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Breeding Parrotlets

Q: What type of parrotlet is best to begin breeding and why?

Linda RubinSandee Molenda explains:

Being true parrots, parrotlets are generally more difficult to breed than other small hookbills such as lovebirds, budgies or cockatiels but not as difficult as many of the larger parrot species.

As a beginner, you might want to start out with Pacific parrotlets, which are generally easier to breed than other parrotlet species. Ready to breed at 1 year old, Pacifics generally make good parents to their chicks and will breed year-round if kept indoors. They do not have a set breeding season. Somewhat tolerant of other species nearby, you will likely increase your success rate if you house multiple Pacific pairs within hearing but not seeing distance. A visual barrier between cages will cut down on aggressive behaviors.

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Terri, Ozark, AL
Posted: 1/12/2011 12:04:26 PM
I would like to see an articule about Lovebird breeding since i want to breed lovebirds but i don't know how to feed the chicks, take care of them, the food for the parents, and every thing else. I only know a little. I would like to know more.
Alexandra, Halifax, NS
Posted: 3/10/2009 3:17:02 PM
Parrotlets are so cute. I wish I lived somewhere that I could breed a few pairs.
Shawn, Smyrna, GA
Posted: 3/20/2007 7:32:28 AM
Sandee is not only a dedicated bird exhibitor and breeder, but she is also one of the most friendliest people you will ever meet in the bird world.
Blake Ma, Chicago, IL
Posted: 3/16/2007 11:46:24 AM
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