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Many things in your home will look interesting, new and exciting to your parrotlet. It is best to know which can be hazardous and deadly to avoid a bad situation.

Your parrotlet will enjoy time out of its cage, especially spending time with you. Do not let your parrotlet out unless you can supervise it. Turn off all fans when your parrotlet is out of its cage even if its wings are clipped. Always make sure all doors and windows are shut and will not be opened until the parrotlet is back in the cage. Your parrotlet will fly out without any reason or if it is startled. But once they realize they can keep flying they will. Check your local lost and found section in the paper, bet there are a few ads for lost birds! Even if you keep the parrotlet's wings clipped, if one flight feather has grown in it can still fly.

Watch out for open containers of water. Parrotlets like water but cannot swim and can drowned easily.

Avoid using air freshners, aerosol sprays, candles, cleaners, perfumes, potpourri, and other fumes near parrotlets as these can be toxic. Even new carpet and non-stick cookware can let off fumes that can kill parrotlets in minutes. Put parrotlets in their cages when you are cooking. They could fly into a pan of boiling water or other hot items and really hurt themselves with a nasty burn.

Birds rarely get mites. Do not use the mite protectors as they have been proven to be carcinogenic. By keeping the cage and surrounding area clean you should not be susceptible to insects.

Never feed a parrotlet food from your month or give them kisses. Human saliva contains a bacterium that is harmful to parrotlets.

Never hit a parrotlet. Once you use your hands in a bad way to a parrotlet they may never forget. You could also hurt them as they are so delicate. Tapping them on the beak is also a no, no.

Watch out for electrical cords. Parrotlets will find them and chew on them. Do not let parrotlets chew on paint or treated wood. Houseplants are another favorite thing to chew. Make sure they are not toxic or important to you. Once they start nibbling they can wreck a plant in minutes!

Avoid placing their cage in a drafty area. Fresh air is great but make sure the weather is right. A cold draft can be a bad thing and cause your parrotlet to get sick. Parrotlets enjoy sunlight. Do not put the whole cage in the direct sun though, the parrotlet could become overheated. Always supply them with fresh, clean water.

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Parrotlets prefer to bathe themselves in a shallow dish. Place a shallow bowl on the bottom of the cage or purchase one that fits your cage. Make sure the water is lukewarm and don't forget to remove it and clean it daily. Pure water works best to keep its plumage in peak condition. This helps in repelling chills or drafts that can result in sickness. Allowing your parrotlet to bathe regularly triggers it to preen and gives them something to do. Make a bath available in the morning so it will have the whole day to dry out and put its plumage back in order. You can offer a bath in the cage everyday so it always has the option.

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Owing a parrotlet will be rewarding. It is much different from having a cat or a dog. Parrotlets require a lot of attention and care. If you decide to bring a parrotlet into your life it will be a long commitment. They can live 20+ years. Parrotlets are great companions. You can teach them tricks and to talk or just enjoy when they snuggle in your hair or shirt pocket. Once you have a bond with your parrotlet it is a very rewarding relationship. They can be sweet little angels but also have their little devil moments!

Parrotlets are are happiest with another parrotlet only when they are introduced young. They perfer to live in couples and not to live in a mixed aviary. If you would like two it is best to get two males or two females so they do not breed. Try to aviod introducing parrotlets that are older and especially if one is already bonded to you. They may not get along and the bonded one can become very jealous and aggressive! You can always keep them in seperate cages so they each have their own place and neither should get jealous.

Older parrotlets are great birds also. Most are grateful for the chance they are given. They can be trained but may require longer training sessions, 20 minutes a day and talking to them frequently helps.

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