A very common question I get asked by someone who is interested in having a parrot as a pet, and is going to buy a hand reared bird, is where to get it from and what age they should be bought from.

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If you can buy the bird direct from a breeder, that is the best thing to do, but there are many pet shops in the UK that actually breed their own birds and sell them, and they can make wonderful pets.

The most important thing is getting the age right – the bird must have finished being hand reared. You do not want to buy a bird which is eight or ten weeks old and still being hand reared, but instead you should buy a bird that has finished being hand reared and is at least 12 weeks old. At the age of 12 to 15 weeks old, the birds are very happy to be moved to new premises, they’re very young and they seem to enjoy it. Up to 20 weeks old may not be a problem, but you need to be careful, because the more time the bird spends where it was hand reared, the more settled it becomes there and the more difficult it is to then move the bird and settle it down.

However saying this, there are birds that are 1 or 2 years old and are completely tame, and are moved with no problem, but if you have a choice try and get one that is between 12 and 15 years old as that is the best time to buy a parrot and move them to new premises. Always make sure that the bird is absolutely, completely tame, otherwise when you move it, moving will stress them out slightly and when you get it home you could have problems.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact Rob Harvey using the details below:

+44 1252 342533

rob@robharvey.com

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