite colourful. Some examples are the Spectacled, Green Rump, Mexican, Celestial, Pacific, and, of course, the various colourful variants such as the American White, American Yellow, Lutino, Blues, Fallows, and so on.

Despite their diminutive size, they are in every sense a real parrot. A little parrot with a tremendous personality!

Parrotlets are generally a peaceful bird, making them perfect for folks who live in flats or have near neighbours who are worried about excessive noise. Personally, we have discovered that our budgies may be louder!

Parrotlets may breed as early as a year old; however, it is ideal if they are at least a year old. Males are generally more colourful, with blue eye brows and blue in their wings and tail.

Parrotlets may breed in budgie nestboxes, which can be purchased ready-made at most decent pet shops or avian suppliers. The concave offered for the boxes is preferred in them to prevent the eggs from rolling about and maybe being chilly if they are too far away from the hen to be incubated. The average clutch size is 4-5 eggs, however more have been observed to be deposited, with up to 9 laid in one session. 4-5 is an optimal quantity to guarantee that the hen can cope and effectively cover the eggs during incubation. If a significant number of eggs are deposited, candling the eggs can assist eliminate any infertile eggs, or an incubator may be utilised. A pair of parrotlets produces two clutches every year on average.

Incubation lasts around 21 days, and the hen normally begins incubating after the second egg is deposited.

Mating may occur several times. A robust, stable perch is preferred. The male will usually grab the perch with one foot and put the other on the hen’s back. When the hen is ready to accept, she raises her tail and stoops low to the perch. Mating is often done in a sideways motion and does not continue long but may occur many times. Some consider sideways mating, rather than back sitting, to be an uncommon mating stance for a parrot.

By calling and exhibiting to the hen, the cock invites her to enter the nestbox. Usually, the cock is the first to inspect the nestbox, followed by the hen.

In the nestbox, we put little wood chippings, which are often used for reptiles. A generous distribution in the box is adequate. If there are any holes around the concave board, we plug them in with chippings to prevent damage to the parents, an egg from being caught, or a chick from becoming trapped at a later period. Quite frequently, the parents would remove the chippings and seem to be content to raise their children on bare wood floors.

Because the eggs are placed on alternating days and hatch on alternate days, there may be a significant age gap between the youngest and oldest chick in a big clutch.

The hen normally performs the incubation, but we’ve discovered that the cock will frequently help out overnight. The hen is fed by the cock and only comes out of the nest a few times a day to feed, drink, and excrete.

A quiet cheeping sound originating from the nest frequently heralds the arrival of the first chick. Our hand-reared birds are typically open to nest inspections throughout incubation and after the chicks hatch. The hen remains with the chicks, feeding them, and the newborns’ pleas for food may be heard every few hours. The hen is seldom seen leaving the nest. The cock feeds the hen and, as we discovered, continues to share tasks in the nestbox overnight. On occasion, if the hen has left the nest and the cock believes she has been gone too long, you may hear him calling her back into the nest as if to say it’s time to go back to work!

They, like other altricial birds, develop quickly and are naked except for a thin coating of down-like fluff; their eyes are closed and they are deaf when they hatch. The chicks are normally ringed between the ages of 10 and 12 days. Leg size L is the typical for a parrotlet and is straightforward to do if shown or performed a few times. When deciding to hand raise the chicks, they are often taken when they are 2-3 weeks old.

Once the chicks have been ringed, it is advisable to examine the parents; do not attempt to remove the leg rings as they would see it as a foreign body. Ringing late in the evening often works well since the nest activity is calmer and winding down for the night. Typically, if there are no problems with leg rings by the morning, everything is OK and the parents have accepted the rings on the chicks. Close monitoring is beneficial in the event of a problem.

If the chicks are taken for hand raising, they must be maintained in a brooder at an average temperature of 31.7′ C / 89′ F # for two weeks, and then gradually decreased as they develop and obtain their feathers. Feeding begins about 7.30 a.m. and continues every 4 hours until 11.30 p.m. The crop can tell you how full it is, how well the bird is eating, and how much food is flowing through it. We also keep a watchful check on the chicks’ droppings.

Hand feeding has shown that some chicks prefer a bent spoon while others prefer a syringe. The formula should be mixed according to the package directions and served at the proper temperature. We also weigh our chicks each morning before feeding them to confirm that their development rate is satisfactory and their weight is consistent, and so on.

Around 12-14 days, the eyes begin to open, feather fuzz appears, and each day may observe a difference in each of the infants who are developing so quickly. Around 3 weeks of age, you can typically tell what sex the chick is because the blue of the male begins to emerge.

Weaning begins at the age of 4-5 weeks. Parrotlets seem to wean themselves nearly overnight and are frequently self-sufficient by 6 weeks of age. During weaning, we provide fresh apple, grapes, millet, sunflower hearts, which proceeds to a complete parrot mix and a nice cockatiel mix, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables on a regular basis.

Hand feeding is maintained and subsequently lessened; often, the bird begins to reject hand feeding, and we examine their eating and drinking to verify they are eating properly on their own.

Around 4-5 weeks of age, the chicks seem to discover their wings and quickly grasp the abilities of flight. They are currently in a cage and will begin with modest perches until their flying and climbing abilities develop. By 7 weeks, they are usually self-sufficient and refuse all hand feeding. We keep the chicks until they are at least 8 weeks old to preserve their independence. Once they have begun to fly, we begin basic training such as the’step up’ command to prepare them for their new homes and owners.

Raising a parrotlet is a lovely experience, just like raising any other bird, and we maintain a photographic journal of each chick to send on to its new owners as a memory of their growing and early life.

This is a guideline temperature since certain species demand slightly higher temperatures. If the chicks are huddling together, they are cold and can raise the temperature slightly; if they are gasping, they are too warm and can lower the temperature slightly.

🦜🦜 Click Images Below To Explore More Popular Bird Supplies on Amazon!! 🦜🦜

Recent Posts

Losing track of your pet bird's growth? Check Out Our BEST SELLING Pet Bird Growth Logbook!

You can Sign up for a FREE Instant Download Teaser NOW! 

error: Content is protected !!