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Old 02-15-2017, 08:53 AM   #11
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Best of luck! He is SO cute. Keep us updated on how he is doing!!
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:23 PM   #12
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Hello! I have no advice to give, but I wanted to send you some good wishes and second the request for updates. Your little one is adorable! Hope things go well with him!
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:34 PM   #13
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Thanks, guys.

I tried the ground up pellets through a pipette this morning and he definitely did start acting like an unweaned baby, so I bought a bag of formula tonight. He went nuts when he saw the syringe but didn't want any formula! His weight remains at 27g and he's just as peepy as ever. I guess I'll have to keep trying.
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Wow he is adorable!! You got great advice, glad it seems like you have it covered, I would have been nervous also. Sounds like it will work out OK, good job on the weighing keep checking him everyday.
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I haven't attempted a feeding tonight because his crop is pretty full. Still peeping away though! :/

I just took a little video to show what I mean. This particular set of peeps (and that slow open-mouthed head bob... kind of looks like a cross between defensiveness and begging, doesn't it?) was obviously triggered by me pointing at him, but this sound, sometimes accompanied by the head bob, is what's constantly taking place when he's hanging out with me whether my hands are visible or not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDn4WfPMiFs
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That looks to me like a cross between baby bird begging (Tumi kept begging after 10 weeks because he liked to be snuggled and fed) and the parrotlet OMG WHY IS YOUR NAIL BLACK I MUST DEFEND MYSELF. My question would be does he keep up the begging if you don't have nail polish on?
(Many parrots freak out about nail polish. Tumi freaked out on me this morning because I did a bit of damage to my nail and there is a small red spot on the nail bed and he PANICKED!)
I would consider snuggling him if he allows it. Tumi REALLY liked being held to be fed, and that is the reason he made me feed him long after his siblings fully weaned. I would take a tissue or paper towel, gently grab him in it, and then offer the yummy warm formula. I would do this only in the evening, when he is starting to think about snuggling down for bed. Also - do you have some sort of fleece thing for him to sleep on/with? We have discovered that most parrotlets need to snuggle when they sleep. They are amazing creatures, and can love and bite at the same time.
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Old 02-18-2017, 09:53 AM   #17
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I had the same suspicion at first regarding the nail polish, but he does it whether or not my nails are painted (the color doesn't seem to matter either), whether he's on my shoulder and my hands are hidden from view, whether he's on my finger.... it's the same wherever he is and whatever he's looking at, as long as he's with me. EXCEPT..... I discovered the other night that he seems to really like being swaddled up in a scarf and quiets down/starts grinding his beak during scarf cuddle time. And then, of course, he gets tired of scarf cuddles, runs up to my shoulder, and goes back to peeping.

I wasn't able to try handfeeding him last night either as his crop was MUCH too full!

Do you have any recommendations for a safe fleece thing I could keep in the cage? I'm wary about having fabric items in there as he's already gotten caught in a thread once (under supervision, luckily) and I'm terrified of having that happen when there's no one around to free him.

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Thick, high quality fleece is your friend. I know a lot of people use one of these from Esty https://www.etsy.com/listing/2432063...f=sr_gallery_3
I actually just tied a strip of good fleece to the side of the cage and Tumi loves that. I was improvising when I first got him, and he is so used to it now that I can't change it.
I used to put Tumi in scarves ALL THE TIME when he was young. I used a fleece infinity scarf (cheap, from Old Navy) as my official bird scarf. He was a happy camper!
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Aww, what a cute little toy! Thanks for the suggestion! I just ordered one and I'm sure he'll love it. Maybe feeling more secure with a cuddly "friend" in his cage will help his overall behavior...
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Levi has a similar one We call it his binky and it's sooo cute when he snuggles up next to it
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