Okay, so we are here now! Lonely and alone, thinking about what could be done differently to get away with the solitude feeling rooting in our hearts. How it would feel if we had someone (or something) to get us some company in those times when we just want to talk our heart out, without any unwanted response coming from the opposite. Yeah, you guessed it right – no human will stay with you as loyal as the 4-legged or 2-legged pets (and they definitely won’t manipulate you with their remarks, ahem ahem!).
But speaking of pets, I think that 2-legged pets are way easier to maintain than 4-legged ones. Of course, it will require some of your time to feed them or to take them to the veterinary physician, but it will not drive you crazy with their picky food choices and will never throw tantrums at you when showering.
But, even if we know the birds and buy them from the best bird keepers, there are some basics that we have to follow when we are caring for them, and further, when we are up for training them. Here we are going to discuss some of the trips and tricks that can be followed when we want to take proper care of the birds, especially parrots and parrotlets.
But before we get started, have you seen the movie, Rio? If you did then I don’t have to introduce you this bird once again. But if you haven’t seen this beautiful bird before, then Boy what a miss!
Just a gentle reminder, not all parrots are blue (like Rio). You can find them in all shades, namely, Pacific Parrotlet, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Mexican Parrotlet, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Spectacled Parrotlet, Dusky-billed Parrotlet, Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, and so on.. If you want to pet the most affectionate, sweetest and smartest bird, parrotlets can give you the best assurance on these.
Plus, you can teach them how to talk (isn’t that already interesting?). A pretty bird who greets you every time you enter the door after a long day at work, “Hi Bob!” or when you leave home it sings “Bye Bob, be good!”. Wouldn’t you like the attention and affection; I WILL in any day!
Parrotlets are way more interactive then you would find in any bird. They are friendly not to the owner only, but also to a group of people they get acquainted on a daily basis.
Parrotlets are not noisy, wouldn’t make you wake up at the middle of the night crying for attention. Moreover, they are immensely personable and have the amazing power to mimic words they hear frequently. In terms of food, well they are not choosy and don’t require any special dietary menus. Nonetheless, you must make sure you are feeding them green vegetables and grains, parrots love them a lot.
If you are purchasing the medium or small sized ones, then they are fairly easy to the cage. Plus, if you are busy preparing for exams and don’t have time to show them affection, then just give them old cardboard rolls or paper plates, they enjoy tearing these – time will pass with no cuckoo whatsoever.
However, just a gentle reminder! If you want to super on-board and buy the largest parrots, or macaws, then it could be a little difficult to pet them. First of all, the largest macaws are way expensive than the medium or small ones. Second, they will require a whole lot of your time to feed and clean them. Plus, you will require larger cages; fancy toys to keep them busy (aka more expenses).
When you are up to training your parrotlets, I would suggest you following three tricks that we mentioned down below. Doing them would help you establish trust with your bird, and with consistent training- they would start obeying your simple commands.
Create a bond with your parrotlet
Before you want to teach your bird any words, any tricks or any game, the first thing you have to do is create a bond with them. They should allow you to hold them and touch them; basically, they should not fear to be closer to you. If your bird still doesn’t come to you willingly, then you need to spend more time together to create that trust and bond.
Plus, if you have just bought a pair of parrotlets, don’t get started training them instantly. They would fear and run from you, rather take your time, create a sense of familiarity and have fun while doing so.
Look closer to what your parrotlets are signaling
Out of all the birds, parrotlets can be placed as one of the most social and fun loving birds. So once you have created a sense of trustworthiness, the next step is simple. However, one thing you have to keep in mind is their moods. Look closely, is your bird tired, cranky, distracted or happy, singing, jolly. If it is tired, save the training lesson for another day; if it is singing, you can start the simple lessons you want them to learn.
However, just a quick tip, if your bird is feeling cranky or tired, put them back in the cage with some toys. Let it play for a while; later you can start again your training session.
The training area has to be calm
The parrotlets must feel safe and secure before you start making them learn anything. They need to focus on anything you are doing to make them learn, and for that, you have to make sure there is no loud noises in the room and there are no other pets around.
Your parrotlets will cherish once they are fully comfortable around you. Give them some time to know about you and get familiarize with your scent. Whenever you talk, talk calmly around her- no need to rush.
I know it’s easy to get carried away when you see those parrotlets the first time. You want to make it sing and talk, jump and wave; but know that, all of these require time.
Give your parrotlets some time; they will love you back and more!