I have my first successfully hatched clutch. They are starting to get their feathers and it looks like they will be leaving the nest box very soon. I read somewhere that I am supposed to take the father out of the cage during this process so he does not attach the babies. Is this so and if it is when do I take him out and for how long? If this is not the case and I am supposed to take the babies out when do I get them out of the cage? I do not want to take them out to earlier if they have not learned how to eat solids.
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I have my first successfully hatched clutch. They are starting to get their feathers and it looks like they will ... I do not want to take them out to earlier if they have not learned how to eat solids. Thanks

If your intent was to rear pet-quality babies, they should have been removed from the nest just before their eyes opened. I would remove them immediately to attempt to salvage the possibility of them being tame. You must be prepared to supplement their diet with formula. This will not be easy.
If your intent was to rear untamed birds, leave them until they "fledge", which means they leave the nest on their own, can fly and sustain their dietary needs without parental supplementation.
I've never removed a parent, only the chicks if the parents have a history of aggression. The first time is an accident, the second time is a pattern and the eggs or chicks will never be left beyond that point in the future.

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Hello there I am unlurking. I'm down under in Australia I have Superb's or Barrabands. I kept taking the chicks out of the nest box before they had all their feathers and prior to them leaving the nest box. Never had a problem with the males being aggressive. I breed these in a big cage in the lounge room of my house. It has wheels and I push it outside when I'm not at work or its not too hot. My birds are used to me taking the babies out and the hen watches me but is not bothered really too much. But what is a parrotlet??? I have a Corrella as well. trish in Sydney Emotion: smile
If your intent was to rear untamed birds, leave them until they "fledge", which means they leave the nest on their own, can fly and sustain their dietary needs without parental supplementation.

What crap. When a bird fledges it still needs "parental supplementation" for a while. Parrotlets don't start eating on their own as soon as they leave the nest.
If your intent was to rear untamed birds, leave them ... can fly and sustain their dietary needs without parental supplementation.

What crap. When a bird fledges it still needs "parental supplementation" for a while. Parrotlets don't start eating on their own as soon as they leave the nest.

I'll try to make my statement clearer. Do not take parent raised birds from the parents until they can sustain their dietary needs without parental supplementation. Call it anything you like.

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Wow thanks everyone for the response. I was not sure if I was going to hear from anyone. I am raising parent-reared babies. I have a buyer that sells them on the retail market as breeders.
Pete 'n' Trish a parrotlet is the smallest bird in the parrot family measuring about 4 inches long. They look like tiny little amazons. Here is a link to some pictures: http://www.shadypines.com/pletfun.htm
Generally speaking parent raised Pacifics need two or three additional weeks prior to seperation/weaning. Handfeds generally speaking wean on spot at six weeks and are watched for an additional week or two, so parent raised could take 8-10 weeks to be sure they are weaned properly.

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Hey thanks for the site. I think these are wee cuties. They look very similar to birds call love birds in Australia. Its a problem how different countries and cultures cahnge the names isnt it. Some of our birds are called cockatoos but down under we call them Galahs and Corellas. Still lovely unless they are eating the wooden bits off your house just for fun. trish in Sydney Emotion: smile
Hey thanks for the site. I think these are wee cuties. They look very similar to birds call love birds ... Corellas. Still lovely unless they are eating the wooden bits off your house just for fun. trish in Sydney Emotion: smile

And we thought woodpeckers were a pain. Imagine having cockatoos eating your house from the outside in rather than the inside out, the way it's done here.
There was a great photo circulating a couple of years ago from a man in Australia who's deck was demolished by "dust bombs" (cockatoos).

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