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Old 06-13-2020, 06:08 AM   #1
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Parrotlet and a budgie!

Hi!
I have a gorgeous little boy parrotlet names Peppermint, and I’ve had him for just over a year, and I think it’s safe to say that we have bonded! I haven’t started proper training yet, but seeing as he hated hands and wouldn’t let me get to close or come out of his cage to begin with, I think we have come quite a way (now he steps up and comes out of his cage every morning- and he’ll just come and land on my arm whenever he feels like it!). He is very settled in my family, but this is my first bird, so I still ask for advice every now and again! So, basically my sister recently got a green, male budgie called Yarrow (about a month ago) He is super and and even though he wasn’t hand tamed, he jumped right on to their hands! So far, we have brought them outside together, and then we took the next step and brought them into the living room together. They seemed to have to interest in each other, even when one is being loud, (not at each other but just in general, usually when I’m on my phone and Peppermint wants all of my attention hehe!) they still don’t really seem bothered. A few times my bird had heard Yarrow make a noise and done a really cute little squeak back, but never anything loud. I just really want them to be friends so we can let them out together! Does anybody have any advice on how to introduction a parrotlet and a budgie? To clarify, they each have their own cage and I don’t want to put them in the same cage (this is all I could find on the internet- how to introduce them into the same cage), all I want is for me and my sister to be able to let our babies out together! Has anyone got any advice or some kind of plan that they have done, because I’m finding lots of mixed answers! I’d really appreciate it!!
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F & Peppermint 🙂

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Old 06-13-2020, 02:58 PM   #2
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I am glad that they each their own cage, as that would be recommended. You can try letting them out together, but only with close supervision. There is the potential for the larger beak of the parrotlet to injure the budgie if unsupervised and they get into a fight. They are very cute in the photos!
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Old 06-13-2020, 10:12 PM   #3
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I have had a lifetime of raising budgies and 12 years of raising p'letts. They usually do not mix as buddies, but do mix as play friends if heavily supervised. The p'lett is smaller but has a parrot beak and will likely use it. It all depends in both bird's personalities.


I would be hesitant in putting them in the same cage for long. They may tolerate each other for a while, even many hours, but don't let that fool you! A simple squabble and the budgie will be without a foot or eye or worse. Size does not matter to a p'lett. His beak can kill. It may not come to this between Peppermint and Yarrow, but I know the behavior of both of them and please be aware.



If the budgie recently came from a store, I hope it is disease free. Is Yarrow an English budgie?



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Old 06-13-2020, 11:07 PM   #4
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I just wanted to say that both of these little guys are adorable! Cute names, too! And, that's awesome that you an Peppermint have bonded! Good job gaining his trust!
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I've had both at the same time, both being male babies.
At first they liked each other, but soon not as much. My parrolett had no use for the playful budgie. They did their own thing. They were loud and messy and at times, noisy. My parakeet lived 4 years. Got a tumor. Oliver loves all the attention now. He is 6, thankfully healthy.
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Peppermint and Yarrow are both adorable! I haven't had to deal with this as (so far) I am a one-bird woman, but I've heard it's best to introduce them on neutral ground. I think that if they do get along it might be enriching for them, but I agree that no matter how much they seem to like each other you will have to supervise them closely when they're out together. Not just at first, but every time.
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Yes, he is an English budgie, but we bought him from a breeder that bred show birds. Although all of his curtains were closed and he had many, many budgies in small cages all around, so I think he likes it better here hehe! 🙂 I just really wanna be able to go into the living room and me and my sister to have our birds out with us together!
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Old 06-15-2020, 06:15 AM   #8
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To clarify, I meant that they have *no* interest in each other 🙂
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Chance are supervised play time will work out. Most of the famed parrotlet aggression is more about their territory protection of there cage and small spaces. It a bigger room where somebody can run thing are less tense.
One suggest. At first keep the space some what smaller but one where you can make dark with a flick of a light switch. Nothing quiets a bird down more then darkness. So in case of a fight just turn off the lights and collect them.
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