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Old 06-04-2016, 07:03 PM
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On Friday, a lady that Mom knows from work asked if she'd take her parrotlet who'd just lost his mate. Well, Mom's a sucker for parrotlets, and he came to our place just after noon .

He's a green Pacific parrotlet who's about a year old. His feathers look kind of dullóno doubt due to his all-seed diet. Apparently he lost his mate this week due to a very preventable accident.

I have him in the living room (aka Dad's workout room which he never uses), where he's going to be quarantined for a month. I doubt he's sick, but you should always quarantine new animals, even if their blood panels and whatnot come back clean.

His name's actually Thor, but we're changing it to Noah. We'll still call him Thor for a few days in order for him to feel a familiarity with us and whatnot.

He seems to have settled in. He's been preening, calling for his mate, eating, napping, and has been contentedly grinding his beak. I've been talking with him, and he seems to like me. He seems a bit wary of Mom since she's not the best when it comes to parrot etiquette and body language. I mean, she thinks she's good at it, but, you know.

Apparently he was hand tame but he isn't really anymore. I'm going to work with him though, and hopefully he'll enjoy playing with us.

I'll post some pictures tomorrow. Maybe.

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Old 06-04-2016, 07:10 PM
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Congratulations on your new family member, Robyn!

I hope you'll be able to get some pictures of little Thor/Noah to post tomorrow.
I'd love to "meet" the little fellow.
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Congratulations on your latest arrival!
It's good to know that the little fellow is settling in well and I'm wishing you the best of luck with him.
I also can't wait to see some pics!
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Yeah, it all depends on how lazy I'm feeling . It can be a pain uploading them, especially if your Internet decides to start acting up.

He's definitely a cutie. I'm going to be converting him to sprouted grains and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, mung beans). I'm definitely going to work on getting him to eat fruits and veggies. His diet should be fun, since he'll get to eat things the budgies won't.

I think I might put Goldenfeast pellets in with him to munch on, but it definitely won't be a big part of his diet. Plus, Pacific parrotlet mutations can get kidney damage from pellets, although he isn't a colour mutation...

Anyways, he wasn't really planned. I mean, just Thursday my parents were saying no more non-humans, then his guardians show up on our doorstep with a cage and a bird in a box.

Oh my gosh, he's unbelievably cute. He's so brave and curious :3. He's already eating the sprouts I gave him, and he's pretty confident around me. Man, he's digging right into those sprouts. I guess he's gotten pretty hungry after his big move. I'm really glad we adopted him. <3

Man, Mom adores parrotlets. Parrotlets are to her what budgies are to me. I hope my budgies won't get upset that I'm going to be spending more time with the new guy than I will with them. I'll try to still spend time with them, but Noah is lonely after losing his girlfriend. And he's really cute. And eats quite dramatically.
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I'm sure you can easily split your time between your budgies and the parrotlet.

That is what I do with my budgies and lovebirds.
Everybirdie gets attention that way and no one feels neglected.
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Congratulations on the new little family member Robyn! I think Parrotlets are absolutely adorable . They are said to have big attitudes for their tiny size. Although they're about budgie size, they're a real parrot .

It sounds like Thor/Noah is adjusting very well to a new environment. He must be the fearless type!
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Robyn, congratulations on your new member of the flock!

It's great to hear that Thor/Noah is doing so well already I can't wait to meet him!
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Oh, Robyn, I think it's simply splendid that you took him in! I can't wait to finally meet him in pictures! He sounds just lovely, and I just know that you will have a blast taming and training him! The best of luck to you! Have fun!

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Sorry I haven't posted any photos yet. I've been meaning to take some pictures with Dad's iPhone (our "high quality" camera is a piece of garbage), but he keeps running off with it .

Anyways, Noah is amazing. He'll play with my fingers through the bars, but he's reluctant to when I have my hand in the cage. I'll just have to keep putting my hand in with spray millet, and he should eventually become confident enough to touch my hand. He doesn't have a problem when I offer him food through the bars with my fingers.

Yesterday was the first time he touched my fingers. At first, he'd jerk his head back after he poked my fingers, but now he'll nibble on them and run his beak over them. I'm currently working with him to teach him to be gentle. His previous guardians didn't handle him much, and I guess they never bothered to teach him about proper beaking. I think he's figuring it out, though.

Oh, and things are going surprisingly well in terms of diet change. Before, he was on an all seed diet (no fruits or veggies) that likely had a lot of sunflower seeds in it. Now, he's eating sprouted wheat, barley, buckwheat, oats, mung beans, lentils, millet, canary, flax, and canola. I don't really want him eating canola, but it comes in the mix that I sprout. I also got him to take a dozen or so bites out of some spinach yesterday. I just had to tear little pieces off and eat them in front of him, then I offered him the spinach through the bars with my fingers.

Today, I gave him sprouted grains, millet, canary, mung, lentils, etc., and I also mixed in some finely chopped snap peas, sweet potato, and thawed cranberries. He's been deliberately picking the sprouts to eat, but he has been poking at the fresh veggies and cranberries that I mixed in.

I'm also teaching him "be right back" because he gets upset when I leave him.

He can be quite the chatterbox. He'll just chatter away while we're watching tv. Oh, I forgot to tell you guys that we moved him into the family room. We spend a lot of our time in there, and he likes to be where the action is. His cage is in the corner of the room, and he isn't stressed or nervous. He's quite confident and outgoing.

We're looking for a new cage for him, because the one his former guardians brought is too small. It's only 18" x 18" (I forget what the height is). When my mom told me that his guardians were bringing him with his "really big cage", I pretty much expected it to be very small. What a lot of people consider to be a "huge" cage is basically a sleeping cage at best. My mom and dad were surprised by how small his cage was. I'm pretty sure his cage is for an amazon or someone like that, based on the thickness and spacing of the bars. Luckily, his head is a bit too big to get wedged between the bars.
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Congratulations,Robyn! Can't wait to see photos of Thor/Noah!
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