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    Choosing Hand Raised Parrots

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Parrots can make fantastic pets, and although they are expensive they have become popular as family pets. The question most people ask themselves beforehand is what parrot they want and getting the right parrot for your family and situation is very important. It is also vital that you get what you pay for. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Many sellers use the terms ‘hand raised’, ‘hand fed’ and ‘spoon fed’ and although on the face of it they seem the same and you are looking at adverts for hand raised parrots, they can mean very different things. Similarly, some sellers may advertise a fully grown parrot as a baby. This is quite easy to do because parrots are at their full size by roughly four months although they are not yet mentally mature.

    This guide helps you decide what parrot to buy and helps you make sure that you are looking at genuine hand raised parrots.

    Deciding What Parrot

    • When you meet a seller who is advertising hand raised parrots, ask them directly how the parrot was raised. Their answer should be that the bird was fed by hand and has been socialises, that is, he has been played with by lots of people and welcomes new people.
    • When deciding what parrot to buy, do some research beforehand and check the parrot closely. You wouldn’t buy a used car that you haven’t checked over and the same goes for hand raised parrots. The parrot’s eyes should be completely clear and there should be no sign of a yellow ring. Only parrots that are older than one year have a yellow ring around their eyes.
    • Check the legs and feet of the parrot, an older bird will have more ridges and scaling on the legs whilst those of a younger parrot will be smooth.
    • You also need to check the general health of the parrot before deciding on what parrot to buy. The beak and feathers are the best way of checking the health of hand raised parrots. A smooth beak is one of the best indications of a healthy parrot. Feathers should be smooth and glossy; an unhealthy parrot will pick its feathers.
    • There are a few indicators to spot hand raised parrots. If the parrot acts in a friendly manner towards you and shows signs of moving closer, let it stand on your finger. This is a good sign that they have been correctly socialised. Try petting the parrot slowly and gently so you don’t scare it, hand raised parrots will often let you do this and shows signs of enjoyment.
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