Before you Buy
I created this page to help you out when you decide to purchase a bird.
Your first question might be how
much is this bird going to cost me. There will be some initial cost
and a yearly cost. Birds are not cheap.
Lovebird: $800.00 (first year)
Purchase price: $85 (average)
I am going to tell you a little story about my experience and why I highly recommend disease testing.
When I was looking for a ringneck I searched all over New England and could not find one. So I then made my search of the United States. I found a breeder. He was in a different state than me but he had the bird that I wanted. We spoke on the phone and emailed back and forth for many weeks. We finally made arrangements to have the bird shipped. The bird arrived on August 14. I placed the bird in quarantine (a different room in my home). I waited a week before bringing the bird to the veterinarian (I wanted the bird to settle in a little). On August 23, I brought the bird to the veterinarian. I had the veterinarian do a cloacal swab and take a blood sample. I tested him for Polyoma, Chlamydia-P, PBFD, and Pacheco's. He came up negative for everything except PBFD. I was devastated. I emailed the breeder to let him know, he responded by telling me that it was well over the 2 week quarantine period and that his birds are all healthy. The bird has tested negative 3 months later. The Conclusion is that it could have been exposed or that it was a false positive. I do not hold the breeder responsible, he was a very good breeder and the possible exposure could have come from anywhere.
So let me tell you what I learned:
Research Please, Please look into who you are buying your bird from before you even send a deposit. Talk to different breeders. Talk to owners of the birds you would like to purchase. Visit the home if you can. Meet the bird and breeder. Most breeders have a closed aviary and will not allow visitors. Do not take this personally. Many breeders are trying to keep disease and disturbances out of their aviary.
Please try not to purchase your new bird from a pet store. Small local pet stores usually have good quality birds. Most of their birds were raised by the store owners, employees or bought from local breeders that they trust. The large problem with pet stores is that they have a high risk to pick up a contagious disease.
Health Guarantee Check into the health guarantee that the breeder offers. Go over it very carefully.
Quarantine Always place your bird in quarantine away from your other birds. A good quarantine time is 1 month but I highly recommend 3 months. Feed and clean the bird separate from your other birds. Make sure you know what the person you are buying the bird from thinks the quarantine time is, you might have to have the bird checked by a veterinarian with in a short time of purchasing the bird.
Veterinarian With in the first two weeks of quarantine please bring your bird to a Veterinarian and have it checked out. Have the veterinarian do a fecal test for parasites.
Testing Who cares what anybody thinks, Test your bird for diseases.
I received many comments that people thought I was the guilty party because
I wanted to test my bird for diseases. I started to feel guilty.
It does not matter whether your bird looks healthy or not, it could be
carrying a zooanotic disease that your other birds could contract. Your veterinarian may have their own lab that they
like to use, I use
Other Diseases that you can test for: