It’s time once again to turn to my trusted TB people for advice and opinions…
We have been planning on getting a friend for Penry so he doesn’t become lonely as my husband and I are becoming busier. We tried several months ago, but unfortunately our cute little pet store budgie died after just three and a half weeks with us. We would need to get a budgie during the first week of August (long story— we will be living in New England from September to December). We REALLY want a handed or at least very frequently handled baby. I believe this makes a world of difference in forming a bond with your budgie and taming it well.
Penry’s breeder is taking an indefinite break from budgies (another long story), otherwise we would hands down get one from her. I trust his breeder very much (how could I not when Penry is so perfect!?!?!
). She recommended a different breeder to us. However, this lady seems a little “off”… she was incredibly difficult to talk to on the phone and emailing with her has also been frustrating (she seems to not know what I am asking, or replies to several questions with just one “yes” and it gets really confusing…). However, her budgies are cute and seem healthy. She breeds many types of birds not just budgies. She rarely handles the budgies as chicks because “she doesn’t have time” and so she says they are nippy but can tame quickly since they are so young.
She has this cute little tufted budgie who will be ready in two weeks:
(looks like a male to me, am I right?)
When I emailed her asking for some cere pictures of the crested, she sent me these different baby budgie pictures (??????). Also cute, and also looks like a male. He’ll be ready in two weeks as well.
Our other option is this random person I found on Craigslist. He has been really responsive to my emails and very pleasant to interact with. He claims he hand feeds all of his babies. To me that seems entirely unrealistic and difficult to do since he routinely has a dozen or so babies, but he sticks by that story…
He sent me this pic. Our baby wouldn’t come from this batch but it shows his set up and the types of babies he gets.
Soooo…. what do you all think?? Sean is leaning toward going with the Craigslist guy because he says he handles/hand feeds the babies. I’m leaning toward the lady Penry’s breeder recommended despite her communication issues… (plus I may have fallen for the tufted
). Is handling/hand feeding essential if we were to get the chick as soon as it’s ready (about 8-9 weeks old)? If you were to get one, who would you go with?
I feel like I’m making this decision harder than it has to be. But we do take this very seriously, especially considering how much we love Penry and the sad events with our last attempt at getting him a friend.
Thanks for any advice and opinions… as events unfold I’ll post on here!