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Old 11-07-2019, 06:59 PM
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How much would you pay for a rehome bird?

Hi guys,
I have encountered a perfectly healthy male Eclectus who is in need of a home. He is 9 years old, just the right age that I’m hoping for. Still young but past teenage days. He is very socialized, diaper trained (like of like a flightsuit), and vet proved healthy. He is even on a good diet. He is staying at a very reputable parrot shop/breeder for now. But the rehoming family is asking for almost 3k.
I am tempted, but I don’t know if I should. Plus, I am scheduled to leave the country during Christmas. If I pull the trigger, I will have to scramble to find a pet sitter.
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:33 PM
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Re: How much would you pay for a rehome bird?

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Hi guys,
I have encountered a perfectly healthy male Eclectus who is in need of a home. He is 9 years old, just the right age that I’m hoping for. Still young but past teenage days. He is very socialized, diaper trained (like of like a flightsuit), and vet proved healthy. He is even on a good diet. He is staying at a very reputable parrot shop/breeder for now. But the rehoming family is asking for almost 3k.
I am tempted, but I don’t know if I should. Plus, I am scheduled to leave the country during Christmas. If I pull the trigger, I will have to scramble to find a pet sitter.
Advice?
I won't go higher then $1200 and if you find one at a rescue they go for much less as see them always undercutting each other and usually see $2300 with transport costs. It also depends on what species Eclectus? Breeders online sell for around $2600 max and doubt they get that, they usually take about $1800 for a baby in my area. Asking 3k sounds like bird flippers, or very out of touch with current market prices? I would verify all paperwork and etc and don't take them for word of mouth. Flippers know how to use right keywords to sell parrots and will lie. I would check a reputable bird rescue first, since you are looking for a teenager/adult, which is there best age as they get over the puberty stages. Tons of parrots needing a go to a good home and then you can also get a feel for what involve, loudness and if the bird you pick and you will get along. Birds tend to pick you, not the other way around.

If you going out of town and don't have time, I would just hold off and wait. Parrots need tons of attention a day and sure never be kept in a cage all day.

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Re: How much would you pay for a rehome bird?

Thanks for the advice. I have gone through the rescue route and was denied everywhere I asked. My first time owner profile is a automatic reject to many rescues. And these rescues unfortunately do not allow interaction until they deemed you are adoption worthy candidates. So, rescues are not an option anymore.

I called the breeder already and confirmed that this is not a scam. The breeder is not taking any proceeds. It is the rehoming family that’s asking the very high price. I however agree on the waiting part. I’m just very tempted because I have been looking for one for a LONG time.

Maybe the bird would still be available after I come back from Christmas vacation? This is just me trying to convince myself.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:07 PM
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Re: How much would you pay for a rehome bird?

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Maybe the bird would still be available after I come back from Christmas vacation? This is just me trying to convince myself.


At that price, likely. And the longer he sits around, the more likely the family will be to come down on that price.

Ona related note: so frustrating that rescues wonít even consider a first-timer. How do they hope to put breeders out of business if they auto-exclude the majority of the population? I understand their desire to be cautious but UGH. (Please note I am not anti-breeder; I got Bumble from her breeder when she was 7 weeks old and chose that route for very specific reasons. That choice is personal, but I know most rescues ARE anti-breeder).


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Re: How much would you pay for a rehome bird?

I would wait til after the holidays, if for no other reason that parrots need a few days/weeks or even months to settle in, and bringing him home, only to leave soon after that is prolly not a good idea, and could affect your subsequent relationship. But something sounds not quite right about the whole deal. Wait, and if he is still availableafterNew Years, go into this will a serious and committed position.

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Re: How much would you pay for a rehome bird?

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Ona related note: so frustrating that rescues wonít even consider a first-timer. How do they hope to put breeders out of business if they auto-exclude the majority of the population? I understand their desire to be cautious but UGH. (Please note I am not anti-breeder; I got Bumble from her breeder when she was 7 weeks old and chose that route for very specific reasons. That choice is personal, but I know most rescues ARE anti-breeder).
Iím not anti-rescue nor anti-breeder, but I must admit that my rescue experience was frustrating. I donít like the feeling of being judged with a negative connotation. I believe rescues should be more open to actually educate, but it was not my experience.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.
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I would wait til after the holidays, if for no other reason that parrots need a few days/weeks or even months to settle in, and bringing him home, only to leave soon after that is prolly not a good idea, and could affect your subsequent relationship. But something sounds not quite right about the whole deal. Wait, and if he is still availableafterNew Years, go into this will a serious and committed position.

GoodLuck!
Iíve reached the same conclusion. I will just wait to see if the bird is still available after I come back. Skip the drama of pet sitting. I think he will still be around if we are meant to be a family. If heís gone, that might be better for him.

Thanks for slowing me down.
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Re: How much would you pay for a rehome bird?

Lifes big decisions:

1) Get married or not
2) Have children or not
3) Buy a home or not
4) Bring a parrot into your life or not

Debatable about which is the more important.
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Re: How much would you pay for a rehome bird?

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Lifes big decisions:

1) Get married or not
2) Have children or not
3) Buy a home or not
4) Bring a parrot into your life or not

Debatable about which is the more important.
Ha! So far I've got number 1 and 4, and I would argue that the latter has changed my life more than getting married.

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Re: How much would you pay for a rehome bird?

Perhaps the price includes his cage? That's the only reason it should be so high. Even hand-fed babies from reputable breeders are around $2500 and buying a weaned baby gives the advantage of being there from early on, so you know it hasn't been neglected or fed the right diet.

I would wait until after the holidays and continue to research -- a weaned baby will likely be a better bet if they aren't willing to lower that price, but if it includes the cage, it could be an okay deal.
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