GreyLady, You make a VERY Good point!
One vendor, in the past year or so, just one, has poisoned the
market with absurb claims and trumped up prices, not on even
pretty, but ordinary and even HOMELY hybrid macaws! Before them,
this wasn't particularly an issue as the average prices of tame,
weaned baby hybrid macaws were as follows, starting at the bottom
of the heap of desirability:
Miligold - (garbage hybrid macaws) $700 to $750
Calico - (garbage right down there with Miligolds) $750 to $800.
Shamrock - (nasty & nippy - the worst of both species) $850 to $900
2nd generation of any of the above - not worth a dime more
Harlequin (better temperment then the 3 above) $1,000
Catalina - $1,000 to $1,200
Ruby - $1,000 to $1,200
Verde - $1,000 to $1,200
Milihy - $1,000 to $1,200
Camelot (red) $1,000 to $1,200
Camelot (orange) $1,500
Camelot (yellow) $1,800 to $2500 (yellow color affects price)
Rubalina - overpriced no matter what
Catalina - $1200
Capri - color depends on color of parents - same as Camelots
Same goes for the rest.
the risk you take is putting a 2nd generation back to a pure
species and having the offspring turn out looking like the species
they were bred back to. This is WRONG!
On 5/13/07, GreyLady wrote:
> The difference here is it can
> be big money for the irresponsible, low life, money grubbing
> breeders who do. There is still no long term study into how this
> kind of mixing might affect health and behavior, down the line.
> I also think it's irresponsible to allow these breeders to make
> money from this practice. The the demand for them would dry up,
> there would be no reason for them to continue doing it. And it
> gets even worse. There are breeders who are breeding hybrids.
> These are not people who care one whit about anything beyond
> lining their pockets.