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Old 04-10-2017, 07:47 PM
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Glad the vet visit went well. My little goofs always dart out of the vet's hand and have to be chased around the exam room for a few minutes before being recaptured.

Just a note concerning her colour mutation: there's some controversy surrounding whether or not it's safe to give colour mutation parrotlets pellets.

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Anyway, just be aware that colour mutation birds (and mammals, reptiles, amphibians, etc.) may be different physiologically and/or neurologically from the "typical" member of their species.

Thank you for all that. My breeder also doesn't recommend pellets, so I asked the vet about it. She felt they were fine in moderation but was also willing to chat with the breeder about why (so I may follow up with an email telling her what you've said). She did say that her preference is for birds to get mostly fresh food, some pellets, and I think she said maybe 20% seed. I have a zillion handouts, so I'm sure that information is in one of them.

The vet visit was great. She spent about an hour giving me a ton of information-most of which I'd already gotten here so it was nice to have confirmation that I'm getting good advice.

She also spent about 2 minutes showing me how to target train Bumble, and sweet, smart Bumble had it figured out by the third try. Vet says she's very smart and I should be able to train her to do anything I want (Watch out, Salty!).




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Old 04-11-2017, 07:21 PM
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Glad to hear Bumble has a clean bill of health and is doing so well.
As always..pictures are required! Is it known yet,if Bum is a he or she?



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Old 04-11-2017, 07:32 PM
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Glad to hear Bumble has a clean bill of health and is doing so well.
As always..pictures are required! Is it known yet,if Bum is a he or she?



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They're dimorphic and the breeder says Bumble is a little girl. She explained - boys are blue under their wings and girls aren't.


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According to one website on sexing:

"All 'male' Pacific parrotlets have a royal (dark) blue color located on the rump (back), above the eyes, and on wing-flight feathers. Females don't have any royal blue."

Anyways, I definitely recommend target training Bumble. That's the first thing I did with Noah. Well, the first thing I did was clicker train him, but that takes two days at most, unless the animal is...slow. Well, if it only took three attempts to get her to target the stick, and it only took Noah a week to learn clicker training, target training, and step up, then parrotlets are highly intelligent. If you can base that very general statement about a species on only two birds .

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Thank you! She is very charming. I was less enchanted , though, when I brought her home after the vet, she was feeling a little crazy, I was running late for my next appointment, and trying to get her back in the cage resulted in a hard bite. My fault and I know what went wrong, but the biggest question I have now is ..... how do I get her to let go? Ouch!!


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Tsk tsk, have I taught you nothing? The plastic baggie is always the answer. ALWAYS. Although sometimes you will have to gently grasp their beak with two fingers, and both slowly and lovingly pull her beak off of your finger. I had to do this once with Noah, and he was very calm while I lift his beak off my finger. Only do this if it's absolutely necessary. Beak touching should always be very gentle and loving. Obviously if you're rough, aggressive, or punish them by grabbing their beak, they will learn to use their beak as a weapon, rather than as a tool for affection.
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Old 04-11-2017, 09:56 PM
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Anyways, I definitely recommend target training Bumble. That's the first thing I did with Noah. Well, the first thing I did was clicker train him, but that takes two days at most, unless the animal is...slow. Well, if it only took three attempts to get her to target the stick, and it only took Noah a week to learn clicker training, target training, and step up, then parrotlets are highly intelligent. If you can base that very general statement about a species on only two birds .
We worked on target training for a few minutes tonight. Clearly the vet has more practice than I do. I did get her to target the stick a couple of times, but not quickly or reliably like the vet did. I was also letting her kind of fly around and do her own thing and just doing it with her. We spent some time looking out the window, then we looked out the other window for a while. Then I was able to lure her into stepping up with a piece of oatmeal. I also have her some single millet seeds - she's so sweet and gentle picking it up off my finger!

I thought about clicker training, but that takes so many hands haha! I think I'm just going to mark the behavior with an enthusiastic YES rather than trying to fumble with the clicker and the treat and whatever other thing might be in my hand.

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Tsk tsk, have I taught you nothing? The plastic baggie is always the answer. ALWAYS. Although sometimes you will have to gently grasp their beak with two fingers, and both slowly and lovingly pull her beak off of your finger. I had to do this once with Noah, and he was very calm while I lift his beak off my finger. Only do this if it's absolutely necessary. Beak touching should always be very gentle and loving. Obviously if you're rough, aggressive, or punish them by grabbing their beak, they will learn to use their beak as a weapon, rather than as a tool for affection.

UGH in the heat of the moment, I TOTALLY forgot the plastic bag. Everything was so simple when she was a Future Bird! Haha! But I really had a lovely time with her today and I hope she felt the same.


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That's great that Bummble's check up was good. Never too early to start trick training. Do it every night, at the same time, you will be amazed at 2 things. She will become even more bonded to you and she will pick up new tricks and behaviour after 1 or 2 tries. Be conistent in your commands and requests,
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Old 04-11-2017, 09:59 PM
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That's great that Bummble's check up was good. Never too early to start trick training. Do it every night, at the same time, you will be amazed at 2 things. She will become even more bonded to you and she will pick up new tricks and behaviour after 1 or 2 tries. Be conistent in your commands and requests,

I hope she learns even half as well as Salty. I'm really looking forward to developing that bond with her.


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Old 04-12-2017, 09:28 PM
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We practiced target training tonight. I must be getting it because she was doing a pretty good job. Then she realized how much food was scattered on the table and that was the end of that.

She did give me a little bite, but thanks to teddscau's suggestion, I crinkled the plastic bag I had strategically placed nearby and she stopped. Yay!


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She is adorable I'm loving all the pics!


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Parrotlets are so smart, so beautiful! So happy all is well and Bumble is settling.
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