When you spend a half hour or more preening your parrotlet and it bends its head for more scritches after a few buzz buzz sounds and a beak rub, you'll know it's been worth it.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful reply!Oh my goodness!! I can't imagine someone thinking it was okay to ship a parrotlet USPS! What an irresponsible breeder! That would be such a traumatizing experience! 😭 I would definitely make the drive if I were you!! Please don't subject your baby to that!
As for when you bring him home -- I'm not as knowledgeable as many folks here, but I got my girls in September and November, respectively, so my experience is relatively fresh.
Pickle came home in a box (from about 30 minutes away) because the birdie backpack I bought online did not arrive on time, and boy was she MAD! She was hand-fed and "tame," but being put in a box and taken to a strange house with people she didn't know was a lot. Needless to say, she bit the crap out of me because I made the mistake of thinking I could just pick her up the way the breeder did, and she was having none of it. After that, I put her in her new digs and didn't try to let her our for a week or so. I was really afraid of getting bitten again, but we bonded quickly and she even started letting me pet her inside her cage within a few days.
Penny is my second parrotlet. She came home in the biridie backpack, but she was still not very happy. You'll come to learn that change is very upsetting for them--I have to wear the same long sleeved green shirt every day when I have Pickle out for play time, or she won't come to me. I had something I needed to do for work when we got home from the breeder, so I set her on a table in the office in the backpack for fifteen minutes or so, and this seemed to make her even more anxious. Penny adjusted really well to her large cage once I got her inside, but leaving her in the birdie backpack thinking she might need to get used to her surroundings didn't end up being such a good idea.
I wouldn't expect your baby to trust you right away. Bonding and being able to handle them without getting bit takes time. And heck, Pickle will still give me a nip to let me know if she doesn't like something, but it's nothing like that bite she gave me out of fear. Most of the time you can avoid being nipped by learning to assess their mood and reading their body language. I still haven't bonded that much with Penny because she bonded with Pickle through the cage bars--they are neighbors & best frenemies, but can't live together because Penny is too territorial--but I'm still working on earning her trust.
Developing a bond with a parrotlet is a very special thing. They have huge personalities for such tiny birds, and it has been my privilege to care for my girls. Are they messy? Sure. They're birds. But what outfit is complete without a little broccoli or chop on your shirt? Just a few days ago, my husband found the outer peel of a yellow squash four- or five feet form Pickles' cage. That's impressive! When they trust you enough to let you groom their pinnies (pin feathers), to ask for pets, or to nap on your shoulder, it's just the best feeling. 🥰
I've found that as a new parrotlet mom, it's just all about getting to know your individual bird(s) and what's best for them. This forum is a great resource for questions that come up along the way.
Amazing!! I’m so glad you decided to pick him up and are already bonding! Now you see why these babies are so special. Thank you so much for updating us!I picked up my baby yesterday. It was a very long day (6 hours drive in each direction) but soooooo worth it! I was able to bond with my baby on the way home. He was very quiet in his cage at first, but I just started talking to him in a quiet voice, telling him about his new home and family and all his toys, etc.
After about 20 minutes he took over the conversation! He went on chirping for the next 40 minutes, telling me about all his adventures LOL. He spent the rest of the drive happily chirping, preening, and taking sunflower seeds from between my fingers. What a contrast to being put in a box and mailed!
Thank you to everyone here who cared enough about my baby to share their thoughts on shipping. I don’t he and I would have had a good start after such trauma. Today he is happy to “step up” and take treats or just hang out on his playpen/jungle gym or on my finger, shoulder, or chest. He’s eating and drinking well (went crazy when I sat in front of him with a bowl of grits, trying everything to get to me! Turns out he loves them!), preening, napping, and doing bird things. I think he’s adjusted well.
He did sleep in his cage last night, but since I took him out he has no interest in going back in his cage. I’ve taken him to it a few times and he just grabs my finger tighter.🤷♀️
How sweet! He's a cutie! I'm so glad to hear you've already bonded! Frodo is a lucky boy!Thank you everyone!
Yes I finally picked a name that I think suits him. His name is Frodo…….a little hobbit who is both tiny and brave!
I am head over heels in love with this little guy. He is just so precious! If I leave his cage door open for him and sit down in my chair, he will fly over to me to either chit-chat, play with my earrings, preen my hair, use me as a second jungle gym, or just cuddle 🥰
When I get home from work he’s a little upset with me over leaving him in his cage all day, but he quickly warms up and becomes eager to interact. I’ll throw on a sweatshirt, because he LOVES to burrow down in the folds of the hood by my neck and cuddle every evening😍 it’s my absolute favorite part of the day!
Took him to the vet today, he’s not sick, just wanted to make sure I have a healthy bird and establish care in case he ever got sick. He weighs 29 grams and is very healthy, the vet was impressed at how healthy he looks and wanted to know where I got him! Love my vet, he has conures himself and you can tell he really loves birds❤
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