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hi, my name is Michael and I am new to this forum. I am seeking for some advice of how to find a good place to purchase a parrotlet? I had a lot of experience with finches, chickens, and quails but I am a absolute newbie when it come to parrotlet.
 

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A good breeder is best. If you can tell us what part of the country you are from and people can PM you their recommendations. I know a good breeder in the Atlanta GA area but you have to pick up the bird. She will not ship.
 

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you’ll want to do some research and find out yourself. but you could find a Parrotlet breeder if you want just remember to ensure the breeder has healthy practices and ensures the well-being of all Parrotlets. but Rescues exist, many pets end up abandoned when their original owner you'll have to put a lot of time, money, and effort into your rescued birds.
 

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Welcome to the forum! Finding a good breeder for parrotlets is a hard thing to do. One thing to look out for is to not purchase from a bird Broker! They search the country for someone's orders and will buy any bird they can in order to sell it. Be careful. Ask whoever who is selling a bird if they are a breeder.

Generally, an avian Vet may have an answer for you. Find one in Orange County with good Better Business ratings, then give them a call and ask for help.

Make sure you have a breeder who hand feeds the birds and CAN " step up" onto a finger . This is important.

Do you know what you are getting into? Raising parrotlets can be a challenge. They are different from other birds. They are dwarf parrots and use their beaks and you will have a time getting them to not bite. It all depends on the bird.
I suggest that you get a p'lett no younger than 8 weeks and make sure they are banded.

Do not buy one in the winter! It is too cold to ship. I suggest that you only accept a bird shipped by Delta .

Keep in touch.

Dave
 

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Thank you for the replies from Cloudy and Dave! I will contact the local avarian vet today. I have found two breeders on Craigslist and have contacted them. They said they will have 8 weeks old babies available in 1.5-2 months. One is a hand fed Breeder and the other is a hand tamed parents raised Breeder. I haven’t been to their places yet as I am waiting to see how the babies will turn out.
 

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I used to be very active in some Facebook groups and conversed with a few breeders there. Over the years I have come to really trust only one of them that is still selling breeding and shipping birds. I will private message you the information. Unfortunately there are a lot of unscrupulous breeders out there. I even considered myself very good at crossing all my t's and dotting all my I's but I myself was taking advantage of on the last bird that I purchased. I became very hung up on finding a certain mutation and that became my downfall. The person I purchased from I later found out lied to me, he did not in fact breed birds himself but purchase them out of the nest from another breeder who took lots of shortcuts to get the rare mutations. My girl is tiny, has always been clumsy and ended up being a habitual plucker. However I still love her to pieces. More important than hand feeding or co-parenting etc is just the general environment they are brought up in and how they are socialized. For example you may hand feed a bird, but that in itself is not the same as socializing. It's really more about the individual care and touch then it is getting the food in their mouth if you know what I mean. If you purchase from someone local I suggest taking a visit to check out their operation. Ask about the parents, and what their practices are in producing certain genetics. Too much inbreeding or not tracking leads to unhealthy birds birds. Be wary of even just going by how a person's website appears. There are some breeders who readily show up on Google searches who have very bad practices. Never ever accept a bird from someone who ships through the post office no matter what they tell you, it is illegal and unsafe. If you have a bird shipped to you, they should come via airline on PetSafe cargo. United and Delta are who I have used. I have had three birds happily safely shipped to me. I will send over a p.m. to you, check your inbox!
 

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hi, my name is Michael and I am new to this forum. I am seeking for some advice of how to find a good place to purchase a parrotlet? I had a lot of experience with finches, chickens, and quails but I am a absolute newbie when it come to parrotlet.

i know an excellent, excellent breeder who is totally ethical. Message me and I will share information.
 

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I used to be very active in some Facebook groups and conversed with a few breeders there. Over the years I have come to really trust only one of them that is still selling breeding and shipping birds. I will private message you the information. Unfortunately there are a lot of unscrupulous breeders out there. I even considered myself very good at crossing all my t's and dotting all my I's but I myself was taking advantage of on the last bird that I purchased. I became very hung up on finding a certain mutation and that became my downfall. The person I purchased from I later found out lied to me, he did not in fact breed birds himself but purchase them out of the nest from another breeder who took lots of shortcuts to get the rare mutations. My girl is tiny, has always been clumsy and ended up being a habitual plucker. However I still love her to pieces. More important than hand feeding or co-parenting etc is just the general environment they are brought up in and how they are socialized. For example you may hand feed a bird, but that in itself is not the same as socializing. It's really more about the individual care and touch then it is getting the food in their mouth if you know what I mean. If you purchase from someone local I suggest taking a visit to check out their operation. Ask about the parents, and what their practices are in producing certain genetics. Too much inbreeding or not tracking leads to unhealthy birds birds. Be wary of even just going by how a person's website appears. There are some breeders who readily show up on Google searches who have very bad practices. Never ever accept a bird from someone who ships through the post office no matter what they tell you, it is illegal and unsafe. If you have a bird shipped to you, they should come via airline on PetSafe cargo. United and Delta are who I have used. I have had three birds happily safely shipped to me. I will send over a p.m. to you, check your inbox!
Right on the money, Mrs. JP3! So many people (newer to birds generally) get caught up in the words “hand fed” and mistakingly think that says it all…

No! You want a hand fed baby, yes, but more importantly you want a socialized and human raised baby. Well raised baby parrots have been ideally by weaning, exposed to different people, foods of all kinds, vacuums, dogs barking, music playing, and hopefully cuddles often on the couch or in bed (for baby parrots excel at this!)
 
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