My family and I have decided to buy a budgie, and we want to avoid getting one from a pet store that may have come from a bird mill.
Iíve spent hours now looking for a reputable breeder, hopefully local. Iíve found many aviaries online that list all manner of pet birds, but few who list budgies. I see that some breeders ship, but wouldnít being shipped halfway across the country be dangerous or stress the bird?
One person I talked to tried to placate my concerns by suggesting that Iíll have just as tame a bird regardless, itís just that Iíll need to put more effort into taming it up front, but I donít buy it. Iím not wrong, am I?
Bottom line: We will do our homework on introducing our budgie to our home and on taming and bonding. Given that, when finding, selecting, and buying him, I want the deck stacked in my favor for finding a budgie that will
1) As foreseeably as possible be likely to be healthy and hardy.
2) As foreseeably as possible be likely to tame well and make a friendly and personable pet.
How does one accomplish this? If the answer is "find a reputable breeder," as I thought it was, then how do you do that? If itís helpful, I can travel to most areas of Florida and back within one day.
Your correct that the best way to get a healthy budgie is finding a reputable breeder.
Some of the staff and members on here may be able to help find a breeder for you.
You can always try a small independent pet store. Asking them where the birds they get come from might be useful in working out of their birds are from a good source.
For having a friendly, well socialised bird, having one that's been handled since it was young does help, and you are more likely to have that success with a bird that has had a good start and that you follow up with a lot of working in the taming and bonding process.
All of my budgies have come from small pet stores and they all have very different personalities and levels of friendliness. personality will always play a big part in it but a well bred budgie will give you the best start.
You can contact various Florida Bird Clubs to ask for recommendations of ethical and responsible breeders.
You can also look through the ads on Hoobly but will want to carefully interview the breeders before committing to buying from anyone.
I notice one of the Hoobly ads indicate they have the "largest" English budgies anyone has seen.
This is NOT a good thing as it means they are breeding for larger size rather than for health and well-being.
Although it is true that breeder-raised budgies are often more easy to tame if they are properly socialized as chicks, even untamed budgies can be very tame if the adequate time is spent to ensure they are comfortable with you!
I agree that it's very important to adopt from an ethical breeder; you've been given great advice to do so.
Ensure that before you choose a breeder, you are aware of which methods they follow for breeding. All the chicks should be co-parented in the best case scenario, which is where both the parents and the breeders raise the chicks so that they are tame and also used to being "a budgie". Also, their breeding pairs should each have their own cage; colony breeding (where all the birds breed in a large enclosure such as an aviary) is very dangerous and is a practice which should not be followed.
Best of luck with finding your new sweetheart!
and Princess Mallorn!
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