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Hello,

My name is Justin. I live in Japan.
I’m usually a large dog breed fan, but the houses here are quite smaller, especially since I live near Tokyo.
I’ve recently been looking into a companion pet so I started doing research, and well, here I am.
I have grown up around birds and the fam has has larger breeds throughout my lineage.
I have worked at a zoos & aquariums with a plethora of birds from Toucans, turkeys, vultures, owls, hawks, & Eagles. While I am new to owning one as a pet personally I’m not totally ignorant to animal behavior. I’m also retired and have nothing but time on my hands to spend with whatever I choose.
I look forward to obtaining and sharing knowledge as I go, and am pretty excited to say the least.
I was shockingly gifted a Pacific Parrotlet out of the blue and now I’m scrambling for husbandry information. So far so good. Tiki Chan is incredibly tame at two months and only a day in her new home. We’ve both already learned so much! Amazing animal, I’ve never experienced a bond this fast in all my years working with them.
I think this forum will provide a plethora of useful information and I can’t wait to dig in!

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Welcome! While I never personally condone giving pets as surprise gifts, you seem like you are already knowledgeable and aware of the care that a little bird will need. We are happy to have you on the forum!

p.s. love your profile picture LOL
 

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Welcome to the site. Glad you decided to join.
 
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Welcome to the best forum around! Among us parrotlet people, we can help you out with your questions. You will find that the parrotlet is one of the mostly challenging , delightful, stubborn, friendly, temperamental bird out there. No two are alike. Say hello to Tiki Chan from all of us!

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Thanks for the warm welcome!
Three days in and we have mastered step up, perch, short flight on command, and drinking from a water bottle! Man she’s a friggen sponge!
I leave various foods in about five places rotated daily to encourage natural encourage forage behavior as I am able. I enrich with natural veggies & fruits during training sessions & try to keep the seeds to a minimum. She is left with specific pacific parrotlet feed mixed with pellets. I keep the millet as a reward or stress relief. She’ll gorge on it if I allowed. Water bottle success IS AMAZING 🤩!!! Saves so much on water cleaning throughout the day. Training sessions are around 10-15 min per session with a 20 min break. I do this for about two to three hours daily. (It is my thought & experience that a well exercised pet is a well behaved and healthy pet). She gets 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep with about 2-4 hours of naps throughout the day. She currently resides in an 18x18 cage, but I’m building her a 4’x 2’ x 3’ enclosure to allow for as much contained flight that my small apartment here in Japan will allow. But she’s usually uncaged and allowed free flight of two rooms while I’m home. If I leave the house, she is left with the tv on and her own playlist playing on the radio. Fan is used indirectly on rotate for airflow. All in all she seems happy, healthy, & content. I’m pretty astonished at how quickly she bonded being that I received her at around 4mo of age. Needless to say, she’s spoiled and I’m looking forward to seeing how far and advanced we can go.
 

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I am glad you said she is 4 months old. In your first post, you said she was 2 months and with all the wonderful things she was performing, I got the impression that she was a super bird! 4 months is a good age to start serious teaching. While they are young, it is good to let her have a lot of millet. She can get a lot of nutrition out of millet, so let her eat! When I look at her pics, she looks older than 4 months, but sometimes it is hard to tell by pictures. I have been fooled by some pics.

You will fall deeply in love with her, once the bonding sets in. The p'lett goes into the " Terrible Twos " around the ages from 4-11 months. Each bird is different. Some birds get real hormonal and go into a biting-attacking type behavior. A few p'letts don't change hardly at all, but if they get hormonal, it will pass. It took my first p'lett, Bogie, exactly 30 days to get through his. He stopped talking human, started biting me, refused scritches ( scratches), and became possessive of a certain toy. My second p'lett, Ricochet, didn't change a lot, but did start biting a little bit for a few weeks.

With a female, try not to scritch anything below the neck. This can and will make her hormonal because she will get excited somewhat.

You have been around animals, so you have a head start on understanding a parrotlet. I love them so much!

Stay safe!

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I am glad you said she is 4 months old. In your first post, you said she was 2 months and with all the wonderful things she was performing, I got the impression that she was a super bird! 4 months is a good age to start serious teaching. While they are young, it is good to let her have a lot of millet. She can get a lot of nutrition out of millet, so let her eat! When I look at her pics, she looks older than 4 months, but sometimes it is hard to tell by pictures. I have been fooled by some pics.

You will fall deeply in love with her, once the bonding sets in. The p'lett goes into the " Terrible Twos " around the ages from 4-11 months. Each bird is different. Some birds get real hormonal and go into a biting-attacking type behavior. A few p'letts don't change hardly at all, but if they get hormonal, it will pass. It took my first p'lett, Bogie, exactly 30 days to get through his. He stopped talking human, started biting me, refused scritches ( scratches), and became possessive of a certain toy. My second p'lett, Ricochet, didn't change a lot, but did start biting a little bit for a few weeks.

With a female, try not to scritch anything below the neck. This can and will make her hormonal because she will get excited somewhat.

You have been around animals, so you have a head start on understanding a parrotlet. I love them so much!

Stay safe!

Dave
Yeah I just noticed the typo, she’s indeed four months. Thanks for the tip on the millet! I try to keep her on fresh foods. The millet is in her toys and used as reward. She’s not too keen on fruits but I just read they prefer un ripe fruits, I’ll give those a try later.
Right now she can’t stand to be caged and has the insatiable need to be the center of ALL of our attention! She preens quite often which I need to check if this is normal, it seems excessive but no feather loss. She tried to preen our hair and my beard. We are scheduled to take her to the avian specialist next month. She’s a handful, but an exciting time. Good thing I’m retired and have the time for her. Thanks again for all the advice!
 

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Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of parrotlets! Tiki Chan is so cute! Great pics of her! She will continue to delight and surprise you with all the amazing things she can do. Love her name – What is it? Part Polynesian and Chinese? I really like the sound of it. 😉

Tiki Chan will like having a regular daily routine - They like to know what is going to happen next - it gives them a sense of security knowing what to expect. My Cleopatra has her daily routine and if I get sidetracked and forget about something, she lets me know. Amazing she has known if I am as little as five minutes late getting her lunch! She starts yelling at me! She can get so bossy! Lol So, there may be a time in your future that you might realize that it is Tiki Chan that owns you and not the other way around! Lol

There are great birds! Just give them lots of understanding and love and you will have a great bond between you.

Giving Tiki Chan only 8-10 hours is not enough sleep for a parrotlet every night. At least 12 hours is what is recommended. These little guys need a good long rest. If you give her more sleep at night she will probably sleep less during the day.

It is very nice having you join the forum. Looking forward to hearing more about your wee birdie! 🐦
 

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Yeah I just noticed the typo, she’s indeed four months. Thanks for the tip on the millet! I try to keep her on fresh foods. The millet is in her toys and used as reward. She’s not too keen on fruits but I just read they prefer un ripe fruits, I’ll give those a try later.
Right now she can’t stand to be caged and has the insatiable need to be the center of ALL of our attention! She preens quite often which I need to check if this is normal, it seems excessive but no feather loss. She tried to preen our hair and my beard. We are scheduled to take her to the avian specialist next month. She’s a handful, but an exciting time. Good thing I’m retired and have the time for her. Thanks again for all the advice!
I got a young one myself. Just passing a year old. He preens like it is his job. A lot more than my previous pair that were much older when I got them. I think it might be a young bird thing.
 
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Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of parrotlets! Tiki Chan is so cute! Great pics of her! She will continue to delight and surprise you with all the amazing things she can do. Love her name – What is it? Part Polynesian and Chinese? I really like the sound of it. 😉

Tiki Chan will like having a regular daily routine - They like to know what is going to happen next - it gives them a sense of security knowing what to expect. My Cleopatra has her daily routine and if I get sidetracked and forget about something, she lets me know. Amazing she has known if I am as little as five minutes late getting her lunch! She starts yelling at me! She can get so bossy! Lol So, there may be a time in your future that you might realize that it is Tiki Chan that owns you and not the other way around! Lol

There are great birds! Just give them lots of understanding and love and you will have a great bond between you.

Giving Tiki Chan only 8-10 hours is not enough sleep for a parrotlet every night. At least 12 hours is what is recommended. These little guys need a good long rest. If you give her more sleep at night she will probably sleep less during the day.

It is very nice having you join the forum. Looking forward to hearing more about your wee birdie! 🐦
Thank you for the sleeping knowledge, I was just reading about that. 12 hours is a lot! We’re discussing how to accomplish this with our work schedules. Our place here in Japan is small and someone’s always active from 7am-2am. We’re looking into Ulsan a separate sleeping enclosure either in the foyer or closet to provide the darkness hours required. We tried the cover, but she’s not very keen on it. We will figure something out. It’s been a hellacious learning curve thus far. Thanks again!
 

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So Tiki had her first visit to the Avian vet today. Yokohama Bird Clinic. I gotta say, I’m impressed. Tiki-Chan is well and received an initial clean bill of health. We return next week for all test results. Although the shop is ridiculously small and busy (and I do mean standing room only in the closet sized lobby), the service, professionalism, and politeness was bar none top notch. They answered all of my questions with in depth answers. With at least two AAV certified vets on staff this is arguably the best avian clinic in Japan. They even featured Tiki in their blog welcoming her to their family!
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That is a neat idea
She’s definitely pushed my crafting skills up a notch. Tired of buying her expensive toys just to have her chew on a piece of paper or cardboard instead. So I went out to the ¥100 shop (Daiso or dollar store) and bought a bunch of natural stuff and just started putting stuff together.
She goes crazy when I go to the kitchen, so I made this contraption so she can somewhat keep an eye on me.
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Then, I got a little ridiculous. Tiki Tower was a store bought thing that I modified by using twigs as shims. They cover the dowels that came with it. She seems to enjoy them. I filed off the sand covering on top & bottom of a perch that was gifted me and threw that in a hole as well.
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Then there’s the Sky perch 😂
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Next, I’ll put something together for her window perch, where she gets her couple of hours of direct sunlight daily.
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Finally, there’s Beer 🍺 Gut mountain 😂
No imagination required 🤣
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