Small Parrot Species (Lovebirds, Cockatiels, Parrotlets and Parakeets / Budgies)

Description
The most popular pet birds are the small parrots. Most people start out with them. Some may move on to larger birds - and many of those who have and find out how demanding the larger parrots are - find themselves going to these little gems. If you want to learn more about them, or wish to share your experiences with others, this is the forum for you.

Mice

Submitted by chrise17 on Sun, 10/16/2016 - 16:16
A few weeks ago we had several mice in the house & all but one were quickly caught. The remaining mouse would scare my 2 budgies of a night,climb a step ladder close to the cage where seed was spilt etc. Although the mouse is now gone one of my 2 budgies is scared of bedtime. He whimpers when it gets dark,when eating and at bed time he panics and whimpers greatly. Only calms down when is sat with and spoken to but whimpering returns when we leave the room and we don't want to introduce any habits etc a night light is in use as he he now terrified of lights out. Any noise at night scares hi

Parrotlet Molting

Submitted by Parrotlets 4 u on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 17:11
I have a blue dilute Pacific Parrotlet named Blu. She is a little over 4 months old. How long does the molt last? I started seeing pinnies when she was three months, but she is still loosing feathers now. I'm not sure if the new feathers at three months was her real first molt or if it was a fake one. When is the earliest a molt can start? Thanks

Biting and screeching cockatiel

Submitted by fitchick1961 on Sat, 12/19/2015 - 23:14
I have an approximately 2 y\o cockatiel. Originally I bought him from a pet store for my mom. According to the store he or she, no idea which, had been hand raised and fed. They said the bird was only a few months old. There were 2, and the one I bought was friendly and allowed myself and my daughter to handle him. Since bringing him home, my mom has always cleaned the cage and changed his food and water daily. When we first got him, she also taught him to talk. In the first few months of having him, he was skittish, but eventually would come on my finger, and allowed me to scratch his head.

Biting and screeching cockatiel

Submitted by fitchick1961 on Sat, 12/19/2015 - 22:29
I have an approximately 2 y\o cockatiel. Originally I bought him from a pet store for my mom. According to the store he or she, no idea which, had been hand raised and fed. They said the bird was only a few months old. There were 2, and the one I bought was friendly and allowed myself and my daughter to handle him. Since bringing him home, my mom has always cleaned the cage and changed his food and water daily. When we first got him, she also taught him to talk.