Selecting A Bird Breeder And Your New Bird

5 Things You Need to Know Before Yo...
5 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Keeping Birds

Investing in choosing a trustworthy, competent breeder is one of the most critical things you can take to ensure your new bird will be a healthy, happy, lifelong part of your family. Long after your cheque has passed the bank, the appropriate breeder will be a resource for you!

How can you determine whether the breeder is trustworthy and knowledgeable? Here are some pointers from the team:

  • Protecting their breeding birds from infectious illness and parasites is a primary responsibility for conscientious breeders, thus they keep their aviaries closed. They may have closed circuit viewing systems or other methods in place to enable you to see their birds, or they may merely allow you to see their pet (non-breeding) birds.
  • The breeder will check potential buyers to ensure that the bird and the person are a good match. They may request references and, at the very least, interview the potential bird owner about the species he or she is interested in acquiring.
  • After the placement, breeders should be accessible to assist new owners. They should be accessible for follow-up guidance and care information for at least one month, but the finest breeders will always be a resource to assist your bird integrate into your family and be healthy and well-adjusted for the rest of its life. Breeders should give care papers as well as assistance in selecting a suitable cage, toys, and diets.
  • Prior to the sale, breeders should supply all health certifications, vet records, and, for bigger birds, a psitticosis test and findings.
  • There will be a fair health assurance. This varies from aviary to aviary, but competent breeders often allow one to two weeks to bring the bird to the doctor and have it examined. If difficulties are identified by the purchaser’s veterinarian during this time, a breeder should be willing to either refund your money in full or offer you another bird.
  • Breeders should be able to give references from previous bird purchasers.
  • Breeders should inform buyers whether the bird they are purchasing was removed from the clutch or is a hybrid. Breeders that purposefully aim to make “hybrids” and demand exorbitant fees for them are typically seen as unethical by genuine bird enthusiasts. One of the most serious issues with hybridization is that it diminishes the gene pool. It also usually results in a sterile bird. For a number of species, the gene pool is already diminished in the United States due to a lack of distinct lineages to reproduce from.
  • If there is a problem and the individual needs to give up the bird, the breeder should be willing to take it back. This does not imply that the breeder will buy the bird.
  • A responsible breeder would not employ rescued birds in his or her breeding program. They may rescue birds but will not sell them, however adopters can expect to pay a moderate adoption fee to cover expenses.
  • Please see’s Notes on Hand Feeding and Unweaned Baby Birds for information on handfeeding and weaning baby birds, as well as the sale of unweaned baby birds.

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