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I highly doubt you will find anyone "strong feelings" in favor of bringing home unweaned babies...just saying.
Let us say, for the sake of making a point, that the baby did bond more strongly to you because you hand fed it; it would see you as its parent, no? And what happens when that baby bird grows up? Would YOU want to mate with your mother? Of course not. A parrot going through adolescence is naturally going to want to distance itself from its mother and find a mate. Which can lead to aggression, or the bird suddenly "switching" allegiance on you and favoring someone else. Of course this can happen with any baby bird, not just one you hand-fed, but that's kind of what I'm saying. A lot can be wrong when you are seen as the parent, which is why I prefer to work with adult birds.
(Also, would you buy an unweaned puppy or kitten in the hopes of it bonding more strongly with you? Why should it be any different with a bird?)
I got all of my parrots as adults and we have wonderful bonds (except one, who came from an abusive past and is not tame at all, but she is a different story; and even she likes me in her own way). You can forge a bond with a bird at ANY age...it doesn't have to be a baby, let alone an unweaned one.
Buying unweaned is NOT worth the risk...so much can go wrong.
Last edited by aether-drifter; 05-13-2014 at 12:55 AM.