Parrotlet Ranch – Sandee Molenda – Referral

NOTE: The Aviary below is not associated with LuckyFeathers nor have they in any way endorsed LuckyFeathers. This is simply my personal review of this Aviary based on all the things I have learned and heard about them over the years from my own customers and from other breeders.

My Breeder Reviews and Referrals


The Parrotlet Ranch

LuckyFeathers recommends The Parrotlet Ranch. Even though I have never personally met them, I have had the pleasure of speaking with them over the phone a few times over the years.  I have always heard great things about Sandee Molenda and Robert Molenda. For many years now they have been known in the Parrotlet Breeder World as being the most knowledgeable Parrotlet Breeders and Keepers. Sandee has written numerous articles that are exclusive to parrotlet care, husbandry, behavior, feeding, housing, training, color mutations and a host of other information. She also has articles on general avian care such as shipping birds, traveling by airplane with birds, feather picking, disease information and control, nutrition, beginning breeder information, hand-feeding birds and host of other topics that contain a wealth of information that most bird owners and breeders will find very helpful. The Parrotlet Ranch was always devoted to raising the healthiest, strongest parrotlets possible and took great care with regard to nutrition, housing, cleanliness, record keeping and genetic diversity. Today, Sandee offers her more than 30 years of experience breeding, keeping, showing and raising parrotlets in her publications, books, blog, Facebook page and speaking engagements. 

For Sandee’s speaking engagement and presentation schedule visit her website listed below. Or contact her directly at the number below.

Update November 2014:
It appears that Sandee has a new website. The old website is no longer active. The new website is listed below. Check it out for her speaking schedule and more info.

Visit Sandee at the below links

  updated Nov. 2014
                            added Nov. 2014

Sandee L. Molenda
The Parrotlet Ranch
Telephone: (831) 688-5560

The Parrotlet Handbook
By Sandee L. Molenda
Published By: Barrons
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Disclaimer Information:Lucky Feathers Breeder Referrals
Often I will get messages from people asking me where they can find a bird that I don’t have or a color mutation that I don’t have available. I am more than happy to pass along those customers to the best possible breeders. The average customer from my experience does not know how important it is to purchase from a breeder who practices good breeding ethics. It can make the difference between a bird that lives 3 to 5 years compared to a bird that could live 15 to 30 years. If I list another breeder as a referral it is because I believe they practice these strong breeding ethics based on either my personal experience or feedback that I have received over the years from my  customers.  ~  Sean Ira

NOTE: The Parrotlet Ranch is not associated with LuckyFeathers nor have they in any way endorsed LuckyFeathers. This is simply my personal review of the Parrotlet Ranch based on all the great things I have learned and heard about them over the years from different articles and from my customers.

Below is some information on the Parrotlet Book that I currently recommend to my customers

The Parrotlet Handbook
By Sandee L. Molenda
Published By: Barrons

   (Top)  One of the best books written about Parrotlets. Below is a list of the Contents.
The book is available on for around $10. I recommend anyone who wants a parrotlet or anyone who already has a parrotlet to buy this book. It is full of so much great information.
See a preview of this book below – Click Here   or to buy

Table Of Contents
Chapter I – Meet the Parrotlet 

Parrotlets and their Special People
History In Captivity
What Are Parrotlets?
Frequently Asked Questions
Are There Differences in Personalities Between Subspecies?
What is a Parrotlet’s Average Life Span?
Chapter II – Parrotlet Identification 
Basic Classifications
Identification Terms
Pacific Parrotlets
Color Mutation Parrotlets
Pacific Color Mutation Descriptions
Green Rumped Parrotlets
Spectacled Parrotlets
Rare Species Of Parrotlets
Blue Winged Parrotlets
Mexican Parrotlets
Sclater’s Parrotlets
Yellow Faced Parrotlets
Chapter III – Choosing A Parrotlet 
Are You the Right Person for a Parrotlet?
Considerations When Picking A Parrotlet
Which Species?
What Sex?
One Parrotlet or More?
Where to Buy a Parrotlet
Purchasing from a Breeder
Shipping Parrotlets
Purchasing From a Pet Shop
Bird Marts
Purchasing Checklist
Picking the Perfect Parrotlet
Healthy Parrotlet Checklist
Unweaned Parrotlets
Tips For Purchasing Parrotlets
Chapter IV – Housing The Parrotlet 
Food Dishes
Watering Devices
Mite Protectors
Floor Covering
Cage Location
Covering the Cage
Cleaning the Cage
Finding Safe, Fun Toys
Birdie Buddies™ and Happy Huts™
“People” Toys
Playpens and Baskets
Other Equipment
Air Filters
Water Filter
Chapter V – Feeding The Parrotlet 
Pellets and Color Mutation Parrotlets
Other Necessary Foods
Fresh Fruit For Your Parrotlet
Fresh Vegetables and Greens – Fed Raw Unless Noted
Organic and Homegrown Produce
Nuts, Seeds, Legumes and Non-Animal Proteins
Legumes and Other Non-Animal Proteins
Animal Proteins
Hot Cooked Diets
Sprouted Seed
Vitamins and Supplements
Lory Powder
Bee Pollen
Spirulina™ and Wheat Grass Powder
Cuttlebone and Mineral Blocks
Mineral Blocks
Grit and Oyster Shell
Healthful Treats
Healthful Recipes for Parrotlets
Daily Fresh Food Mix
Birdie Corn Muffins
Brown Rice Recipe
Basic Bird Bread
Corn/Bean/Rice Recipe
Parrotlet Ranch Beans
Is Your Parrotlet Eating?
Picky Eaters
Wasteful Parrotlets
Chapter VI – Bringing The Parrotlet Home 
New Home Checklist
New-Parrotlet Check Up
New Bird Examination Procedure
Leg Bands
Patience and Understanding
Chapter VII – Behavior and Training 
  The Spoiled Parrotlet
Parrotlet Behavior
Cage Aggression
Egg-Laying Pet Females
Feather Mutilation
The “Teenage Years”
Training Basics
The “No” Command
The “Step Up” Command
Playing “Ladders”
Time Out
Teaching Parrotlets to Talk
Pepper the Wonder Parrotlet
Teaching The Parrotlet Tricks
Get the Bell
Playing Dead
Potty training
Riding on a Toy
Shaking Hands
Standing on Head
Chapter VIII – Grooming The Parrotlet 
 Wing Clipping
Beak Trimming
Green Rumped Parrotlet Beak Problems
Preening and Pinfeathers
Chapter IX – Breeding Parrotlets 
  Housing Breeding Pairs
Nutrition for Breeding Parrotlets
Breeding Parrotlets
Hand-Feeding and Socializing
Parent-Raised Chicks
Record Keeping
Proper Equipment & Disinfection & Hygiene
Hand Feeding Equipment Guide
Color Mutation Parrotlets
Pellet Diets and Color Mutation Parrotlets
Breeding Parrotlet Mutations
Inheritance Modes and Color Combinations
Recessive Color Mutation Chart – Single Factor
Recessive Color Mutation Chart – Combination Colors
Chapter X – Traveling with Your Parrotlet 
 Basic Travel Tips
Traveling by Air
Health Certificates
Chapter XI – Hazards and Disaster Preparedness 
 Around the House
Airborne Toxins
List of Common Household Airborne Toxins
Cigarette Smoke
Paint and Pesticides
Stored Dangers
Teflon™ and Other Non-Stick Surfaces
Dangerous Foods
The Avocado Controversy
Dangerous houseplants
Safe Houseplants
Other Birds and Animals
Toys and Cages
Zinc and Lead
Common Household Sources of Lead
Disaster Preparedness
Emergency Bird Supply Kit
Chapter XII – Illness and Diseases 
 Know What to Look For
Signs of Illness
Emergency Situations
First Aid
Bird First Aid Kit
Hospital Cage
Cuts and Abrasions
Bleeding Feathers
Broken Beak Tip
Broken Toenail
Working With Your Veterinarian 
Holistic Medicine
Chlamydiosis (Psittacosis, Parrot Fever)
E. coli
Mycobacteria (Avian Tuberculosis)
Fungal Infections
Avian Gastric Yeast
Protozoal Parasites
Viral Infections
Beak and Feather Disease (P.B.F.D.)
Pacheco’s Disease
Polyoma Virus
To Vaccinate or Not?
Proventricular Dilatation Disease (P.D.D.)
Further Education
Books and Magazines
Bird Clubs
Death of a Parrotlet
Chapter XIII – Showing A Parrotlet 
 What is a Bird Show?
Societies and Specialty Clubs
Great American and National Cage Bird Shows
Other Benefits
General Parrot Standards
International Parrotlet Society Standards
Preparing A Parrotlet For A Show
Show Cages
Show Cage Training
Before the Show
Night of the Show
Attending the Show
Show Tag and Registration Form
Judging Procedure
Accumulating Points
Banquet and Raffles
Chapter XIV – Beyond the Basics 
 Further Information
International Parrotlet Society
Avicultural Organizations
American Federation of Aviculture
National Cage Bird Show
Society of Parrot Breeders and Exhibitors
Conservation Organizations
American Bird Conservancy
RARE Center for Tropical Conservation
Magazines and Periodicals
Bird Talk Magazine
Parrot Life
Veterinary References
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Inc.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
Association of Avian Veterinarians
Chapter XV – Glossary of Terms
Chapter XVI- Appendix
 Classifications of Forpus Parrotlets