The truth is that I’m getting a new -small- aviary, which had me thinking about how many #Parrotlets I could get in the new aviary.
First, why would you want to put Parrotlets together?
There are several advantages. My favorite is that it gives the parrotlets the chance to choose a best feathered friend, or a mate, from a larger pool.
If you have several Parrotlets, an aviary – or three in my case- is easier to take care of than several smaller cages. The larger space allows the Parrotlets to fly around more and there can be well-being in numbers. More Parrotlets means more eyes to alert the flock if there’s a problem and more friends to provide warmth.
Of course, you have to be careful not to put too many Parrotlets in. If there are too many for a space, then all sorts of problems can occur.
How Can You Decide How Many Parrotlets You Can Put Into An Aviary?
– Always make sure there is plenty of space. For each Parrotlet you add, you need to increase the space. In other words, a cage suitable for one or two Parrotlets needs to be increased for a third and increased again for a fourth.
– Always make sure their ages “match.”
Let’s put the Parrotlet ages into three groups: babies, young Parrotlets and adults. These three groups generally can’t be placed together. Adult Parrotlets can be cruel to younger ones; you, viral and hormonal Parrotlets can bully older Parrotlets.
If you house two or more together, make sure their ‘ages’ match.
– Provide an abundance — of food, of perches. I like to give my Parrotlets places to ‘hide,’ like a coconut. Within the aviary, I try to provide more perches than needed because some individuals will claim certain areas to be more-so theirs. I also like giving several feeding and drinking stations so that no individual can dominate it. With multiples, there is generally another place to feed or drink from.
-Birds, of course, are the reason we have the saying, “The pecking order.” It is important to be able to distinguish between your Parrotlet bickering and establishing a pecking order versus fighting, which can escalate and become dangerous. You can watch this video:
to help you start to see signs and some of the differences.
– When placing your Parrotlets into their new aviary, make sure it is new to every bird. Parrots fight over territories that are established, but when they all enter a new space (cage or aviary) at the same time, they can get comfortable with their new environment and mates at the same time.
– Similarly, all of the aviary’s resident Parrotlets should enter the aviary at the same time. This way no Parrotlet has had the time to claim the space.
Parrotlets are beautiful and fun parrots. They come in several color mutations, so an aviary with them can be beautiful to watch. We love walking into our large aviary and putting our hands into our smaller one with seeds to have them come and eat from our hands.
The trick is to monitor your Parrotlets to make sure they are getting along. It is common for me to set up an aviary or new communal cage and to have to remove a Parrotlet or two. Parrotlets are just like people. Some are gregarious; others aren’t as group-oriented. Some are sweet and congenial and others are cranky and don’t want to socialize.
It is important to watch and get to know your parrots. Generally speaking, if a parrot has been weaned or grown up with another parrot from a young age, then they are more likely to get along. As you watch, you’ll see who you can add to your aviary, adding to their experience and yours.
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