5 Easy Tips of Keeping Parrotlets in Captivity
Parrotlet captivity is comparatively very easy. Having birds as pets can be a very profound and entertaining experience for all, especially for kids, as birds are small in size and easier to take care of. If a person wishes to keep these small Parrots as household pets, then a profound research for ways to keep them healthy and sound, should be a part of the ultimate plan.
1. Amount of Space Needed
The reward of keeping a Parrotlet in captivity can be truly astonishing, however, it is recommended not to keep the Parrotlet with other birds, as it possesses a harmful and attacking disposition.
A pair of Parrolets do not take up much space, in fact a cage with enough room to flutter and fly is just about it. Make sure the cage is open enough to provide these little parrots some ‘playing space’ as they are very active and playful in nature. A square cage with little toys, and swings is the ideal one, so be thoughtful when looking into buying cages.
2. Caging accessories and Types of cages
Cages often come in various dimensions, ranging from tall to more wider ones. Squared cages are more preferable when keeping small birds rather than small round ones, as it limits the amount of space for birds to fly freely.
The proper bar measurements are also very important when considering buying a cage. Go for the bigger ones, as the birds tend to be more happy with bigger space. Parrotlets love to flutter, climb and play and so improper bar spacing may cause injury to the little pets.
3. Cage Maintenance and Cleaning
Be careful when placing cages at home. Make sure the birds are not placed such where there is direct sunlight or sun overhead, as that can cause hazardous results. Moreover, keeping the cage properly cleaned daily would help avoid health issues, as when keeping pet birds, one should be aware of how health is important in long life of birds.
Use various kinds of disinfectants to remove leftover poop residue and other stuff from the cage. Also rinse out any excretion and old feeding from it. The next time, food is kept in the cage; it should be placed strategically out of the way of droppings.
Gardens, aviary, fences in a backyard, or on a table top in the lawn are places where a person can safely place bird cages when exercising outdoors.
Cage accessories are easily available in local pet shops where a person can choose from different sorts of plastic ladders, nesting boxes, perches, plastic swings and many more, to keep the birds interested and active in their Parrotlet captivity.
4. Bird Entertainment, types of Toys
Toys are a physical stimulant and every living being needs it for their proper growth, since birds are also part of it, they can never be ruled out.
The little Parrotlets are really fond of flapping their wings and playing with their partner which keeps them active all the time. For anyone as their owner, it is the prime duty to ensure proper upbringing. Small, colorful plastic toys which are used for animals are good enough. It’s up to the pet breeder to show creativity and pick attractive stuff which is safe for the birds to play with. Bottle caps are also a good choice. To keep the birds busy, a person can even put in small colored strings and bells.
5. Keeping Cages Outdoors
Keeping cages outdoors sometimes is a good idea, but Parrotlets due to their small size and weaker disposition are sensitive to high heat or cold. When placing a cage outdoors, never place them in open sun or near the Air conditioner. When out in the garden or aviary, make sure there is enough room for them to fly about, But! In someone’s supervision, as larger insects, cats can cause potential harm to the little birds anytime.
When considering buying such birds, consider keeping them in colonies with other pair to ensure maximum activity, as Parrotlets are known to be very social. Just provide them with good balanced diet and proper exercise outdoors at least once in a while, and they will keep healthy while keeping people happy and entertained for a long time in the Parrotlet captivity!
Originally posted 2013-04-17 20:10:04.