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Old 03-24-2021, 11:37 PM
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Re: Reputable Breeder for Bronze Wing

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Welcome to the forums, hope you can locate a reputable Bronze Wing breeder. I believe they are fairly rare birds so exhaustive search may be necessary.

Perused the website, thankfully no offer to sell "fertile eggs" as largest of red flags. Curiously images only on request, so no ability to reverse-Google pics and determine whether genuine or generic via internet. Address rather vague, simply "Summersworth Run" in Ft. Wayne. Fairly short residential street, perhaps they wish to avoid specificity for theft protection. Reverse checking phone contact leads to name of actual business vs random.

Check their Terms and Conditions for something odd, specifically "company" and "website" reference to "Thomas Hamilton Corgi Puppies." Hmmm, a cut-n-paste oversight?

Use of Paybis (bitcoin) and Zelle cash app rather rare in the U.S. No CC or Paypal??

I'm sceptical pending word of mouth references!
Thanks for your very thorough analysis. I'm in IT, so sometimes I'm more suspicious than most folks. When he asked me to pay via bitcoin, every alarm in my brain went off. Good to hear that I'm not the only suspicious one.

I think I'll tell him I'm going to be in the area, so I'd like to make an appointment to see the babies in person and give him a cash deposit. His response should tell me just about all I need to know. And if he's open to it, I just might make the seven hour drive to find out.
That's a really good plan! I'm going to send an inquiry asking about fertile eggs that I can hatch and raise myself. Will post if they respond!
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Oh you bet, happy to help! So far no response!!
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Update: No response days later to my query about fertilized eggs. A legit breeder might have responded urging caution, or might be too busy and consider it farcical. A scammer would likely jump on the action and gush with promises. Impossible to draw solid conclusions from silence!
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Hi all, just wanted to give a quick update.

I haven't heard back from him, so pretty much wrote the whole thing off as a bad idea. Weirdly, he also switched from using my correct name to Jessica about halfway through the email chain and didn't switch back when corrected. No idea what's up with him, but none of it gave me the warm fuzzies.

Patty's Pets does have a couple breeding pairs of bronze wings, but their waiting lists are so long that they've currently closed both the bronze wing and white cap lists. Those were, of course, my two top choices. After discussing with them, I am now on the waiting list for either a dusky or maxi baby, which he expects I'll be able to get sometime this year. Still hoping for a female, but we'll see. The only type I really wasn't interested in was a blue headed, and that's just a personal preference. I'm sure a blue headed baby would be just as sweet and loveable as any other type of pionus--I just think the others are visually more appealing.

Once they reopen their bronze wing list, I'm going to get on it and get my dusky/maxi a friend a few years down the road. Never had more than one bird at a time before--my Quaker simply would not have tolerated such a thing--so any tips on keeping my dusky/maxi open to the idea of another bird joining the household are welcome!

I appreciate the input, the referral, and especially Scott for going above and beyond. Will share pictures of my new baby once s/he arrives!

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Thanks so much for your kind words! Trust your instincts and commit only when fully satisfied. Nothing wrong with insisting on desired coloration as you are going to have a wait regardless.

Many of us have multiple birds, but I have not enjoyed the company of a Quaker. From what I've heard of the species, your concern does not surprise! Unsure about Bronze Wings, but many species live quite well together, particularly if similar sized.
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Many of us have multiple birds, but I have not enjoyed the company of a Quaker. From what I've heard of the species, your concern does not surprise! Unsure about Bronze Wings, but many species live quite well together, particularly if similar sized.
Kiwi was affectionately nicknamed Usama Bin Birdy. He did not like change, strangers, anyone touching his cage, or much of anything other than me. From what I know of Quakers, that's pretty typical of the species. They've got a macaw-sized attitude, crammed into the body of a tiny little bird. I loved the little critter, but he could be trying at times.

Doing a complete 180 with the next bird. Hoping a pi will actually be able to stay in my office while I'm on a conference call and not deafen everyone because he doesn't approve of phones or phone calls!
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