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Oh my gods. My sweet little jerkface, Charles, is really a jerkface now. He is a year old this month and really needs a Valium.

I can handle the jerkfaciness with snuggles and petting and soft talk but I am getting worried/grossed out. Charles has found a girlfriend. He cuddles with her and even... oh, dear heavens... right now, behind me... has intimate relations with her. Very loud relations.

Charlemagne and his girlfriend:

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Other than removing his gal, or altering her with a fluff-remover, which may be the only option, do you have any advice for getting his creepy, hormonal self back to my sweet, jerky, little boy?

As a note, he gets about 13 hours of dark/sleep, eats Volkman Parrotlet mixed with Runzas, leafy greens, carrots, radishes, raspberries and/or blackberries, and, this week, African violet flowers (and other stuff at whim and possession). He ignores Runzas' choppy stuff and pellets. He forages for millet in flower petals and may get a millet sprig if I am lazy.

He has a giant 62"x34" cage, a little playground that moves from counter to my desk, a FU-jerk-naughty-box cage that is rarely used, and has about 6 hours of open cage door freedom to fly about in my large family room/office daily. The room has a heater set to 73 but never gets that warm and does get significantly cooler when the door is open. He has a small bird heater in his cage that doesn't get very warm at all but I am paranoid about him getting too cold.

Advise please?
 

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Puberty is awful for parrotlets and their humans. I definitely suggest removing the girlfriend. There is nothing good that can come from that relationship for you or him. Don't be afraid to give him more cage him when he is being horrible to you. When parrotlets get wound up, there is nothing that you can do other than let them calm down on their own.
Thank you so much! I had my son help me remove her to another room where she can't be seen and placed a BirdTricks stuffed coconut in her place. This one is far less pleasant to snuggle and he may or may not be terrified of it.

We had a snuggle while all of this was going on so there wouldn't be any shrieking. Thus far, he's just randomly complaining/doing bird stuff.

Thank you so much! I hope he's okay without his girlfriend.
 

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It's so weird, my late, sweet Julius never did this! Charlemagne is seriously living up to his freaking name. He's fun and adorable but i'm super tired of being bitten because i'm breathing.

And today's fun thing to do is coprophagia so I get to change the poopy side of his house now.
 

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Charles is VERY upset today. He is hopping and flying around the cage, Cheeping With Purpose. Methinks he has figured out that his girlfriend isn't just out foraging.

My cat is obsessed with plastic. I don't think I can't handle the bird wanting it, too. I do have a crapton of empty pill bottles that he can throw around, though.
 

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I can and I will this weekend. His whole cage needs a good scrub so everything has to come out anyway. I'll shift everything but his sleepy-ball because no one needs a sleep-deprived bird. Thanks for the suggestion.

I think I might have a clue on the plastic. Plastic is where the bread comes from and sometimes he's allowed a tiny pinch off a corner.
 
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