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    Question My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    Hello there!

    My name is Matt, and I just got my first bird!

    She is a green parrotlet, hand fed, only 10 weeks old.

    I picked her up two days ago, and have been keeping close tabs on her. She seems very uninterested in exploring her cage, I gave her a few different perches to sit on, natural wood, dowels and ropes so she could climb about, but she just chooses to sit there.

    She spent the first night up high sleeping on a toy, she hadn't eaten but seemd very interested in sleeping. About 12 hours later, she woke up and I took her out where I put her on a bowl of food and water, she ate/drank for a few mins. Later that night I took her out to play. She is very cuddily, she grinds her beak and puffs up on my shoulder, and will do just about anything to make it up to my hair and play with it (arg!)

    Anyways, She now has two sources of water and food in her cage, they are VERY accessable, one down low and one up high near where she likes to sleep, hopefully shes using them when im not looking (I make sure she eats and drinks a few times a day) But she still seems unintrested in exploring her toy filled cage! ( Or explore to find her food/water )

    Is there anything else I should be doing to encourage her to explore about? or will that come with time?

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

    -Matt

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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    Congrats on your new fid, and to TF!

    She sounds very cute. What is her name? Don't worry too much - she's still adjusting to a new environment, she'll start to eat in front of you and explore in time.

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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    I have yet to find a name for her! My girlfirend and I have been trying to come up with one,

    Here is a picture of her


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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    Awwwwww she is sooo cute!

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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    You are going to love having a Parrotlet. She is adorable!!! Just let her adjust and she will be fine.

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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    She's adorable!
    When I first brought my lovebird home, I was also afraid she wasn't eating/drinking/exploring enough. I gave her a few days to adjust and all was well after that

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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    she is very cute my parrotlet is an anomaly - she does not play with anything in her house, either.

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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    how about emmie? short for emerald.

    she's gorgeous and i think you are doing great with her. clearly she has already decided you are "flock" if she is willing to sit with you, make beak grind noises and preen you (whether you like it or not lol)

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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    What a beauty, I hope she brings you lots of happy hours, love and laughter. Birds are truly amazing companions.. enjoy !
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    Omg, she's so fat and healthy! Congratualations.

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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    Congratulations!! She is adorable and will do fine. Just give it time. She looks like a Green rump P'let as she is so plump/round& it is hard to tell from the picture but she appears to have a tad bit of yellowing above her eyes. Did the breeder say what species she was?
    She reminds me of a Granny Smith Apple. So adorable. Best of luck with her.

    Here is a link on Green Rumps
    http://www.furrycritter.com/resource...Green_Rump.htm

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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    She is very cute! I don't know much about parrotlets... I didn't know they were so tiny!

    They're so cute!








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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    Did you guys name your parrot yet?
    I'd love more pictures.
    OH and hey, to the person that thought of Emmie for Emerald, that was brilliant. She looks sweet, spicey and so green.

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    Adorable! Can we get more pics

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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    Give her time. My two parakeets sat like little statues for TWO DAYS before they started moving about. Luckily the good people of TF warned me this would most likely happen so I didn't fret too much over it.

    She is a fatty little cutie. I thought the comparison to a Granny Smith Apple was really appropriate, but that would be a very long name indeed.

    I don't know why, but when I look at her the name "Jelly" pops into my head.

    Your bird called. It said, GET OFF THE COMPUTER!!"

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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    She is precious! I agree with everyone else, she just needs time to adjust. As a matter of fact, you started this thread a few days ago, I bet she's doing great already! That's awesome that she sits on your shoulder already and is comfortable with it!! The beak grinding usually means that they are content and for her to be puffing up and cuddling with you, is wonderful!!! Congratulations on you little cutie and can't wait to see more pics and hear what name ya'll chose!
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    Re: My First Bird! (Parrotlet)

    She is adorable...her beak grinding is a great sign of comfort and being happy...If you have some spray millet for her, that might interest her too! Good luck and congrats!!
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