Originally Posted by littlehuck
My Cowboy is a 7 year old Green Rump Parrotlet who I got from a breeder in Pennsylvania. He was a baby but a total rescue and intervention. From the beginning, he had sever genetic defects including overgrown beak disease. COWBOY HAS PLUCKED NAKED AND BITES HIS SKIN TO BLEEDING SINCE HE WAS 6 MONTHS OLD.
Cowboy made Kai look like a fully feathered bird. Not joking. I have spend thousand on vet bills; every remedy known to avian science and every healthy food imaginable and nothing changes. Green Rumps are PROLIFIC pluckers. He just got over a 6 month bout of Aspergillus and he pulled through. I love Cowboy and I am used to his totally naked state but I never get used to him biting into his own flesh.
I know that you had a hard time handling Kai's plucking so if you don't want to live through the same heartache, I would recommend that you to AVOID getting a green rump. THere are no new clutches (too early) and just do your research and wait until the right time and the right companion. Maybe not even a caged bird. Perhaps try a parakeet or a budgie. They don't pluck and are very smart and cute.
Man that's a bummer. The plucking is really the part where I truly struggle with getting another parrotlet. I was in the boat of never getting another parrotlet but they really do grow on you. I felt like with Kai I kinda didn't line up the best owning him. Coming from a lovebird Kai was extremely calm and not playful at all, which I really love now but not at the time. Then when I got him to stop being a velcro bird and much playful he started to pluck and it was extremely hard for him to focus on the stuff I finally got him to play with. I also really love how small parrotlets are and the much easier cleanup & not having to poop every 5 minutes.
Budgies and parakeets just don't do it for me. I went to check out Budgies but they just do nothing. For parakeets I guess the one that I do really like is the Lineolated Parakeet. I was trying to find some pics of them near a lovebird/parrotlet since they do seem a bit bigger. I know that they can get loud but they seem overall to be a quiet bird which is great.
Really the only birds I would be interested in are the lovebird, parrotlet and lineolated parakeet. I'm really not looking for any other bird at all.