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Old 07-12-2015, 08:18 PM
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Question Possible new baby??

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!


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Old 07-12-2015, 09:27 PM
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I would lean towards the CL guy once you make sure he's telling the truth and taking good care of the birds. Is there any way you could meet his birds first to see if they really are handtame or not? Would also be good if you could see his setup in person to make sure they're being taken care of properly. Good luck in your search!
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Handfeeding or handling isn't absolutely necessary if you are getting a baby when it is only ~8 weeks old. During the time you have him in quarantine you should be able to form a good bond with him.

I like the little tufted guy too. I love his colors, his little "do" and his eyes are beautiful!

So, I'm not much help... I'd probably go for him because I've fallen for him in the picture. Is there anyway you could go to this breeders home to meet her and see her birds before making your final decision?

Now, with regard to the guy on C.L.
My first question would be:
does he colony breed or have his breeding pairs in individual cages? How often does he breed them per year?
Does he have each pair on a conditioning diet first?
What diet are the weaned babies given?

(Actually I'd recommend asking the same questions of the other breeder as well).
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I tend to agree with Deb's reply, from the picture of the budgies the CL guy has a lot of budgies in there together? I also love the little tufted guy, perhaps the lady is older and not liking social media? Is it at all possible to visit each aviary ? I would also believe the trusted breeder Penry came from if she recommends this lady to you. How exciting though can't wait to see the new addition all settled in soon.
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I would go for the lady your breeder has recommended. The chicks seem to be quite healthy from the pics.

I notice the other breeder has at least one chick who has had the feathers plucked making me believe it was done by an adult budgie (chicks/siblings don't fight nor pluck each other when they're so young). I also find it hard to believe they were hand fed.
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Unfortunately it would be hard to go visit both breeders because they are each about 2 hours away, and in different directions.

Deb, thanks for the list of suggested questions!

It’s good to know that hand-rearing isn’t absolutely necessary. I just want to make sure the bird is used to being handled and can at least step up when we get it.
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The little tufted one is soooo cute! Maybe just ask the breeder again for the cere pictures of that one as you think the cere pictures that were sent were of the wrong budgie.
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The little tufted one is soooo cute! Maybe just ask the breeder again for the cere pictures of that one as you think the cere pictures that were sent were of the wrong budgie.
I did ask her again (twice) and she sent me the same two pictures of the tufted...
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Does the craigslist guy have a facebook page? If so they sometimes have a review section even if they don't have a review section past buyers will post to the page. The breeder we use doesn't have a review section but buyers post to her page all the time about how much they love their bird and how well their doing with pictures. So you can kind of get a sense of how they operate.

If you can't get a good sense of either just pick one and check them out before committing to buy. Or keep looking the breeders around here use Hobbly quite a bit. I usually only see rehoming ads on Craigslist.
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Thanks for the suggest about Hoobly, I hadn't checked there
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