10 Tips for Avoiding Parrot Scams

10 Tips for Avoiding Parrot Scams

We have all heard horror stories of people paying large sums of money to strangers in return for birds that never arrive, but many of us do not live within traveling distance of a breeder who works with the species we are looking for. How do we avoid being scammed as we attempt to add a bird to our family? Here are 10 ways to protect yourself from scammers. 1) Reverse image search any pictures used in the advertisement or website A truthful seller will post pictures of their own animals not stock images or pictures pirated from other sites....

FINDING THE RIGHT SELLER

FINDING THE RIGHT SELLER

Finding the right bird to share your life with is a complex process.  One crucial step that is often overlooked is finding the right seller.  Finding the right person to buy from will help insure that the bird you bring home is healthy and that you have a support system in place to facilitate a wonderful relationship between you and your new feathered companion.  So what should you look for in someone selling birds? GOOD REPUTATION AND TIES TO THE COMMUNITY Someone who consistently sells high quality pet birds will have a reputation for doing so.  It shouldn’t be hard...

SURRENDER YOUR BIRD

SURRENDER YOUR BIRD

Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn and tragically brings about the need to rehome a pet.  The best thing in this case is to take as long as necessary to find the best possible home.  Unfortunately time is not always available to do so, and pets are put in the dangerous position of being rehomed in a rush. To help alleviate this problem Silver Sage Aviaries accepts owner surrenders.   This looks a little bit different for us than for most organizations that accept owner surrenders for a few reasons. First, we are a small family run aviary, not a...

THE NOT SO GREAT BUDGIE RESCUE

THE NOT SO GREAT BUDGIE RESCUE

We all know that we shouldn’t meet strangers off Craigslist alone, and that is why I accompanied my friend on her errand that day.  She was responding to an ad for baby budgies, and honestly I was interested in seeing what mutations the man had available.  When we arrived I noticed some concerning things even before I saw the birds.  Several pit-bull type dogs on short chains or in small enclosures; all unneutered males or females who had obviously nursed puppies. The owner of the dogs and the birds was an elderly man who spoke broken English.  He led us...

BLUE AND GOLD MACAWS IN HAWAII

BLUE AND GOLD MACAWS IN HAWAII

Sometimes when working with parrots we experience things that make us sick, and sometimes we are blessed to be able to step in and do something to help. Last year  I went with some club members to a property where several macaws were being kept.  The owner had died, and the caretaker was looking to sell the birds.  That is all I knew.  I expected to see a breeding setup that had once been functional but now was perhaps a bit overrun, and meet a caretaker who felt she could no longer meet the needs of the birds.  This is...

GENE INHERITANCE EXPLANATION

GENE INHERITANCE EXPLANATION

Recessive Genes Recessive genes require one copy of the gene to be passed down from each parent to the offspring so the offspring has two copies.  A bird with only one copy is “split” to that mutation, and will pass down that gene to 50% of his or her offspring but will not appear to have the gene.  A bird with two copies of the recessive genes shows the color and is called “visual” for that gene. Recessive genes are inherited the same way regardless of the sex of the bird. Recessive genes include but are not limited to Blue...

WHAT’S SO DIFFERENT ABOUT INDIAN RINGNECKS

WHAT’S SO DIFFERENT ABOUT INDIAN RINGNECKS

One of the most common things we hear from prospective parrot owners is that they have narrowed down their choice of companion down to “A ringneck or a conure.” I always respond by saying “Then you really haven’t narrowed it down at all; those are extremely different birds.” Then I struggle to quantify exactly HOW these birds are different when any “which bird should I buy” quiz you find online will assign them to the same people. After all they need about the same amount of time daily, about the same amount of space, about the same level of dietary...

DOES AGE MATTER

DOES AGE MATTER

Lots of people contact me wanting one of my babies.  My aviary is quite small and I produce a limited number of babies so about 70% of the time I end up referring them elsewhere, specifically to local parrot clubs and other groups through which they might find a companion.  I usually hear some version of “No, we only want a baby, so it can bond with us.”   This statement never fails to break my heart.  There are pros and cons to both babies and older birds, but older birds are often passed up completely by people who would have...

WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR POLLY

WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR POLLY

We see it all the time; rehoming posts listing “I don’t have time to give him the attention he deserves” and variations of this as the reason the poor pet is being let go. My first reaction is to scream “WHY DID YOU GET HIM THEN??? DIDNT YOU GOOGLE EVEN FOR A LITTLE WHILE???” And sometimes this reaction truly is justified (When you say it in your own head, not when you actually scream out loud at people), but other times it is not. An unexpected move, job change, illness, pregnancy, a child who is struggling, ANY NUMBER of things...

THE SAFE BIRDY GAME

THE SAFE BIRDY GAME

The object of the game is to train yourself and your family to have an eye out for everyday hazards.  The reason I love this game is it gives rewards for having a careful eye, and “punishment” for being careless, but all in a fun and playful way that avoids yelling and guilt.  It is especially great for homes with kids.  It is a very flexible game, so tweak and adjust to best fit the personalities of the people around you.  As long as everyone is getting in the habit of being careful, the game is working! 1.)    Pick a small...