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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

What is the difference between a hand-raised/hand-fed baby bird and a parent raised baby bird?
What should I look for when buying a baby parrot?
How do I find a reputable breeder?
Do you sell Parrot eggs?


Question:
What is the difference between a hand-raised/hand-fed baby bird?                         


Answer:
Hand raised babies are those that are either incubated and hatched by the breeder or pulled from the parent’s nest at just a few weeks of age. The baby is then handfed and can learn to trust and love humans. This process is called human-imprinting. This is not an easy task, as young babies must be fed frequently. In addition, a committed breeder will ensure the baby is well socialized by spending time talking and interacting with the baby. This is somewhat like a puppy, as the more time spent with the baby certainly pays off.

When you pick up your baby, it should be well socialized and easily handled. Many of our babies are already saying "Hello" by the time they go to their new homes and are giving kisses. Beware of an aggressive baby parrot!!! On the other hand, parent raised babies will be wild and not accepting of humans. Many breeders prefer that their future breeding stock is parent raised, as breeding birds must bond to each other and not to people.

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A healthy bird will be alert, active, and sociable. The baby's eyes should be bright and dry. There should be no discharge from the nares and the vent should be dry and clean. Feathers should look well groomed and the beak, legs, and feet should be normal looking. Symptoms to be aware of:

Not active and fluffed, plucked, or inconsistent feathering

Beak disfigurement

Nasal discharge

Discolored or runny stool

Eye discharge or swelling

Lethargic

Aggressive handfed baby

Standing at the bottom of the cage and not active

Skinny

No appetite

Coughing or wheezing

If the bird you are considering or any bird at the sellers facility shows any of the above symptoms it may be a sign of disease. Even if the bird you are considering looks healthy, there is no guarantee that the potential virus has not been passed on and symptoms are simply not visible yet. When you leave the facility, we recommend that you wash all the clothes that you wore and shower thoroughly, especially if you have other birds at home. Disease can be easily spread from bird to bird.Never buy a bird when you suspect illness!!!

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Question:
How do I find a reputable breeder?


Answer:
Just like puppy mills, there are bird mills where birds are kept in cramped conditions and are just there to produce as many babies as possible with no regard to their well being.
Many so called “breeders” are actually buyers and sellers of baby parrots. They may have a few breeding pairs of their own, although, most of the babies they offer for sale are not from their own breeding stock.

The issue with this practice is transmission of diseases. Birds can carry disease and do not immediately show symptoms, while transmitting the disease to any bird in the near vicinity. In addition, some diseases can be transmitted on a person’s clothing or shoes. These hidden symptoms are actually their preservation method in the wild, as any sick bird may be susceptible as prey. Unfortunately, once symptoms do rise to the surface it may be difficult to save the baby or one is left with a hefty vet bill. This is a very serious risk that should be considered when buying a baby.


A reputable breeder is passionate and should be a wealth of information on parrot rearing and care. He or she will ensure the right bird is going to the right home and not make you feel pressured to buy any baby just because it is what they currently have available. If possible, you should visit the breeder's facility and note how the babies are being raised in the nursery and especially the breeders interaction with the birds. Many breeders run a closed aviary and will not tour you through their breeding facility (this is our policy at C & C Farms Aviary). This policy should be respected as it reduces the risk of disease transmission.

All birds should be active, happy and bright eyed.
Trust your gut instinct!! Do not buy a baby just because you feel sorry for the bird. This practice promotes backyard breeding and may leave you with an unhealthy bird, large vet bills, and a broken heart.

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Question:
Do you sell Parrot eggs?


Answer:
NO! Strangely we get emails from people asking us this question. Parrot eggs are very fragile and need to be kept at specific, constant heat and humidity levels when incubated. Any rough handling or deviation from the incubation environment can “scramble” the egg or cause a developing fetus to die. Beware of advertisements offering fertile parrot eggs of rare species. It is also illegal to ship live birds or eggs, which are listed on CITES across international borders without the proper permits. Many endangered species, which are listed on CITES require both import and export permits and are very difficult to obtain.

There are sites on the internet describing these types of frauds.

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We ship within Canada only.

We do not export birds.


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