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I am writing this because i wish I had read it before I purchased my macaw. I would not part ... other owners or breeders, this is my story, my opinion - though it may be lengthy. Thanks for your time.

All too true.
Jan
I'll take the heat of those flames, too. I agree with you 100%! Karen
This is my experience with birds, too, and I wish someone would have given me the message before I got them.
I now absolutely oppose breeding parrots for the pet trade.

karen
I now absolutely oppose breeding parrots for the pet trade. karen

The alternative is trapping wild parrots for the pet trade, which according to the Lexicon of Parrots http://www.arndt-verlag.com / is a factor contributing to the endangerment of several parrot species.

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We have had Bridget (also a green wing) for about two years. Her former owner died and his wife sold her to a breeder. Somewhere in here she was badly mistreated. She came round to my husband a bit, but there is still a lot of fear. Me, thats a different question. She does does this 'look at me I'm a rough, tough bird' thing. All feathers up and wings out, thrashing her toys around, as if to say "Come on, just try it lady".Dennis is in a cage next to her and he doesn't make things better. He screams and then shouts "Bridget, shut up, you naughty boy!" When she is playing at the bottom of her cage he yells "Bridget, NO! you bad boy" then tells himself what a good boy he is. We tried to get them to play on top of their cages once but he just went for her and she dived off the cage.

We don't want her to hurt herself, so we stopped that. We put him in her cage a few weeks ago, but she just stood there shaking while he munched away at her food. He is a bully though, he used to chase after the dog and run him out of the room. We'll keep on trying, but I think it will be a slow process.

I now absolutely oppose breeding parrots for the pet trade. karen

The alternative is trapping wild parrots for the pet trade, which according to the Lexicon of Parrots http://www.arndt-verlag.com / is a factor contributing to the endangerment of several parrot species. Stash

Well, that's certainly a breeders' argument. How about I revise my previous statement to say I oppose keeping parrots as pets - regardless the source.

karen
So man should have never domesticated the dog, cat or any other animals. I would hope most bird are not wild and are bought from breeders.
I'll take the heat of those flames, too. I agree with you 100%! Karen

If I had the choice to make today, I would not buy a parrot. Too smart and too social to make good pets. A dog can lie in a corner half the day and be perfectly happy. Parrots need too much attention.
The alternative is trapping wild parrots for the pet ... factor contributing to the endangerment of several parrot species. Stash

Well, that's certainly a breeders' argument.

It's the statement of the people who maintain the online Lexicon of Parrots, which is the most scholarly website that I've been able to find on the subject of parrots. If you feel that you know more than they do, more power to you.
And no, I don't breed parrots.
How about I revise my previous statement to say I oppose keeping parrots as pets - regardless thesource. karen

And because of that you frequent a pet birds newsgroup; makes perfect sense.
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