Consider rescue before breeder bird.

Hawk

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This rescue sanctuary is one of the largest, at the beginning of the year they had nearly 1400 birds, many are willed to the sanctuary ( left in a deceased persons will that the bird go here) every species you can think of.

They are picky and choosey as to where a bird goes, but if it were me, I'd be picky and choosey as well as to where my birds go in case something happened to me.

So consider a rescue before an egg from a breeder. ( Nothing against breeders) There are thousands of birds that are homeless right now.

Here's the web page address for those that never heard of them....
Feathered Friends Forever

Thanks,

Michael ( The Hawk)
 

novembergypsy

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Thanks, I'll check it out��. Of course, I haven't decided what species I think would work best for me, and vice versa, but I imagine I'll get there eventually
 

Velimir

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I rescue, foster, and rehabilitate as many parrots as I can take in.
Thank you for posting this.
 

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There are many circumstances in which a rescue bird is the right choice, but it's not right for everyone - for example, a first-time parrot family might not want to start out with a bird with (potentially) challenging behaviors. If you get a baby, at least their behaviors are your own fault LOL!

Also - and this seems to be common across species rescues, not just birds - they treat everyone who comes in to adopt as if they have ulterior motives or are horrible people until proven otherwise. A breeder treats you as if you're a good pet person who might need educating on the particular pet you're buying. That attitude from rescues has always turned me off, personally. I understand it, they want to be sure that the animals are going to good homes, and don't want an animal who has already been abandoned once to be abandoned again, but at the same time...how many forever families has this attitude turned away?

Needless to say, we choose to get our birds from a reputable breeder.
 

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Also - and this seems to be common across species rescues, not just birds - they treat everyone who comes in to adopt as if they have ulterior motives or are horrible people until proven otherwise.

Admittedly, this is one of the reasons I have, for the time being, ruled out rescues. I have only done some cursory research into my local rescues, but what I see is not for me. The most prominent one in my area requires you to attend multiple seminars/classes, conduct multiple site visits, and multiple visits to the bird itself prior to taking it home. Not to mention that if I need to re home the bird for some reason, my interpretation is that I don't get to choose who it goes to, I have to give it back to the rescue.

They make it feel so rigid it's like it's not even my bird.

Like you, I absolutely get the point, and support it; nothing but the best interest of the bird. But I'm not willing to jump through so many hoops. Ain't nobody got time for that! I've got enough bird history where I don't need classes, and I'm not one to be told what bird I can and cannot have; I'm a capable individual who can do his own research and determine if the species is right for me. Yes I might have a question here and there, but nothing that requires classes.

It would be nice to maybe get an adult bird for sure. However, I just not willing to go through all that. It's not bad, but not for me at this time in my search.
 
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Bert

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Same here. My next parrot or parrots will be adopted but my lack of experience with big birds scares off most rescue places so I feel like my only option is to buy and I don't want to do that again:(
 

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Although Craigslist isn't rescue... It definitely is a great option
Inexperienced owners could create many issues with a baby bird from a breeder and adopting an older bird might just be the best idea.

I am thrilled with my March Craigslist amazon. I love her.
 

Blancaej

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2 of my birds are from other homes and I may be adopting a third. If I'm able I do try to go this route. It's fulfilling and you know you are giving these birds a good life. There are so many that need good homes. But with that said, it is not right for everyone. But I always encourage people to keep it in mind, because it just may work out! ;)
 
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Same here. My next parrot or parrots will be adopted but my lack of experience with big birds scares off most rescue places so I feel like my only option is to buy and I don't want to do that again:(

Don't feel "pressured" to do any one certain thing. All birds need homes regardless where they're from. Regardless of where you obtain your bird, especially from Craigslist or private ad, be aware of strict quarantine AND viral disease testing.
 

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Both of mine are rescues. I was careful in who picked me, wanted us to "click" and we have clicked really well. Seems they are grateful to be home. Sometime they just need a second chance and weren't problem birds, often there are problem owners...ijs...
 

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I dealt with a wonderful rescue when I lived in So Cal, she was a breeder turned rescue and she did have VERY strict rules when dealing with potential new owners. I went there often (about once or twice a month, 30 min drive for me) and played with the birds. I had my heart set on a 'Too and when I was chosen by a blue and gold, she did her upmost to talk me into him, but I wouldn't be swayed. The blue and gold went to another home and they ended giving him back a few years later as he was too loud for them. If I still lived there he would be with me now. Once I am done with school (one more year!) I just might have to make the trip to see if he is still there and bring him home to where he belongs.

I get rescues are hard to deal with, I don't like the feeling of having to prove myself either. It was a easy thing when I was able to be there and got to know the people who owned it, but now that I live in Wyoming there are no rescues close to me.

My BFA is a Craig's list type of rescue and it hasn't be easy with Davy, but he just sat with me and had a treat of peanut butter :)

Sometimes the hoops are worth it, even if it seems more than what you would go through for a people adoption :D
 

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