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Old 02-16-2017, 02:47 PM   #1
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New here and looking to buy a parrotlet!

Hi everyone! I am new here and really interested in getting a cute pet bird. I live in a studio apartment, and the landlord already told me I have permission to get one. My question is, do pet shops have parrotlets generally? I really adore the aqua blue color. Would they have that? What advice do you have for buying one at a pet shop? I am in the US.
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Old 02-16-2017, 04:27 PM   #2
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Often you will get a healthier, tamer bird by buying directly from a breeder rather than a pet shop. I don't think it's allowed to give breeder info out on the open forum, but if you want to say what state you are located in, people can send you a private message if they know of a breeder. You could also have one shipped to you but you have to be really careful if you do that that you are dealing with a reputable, knowledgeable breeder.
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Old 02-16-2017, 04:35 PM   #3
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I second what Grace said!
And, welcome to the forum! We are happy to answer any questions you have.
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Old 02-16-2017, 04:49 PM   #4
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Thank you! I am located in western PA.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:49 PM   #5
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Welcome! If you want a parrotlet, then do your research first. Look at the left side of this forum page and you will see the column called " Forums ". There are many selections you must read before you get a bird. Please look at them . P'letts are a difficult but beautiful and smart birds, but temperamental. They will and can have a biting problem. They are small, but think they are 2 feet tall! They are not good around other birds or pets. There are exceptions, but not many. They like to bond with one person. They love veggies and treats and proper food. They need attention. Breeders are the best place to get one. Look up parrotlet breeders in Pa. Call bird food stores for info to breeders. Good luck. Let us know. Call avian vets for some insight to local breeders.

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Old 02-17-2017, 09:01 AM   #6
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Welcome! These little guys sure are cute

But they are also a lot of work!

I grew up with a lovebird that is HALF the amount (if not less!) of work than Levi is. Parrotlets are spunky and stubborn... more like having a toddler than a pet. You mentioned you live in a studio - make sure that you have enough room for a good sized cage. Parrotlets are small but they need large cages with lots of perches and toys as they are very active (typically).

For me, I looked for a breeder that I trusted and then waited and waited and waited until their birds had a clutch. I waited about a year. This wait time allowed me to do a lot of research (a lot of reading on this forum) to make sure I absolutely wanted a parrotlet.

Of course, he has stolen my heart and there's no turning back now

Good luck!!
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:59 PM   #7
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While I would agree that a breeder is a good way to purchase a parrotlet.

In NJ we have bird stores who only sell birds. They typically breed themselves or buy from local breeders.

I bought my guy from a bird store. He was hatched and raised there.
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:40 PM   #9
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While I would agree that a breeder is a good way to purchase a parrotlet.

In NJ we have bird stores who only sell birds. They typically breed themselves or buy from local breeders.

I bought my guy from a bird store. He was hatched and raised there.
There is a store like that here but they only have larger birds. They keep the babies that are being handfed at the store so you can pick your baby out before it's weaned and visit it if you like. I agree that's a good way to go also if there's some place like that near you.
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Greetings and welcome! If a good breeder can be found buying from a breeder is great. Alternatively, as has been said, there are shops that specialize in birds, buying from local breeders and breeding some themselves, and that can also work very well. I have old family friends who own a bird shop and I've gotten great birds from them over the years, including my parrotlet, Sky. I wish you the best of luck finding a new feathered friend!

As for parrotlets....they are awesome little birds, like a big parrot in a dinky body the size of a canary...totally amazing.
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