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Re: Buying a pet lovebird

Posted by Michael L on 2/05/06
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    On 2/05/06, Dottie wrote:
    > When you buy a lovebird (even as a pet) do you ask such
    > questions as : 1) are they banded? 2) are they hand-
    > tame/hand fed? 3) have they been vet-checked? and 4) have
    > they been tested for polyoma and PFBD?
    > I usually ask these questions but then I have been told I
    > am "too-picky"--any comments or suggestions would be
    > appreciated.


    Dottie,
    I've spoken with you before about lovebirds and I would have
    to say that what you are asking is not unrealistic, but the
    average lovebird breeder cannot afford to do all that you're
    asking without charging an exorbitant price for the lovebird.
    My birds are closed banded. My parent pairs have been
    tested, but not their offspring as I operate a closed aviary.
    I polyoma vaccinate the babies. I DNA all of my chicks. I
    handfeed all of my babies, abundantly wean them and keep them
    longer than anyone I know that breeds.
    I charge $85 & up for these birds and to some folks you would
    think I was asking them to sacrifice their first-born child
    to pay for one of them.
    My birds are a bargain in every sense of the word.
    If you ever start to breed, I welcome to hear from you what
    you might charge after doing all that you're asking.

    Michael L