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Pacific Parrotlets

Pacific Celestial Parrotlets (Forpus coelestis) are very cute and playful parrots with a large personality in a small package...about 5 1/2 inches long with a short tail. They originate in South and Central America. Parrotlets are one of the smallest parrots in America and also known as a "pocket parrot" due to their abilty to do just that...fit in your pocket. They have similar traits as larger parrots but in mini form and even think they are bigger than what they are. Some will hide in your hair or want to always be on your shoulder and play. We even keep a hamster wheel in the cage so they can run on it and they love it! Parrotlets, usually males if they do, can also learn to speak some words while others will whistle tunes and mimic noises they hear everyday. There are many colors of these beautiful and cute birds... green, blue, yellow, white, pied, turquoise, fallow, pastel, albino, lutino and counting. The Parrotlet's average lifespan is 15+ years if fed and taken care of correctly and given daily happiness!

 
Training
Anyone who has owned a Parrotlet knows that they can sometimes be stubborn individuals and can be harder to train and actually keep "hand tame". There is also a difference when someone sells a "hand-fed" versus actual "hand-tame" baby. Socialization at the right stage of development is the "key".This is why more recently and after years of customer feedback, to trial and error, we have found the way to train each baby Parrotlet to be a social and a well behaved member of your family. We developed a training program that is introduced from the time they are pulled from the nest, to the day they leave us, to help alleviate stress for the new owners and their new baby. So far we have had success of handing over a sweet, little Parrotlet that knows how to "Step Up", give some kisses and fly to their new owner, not away from them.  At about 6 to 8 weeks old, the baby will be ready for their new home.
 
Cage Requirements
A cage of about 18" x 18" and larger is recommended with a couple perches, cuttlebone for beak trimming and calcium pedicure or cuttlebone perch of at least 1/2" for nail/beak trimming, and a chewable toy(s) and swing is what I keep in every cage. The bar spacing should be 1/2" or less. They are very acrobatic little birds and are fun to just watch sometimes. My little ones love to chew on the rope toys! Even play with the little cat jingle balls that have the holes for gripping. Hamster exercise wheels attached to the cage are also tons of fun for some of the babies. Prefer to not have mirrors in cages as they may think it's another bird. Fleece tents are also best for only little babies or limited to colder seasons as you may get a female thinking it is a nest. I also recommend that one Parrotlet is best to have or keep in separate cages from another bird . If they are caged together for too long, they may grow attached to one another.
 
Food

These babies will be weaned primairly on Roudybush Adult Maintenance pellets. We will give you a sample to start them out. If using a seed mix, use the one sized for cockatiels with safflower instead of sunflower (or minimal) since the sunflowers are not the best food for them and are high in fat. Both foods should be fed in separate dishes or mixed with just a sprinkle of the seed. They are fed the Roudybush High Energy Breeder pellets which have more vitamins for growing babies until they go to their new home which can then be switched to any of the Roudybush Adult Maintenance foods in Crumble or Mini sizes. Millet spray treats are their "comfort food" and recommend they have a small piece in their cage daily for first couple days upon arrival to their new home. We also use Nutri-Berries for treats.



Many fruits and vegetables can be given such as strawberries, apples, bananas, peeled kiwi, mango, cranberries, oranges, grapes, grapefruit, broccoli, peas, carrots, green beans and many others. Fresh, thawed frozen veggies, and dried are all acceptable.
You can train the parrotlet to use a water bottle or provide
dishes. They use dishes when taking baths as well or a spritz of water never hurts for a quick shower.

 

Prices
 
Green Female $200 Male $250

Blue Female $200 Male $250

Yellow Female $200 Male $250

Dilute Blue (American White)
Female $200 ~ Male $250


Turquoise Female $250 Male $275

Dilute (American) Turquoise Female $250 ~ Male $275

Blue Pastel (Marbled) Female $275 Male $300

Turquoise Pastel (AKA: Marbled) Female $400 ~ Male $450

Fallow Variation $200 and up


Albino $350 (includes DNA test)

True Creamino (not fallow) $400


Prices subject to change without notice.


Pied Markings
Any babies that are "Pied" will have scattered feathers throughout of either yellow on a green bird, white on a blue bird, or white/yellow on a turquoise bird. Markings vary and are priced accordingly. Usually $25 additional & up. They also have slightly lighter overall coloring & clear nails.

Pastel Markings

Pastels will have a silver "lace wing" or "marble" effect to the feathers and vary from each bird. Some are lighter or heavier than others and the heavier they are, the darker the bird appears. Almost gives a look like scales or a mermaid tail (like my daughter says)!
 
 Wing Clipping Included!
   
Male or Female?
DNA sexing is NOT needed for the Pacific Parrotlet mutations , except for the Albino. The males have blue eye streaks, royal blue wing tips and rump, while the females have no royal blue markings at all. We charge slightly higher for the males because of their beautiful coloration . Will list price for each bird under "Available Babies" page.
 
The Lucida sub-species females have turquoise blue on their rump and blue above the eyes. Males have grey tinted wings and back with royal blue on rump and wings. Some of our birds may have these characteristics.

Food Tips

The following are examples of giving your baby healthy foods when your on a time limit...If you eat bananas for a snack, give a slice to your bird. If you have steamed vegetables for dinner, give you bird a piece. Just make sure to put fruits and veggies, or any food that spoils quickly in separate dish. Things birds should NOT eat are avocados, and items with lots of sugars or salts that are unhealthy.

 
If you have to switch their food, you can slowly introduce new foods to them since they are babies and can get used to new things fairly quickly. Mix and gradually add more of the new food each feeding. Just always make sure they are actually eating and drinking their water. There are some babies that don't accept change as well as others.