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Old 10-26-2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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average life span?

My parrotlet is 7 yrs.old. What are folks finding to be the average life span of the parrotlets? I almost hate to ask. I want this little guy around for a long time!
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:23 PM   #2
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they say the average life span is around 10-15 years, however i have seen websites say 20-30 which is highly unlikely and most likely bogus. Personally i had a parrotlet that lived exactly 10 years and recently passed due to a move and he just couldnt handle the stress of my move. :-( but yea i would have to side with the 10-15 year mark. Good luck, and hope he lives long. They are definatly great companions.
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:30 PM   #3
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I think mike is on the right track with 10-15 - we have had two around the forum lately who have lived to 12 and others who are still kicking around the same age. Most parrotlets die prematurely due to accident or injury due to their size and delicate nature - for this reason we don't see as many that live out their true life span.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:31 PM   #4
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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...
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:31 PM   #5
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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.
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I really liked this*information.
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Old 12-25-2014, 02:35 PM   #7
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You can feed these little guys most fruits and veggies, mine always love apple, lettuce, broccoli, cheese, banana and most like a little bread not to much and only a treat. Also the beans and such are a great way to give protein as well as egg with shell. Also some like cooked rice, potato, squash, grapes, cherries and seasonal fruits. All my parrotlets also LOVE LOVE LOVE hemp seeds which you can get at pet store. Down in South America the government has flocks of these little guys that they set loose on a pot grow and they will decimate it in a day. It is a favourite for these little guys. Also a very good high quality of pretty bird or pellets that you can get at most vets, and pet stores, the pellets can be used as a complete diet as it gives them all they need nutrition wise, but I also give fresh foods as well. Who among us likes the same thing every meal and the same day in and day out. Also millet while it's a favourite is not a good only seed to give it would be like us as people eating cookies and chocolate cake all the time, we would put on a lot of weight, this is what to much millet and to much sunflower seeds do to our feathered babies.

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I know someone on a facebook group with a parrotlet that is 23 years and counting. Nutrition and a sharp eye out for potential dangers/accidents are vital to preventing early deaths with small birds like these.
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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.
I'm going to have to eat my own words on this one....I just got Melody the Volkmans Parrotlet seed and was very happy because I believed it was a great mix and she was eating all if it. On my recent trip to the vet, he asked about her and her diet, and he mentioned he did not think it was a good everyday seed because of the high amount of Safflower AND sunflower seeds. I did not realize a safflower seed (the large, oblong white seeds) are like the equivalent to sunflower seeds. And the Volkmans seed is LOADED with them. Sigh... It's not even possible to pick them out.

So anyway, as I understand, its fine a couple times a week or like a treat, but not as a frequent food.

The foods your are feeding sound great. Melody also loves lintel, and chicken, and many if the other foods you mentioned. I was also told by my vet that although our Fids are lactose intolerant, cheese is a bit different because of how it's processed and its OK in very small amounts and can be good source of calcium.

Pardon me while I slunk over to update my recent post about how happy I was with my new seed....
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