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Old 06-03-2017, 04:16 PM   #1
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Can parrotlets chew through hair?

Or damage human hair by playing with it?

I was also wondering what age parrotlets are adults, as well as when they're colors are fully matured.
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Old 06-03-2017, 08:09 PM   #2
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Unless your hairs is ridiculously fragile, parrotlets cannot damage it. However, they CAN get tangled in it. When Tumi was a youngster I had long hair and he liked to climb under my braid and snuggle as far up as he could and he wouldn't come out voluntarily.
Puberty comes at 4-6 months and can be rough.
Colors generally develop a bit at the first molt. If the bird has any pied traits, the colors actually will change every molt, but most stay after the first molt. When the first molt happens depends - there aren't any rules about molting for indoor birds, so you will know that it is happening when feathers start falling. Molts can be one feather at a time or what seems like all the feathers - both are normal. Tumi is starting a molt right now, and I won't know if it is light or heavy until it is done, I just know that I have a wing feather sitting beside me.
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Old 06-04-2017, 07:13 PM   #3
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Unless your hairs is ridiculously fragile, parrotlets cannot damage it. However, they CAN get tangled in it. When Tumi was a youngster I had long hair and he liked to climb under my braid and snuggle as far up as he could and he wouldn't come out voluntarily.
Puberty comes at 4-6 months and can be rough.
Colors generally develop a bit at the first molt. If the bird has any pied traits, the colors actually will change every molt, but most stay after the first molt. When the first molt happens depends - there aren't any rules about molting for indoor birds, so you will know that it is happening when feathers start falling. Molts can be one feather at a time or what seems like all the feathers - both are normal. Tumi is starting a molt right now, and I won't know if it is light or heavy until it is done, I just know that I have a wing feather sitting beside me.
What do you mean by the colors changing? She is a bit pied
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Old 06-04-2017, 10:08 PM   #4
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The first molt usually brings in feathers with a little deeper coloring to them. Kind of like some human children who are blond when growing up, then their hair changes to something darker. Most of my relatives are tow-head ( Blondish) children, but as they get older, their hair gets darker.
My Bogie has chewed on what hair I got left (I am old and balding). He likes to pull at my mustache, too. No harm was done.
Be careful of hair sprays and medicated shampoos on your hair. It may not be good for them to chew on your hair, especially when wet.
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Pied parrotlets will develop new spots of color some molts, or the spots disappear. If you think of the pied like spots on a dog, molting causes those spots to move. Sometimes a feather will grow in yellow, for instance, that previously was blue or green. Other than that, at the first molt the original coloring just gets more vibrant.
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As far as the hair, yes they can chew it but most would not they just "preen" you. Lilly however plucks, and when she got the chance she would chew off Tobie's feathers too. Now that they are separated she gets more mommy time, she was "preening" my eyebrows the other day and I heard her crunching them in an attempt to "trim" them for me. I declined the offer.
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