And here we are! We will share all the fun things you can do with your flock of parrotlets here, suggestions welcome!
Your parrotlets are highly intelligent pets, and are fully capable of learning tricks that you teach them! Of course this also depends on the individual parrotlet, each with their personal likes and dislikes. The key is to know what they love, and turn it into something fun for both of you!
Something like the “Sit” command that virtually all dogs know, the “Step Up” command is the first command your little feathered friend should recognize and do comfortably and reliably. This command is more than just a trick, and is useful for getting your parrotlet out of potentially dangerous situations, or simply a way to easily bring them around perches.
To teach this command to your parrotlet, start off with your parrotlet on an open perch. You may wish to hold a bunch of millet spray or treats as a reward in your off hand.
With your main hand, extend your index finger and slowly approach your parrotlet, making it squared horizontal across the parrotlet’s chest.
At the same time as you are voicing the command “Step Up”, gently nudge your finger into the parrotlet’s chest. This should encourage it to instinctively step onto your finger. Once this action has been completed, praise it for a job well done and present the treat! Repeat this as often and as naturally as you can, starting off with perches, and also for getting your parrotlet off the ground. Most parrotlets should learn this very quickly in a matter of days without any problems.
This is another trick that can be performed while the parrotlet is on a perch, or even your own finger. The goal is to get it to turn 360 degrees around on the perch, before getting its reward.
The following steps were what worked for us.
- Start off with showing your highly food-motivated parrotlet the treat in your hand, slightly above it’s head.
- Once you have its attention, slowly move the treat in a semi circle towards the back of your parrotlet.
- The moment it vanishes behind your parrotlet, it should prompt it to start turning around on the perch.
- At this point, say the command “Turn Around”.
- When the turn is completed, praise and reward!
Depending on how comfortable your parrotlet is with turning, this is also an easy trick to understand for the parrotlets. Soon you’ll have them turning like a pro on command! Young birds who are still not used to a perch might stumble a few times, and appear really clumsy. Don’t be disappointed, have a few good laughs and they will get better with practice!
Well, parrotlets, don’t exactly have hands, but they do have very nimble feet. In this trick, you extend your finger to one of its foot, and say “Shake Hands”. Your parrotlet will, while standing on one foot, lift the other foot to grab hold onto your finger. You can then give it a few very tiny “handshakes”. These are the few steps that you can take to achieve this:
- Start off with using your extended index finger to approach your parrotlet from its side.
- Sensing the finger, it should instinctively lift its nearest foot to try and grab hold of it.
- At the juncture, immediately praise it, remove your finger and give a reward.
- Your parrotlet might try to “Step Up”, as it is very similar, but always give the “Shake Hands” command and remove your finger once one foot is up.
- It may also try to nibble your finger as you approach. This behavior can be slowly discouraged with a “No”, and the trick can be restarted with no rewards.
Come To Me!
The basic recall trick. This is another useful utility trick that you can use, if you lose sight of your parrotlet, or if you need them to come over to you. (Below is a shot of our lovebird babies flying on command)
To train for this command, simply use your parrotlet’s name in a cheerful and upbeat tone, and put your hand lower if its on the ground.
Your parrotlet should start to wander towards you, and eventually come over to you. When it achieves that, give lots of praise and reward!
Perform this whenever you can, and soon your parrotlet should start seeking you out when you start calling “Come to me Titan”!