Hello all,
I am planning on getting a DYH or CAG soon. I have seen several birds in the classifieds (hand fed, tamed, etc). Is there a drawback with getting a pet that is say, 2 years old..or 8 months old. Most breeders offer them at ~3 months which would be ideal but also much costlier .

I;ve been looking at Magna DYH Amazons for $1200. Can anyone recommend a trusted breeder for CAG.
Any other advice is welcome.
Thanks in advance!
Hector
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Hello all, I am planning on getting a DYH or CAG soon. I have seen several birds in the classifieds ... been looking at Magna DYH Amazons for $1200. Can anyone recommend a trusted breeder for CAG.What is a magna DYH?

Amazons and african greys are such different temperament birds. Have you decided whether you want the outgoing temperament of an amazon or the relatively staid one of an african grey?I actually prefer amazons as I like a bird with spirit and sense of fun that greys simply don't seem to have. I have greys but prefer amazons. e.g. if I put a new toy into the cage with a grey, he becomes deeply suspicious and you can see his mind working saying "oh my god, there is a thiing down there. I bet it's going to try to eat me or jump on me, oh my god, I better avoid it or scream for mum to take it away".

An amazon on the other had seems to say " Ha!! Wossat then? A new thing* I wonder what will happen if I go down and give it a *bash like that? Or if I throw it about like this?Look mum, I'm bashing up this things here watch me mum bash bash bash ".
As I saids, I like amazons.
It would be best if you decided which species you were interested in, then read as much about them as you can. Could you cope with an in your face noisy amazon? Or would you be better suited to something a little quieter?
What part of the country or world are you located in?

Bob W

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Hello all, I am planning on getting a DYH or CAG soon. I have seen several birds in the classifieds ... Amazons for $1200. Can anyone recommend a trusted breeder for CAG. Any other advice is welcome. Thanks in advance! Hector

The one BIG problem, or I should say potential problem with a older bird, is how has it been treated, and trained. Often unfortunately people buy a bird on a spur of the moment thing, and know nothing about them. They then often train the bird to have bad habits, like screaming for what they want. Another problem is the bird after a while is not as much "fun" as they thought and it gets ignored. If you are new to birds and get one that has learned bad habits it may be a very unpleasant experience. Now of course there are lot's of great pet birds out there for sale, but you need to try to be careful.
Another potential problem is a bird that may need some expensive Vet care. Most any shop, and reputable breeder will give you a heath guarantee, i.e. you have a certain number of days to take the bird to be checked and if the bird has anything you can return it. If you buy from a private party and find out the bird has something wrong you may be SOL.

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
I actually prefer amazons as I like a bird with spirit and sense of fun that greys simply don't seem ... you cope with an in your face noisy amazon? Or would you be better suited to something a little quieter?

LOL, sounds like my BCC and Macaw. The BCC is scared to death of any new toy, or change in his cage and play area. If I add a perch or toy he will not go near it for days. The Macaw, you put something in his cage or in his reach and only ice-cream would keep him from going to see what it is, and what it tastes like

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
I actually prefer amazons as I like a bird with ... would you be better suited to something a little quieter?

LOL, sounds like my BCC and Macaw. The BCC is scared to death of any new toy, or change in ... reach and only ice-cream would keep him from going to see what it is, and what it tastes like

Lol. I find most of my conures to be a little hesitant about new things. Perhaps it is a conure trait?
The amazons are all simply little hooligans hehe.
I bankrupted myself a week ago buying new toys from my wholesaler and yesterday placed them in the aviaries outside. I have a pair of wild caught orange winged amazons :0(
Dunno if anyone remembers last year a woman here in UK posting about them on the amazon newsgroup?
http://tinyurl.com/2ndcn
Anyway I went down and bought them from here for the same price she paid, and had a long chat with her about parrots and offered some advice. Last I heard she had taken the advice and went and bought a hand reared grey.
ANyways, In the aviary with these birds, I placed a toy with coloured wood, and cotton rope, and a big shiny bell.
Within seconds of me turning round to go out of the aviary I hear 'clang clang, bing bong'. One of them was straight over to see what would happen when it bashed the bell and the other was chewing the coloured wooden blocks.
In an aviary with a pair of parent reared adult timnehs, all I could hear was growling because I placed a similar coloured wooden toy at the far end from where the birds were perched.
Oi loikes amazons :0)
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Lol. I find most of my conures to be a little hesitant about new things. Perhaps it is a conure ... placed a similar coloured wooden toy at the far end from where the birds were perched. Oi loikes amazons :0)

Not surprising. Notice when Marco talks about the wild Parrots where he is now the Amazons are the top of the pecking order. Running off Crows, which are tough birds, but do not seem to want to take on the angry Amazons
"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
Not surprising. Notice when Marco talks about the wild Parrots where he is now the Amazons are the top of the pecking order. Running off Crows, which are tough birds, but do not seem to want to take on the angry Amazons

Yep, these guys are tough ones. Emotion: smile BTW, I think we found a nesting palm tree. *g*.
I wish I had my camera handy the other day, we've had a couple of days of heavy rain. It was great to see the conures showering and preening after a good soaking. Emotion: smile

~=Marco=~
Not surprising. Notice when Marco talks about the wild Parrots ... not seem to want to take on the angry Amazons

Yep, these guys are tough ones. Emotion: smile BTW, I think we found a nesting palm tree. *g*. I wish I ... heavy rain. It was great to see the conures showering and preening after a good soaking. Emotion: smile ~=Marco=~

Hey that's a great idea. If the birds will not come out after noon for Laurie, you just need to arrange for an afternoon rain so they will come out for that. Laurie can sleep till noon and still see the birds. Problem solved!!
No need to thank me Laurie, we all understand no one wants to get up before noon.

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
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