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.
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…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!