Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Calgary, Alberta
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Parrotlets are some of the sweetest birds if they are well-trained and well-socialized. You of course always want to make sure that the baby is being hand-fed and not parent raised.
If you are looking at parrotlets I can help you there. If you don't want a parrotlet from your current breeder there are many breeders in Europe that would be willing to ship to you, though it might be more expensive.
As for your parents... I know that when I still lived with my parents and I would always ask for a kitten or a bird for my birthday, they would always say no. I thought they just hated animals, but now that I live on my own I realize that although they understood I would pay for the animal and take care of it. In the mind of a home-owner (or renter) their train of thought is usually 'If this thing comes into my house, I am ultimately responsible for it.' Usually they consider, as birds can rack up huge vet bills if they get sick, that if this bird gets sick and you don't have the money to pay for it, it's them that has to pick up the bill.
With my parents I had to garauntee that I would save up money for the animal, and I always had to show my parents my bank statement to prove I had at least $500 just in case the animal got sick.
Just to show, I have two birds and two cats, when I take all of them in to the vet (just for a check-up) the birds cost $80 each and the kittens are $60 each. One of my birds has an infected cut on his head from flying into the window. His medication costs $100 and he has many follow-up appointments with the vet.