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Hi all. I finally got my baby P-let about 5-6 days ago, he is banded, DNA tested - male and is a cobalt blue baby. The breeder is awesome and offered to help me with anything throughout Chumley's life. She told me to prepare his fresh chops every am including sprouts which I am growing, small bit of spinach, small bit of egg occasionally, Swiss chard, Napa cabbage, water cress, broccoli, Cilantro and beet greens, corn carrot and he likes about a 1/4 jalapeno everyday, Plus some either cooked brown rice , whole wheat pasta or quinoa. He doesn't want it, but I will continue to offer it to him. The seed is a love bird/ conure mix.:(
I have had a pocket parrot, a grey cheek in the past but this little guy is not really like my grey cheek. He is tiny! will he grow a bit more? He goes nuts in the am and wants out and as soon as I open his cage door he is ducking his head up and down wanting to get to me. All I do is hold out my hand and he comes flying to me and runs up my arm or flies to my shoulder. Now what I don't get is Ill be holding him on my hand or finger and he will start tring to pick at my hand then pinch me. It not enough to to bleed or make a mark but enough to make me say ouch, not nice. So then I noticed him still trying to pinch me so I blow a little puff to his head and it makes him pause- but then he tries it again . At that point I put him back in his cage. I don't know what is making him act this way. I was just talking to him not even trying to pet him.. He is 5 months old. Is he testing? Is he ready to molt? Any ideas on what he is going through and how I should handle him is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Lisa
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Love the pics. He is a cutie. As for the picking and pinching. To a degree he is testing but most likely it is because he is still a baby. All baby humans but everything in their mouth, parrots do same with their beaks. Also he still does not understand you are not a bird and that biting hurts you. As a baby he would bite his nest mates feathers to get their attention and preen. You are his new nest mate so he is trying the same. Try gentle beak technique to help him to understand the difference.
 
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Love the pics. He is a cutie. As for the picking and pinching. To a degree he is testing but most likely it is because he is still a baby. All baby humans but everything in their mouth, parrots do same with their beaks. Also he still does not understand you are not a bird and that biting hurts you. As a baby he would bite his nest mates feathers to get their attention and preen. You are his new nest mate so he is trying the same. Try gentle beak technique to help him to understand the difference.
Thank you Ozzie, that makes perfect sense. I did do a little "nice beak" and that does seem to calm him. I will continue to work with him . Thank you for the excellent advise.
 

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Hi all. I finally got my baby P-let about 5-6 days ago, he is banded, DNA tested - male and is a cobalt blue baby. The breeder is awesome and offered to help me with anything throughout Chumley's life. She told me to prepare his fresh chops every am including sprouts which I am growing, small bit of spinach, small bit of egg occasionally, Swiss chard, Napa cabbage, water cress, broccoli, Cilantro and beet greens, corn carrot and he likes about a 1/4 jalapeno everyday, Plus some either cooked brown rice , whole wheat pasta or quinoa. He doesn't want it, but I will continue to offer it to him. The seed is a love bird/ conure mix.:(
I have had a pocket parrot, a grey cheek in the past but this little guy is not really like my grey cheek. He is tiny! will he grow a bit more? He goes nuts in the am and wants out and as soon as I open his cage door he is ducking his head up and down wanting to get to me. All I do is hold out my hand and he comes flying to me and runs up my arm or flies to my shoulder. Now what I don't get is Ill be holding him on my hand or finger and he will start tring to pick at my hand then pinch me. It not enough to to bleed or make a mark but enough to make me say ouch, not nice. So then I noticed him still trying to pinch me so I blow a little puff to his head and it makes him pause- but then he tries it again . At that point I put him back in his cage. I don't know what is making him act this way. I was just talking to him not even trying to pet him.. He is 5 months old. Is he testing? Is he ready to molt? Any ideas on what he is going through and how I should handle him is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Lisa View attachment 46840 View attachment 46841 View attachment 46842
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Welcome to the forum! I love his coloring! No matter what you try to teach a parrotlet, just remember that it takes a lot of attention, persistency and repetition, plus patience! I do know that once your p'lett learns something, he/she never forgets it. You need to find their " Hot Button " ( what treats or action you give or do for them that gets their attention). If your bird loves for you to hand feed him hemp seeds, then use hemp seeds as a reward or motivator to do/learn things.

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Welcome to the forum! I love his coloring! No matter what you try to teach a parrotlet, just remember that it takes a lot of attention, persistency and repetition, plus patience! I do know that once your p'lett learns something, he/she never forgets it. You need to find their " Hot Button " ( what treats or action you give or do for them that gets their attention). If your bird loves for you to hand feed him hemp seeds, then use hemp seeds as a reward or motivator to do/learn things.

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Thank you David,
Chumley is doing very well now. I think he is starting his molt because there will be a couple feathers here and there in his cage when I clean in the am. He eats almost everything I put in his cage but I have not tried hemp seeds yet, I’ll have to look for those. He does not like sunflower, safflower seeds or pine nuts. My last bird loved all these. He loves walnut, pecan and almonds. Does not eat any nutriberry unless I hold it up to him.
I would like to get him to forage for food but he is not having any of it.
Any suggestions is appreciated. Thanks, Lisa, Chumley’s butler!
 

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He will forage for things when he wants to! But, there are some things you could try to entice him to forage. You can buy foraging toys and try that. You say he does not care for sunflower seeds? I never heard of this! Have you tried to give him a sunflower seed in the shell? Sometimes, you have to take the seed and crack it between your front teeth while he is watching you do this. Or, you could just crack open the sunflower seed with your fingernails right in front of Chumley, then eat ( or pretend to eat ) the seed. Believe it or not, birds learn to eat some things by watching other birds ( or humans) eating. When you eat something , say " Yum Yum! "...or some other expression. When you offer something like a treat to Chumley, then always say, " Wanna ( want a ) treat? " or " Wanna ( Want a ) yum yum? " This teaches Chumley a couple of things. It teaches him to recognize that he is getting a treat ( or a Kiss, or other things ). Say it exactly the same way and with expression! Pretty soon, you will hear him repeat these words. I like it when I teach them the words, " Please open the door! " or " I want out " . Every time you let him out of his cage, ask him! Say, " Please open the door? Please open the door? "...then, open the door to his cage.

Always say the same things if you want him to say them. If you change it around, he might say it all jumbled up. My p'letts wanted out, so they would say, " Please open the door! " and I would! You have to say it a lot. My p'letts learned this and so did my many budgies that I raised.

Remember, the seeds you feed him are seeds that have NO salt at all! It must be natural.
I always kept a spray of millet hanging in the cage. All the time. For years.

Put in a wad of paper towels for him to chew up or shred. Hide seeds in it. Put in a couple of plastic bottle caps for him to lay with.

You said he is molting? Good. If he gets little hard feathers on top of his head, you can help bust them open for him with your fingernails.

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He will forage for things when he wants to! But, there are some things you could try to entice him to forage. You can buy foraging toys and try that. You say he does not care for sunflower seeds? I never heard of this! Have you tried to give him a sunflower seed in the shell? Sometimes, you have to take the seed and crack it between your front teeth while he is watching you do this. Or, you could just crack open the sunflower seed with your fingernails right in front of Chumley, then eat ( or pretend to eat ) the seed. Believe it or not, birds learn to eat some things by watching other birds ( or humans) eating. When you eat something , say " Yum Yum! "...or some other expression. When you offer something like a treat to Chumley, then always say, " Wanna ( want a ) treat? " or " Wanna ( Want a ) yum yum? " This teaches Chumley a couple of things. It teaches him to recognize that he is getting a treat ( or a Kiss, or other things ). Say it exactly the same way and with expression! Pretty soon, you will hear him repeat these words. I like it when I teach them the words, " Please open the door! " or " I want out " . Every time you let him out of his cage, ask him! Say, " Please open the door? Please open the door? "...then, open the door to his cage.

Always say the same things if you want him to say them. If you change it around, he might say it all jumbled up. My p'letts wanted out, so they would say, " Please open the door! " and I would! You have to say it a lot. My p'letts learned this and so did my many budgies that I raised.

Remember, the seeds you feed him are seeds that have NO salt at all! It must be natural.
I always kept a spray of millet hanging in the cage. All the time. For years.

Put in a wad of paper towels for him to chew up or shred. Hide seeds in it. Put in a couple of plastic bottle caps for him to lay with.

You said he is molting? Good. If he gets little hard feathers on top of his head, you can help bust them open for him with your fingernails.

Dave
Thank you Dave, all good info you provided. I do hear Chums whispering but I can't make out what he is saying. usually when he is beating up a toy or scolding a plastic baggie- Lol.
I will try the sunflower seed and pretending to eat it in front of him. I have broken them up for him gave him a quarter of one but he rolls it around in his beak and drops it.
He is a super lovey bird but in the am lately he is very clingy and grumps while I am cleaning his cage.
I am teaching him to run through a course. It is a mini dog agility course with hoops to jump and cones to weave in and out of. I have not gotten to the weave cones yet but he will jump on the hoops and jump off! I am not sure how to tech him jump "over". LOL.
Thanks again for all the advise.
Lisa and Chumley.
 
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