The life of a parrot is long so the role of the parrot breeder is very important in the way that the parrot will turn out as a pet. During the first few months of a pet parrots life the way that it is treated is very significant to the way it will behave in later life. Do you realize that some parrots live until they are 60 or even 100 years of age? Well they do, so you can see why those first few months, and even years are important to instill good habits.
When looking to purchase a pet parrot make some enquiries about parrot breeders and find one that has a good history and one that demonstrates good behavior towards parrot breeding. If buying from a pet shop see if you can get some information about the breeder and watch to see how the parrot behaves in the shop before you purchase it.
Buying a weaned bird.
The feeding habits of a young parrot is very important so you want to know that the parrot breeder has taken care over the diet of the parrot you intend to buy and that they have started feeding it the diet that it should have. A young parrot should be eating warm soft food, fresh food, pellets and/or seeds before you get it home. Caring for your pet parrot in the long term starts at the beginning with it eating the right diet.
Clipping the wings.
Some breeders will clip the wings on a parrot very early in its life, but if the bird has not had its wings clipped and has been allowed to learn to fly and to land safely on its feet then it is much more likely to be a happier bird. Even in your home the bird will flutter around from one thing to another so it needs to be able to land safely and securely without tumbling over.
Let’s face it, a bird is a bird, no matter whether it has had its wings clipped or not so from an emotional point of view the bird needs to have learnt why it has wings before they are clipped.
Commitment of parrot breeders.
Before purchasing your parrot ask the breeder if you can have a look at the aviary. Some may be hesitant of this, but if they are genuine they should not have a problem. I remember years ago when I bought a boxer dog and the breeders made some excuse so that we could not get a look at the litter. I let it go at the time but within two weeks the pup had broken out with ringworm and I wondered if it was in the litter.
Because of the length of time that a parrot lives it is quite important that you are able to build a good rapport with the parrot breeder. During its lifetime there may be problems that you come up against and it is really handy to be able to approach an experienced person to help you solve your problems.
There are of course, times when owners buy a really exotic parrot and cannot meet the parrot breeders, but in most cases it is possible and I would definitely go down this path when purchasing a pet that I intend to have a keep for such a long time.