Originally Posted by bandresen
thank you so much! what may I ask are you feeding your birds? this parrotlet has lived mostly with my daughter since she graduated and moved but I keep him for months at a time. We are very bonded. I know he needs more than the 90% cockatiel seed diet he is on. I am presently cooking him a mixture of quinoa, lentils, adding small amt. of winter squash, broccoli, and a touch of powdered kelp and ground flax seed. Sound okay?
He LOVES a tiny bit of cheese now and then. Think that is okay?? I give him egg and chicken on occasion, which he loves...
I recommend you get him some Volkman Avian Super Science Parrotlet seed mix. It is the very best you can buy for your bird and even Volkman recommends that it be supplemented with fresh foods. The extras you are feeding are fine, try a bit of apple.
I do not believe that a parrotlet cannot go twenty. I had a budgerigar that was 12 and the oldest bird on TalkBudgies until he met with an unfortunate accident. A parrotlet is significantly more sophisticated and intelligent, so I fully expect mine to get parrot life-expectancy.