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Before you purchase the cage and parrotlet you should find a perfect place for the cage. You want to find an area that isn't super busy but then isn't in a secluded room. A parrotlet likes to know its surroundings so avoid moving it around a lot. The cage should not be placed in front of a window since outside creatures may make your bird feel threatened. Near a window may be fine. This way the parrotlet can see a little of the outside world and the natural rhythm of the day. A living room or family room may be a great place for your Parrotlet's cage. Just make sure your bird is able to get ten to twelve hours of undisturbed sleep every night. Parrotlets should get a chance to get some sun but they must always be able to retreat to a shady part of the cage. Parrotlets could get overheated quickly and need a place to sit and cool off. You want the cage to be a safe haven for your bird so cage placement is important.
It is best to purchase the cage and supplies before the parrotlet. This way it can all be washed, set-up and ready for the new arrival. Parrotlets are most comfortable in a cage that is longer than it is tall. They are full of energy so they need a lot of room to climb, forage, swing and fly around for exercise. The cage should not be smaller than 18"L x 18"W x 14"H. Any cage larger than that will do as long as the bar spacing is 1/2" or less. Always check any openings on the cage to make sure the parrotlet cannot escape because if they can stick their heads thru it and get out, they will. Also, only use a cage with a grate on the bottom to prevent them from consuming their droppings plus ensuring they will not get out when you are replacing the paper in the bottom of the cage. Make sure a lot of perches and toys can be easily placed and removed for cleaning.
Perches should be thick enough that the parrotlet's toes cannot touch all the way around. They cannot be put too closely to the sides of the cages as the tail feathers will become broken and fall out. A variety of perches are important. Natural untreated wood perches are best. The irregularities provide a kind of massage for the feet and they enjoy nibbling on the bark and wood. Cotton rope perches are soft for their feet. They are great to rest on. Calcium perches provide minerals, which are important to the parrotlet's health. There are new perches that help with wearing the nails down so you don't have to trim them as often. They are great, just make sure the parrotlet has other perches in the cage as well. Some are made from cement or sand products and can dry the parrotlet's feet out. Put the softest perch up in a high place. Parrotlets tend to sleep and sit there the longest. They like to sit high up in order to have a good view of their surroundings. Too many perches can interfere with the parrotlet's movements. Make sure each one is spaced far enough away from the other. Swings are a favorite of parrotlets. They enjoy swinging with a friend or swinging alone with a toy.
It is important to give parrotlets fresh, clean water everyday. You may not see them drink water a lot but they need to have it available to them at all times. You should consider using bottled water for their drinking water. You will need a dish for both seeds and water. Another for fresh foods but that can only be left in the cage for as long as the food is still fresh. Wash the dishes with hot water and a little apple cidar vinegar often. Check the seed daily. It may look like the seeds are still fresh when they are actually eaten through. Dishes can be made from a number of things. It is important that they are easy to clean. Also, the dishes need to be the correct size. Parrotlets cannot go very long without food. They eat many times in one day. Parrotlets are small birds with big beaks!
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