Where can I buy a healthy parrot?
If you have decided on the look of a parrot, it's time to think about where exactly can you buy a healthy parrot. There are several options, let's look at all the pros and cons of each.
- Pet Shop. As a rule, amateurs and those who are engaged in breeding parrots on a large scale give to parrot pet stores. Also, birds can be brought from abroad in bulk. Of the advantages, perhaps, only that you can see the bird with your own eyes. Perhaps the bird will be healthy. It often happens that parrots are infected. There are very few veterinarians specializing in birds, and certificates can be issued only after a routine visual inspection. If there are certificates, they do not protect against any disease and do not give a guarantee. Vendors sometimes do not own information about either the sex or the age of the parrots. The price is usually higher than anywhere else. The cells are not properly processed, which can cause infection in the next batch of birds. Also, you will not be able to find out about the parents of the bird.
- Market. Only a huge variety can be a plus - color, age, appearance. Usually these are imported birds bought in bulk. In Belarus, this is most often smuggling. Those. you must understand how these parrots are transported (in narrow containers, sometimes they get drunk with something, etc.). Again, the issue of unsanitary conditions is even more pronounced. For diseases, the same as with pet stores, or even worse. I will tell you from my experience that a bird from the market I died in a few years. I think that immunity after all these movements and stresses is very low initially, plus it is not known in what conditions the parents of the birds nested, etc. The price is slightly cheaper than in pet stores.
- Breeders, lovers.Here, perhaps, more pluses than minuses. Let's start with the latter. This is inexperience in breeding. That is, the person who is engaged in breeding is not experienced enough in this matter, is not literally savvy, therefore, he can make mistakes that later affect the offspring. These are rickets, and injuries, and the death of chicks. But all this can usually be determined visually when buying. From the pros - you can see the parents of the birds, conditions of detention, food, breeding conditions, etc. Believe me, all this is important, as it will affect the health of your pet. If a breeder or an amateur is conscientious, he will show you everything, tell you, hide nothing, because it is also important for him to find the right hands for a sleek and cherished chick. Typically, the price of birds is average (near the market), but lower than in pet stores. Also, if something happens, most often you can turn to such a person with a question or for advice.
Remember that a parrot receives fifty percent of its health from its parents, and the other fifty is your merit. Proper nutrition, care and your observation of the pet will help him live a long life.
There can be exceptions in every example I cite. The main thing is that when buying a parrot you are careful. Do not rush to the choice, observe the birds. Choose an active bird with sparkling eyes. Discharge from the nostrils, eyes, ears should not be. The cesspool should also be clean, without feathers glued together. The bird should not be thin or thick. The keel bone should be palpated, but not very prominent.
The bird should not be a very young chick emerging from the nest, since often such chicks themselves do not feed yet and can die of hunger if they are not fed manually.