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Talking New Bird Room!

So... after a lot of thinking and re-arranging, we decided to convert our unused dining room area to a bird/fish room! My mom got a new 90 gallon fish tank she's going to set up as a salt water reef tank, and we moved all the birds downstairs! The eventual plan is to get a few nice recliner chairs and a lamp and make that a nice area to sit and relax with the birds and watch the fish tank! Here are some snapshots of it as it stands - and some close-ups of everyone!

First is Soleil, my mom's male American Yellow Pacific Parrotlet, then Goober my Severe Macaw, then Midge my mom's female normal green Pacific Parrotlet (forgive the plucking, she does it every breeding season :hammer:, then Loki and Kai, then Moose my white face pied Cockatiel, and last but not least is Angel my mom's Blue Head Pionus Meet the flock!



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A very nice set up! Aren't you afraid that with all the open space you'll fill it with more birds and cages!!??
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You trying to put the thought in her head?

Looks great Jenny! they'll get so much light in there too. Oh and can't forget.. beautiful birds, but Goober is my absoloute favorite.
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You trying to put the thought in her head?

Looks great Jenny! they'll get so much light in there too. Oh and can't forget.. beautiful birds, but Goober is my absoloute favorite.
Me too but don't tell anyone!

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A very nice set up! Aren't you afraid that with all the open space you'll fill it with more birds and cages!!??
I wish! I'll be getting a big flight cage for the linnies soon, and then I'll be getting a bigger cage for Goober



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That is a wonderful set up, and the birds all look great, too.
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NICE! Wonderful setting - how is the flock settling in? LOVE handsome Moose BTW. That's a GREAT name

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NICE! Wonderful setting - how is the flock settling in? LOVE handsome Moose BTW. That's a GREAT name
Thanks! Moose was the biggest in his clutch as a chick, twice the size of his 2 day younger sibling! Now he's normal size/weight, but he was such a monster as a baby lol!

Everyone seems to be settling in well. Moose and Angel will now whistle and sing back and forth. Goober is the only one who seems unhappy... she is missing more time with me, because we're not in the same room, but she gets to come out of the cage more too, and more people talk and interact with her... she'll get used to it, but right now she's being a brat. She also is barely eating... hasn't touched the food in her cage for 3 days, only eats on the play stand... anyone have any recommendations to help with this?



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I've been told that unless you see the pooh turn black, she is ok. When they are using up their own reserves, it becomes black. However, some foods, like pomegranate, turn it really dark, too, so you'd have to go by what would be normal for her.
I guess you are going to have to get into her cage with her and eat some of her food, too.
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Such a great set up !
I really wish I had the space
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It looks great!

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Thanks, guys! It's been a pain keeping it clean, what with 7 birds in the same space! :hammer: Thank god for wood floors!



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Looks GREAT! Who needs a dining room anyway? Wish I had as much room as you do! Our house is small, so I "sacrificed" my sewing room/guest room for my 3 Parrotlets, who each have their own HQ flight cage. (Who wants to sew or have company anyway?) My new Pineapple Green Cheek Conure, Libby, lives in our family room. Here's my bird room setup. There's more playstand, both hanging and setting on furniture, to the right and left of this picture. They use all this stuff when they're out together during supervised playtime. Hmmm....spoiled you say???


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Wow - GREAT setup!



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They each have their own flight cage
Spoiled ! they are so lucky
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Yes, it's a real ZOO around here! I definitly have MPS - Multiple PET Syndrome!


Right now (don't know how long it will last) my male Parrotlet, Kermit, and my female (a plucker) Parrotlet, Kiwi, have fallen in love. They only want to be together and pretty much want nothing to do with me. Since this happened, my adopted blue Parrotlet, Angelina, has bonded more with me -- which is good.


Sooooo, for the past week, I've been letting Kiwi and Kermit live in Kiwi's cage. I'm not real comfortable with this and have always advised against it (Parrotlets can really get nasty sometimes). But they carried on so much when I wanted to put them back after supervised playtime, so I decided to give it a try.


So far they are getting on very well, and seem happy, BUT I'm watching them very closely! Kiwi, my plucker, may see Kermit as a whole new bunch of feathers to pull out, and Kermit is so in love, he'd probably let her do anything!


Oops, sorry, I'll stop now, didn't mean to hijack the thread!

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I don't mind you hijaking my thread at all! I'm actually curious to continue this train of thought.

Why don't you want to mix your parrotlets together? We have Midge, our plucking female, in the same cage with Soleil, a younger male. They've lived together for over a year now in a HQ flight. They bicker a lot, and on occasion someone will have a small bruise on their beak from getting rough, but they've been very gentle with each other and could never be separated at this point. I've heard you have to be careful when you first introduce, but never about long term problems... are they known for having issues AFTER bonding?

I ask so I can be more careful and keep a better eye on my two, if necessary, because Soleil is over a year now and it's spring, so they may try and mate this year.



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That's interesting! I'm a moderator on Talk Parrotlets and have always read (and repeated) that they can turn on each other in a heartbeat. Maybe there's a chance for my two, I wonder!

My situation is just like yours, only my 2 are a little older -- Kiwi, my female plucker, is 2-1/2, and Kermit, my male, will be 2 in August. He came home when he was 3 months old, she was first at 8 weeks old and she started plucking at 7 months. He has loved her from the beginning and now she is bonded to him too (instead of me).

I really don't mind if they mate, but I'm not interesting in breeding, so don't have a nest box or anything. I would think the stress would be too much for her, since she's already under stress from her body trying to grow feathers all the time!

Did your female pluck any less after they started living in the same cage? Was there ever any sign of her plucking HIM?

I guess breeders are paired and live in the same cage, right? So they must be able to get along somewhat.

Sorry for all the questions, but you've been very encouraging regarding this situation! I may post this on TalkParrotlets and see what the response is. I've been a bit leery of posting about this, since I've always advised against doing it, and now here I am!

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Sure, Jo Anne, no problem!! That's very interesting... my experience with parrotlets, limited to mostly young parrotlets, has been positive as far as long term cohabitation. Midge would NOT let Soleil in her cage for the first 6-8 months, but one day he went in and she tolerated him. After a few more months, and more bickering, they were preening each other and now they sleep together every night snuggled up on their swing

Midge started plucking at about the same age, 8-9 months, during breeding season. She stopped in the summer, then resumed next spring. So we figured it was seual frustration and got her a boyfriend. Now, this season, she's plucking worse than ever :hammer: However, he's not old enough to do anything, really, so we're hoping next season we might see an improvement? Either way, we love her to death, and she can do whatever she feels the need to do.

She does not pluck him at all. They bicker 4-5 times a day (they pick a toy and yell at each other, then beat up the toy back and forth, its very ritualistic. Same thing each time, same toy) and seriously fight once or twice a week (no one gets hurt - it's just actual beaking rather than the bickering), and she chases him off all day. Early morning and evening they're super snuggly and affectionate. Sometimes, during the day, they snuggle and are sweet. Soleil is more bonded to her - he preens her more, and if she is taken out of the cage away from him, he peeps and peeps until he sees her again

Other parrotlets I've worked with were the same - picky to introduce, but got along pretty well. The owner of the pet shop I used to work at purchased 4 breeding pairs of parrotlets, all 2-3 years old, and they lived together before we got them and got along well at the shop. One pair the female plucked the male's head bald, but not herself. No one fought, everyone was very snuggly. So I'm not sure what to expect - it's probably a case to case thing, and something that should still be supervised well. Ours are out of the cage daily, and we keep a good eye on them, so hopefully we can prevent anything from happening



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Thanks! That's great information and very helpful! We were going out to dinner with friends tonight, so I separated them while we were gone. As soon as we got home, I put him back in her cage and covered them for the night. They quieted right down, so all is well at this point. I guess I'll just take it day by day and keep a close eye on them. I keep his HQ flight cage ready to go, so I can separate them immediately if I have to.

It'd be great if she would stop plucking when he's in her cage, but I'm not pinning my hopes on it. For a long time after she started plucking, she could still fly, but about 6 months ago, she plucked out her wing and tail feathers, so now she's grounded. It's strange she did that, because she really loved to fly!

I had her all checked out by an avian vet when this started and he said she's very healthy. Other than the plucking, she seems happy, eats well and plays all day. It's been almost 2 years now, so I think it's pretty much a habit now. She's on about a 2 week cycle. As soon as the feathers start to unfurl and start looking good, PLUCK, out they come. I love her anyway! Maybe her love for Kermit will bring her out of this!

Thanks for your advice, I appreciate it!

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