My parrotlet is being crazy…


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Aug 24, 2021
Parrotlet named Quito
Parakeet named Clara
I recently moved with my parrotlet. He seems to be handling the change well, he is usually very sassy and confident and doesn’t seem to be having any anxiety issues. I have noticed though, that after we moved, he has become extremely aggressive and territorial over his happy hut. I recently learned that happy huts are terrible for birds, and will not be buying one again. Should I take it away from him immediately? I just don’t want to cause him more stress, as he recently changed cages and homes from the move. He loves it more then anything, and I just want to do what’s best for him.


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Aug 29, 2018
Brisbane, Australia
Fang (10yo (ab)normal grey cockatiel), HRH Crown Princess Lilly Pilly (purple-crowned lorikeet gotcha date 28 Oct 2018) & Valentino (budgie, gotcha date 14 Feb 2019 at approx 6mo)
Hello and welcome to the Forums to you and your flock!

You are quite correct, your parrotlet really does not need a fabric hut and they can indeed be very problematic. And as you have mentioned, they are very dangerous, both from the aspect of hormonal behaviours that they can exacerbate, and also from the possibility of chewed synthetic fibres which can cause all sorts of very nasty health issues if ingested. Quito may grumble for a few days when it's removed, but he should be perfectly fine doing without it.

Having said that, quite a few people (me included) use an alternative made of seagrass, like this one pictured below...


I ended up having to get one of these for my purple crowned lorikeet who is only a fraction bigger than a parrotlet. For reasons known only unto herself :rolleyes: suddenly decided that she was going to forsake her previous comfy sleeping spot and hang by her toenails from the bars on the opposite side of her cage at night, where I cannot imagine she got any sleep at all. She is THE most hormonally driven, chronic egg-laying bird I have ever seen, but because of it's open-ended construction this hut does not elicit the slightest hormonal response in her at all, although I do monitor her very closely for any change there. If Quito seriously cannot live without a hut of some description, perhaps this style might be one to consider, and it certainly is a whole lot safer :)

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