bmsweb wrote:I didn't think this was even a problem! I haven't come across any breeders who sell parrots that haven't been weaned yet (well not in Australia). When we were looking for Conures, the youngest one I came across was 8 weeks old and the breeder was planning on holding on to the bird for another week.
I just find it hard to believe actual breeders would sell you a bird that's not weaned. When I say breeder I'm not talking about someone who's birds happen to breed by pure luck.
Eurycerus wrote:I have to say having Nika bonded with me is a little problematic. No matter what I do she still gets all hormonal and excited by me sometimes, even just getting near her. She's more aggressive towards other people and can have a difficult time focusing when all she wants to do is make babies with me.
pennyandrocky wrote:the greater bond with handfed is a myth for breeder profit. i'm happy to see your birds don't have issues because of handfeeding. my cousin hand fed her , i thought the idea rediculous even before i read all the problems caused by handfeeding.i would say the bond with my older rescues is the same if not better than hers. while her bird is clipped and has no choice whether he wants to be with her or not mine are free to fly where they choose. breeders started this because of cost they sell birds earlier so they don't have to spend money caring for the babies instead they put that off on the people buying them. they also encourage more egg laying by removing the babies forcing the parents to replace them. i just saw a post on here where this person lost 2 babies handfeeing.
friend2parrots wrote:hopefully as more people listen to behaviorists like Greg Glendell, it will reduce the number of birds being surrendered to rescues.
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