What Species of Parrots Make the Best Pets?

Let’s start with parrots falling under a definite no. 

Kea for one. The New Zealand Alpine parrot lives in the snowy mountains and is really smart but extremely destructive.
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Does My Parrotlet Need a Full Spectrum Light Source?

Chris S. reached out to ask,

Does a parrotlet need a full spectrum light source?

And if so does it need it all year round if living in eastern PA?

Dear Chris

Unless you are living along the equator, no, natural lighting is not going to replicate what tropical birds need to keep their hormones level.

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In Response to “Do You Serve Your Pet Bird Chop?”

Sherry L. comments:

Yes, my birds are fed ‘chop’ (Arlo the grey, calls it ‘bobbity’) This is a new term for what I have done for 28+ years.

Chop is chopped veg, grains, and sometimes, a tiny bit of seed sprinkled on top or a bit of walnut, or something.

I used to cut the vegetables larger because Arlo was pretty accepting of lots of things, and I didn’t have a food processor.

I also (now) feed Arlo a pelleted diet, along with the chop.

She also gets a small amount of fruit, and sometimes about an inch square of chicken breast (baked) or some steamed scallop (yum).

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How Best Do We Transition Our Birds to a New Home?

Joe S. seeks an answer:

 

I am looking for advice on how to best transition our birds to our new home.

 

We are moving into a new house next week (not long-distance, just across town).

 

We have a 6 yo Senegal and a 5yo parrotlet who have only lived at our current home.

 

I know that birds can be very stressed by changes like this, and I want to make this move as easy as possible for them.

 

“Appreciate the advice and love reading your blogs!”

 

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How Do I Stop My Parrotlet from Biting My Husband?
Dirty face and beak Pacific Parrotlet, Forpus coelestis in hand

How Do I Stop My Parrotlet from Biting My Husband?

Vicki M. writes:

My male parrotlet is 1 year 6 months old and takes big chunks out of my husband. He’ll be watching tv and the bird will fly over and take a chunk out of him. There’s no reason for this. 

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How Do I Stop My Hormonal Parrotlet from Biting My Husband?

Vicki M. writes

 

My male parrotlet is 1 year 6 months old and takes big chunks out of my husband.

 

He’ll be watching tv and the bird will fly over and take a chunk out of him.

 

There’s no reason for this.

 

My husband is not doing anything as the bird just flew over.

 

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Why is It So Critical to Know Different Pet Bird Species?

Why is it so important to understand the differences between bird species?

 

I’m not ashamed to say we get more deliveries from Amazon (like most Americans) then we care to talk about.

 

This week a new Amazon driver “Patrick” handed off an envelope then said “I’ve never been here before – this place looks cool.”

 

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