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Old 06-12-2020, 12:53 PM   #1
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Housing multiple parrotlets?

Most of the discussion I've seen here has been keeping one p'let vs keeping two. Does anyone keep 2 males and 1 female all together? Just curious if that combo is known to work, or if the female is still likely to turn on both of them at some point.


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Old 06-12-2020, 01:24 PM   #2
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It all comes down to personalities involved both birds and human. It is also subject to change at any time. Most of the combinations I have heard of while being on this site for 7 years can work to some degree for some time but you have to be watchful and be ready to separate as needed. Most seem to work pretty good if everybody has their own cages and are allowed out for supervised play.
Most of the risk is for birds trapped in the same cage together where bullying can and will occur but the non dominate bird does not have the space to run from the dominate bird. Depending on how aggressive the dominate bird is, injuries and death can occur.
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Old 06-12-2020, 04:49 PM   #3
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In general, it is recommended to house parrotlets separately due to their aggressive nature. Even bonded pairs have been known to kill or injure a mate. Parrotlets do not make good aviary birds as a result. In the situation that you are describing, it is likely that the 2 males may fight for some reason or even over the female. The result may not be good. The other possibility is that the male and female may gang up on the other male.

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Old 06-12-2020, 05:32 PM   #4
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Thanks to you both, your responses make perfect sense!


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Old 06-12-2020, 05:51 PM   #5
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Just to add to what Ozzie and Jackie has already said - There have been incidences when the male parrotlet has killed the female mate if he sees another male near her. They don't know why exactly they do this, but they think it's the male showing his territorial rights and to make sure the other male doesn't steal the female from him.

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Well I have 2 together, male and female, but I know 3 would be a sure fight. I just got a new Parakeet, and her cage is beside the Parrotlets, my male got all fluffed up he is very angry. I know he would attack her if he could get to her. I would say no, a firm no.
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Old 06-13-2020, 09:47 AM   #7
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Thanks! Yeah, no worries on my doing anything like this. Although I don't know for certain, I think Luna would attack any other p'let in her space regardless of how many!
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