young parrotlet not playing

by Debbie
(crestline ca)

my parrotlet is 2 mos we have had her 1 week she won't play with toys nor will she eat anything but seed and water

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Jan 11, 2013
Young parrotlet not playing yet
by: The Avian Vet

This is not unusual for a baby bird. Continue to offer more foods, and work on getting her to switch to pellets. Harrison’s is the best. You need to teach her to play. She should have learned this from her clutch mates but she may have been taken from her clutch mates too soon, especially if she was 7 weeks old. She will develop in time with the right socialization.

Oct 02, 2012
young parrotlet not playing
by: Linda

Your bird needs to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY in your area. All very young birds will revert back to needing to be handfed when changed to a new home. This is done using baby parrot handfeeding formula with a spoon or syringe, and the syringe is the best. The Avian Vet can show you how to handfeed using the syringe because this is a learned skill and not as easy as you may think until you try and do it and choke the baby to death.

She may also have an infection, so do not delay taking her to an avian vet to be examined for infections and weighed to see if she is eating enough or needs to be handfed for a while longer.

Reputable breeders and pet stores tell you all about this before you buy the bird. The others just want your money and do not care whether the baby lives or dies, so keep this in mind when buying another bird.

Let us know what avian vet has to say and you should be able to find handfeeding formula in stores selling birds. Avian vet can give you the correct size syringe and show you how to do this correctly. Rowdy Bush is a high quality brand of formula.


Oct 02, 2012
Young Parrolet not playing
by: Anonymous

Your bird is still young. She may need a little more time to adjust. Birds are like babies, they have to be taught how to play with their toys.

Remember start the bird with smaller toys. Toys that are bigger than the bird can cause the bird to be scared of it. You should take this into consideration when buying your bird toys.

Don't push your bird into something before it's ready as it can cause phobias.

When your bird is out, and being handled, go into a quiet room, and play with her. Handle her toys... show them to her so she knows they are safe. then try to offer it to her. if she doesnt take it.. or show interest in in, play with it some more... then offer it again. this may take a cpl times, but the bird will get the idea the toy is safe.

The bird will start playing and making noises soon enf. Some birds need longer than 2 weeks to settle in.

I would also recommend a vet visit to an avain vet to ensure your little one isnt ill.


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