Purchasing Your New Bird


WHAT YOU SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR WHEN BUYING YOUR NEW BIRD

  • Are there no signs of inflammation, such as redness, swelling, or discharge, in the eyes?
  • Is the mouth and beak free of any injuries and does it appear to be clean? Inside the mouth, there shouldn’t be any sores, moisture (birds don’t have saliva glands), or buildup of any kind. It is important that the beak not have any abnormalities. (i.e.., overgrown or misaligned)
  • Are the nasal passages (nares) open, and is there no discharge coming from them?
  • Do the wings appear to be perfectly equal and smooth? In the event that the wings have not been cut, they should drape naturally and uniformly along the sides of the body.
  • Is the body solid and has it reached its full potential? Feel the breastbone (keel bone) in the front of the body. Does it have a keen sensation to it? If that’s the case, the bird might not be getting enough food.
  • Is it possible that the bird is missing some of its feathers?
    Does he appear to have been plucked?
    Is there any exposed skin anywhere on the body?
    Does it appear that the feathers have been fluffed?
    The bird need to have all of its feathers and appear sleek. It all depends on how old he is, but his tail can seem a little ratty. The feathers on each other’s tails are a favorite target for picking and pulling among young birds. Around the age of three months, the tail feathers can get highly frayed and even fall off entirely in some cases. After the process of molting is complete, the bird will have a brand new tail and will look fantastic.
  • Is the anus (vent) free of debris? It is normal for the feathers around the vent to be clean and free of any stains or feces matter.
  • Does the bird have all of its toes and does it have toenails on all of its toes? What do you think about the legs?
  • Is the bird sitting on something?
  • Is the bird lively and aware of its surroundings?
  • Is the bird adorned with a bracelet on one of its legs that identifies the breeder?

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK

  • How many years does the bird have?
  • Who is the parent animal? (If you do not intend to purchase the bird directly from the breeder.)
  • Is there any kind of guarantee?
    If that’s the case, for how long?
    What are the parameters of the guarantee, if there is one?
  • Which veterinary hospital do they go to, or who do they recommend?
  • Will the sellers continue to provide support and guidance after the sale?
  • If you have no prior experience hand-feeding young birds, it is strongly recommended that you refrain from purchasing an unweaned bird. This situation almost always has a disastrous ending. If the buyer does not have previous experience handfeeding birds, a reputable breeder will not sell the unweaned birds to them.

THE MOST ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR NEW BIRD

  • The bird must be able to roam around freely inside the cage without his tail coming into contact with the sides of the enclosure. If the bird cannot perch in the cage without its tail coming into contact with other perches, the cage is too tiny. I recommend that the dimensions of the cage not be any less than 18 by 14 inches. The dimensions of three feet by three feet is ideal.
  • Additional plates for the food.
  • Extra perches.
  • Cuttlebone
  • A wide selection of toys, which should be rotated on a regular basis to avoid monotony and discourage boredom. Simple items such as Q-tips, hair elastics (which should be cut in half to prevent them from becoming twisted around the bird’s neck), buttons, ribbons, shoelaces with the ends still attached, small twigs from apple trees, and other similar items are some of the things that birds enjoy eating.
  • A wide range of meal options. Food in the form of pellets and seeds, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables, millet, and tasty treats.
  • a dish used for bathing
  • Your time and attention are of the utmost importance.

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