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How To Interact with Your Parrotlet
Parrotlets love interacting with their owners.When your bird is calm, handle it gently.It's important to spend lots of time with your pet to make sure it gets the social interaction it needs.Training your bird will give it mental stimulation, and a variety of toys will enrich playtime and keep it busy while you are away from home.You can communicate clearly with your bird if you know his body language and vocalization.
Step 1: Handle the parrotlet with care.
Birds are fragile and need to be handled with care.If you need to remove your parrotlet from its cage, use one swift motion, and keep a firm grip.Place the thumb and index finger on the back of the head and the other hand around the body to restrain it.If you squeeze the bird's chest, he will not be able to breathe.Don't hold a bird by its wing, leg, or tail.Don't hold the bird around his chest either.When the bird is calm, handle it.Training your bird to step up will reduce stress.
Step 2: Every day, spend time together.
Talk, dance, train and play with your bird.Parrotlets need daily social interaction.While it can play with toys inside its enclosure, it will need to spend a lot of time with its owner.
Step 3: Give your parrotlet plenty of time in the cage.
Out of cage time will help your bird burn off energy and prevent bad behavior since they are so feisty.Be sure to keep your bird under close supervision as you let it out into an enclosed room.The bird has a play stand.Foraging helps keep your bird happy.
Step 4: A steady rotation of toys is what you should give your bird.
A variety of toys will enrich playtime and keep your bird entertained when you are away from home.There are puzzle toys, food dispensers, chew toys and those with contrasting colors.Since their beaks are strong, choose toys that are marked for cockatiels and conures.The toys marked for finches and budgies aren't strong enough for parrotlets.
Step 5: The parrotlet should be taught to step up and step down.
Give your parrotlet a favorite treat in front of its head, and hold your finger above its feet.Say "Step up" and encourage your bird to hop.Give it the treat and praise it, then try again until it steps onto your finger.If your parrotlet has a biting problem, use a handheld perch.bob your finger up and down to deter him if it bites you.If his perch is moving, he will have a harder time biting.
Step 6: Attach a towel to your parrotlet.
Give your bird treats if it forms a positive association with the towel.Roll it up in the towel as if you were holding a baby, and make sure you don't hold it too tightly.It's a good idea to keep it in a towel when grooming your bird.
Step 7: You should teach your parrotlet to speak.
Teaching your bird to speak can be fun for you and your pet.Start with simple words, like hello or bird.If your parrotlet says its first word, have patience, speak slowly and clearly, and give lots of enthusiastic praise.
Step 8: Positive reinforcement training can be used to correct bad behavior.
Aggressive behavior is common in parrotlets.When your parrotlet behaves badly, ignore it, other than bobbing your finger up and down to deter biting.If it starts acting up, give it a toy to bite, and praise it when it plays without acting aggressively.If your parrotlet is acting up, you may need to make it more active.It's important to make sure it has toys, a variety of perches, and hides treats in its enclosure.You can use a clicker to reinforce positive behavior.You can buy a clicker in pet stores.Every time your parrotlet does something good, click the clicker and reward him right away.The parrots respond well to training.
Step 9: Cut your parrotlet's wings.
If you trim your parrotlet's wings, he will be more receptive to training.If you have never trimmed your parrotlet's wings before, take him to the vet and ask for a demonstration.This will help to make sure you are trimming the parrotlet's wings the right way.
Step 10: Understand what your parrotlet is saying.
There are signs of a happy parrotlet.Growling's environment should be checked for anything upsetting that you might want to remove.When your bird is growling, don't handle it.
Step 11: Be aware of playful body language.
Leaning forward means your bird wants to be picked up.It wants to play if it hangs from the cage with its feet.Placing its beak on the ground with its head and neck feathers fluffed means it wants a scratch.Get your bird to understand its body language by observing it.
Step 12: There are signs that your bird is upset.
If you see pinned, staring eyes, it means your bird is fascinated or agitated, so look for other body language signals in its environment.If you are handling it and it waves its feet around in the air, it wants to be put down.A tail fanning is a sign that your bird is agitated or aggressive.Lunging or biting is a sign that it doesn't like how you are handling it.
Step 13: Make eye contact with your parrotlet.
There are intelligent animals that can learn and follow commands.When you communicate with your pet, keep an eye on it.Speak slowly and clearly, as if you were speaking to a small child, and use consistent words and tone of voice.