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Hello everyone!
My husband and I just got a brand new baby parrotlet this weekend (we are still pondering a name but leaning toward Pickles!)... We have 3 other parrots in the house (sun conure, turquoise conure, quaker) so we are not new to the needs of parrots in general. When we got our other 3, they were fully weened 8 week olds.

However, we got our new little guy from a breeder at a bird show. We knew he was young, as the breeder said 7-8 weeks in age, and he advised that the baby was fully weened, but still enjoyed an evening feed of baby food from a spoon. He gave us a small ziplock baggy amount, and said it should last a week before he gives up the final night feeding.

When we got home, he didn't move a single step from his spot when we set him down, which we expected. In the morning, he still hadn't moved, hadn't touched his food (in the same dish that came from the breeder) and hadn't touched water. When I put my hand up to the cage to check on him, he immediately came to life, bobbing his head up and down and begging for food. We mixed the baby food on a spoon, and he was ravenous, eating until he was full.

Our main concern though is our little guy has still not eaten a single bite of food OR water on his own, 3 days later. He has millet in his cage, which he picks at but does not eat, and 2 different sources of food and water. He is eating this baby food every 2-3 hours... which we thought is a bit much since everything we read suggests a little guy his age def doesn't need that many feedings. When we don't feed though, such as waiting a little longer, he will chirp and headbob incessantly until he either is fed or falls asleep.

We have more baby bird food on the way, but to try to make the powder last, we tried soaking pellets in water and mushing them up for him, which he will take.. but only if they are 100% mushed. He refuses to chew or try a pellet. If we hand him anything - seeds, millet, pellets, etc - he will either outright refuse, or hold it in his mouth and drop. We think the breeder might have fibbed a bit when he said he was fully weened... esp since little guy did not eat from his dish at the show at all either.

So, does anyone have advise on how to work on weaning him? Is it a normal thing they do on their own? How often do these little guys eat? - Again he acts as if he's starving after only 2 or 3 hours. Our goal is to wean him onto the small/fine version of the same pellets our other larger birds thrive on.

Thanks for any advice anyone can share, and here is a photo of the little guy!

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We've done a lot of reading (and bought more baby bird formula!) and it seems the best way is kind of self-led weaning. Over time he will become less interested in the formula and more interested in seeds. Today he has eaten an entire piece of millet! Little piggy :)

Thanks for the warm welcome Ginziputzi!

We bought him a new cage that will be here in a few days thats 2x the size of his current cage, since we also noticed he likes to try to fly from perch to perch in there. Still pondering a name!

If anyone still has advice for new parrotlet owners though, please feel free to share!
 

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Hi there Ozzie!
Little guy is perching well, though he is clumsy when reaching to step up onto our finger... he did a little flip and tumbled today. We have had a kitchen dishtowel doubled up on the bottom of his cage to give him some padding for his tumbles and also to make it a little easier to walk , since the cage we had for him seemed a bit big for his little feet.. he kept slipping through!
We have a little snuggle sack for him to keep him warm.. he hasn't yet learned that he can go in it by himself at bed time, so we've been giving him kisses good night after eating, and putting him in the snuggle sack where he stays all night until morning. He loves napping during the day underneath my ponytail on my neck, or under our hand like a little burrito :)

The warm noodles seems like a great idea! He is eating a fair bit more on his own now... last night he seemed interested in the bread I had, and I offered him a tiny piece and while he didn't eat it, he did nibble it a bit. He still has absolutely no interest in seeds or pellets, but as of today, has only required the morning feeding so far, and has gone to town on a piece of millet. When we offered a mid day feeding, he said No thanks!

Hopefully eating millet only for now, until he explores his other food options is alright.

We did get his new cage in the mail today, but I think for now we will still be wrapping the ledges in a cloth padding, since his little feet are still so small. It should act as padding too if he takes a little tumble :)

For now, he likes to perch on our shoulders, nuzzle under our hair, or be held like a little burrito while he naps! <3

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Thank you for the suggestions, Ozzy!
We have not yet seen the little guy drink water, so we are a little worried as today he almost entirely refused formula. Hopefully he will try it, but we were thinking of trying a little water on a spin just to help him out. Side from having multiple sources of water, is there anything else we can try to hydrate him? I was thinking perhaps a piece of apple.
 
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