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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.

Any thoughts?
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I would be a bit wary if the breeder is somebody people are warning about but as he's already in your care and you love him I don't see any issues. I just personally would not go to that person again! Is the ring closed or split? If it is closed it would have been put on when he hatched. Also, what colour is it? Just stainless steel or is it coloured? Quakers are head boppers to the max so I wouldn't think that that is just a baby thing

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The ring is closed, and it's stainless steel.
No, I wouldn't get another bird from her again. It's just that I already had him when I saw the complaint. Odd thing is, I checked again on the other breeder group and the post was removed. Oh well. I guess I just have to suck it up.
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Can you read the numbers/letters on the ring, it should have a hatch year on it... If hatched in 2013 it should have a 13 sideways on the band.
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Nope, theres no year a 3 digit number, 4 letters and 3 letters sideways
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I know how you feel, I was lied to for my birds. One bird, I specifically asked if he was closed banded and was told yes....nope, no band at all . The other bird, I wasn't told she had a deformed/injured nostril until I drove an hour to see her. Makes me wary about the other stuff, like ages, sexes, etc. I kept my birds ( over two years now) and they did turn out to be male/female like they were supposed to be and they seem to be the age that I was told because when their new tail feathers and primaries grew in, they were longer than the original, baby feathers...so neither bird had gone through a first molt = under a year old.

I think a lot of breeders that you find on kijiji, etc. are trying to sell their birds and will tell people what they think they want to hear. I've also dealt with many canary breeders who are trying to sell off their old stock...now I will never buy a canary without a closed band, because they include a year. The problem with larger birds is that the breeder can order any type of ring and it does not necessarily include a year.

All in all, the prices that breeders offer is a lot better than pet store prices and pet stores do not guarantee a better/younger bird...I have seen some old birds ( probably used up breeders) that are being sold for 4 times what I can find through a breeder. So, take consolation in that .

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Thanks, that does make me feel slightly better about it. I guess I just have tp be more cautious in the future... As much as one can be.
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