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To separate, or not to separate?

Tabracadabra

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Our unrelated mixed sex Parrotlet pair Popo and Izi are very tightly bonded. They are health-cleared rescues, and their previous owner said they don’t breed successfully. She suspected the female is infertile.

My question is, is it safe to leave them together? From what I’m reading, parrotlets can be rather violent with each other. I haven’t seen anything like that with them, beyond Izi being a little fury-volcano of hormonal rage just in general. They flock call each other constantly, and even just getting too far apart in their cage will set them off shrieking.

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I don’t want to stress them by separating them, but I also don’t want to find sweet Popo pecked to death. Neither of them are remotely tame. I’m working on it, but it’s very slow.

Should I separate them now and make them miserable? I’d rather not, frankly. It seems like their lives have been kind of crappy, and I’d like for them to be maximally happy for a change, and they do make each other happy. But, on the other hand, Parrotlet cage-rage.
 

TikiMyn

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If they are happy and bonded there is no need to seperate them:)
 

NirAntae

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As TikiMyn said, if they are bonded and happy together there's no need to separate them. However, keep a very close eye on them. If they start showing any signs of aggression towards each other, separate them immediately. It can escalate into the dangerous range before you know it. Even if that becomes necessary, though, there's no need to, like, put them in different rooms. You can keep the two cages right next to each other.
 

Tabracadabra

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I will keep a very sharp eye on them. The male is very easy going, I worry about her bullying him, especially because I’m thinking they came from a much more dismal situation than I was originally told, and that as they get used to more space, better food, lots of toys/foraging, and clean feathers, they might be less clingy with each other.

If that happens: boom, divider time!
 

Gribouille

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Hi. I have a budgie and a parrotlet. They seem to want to be together whenever they are free, but I don't trust the parrotlet so they have a cage each when I am away, I don't want to leave them in the same cage without supervision.
Another question: is one of your parrotlets blue-eyed:tweety:? I can't remember having seen any parrotlet with such eyes. Mine has brown ones
 

Tabracadabra

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I don’t know much about budgies, but my instinct would also be to protect a budgie from a parrotlet too lol. Even the wildest budgies are sweet kisses compared to a feisty parrotlet.

is one of your parrotlets blue-eyed? I can't remember having seen any parrotlet with such eyes. Mine has brown ones
Yes! My male parrotlet has white-grey eyes like an African Grey. I’m new to parrotlets, but I was surprised as well! I did a bit of research, and it turns out that most young parrotlets have dark eyes, but after the age of two or so, their eyes take on their final color. Some stay dark, some are lighter brown, and some are in blue range like my Popo.

Here’s a pic (of a parrotlet that I do not own) with lighter brown eyes.

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And a different pic of Popo where you can see his eyes better.

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Gribouille

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That's cool, I didn't know that! My Twitter could get lighter brown eyes then, he is 1 year old.
 

hedylarue

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If they've been kept together all this time and are bonded, I wouldn't separate them.
 
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