My very first bird. A parrotlet. I wanted a hand fed baby and found one in November-Tarzan. I placed a deposit on him and was told that he would not be ready till January, the earliest. Little did I know I was getting set up with a bad "breeder" and was in for it. I am not going to post everything that happened on here. I finally have peace and Tarzan is resting in my garden and will forever be in my heart. I got a call when Tarzan was almost 6 weeks old telling me he was weaned to come get my baby. Because I felt this was way too soon, and I also had to have an epidural in my lower back, I felt I needed to wait two more weeks, for me to heal and for him to get bigger. Needless to say, Two days later, the lady told me the bird regressed and I had to wait another week. She already knew I couldn't get up there for 2 more weeks, don't know why she was in a hurry except to flip babies and make money. I had an epidural last Thursday, and got a call on Saturday morning, being told that if I didn't get Tarzan that she would forfit my deposit and sell him elsewhere. She stated he had been weaned 8 days with no regressing. Sounded fishy but I didn't want to lose my baby. He was just under 8 weeks. She told me if I had any issues, I could return him for futher hand feeding till he got older, (bunch of CRAP). I got him home, and he was the cutest little baby, chirping and going mad, biting me like crazy and head bobbing. I knew SOMETHING was wrong. That sunday he got real quiet, I figured he was finally settling in.I found him at the bottom of the cage. Rushed him to the ER vet and they tube fed him and gave me little hope. Kept calling the breeder and she refused to feed him. I knew he wasn't eating enough for his little body. Went to the vet again, purchased hand feeding formula, and a gram scale, and let them tube feed him again, because he was to weak to head bob by then. Worked my tail off trying to hand feed him but it just wasn't enough. See the 8 days he was weaned, he was just eating millet and not seed at the breeders, so he was still eating but losing weight slowly until he got to my home then he lost weight fast. My poor p'let weighed just 6 grams when he passed when he should have weight over 24 grams. I have a very dear friend who is a legit breeder but she does not breed p'lets and I didn't want too big of bird do to having RA. My p'let died in my hands Tuesday evening. He knew love even if it was only a short time. The reason I am telling you all this is for awareness. Please Please make sure you get a reputable breeder when you get a baby, make sure they care about their babies, and please do not buy baby too young to survive without being absolutely sure the baby is fully weaned. This was my first baby so I had no clue. My dear friend was with me through this, being the caring breeder she is. She met me at the ER vet both times, including when he passed. She called every hour giving advise, and coming and showing me how to hand feed since I was clueless. She was also distraught by what this baby endured. This lady was not licensed and now has an investigation started into her breeding program she is running illegally. (another thing I didn't realize at the time) My good friend and breeder who is licensed and very caring has offered us a GCC(green cheek conure). Her babies have been weaned now for 4 weeks eating on their own, and are 14 5o 15 weeks of age. So I will start my new journey with a GCC baby on Sunday. But I won't every forget Tarzan, in the 3 days I had him, he touched my heart in more ways that one, and he will always be remembered.