Specializing in Hand-Fed Parrotlet's, Lovebirds
& Other Rare Mini Parrots
and Supplying Quality Avian Products
Hand Feeding New Baby Birds,
JD's Parrotlet’s is a small local bird breeder and registered pet and supply business located in the heart of the Willamette Valley in Albany, Oregon. We specialize in handfed/hand raised, Pet Quality Parrotlet’s, Lovebird's and other Rare Mini Parrots and Quality Avian products that we believe in. All the Mini parrots that we breed make wonderful pets and add joy to any household that wants a loveable pet in a delightfully small size with loads of personality. Our Mini parrots are perfectly suited for apartment living being some of the quietest parrot species and only taking up a small space. No more huge parrot cages or worrying about upsetting your neighbors or roommates. Check out the bottom of the About us page to see a list of Mini Parrots with pictures that we offer.
What makes our birds different?
The difference between our handfed birds and others is that we go the extra mile making sure your baby starts it's life off bonded to people. We use our SecludaBrood™ system never allowing our baby birds to open their eyes in the nest box with the parents or even allow them to mingle with their siblings. We taking the babies at 3-9 days after hatch depending on the species well before they open their eyes. We then close leg band them with the smallest closed leg bands that will accommodate them as adults.
Most breeders take the chicks at 2-3 weeks after hatch (one prominent Parrotlet breeder takes them at one month and uses Lovebird sized leg bands due to the size when they take the chicks). They do this because it is easier, less time consuming and cheaper to raise them from this stage; however, the babies have then bonded with their parents and other nest mates. The babies can of course still bond to people but the bond will be much stronger if a baby is taken before they bond to another bird and think of people as an intricate part of their flock. Always remember that birds have very good memories and are very intelligent and will remember things that we could only dream of remembering and will quickly associate behaviors that are good and bad to them.
In-addition to taking our babies earlier we also separate our babies in the brooder in individual compartments so they cannot bond to other babies in the brooder (as part of our SecludaBrood™ system) viewing us as their parents and we play with them often so they associate people as important members of their flock as they mature. We also feed our handfed chicks the best of the best hand rearing formula and it is not available in stores and is kept frozen to remain its optimum freshness. Our hand feed has no types of sugars, sucrose or dextrose at all as these can encourage yeast (candida) to grow in the crop and possibly kill the developing chick our hand feed closely mimics what they would receive in nature with added vitamins and minerals and the difference is amazing in our chicks. Our adult birds are fed a varied diet and this includes fresh foods and the best Premium Seed mix with pellets. Some of our larger parrots eat a staple diet of pellets with additions of seeds and fresh foods as treats with their optimum health in mind. All of our weaning babies are accustomed to eating pellets and other whole foods as part of a well balanced diet.
A question I am often asked
Are all Parakeets Parrots?
Yes!! all Parakeets as we call them are true parrots (hookbills). The term Parakeet is used to describe small parrots with long pointed tails. Many of the so called Parakeets are also considered Grass keets from Australia.These so called Parakeets are fantastic parrots and can be just as good or better pets then the birds we call Parrots and sometimes more loving and less nippy. A properly handfed and well socialized English Budgie, Lovebird, Cockatiel or Lineolated Parakeet and other parakeets are just as sweet (or sweeter in some cases) and smart as any other small Parrot and can speak and whistle small tunes.
Here is a quick list: (You can read additional info on many of the species we breed on the traits and care page)
Parrotlet's, Lovebirds, Lineolated Parakeets, Cockatiels (White Face, Lutino, Opaline, white face opaline), Scarlet Chested Parakeet, Red Opaline Bourke, Normal Bourke, Rainbow Bourke, Black Capped Conure, White Winged Parakeet, English Budgie, Diamond Doves Bars and stripes mutation and silver cinnamon winged, Pure Stock of European Button Quail Mutations and Red Breasted USA Stock, Finches such as Owl Finch, Parrot Finch Star finch (Red and Orange Face) All the Mini parrots we Breed are under 10 inches and most are 6 inches. We are Working on procuring some quality bloodlines of Scarlet chested parakeets and We are always on the search for rare and better then average pet birds and low maintenance aviary birds.