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The disposition of the Parrotlet carries over to breeding practices. Protect them from territorial fights by not putting adult pairs together or in close proximity. If in a double breeder cage, the divider must be solid, not wire. Although some have tried colony-breeding in large cages or flights, they can become very aggressive during breeding and have been known to kill even their own mates or chicks. I prefer the safety of one pair to a cage and a visual barrier between cages.

Some breeders believe that Parrotlets tend to bond for life. On quite a few occasions, however, I have split up and re-paired unproductive or problem pairs with the result being chicks produced with their new mates. You must be careful and handle the situation very cautiously.

When setting up a new pair, the hen is place in the breeding cage several days before the male so that she may become familiar with her new surroundings. Once the male is placed in the cage, watch them from a distance to make sure normal arguing and bickering does not escalate to serious injury. Be ready to step in immediately if you feel either bird is in danger.
 
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