A Pacific Parrotlet Breeder Specializing in Quality Hand-Fed Baby Pacific Parrotlets

Pacific Parrotlet: Breeding Questions


1.

Breeding “One Pair” or “Multiple Pairs"?

Those seeking to breed Parrotlets should have more than one breeding pair. Having more than one pair will increase your chances of having babies. Pairs love to hear one another, but not see each other. Make sure you put up some sort of divider between each breeding pair.


2.

Normally when would a Parrotlet breeding season begin?

Parrotlets have no “set” breeding season. Most Parrotlets will produce year round, however, we strongly advise our customers to limit each pair to 2- 3 clutches per year. By allowing each pair to rest in between clutches will increase your chances of having larger and healthier babies.


3.

At what point should I stop breeding my pair?

We suggest to limit the amount of clutches each pair is allowed to produce in any given year. If proper care along with a hardy and healthy diet is given to your breeding pair(s), We would venture to say most pairs can produce fertile clutches along with healthy babies for at least 4-6 years. There have been many cases where pairs can produce healthy clutches at a much older age, however, we don't recommend breeding your Parrotlets after an age of around 8 years.


4.

Should we clip the wings of a breeding pair?

We do not recommend owners to clips the wings of breeding pairs. Since most breeding pairs will remain in a cage 99.9% of the time, there is no need for owners to clip the wings of a breeding pair of Parrotlets.


5.

How old do Parrotlets have to be in order to breed?

There is no "real" set age in which you should or shouldn't breed your Parrotlet. We do encourge those seeking to breed Parrotlets to wait until both  male and female are  at least 10-12 months of age.


6.

If I plan to breed Parrotlets how many are allowed per cage?

When breeding Pacific Parrotlets each cage should have 1 Male Parrotlet and 1 Female Parrotlet.


7.

What hand feeding formula should I use?

Today, there are many hand feeding formulas available in the market place. We use Kaytee Exact baby hand feeding formula for all of our Parrotlets. We follow the guidelines provided by Kaytee when feeding our Parrotlets. Once you have finished hand feeding, discard any formula not used. It’s very important the hand feeding formula is mixed fresh and at the proper temperature prior to each hand feeding session.


8.

What temperature should the hand feeding formula be?

Hand feeding formula is mixed and fed at a temperature of 106 degrees (+/-).


9.

The Parrotlet Incubation Process?

The incubation period for most Pacific Parrotlets is 19 to 22 days. The hen will spend a majority of her time in the nest box taking care of the eggs. The hen will come out of the nest box occasionally to poop and replenish nutrients. The male will be dedicated to feeding his mate either in the nest box or at the entrance hole. It is not uncommon to see both the male and female sleeping in the nest box with one another.


10.

How do I know when my hen is pregnant?

In most cases the hen will appear fat or swollen in the vent area prior to laying eggs. If you begin to see large droppings, this is another sign that your hen might be pregnant or ready to lay eggs.


11.

How often are parrotlet eggs laid?

In most cases, a Parrotlet will lay an egg every other day until the entire clutch is completed. Most clutches will range in size from four to six eggs. In some cases a breeding pair might lay more than one egg on the same day. Although it’s not normal, breeders should not be concerned if this scenario occurs.


12.

Why does parrotlet hens lay clear eggs?

There are many answers to this question. It's not unusual to see several clutches of clear eggs before fertile eggs are laid. In many cases a pair will go through multiple clutches before getting it right. Another reason could be the pair themselves are not attached to one another creating a situation where the male isn’t properly fertilizing the hen.


13.

Will parrotlet pairs have multiple clutches?

Yes. Most pairs will usually produce at least 2-3 clutches of 3 to 6 babies per babies per year. Of course, the age and health of the parents play a huge role in production levels.


15.

How to reduce/prevent egg binding?

We suggest our customers to supply each and every Parrotlet with cuttlebone, mineral blocks, and powder calcium (sprinkled over fresh veggies/fruits) to reduce the chances of your Parrotlet (female) becoming egg bound. Make sure you give your Parrotlets an endless supply of cuttlebone and mineral blocks or in other words there should never come a time when your cage is “cuttlebone-less” or “mineral block-less”


16.

How often should I clean my nest box?

We clean out every nest box which visually looks dirty. In terms of: poop, old wood shavings, etc. Nest boxes absolutely need to be changed and cleaned entirely after each clutch of babies and or clutch of infertile eggs.


17.

What cleaning solution should I use for my nest box?

We use a mixture of bleach and water (20% bleach - 80% water) to clean the interior and exterior of our nest box.


18.

Where should the nest box be placed?

We place our nest box on the outside-front-upper-left hand corner. Pacific Parrotlets are not known to successfully breed when the nest box is inside the cage.


19.

How should I clean the nest boxes?

Having a clean nest box is very important to the health and upbringing of offspring-parents. We suggest using a mixture of bleach and water (20% bleach - 80% water) to clean the interior and exterior of your nest box. We usually keep the same nest box for the same pair. This is important because it will reduce the chances of spreading any bacteria or diseases to other pairs. Once you have removed the wood shavings from the nest box, spray down the entire box with your bleach mixture, scrub thoroughly, leave out to dry.


20.

Should I clean the nest box while there are babies?

We often clean our nest boxes 2-3 times after the entire clutch of babies have hatched. Cleaning the wood shavings inside the nest box is very important because poop can build up very quickly when you have a clutch of 5 babies plus two parents. Cleaning the nest box with bleach mixture is not recommended until after the entire clutch is fully weaned and will no longer need the nest box.


21.

Where should I put the babies when I change the wood shavings?

Parrotletbirds uses a circular tub with a towel placed inside as a temporary holding unit while we clean out the wood shavings inside the nest box. Babies are placed back into the clean nest box.