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Got my QP 1 week ago, now concerned I was lied to
I did my homework on different kinds of small parrots, before making up my mind on what kind I wanted and what would fit into my lifestyle.
I finally settled on a Quaker, though I had been debating between a cockatiel, and conure as well.
I didn't want to go the petstore route. So I was looking at breeders. I found one that had some for sale fully weaned, ready to go. She said she wasn't breeding anymore, that this was her last time before retiring from breeding.
She lived far enough away, but was coming to my town and brought one with her so I could see.* I looked him over, and he looked healthy, big bright eyes and seemed well taken care of, with the exception of a bad/uneven wing clipping.
So I kept him.
She said he was about 12 weeks old. He's banded, but I don't understand the significance of the band. Even looking online, it's almost like the layout of the numbers and letters are different than the standard layout.
Then I saw a fb post on another breeders group that warned against buying birds from this person, that she had previously been dishonest about the age of the birds she was keeping and some other things.
It made me a little nervous, did I get an "old" parrot?
He's very hand tame, doesn't bite, likes scritches and doesn't mind being handled at all. He gives little nips but we're working on it. He has no issues eating anything I've given him.
I don't imagine there's really any way that I can tell how old he is? There's no year on his band. He seems fairly young. Babyish even. He flaps his wings a little bit and bobs his head when it's meal time, I read that's a young bird thing to do.
I'm completely in love with Nova, it's not like I'm willing to give him back or anything, I just can't help but be slightly bothered by the fact that I may have been lied to.