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Old 10-18-2020, 03:23 PM   #31
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well, i consider pellets as a backup for seeds. if my new birds only eat 2-3 types of seeds and ignore fruits and leaves, i will have to introduce them pellets, no doubt.

otherwise, i am Old School and enjoy watching them making mess with their seeds, fruits, veggies and leaves
It did not say the only way it said easiest

Pip didn't like the veggies I have given him and I do not eat many myself so it just makes more sense for me to feed pellets. I was also afraid he would only pick out the things he liked and be missing key vitamins and minerals he needed in his diet.

I do see the value in variety for sure and is why I researched and found the Dr. Harvey's seed mix. It has a bunch of things in it like healthy seeds, fruits, nuts and some vegetables too so he is given the opportunity to have a good choice of things in his bowl every day. The Herb Salad is also there for him to pick through every day and he does. He eats all of his seed mix and most of his pellets there are normally just crumbs and seed hulls the next day.

I might regret my decision later if he does develop an issue but I did a lot of research and all the things pointed to pellets being fine and possibly the best thing for good nutrition. I guess you can see from my few links where I get all this information and that is just a few of them I have saved. I have even read a few reports on all of it and a few case studies.

(I guess the point is I have done extensive internet research on this before my decision but I am always happy to look at any other opposing articles on the subject)

I will link a few more that I have saved..
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/...1111/jpn.12103
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/136...7a2218813d.pdf
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Old 11-09-2020, 07:37 PM   #32
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26 day of the "journey", 4 days before my parrotles' quarantine is over.

first and foremost, massive thanks to everyone for sharing the useful information.

now some update. my new pets, 2yo rescued boys, are fine, happy with the cockatiel seed mix, vegges and millets. they play with some toys, sleep on the vertical robe whirl and enjoy each other company.

they are still very wary of my hand in the cage, especially Danny, the blue one. he is smarter, much smaller and an nervous wreck. haven't got a clue how to win his trust at the moment.

they are very confident in the cage and happy to walk on the floor to catch sunflower seeds. surprisingly they just ignore nutriberres balls, well kick them occasionally.

they are so different personality wise, as if the different species. the green one, Dipsy, he is bigger in every way. in his size, his appetite, his water consumption, his diarrhea, his drive to adventure, his love to sleep. i have got Asterix and Obelix in the cage

my the only concern is they haven't had a proper bath so far. they use the attached bath as a spare water fountain infrequently .

well, not the only one. they seems happy and healthy but not active as this kind supposed to be. they play with the toys a bit but most of the time sit calmly on the top perch.

sometimes i worry when they wag tails a bit while dossing but perhaps i am over alarmed due to their quarantine.

i was wondering if anyone here has managed to tame a bonded pair? any tips?

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Old 11-10-2020, 09:45 AM   #33
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Many parrotlets rarely bathe and providing them a bath to allow them to choose when to bathe is a good approach. They have no sweat glands, so they do not need frequent showers/baths like humans.

It definitely is much more difficult to tame a bonded pair. You likely would have better success if you take them into separate rooms for one on one training. You also may want to get a spare cage to keep ready in case they start fighting. It is recommended to house parrotlets separately due to their aggressive nature. Even bonded pairs have been known to kill or injure a mate.
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Old 11-10-2020, 10:53 AM   #34
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Many parrotlets rarely bathe and providing them a bath to allow them to choose when to bathe is a good approach. They have no sweat glands, so they do not need frequent showers/baths like humans.

It definitely is much more difficult to tame a bonded pair. You likely would have better success if you take them into separate rooms for one on one training. You also may want to get a spare cage to keep ready in case they start fighting. It is recommended to house parrotlets separately due to their aggressive nature. Even bonded pairs have been known to kill or injure a mate.
Thank you, Jackie, i worried a great deal about them not having a bath.

At the moment they act as unseparated duo finding a comfort in each other company. The smaller one always manages to hide behind the bigger one and it is difficult to believe they could ever fight But nature is nature and i keep eyes on their behavior. I do have a spare cage just in case.
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Since they are ignoring the nutriberries whole, you might want to try breaking them up first before offering it to them. That may peak their interest in trying them. Most birds LOVE them.

My bird loves baths every 10 days or so, but I sometimes still have to coax her to take one. If I see that she appears to need one - her feet look dry and she is chewing more than normal, I encourage her by sprinkling a little water on her head and wings and that usually gets her in the mood.

I agree, separating them will make it easier for you to bond with them and train them.
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Old 11-10-2020, 11:49 AM   #36
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Thank you, Anya, will definitely try.

They master to ignore everything in the beginning. Used broccoli as a fancy perch for a while before started eating it

I wanted to spray some water on them in a panic. Will do it if see they need it. Look very tidy at the moment.

Not yet brave to separate them for some training. Will introduce them to the rest of my flock first then make my mind.
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