Please don't take this the wrong way, because I don't mean
it in a malicious way at all...
I think I've seen your ad on another site looking for two
hand-fad parakeets. Your ad says that you will not pay more
than $10 each. It is my opinion that perhaps very few
people are hand-feeding parakeets anymore because they
cannot get a reasonable price for them. Hand-feeding baby
birds takes a LOT of time and energy, not to mention some
extra money for the supplies... incubator, handfeeding
untensils, baby bird formula (which many breeders can tell
you is not real cheap), extra bedding, cages, etc. And this
has nothing to do with the amount of time and commitment it
requires to properly hand-feed babies. It is hard to
imagine spending that much intense amount of time (not to
mention the extra money!) for five weeks, just to get $10 at
the end of it all.
Yes, there are some breeders out there who are hand-feeding
baby parakeets. But they are few and far between. I cannot
say for myself, as I've never raised them and have no
interest in budgies. I do, however, hand-raise other small
birds (mainly lovebirds and parrotlets), and I know what
kind of time, energy, and money goes into it. I'm not
looking to make money (and neither is the poor soul hand-
feeding baby parakeets), but it would be nice to break
even. Make enough money to cover your supplies. The time
doesn't matter as much, as it is time enjoyably spent.
On 9/14/05, Stacy wrote:
> Why is it so hard to find hand-fed, regular run-o-the-mill
> parakeets like the ones you find in stores? I do not want
> to get one from a pet store- for reason that they are
> harder to bond with.
> Is the statment true that all parakeets are parent raised?