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I have a two year old Parrotlet named Star, he talks up a storm. I've raised him from his egg. He is now two years old and has lived alone. I feel bad that maybe he is lonely. Should I get him a female? And will his talking stop if I do this?

I do have him near other bird cages with his parents in another cage and other lovebirds and one conure, so he is not alone, alone.

What should I do?

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Hi Everyone,

I have a two year old Parrotlet named Star, he talks up a storm. I've raised him from his egg. He is now two years old and has lived alone. I feel bad that maybe he is lonely. Should I get him a female? And will his talking stop if I do this?

I do have him near other bird cages with his parents in another cage and other lovebirds and one conure, so he is not alone, alone.

What should I do?

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Hi Julie,

Parrotlets do fine as singlely kept pets that have a human friend. They are pretty independent. Sometimes they don't like other birds, even other plets. They are also super territorial, as you probably know so he most likely would not take well to sharing his cage after two years of it being all his. They can also be a lot less human oriented if they have a plet friend, sometimes biting even the other bird if you try to handle them. As long as he has you and a lot of fun things to do in his cage, I am not sure why you'd think he was lonely. He hasn't known anything else. Other birds in the room definitely keep it interesting as well. I personally think plets are better kept singlely as tames pets, together as untame companions. There is also a chance he'd hate the other bird and be extremely jealous of you giving your time to the new guy. If they don't get along, then you'd have to give them individual attention with separate out time. People always say for this reason, only get another bird if you want one because there is no guarantee the resident bird will even like them. Good luck.

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If you want to get him a parrotlet friend then I recommend getting another cage etc. too so they can have some out of cage time together I wouldn't house them together unless you're willing to let them be together

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I have no problem with them being together, my question is will he stop talking if I do so?
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I have no problem with them being together, my question is will he stop talking if I do so?
No one could say for sure, but usually when they feel uncomfortable for whatever reason they do stop talking. I have found that very confident birds often talk the most. The talkers are usually the ones that are most inclined to humans as well.

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When my male 'let bonded to my hen budgie he pretty much stopped talking... I guess you never know one way or the other!
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My first, Peeps, was talking before jalapeño and Mochi came. They are all separate. Peeps still talks, and is learning more. I think Mochi is now picking up stuff and may talk soon, even being around a year and a half old.

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I have a female and she does not talk. I have owned 3 males and all have talked. As far as 20% of females talking I do not think that is accurate, never seen or heard one talk.
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I can't get my male to be quiet, all he does is talk. Some of it I can understand, some of it I can't. It's a constant chatter mixed with chirps, whistles and other sounds with words thrown in. He mumbles a lot, I think he's practicing how to say the word first, because he will do that for several days, weeks and then all of sudden he has new word in his vocabulary.

My female was not a talker when i got her, or if she was she never let anyone know it. I've only had her a little less than 2 months, but she has learned how to say "pretty bird", although it's not very clear you can certainly tell that is what she's saying. My daughter is convinced that my male taught her to say it because that's one of his favorite things to say. She does do a fair imitation of the Conure she used to live with, only her version doesn't sound very pleasant

I really think it just depends on the particular bird, not so much how many you have or their species. If they want to talk then they will, if they don't then they won't.
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I had a female for over 8 yrs, she never talked, loves being with me in the room. JB never seemed to need another she had me and loved her toys. I recently re-home her to a close friend because she became too aggressive with my linnies. Linda is perfect for she had a parrotlet for years became sick, suddenly died. My Parrotlet came first, linnies my first linnie a couple years later so there would be another bird in the room. My Linnie I felt needed to also be with other linnies. I am waiting for a newbie linnie to arrive because 2 is company, and 4 is best. With this breed, for me maybe not for other people. JB fell in love with Linda right away (JB liked everybody) Linda is keeping her as an only bird because she is very happy. Linda has 3 conures who will never be around JB. Since other birds are near I'd leave things be if I were you

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