Originally Posted by Mechanical8dragon
Pullman, WA. We don't have anything here and I have no idea how to even LOOK for a breeder ;n; but now I'm stuck in thoughts.
should I just get a cockatiel that I will still enjoy but certainly wouldn't be as thrilled as getting a Jardine... or............ should I just save up and pray that the Jardine is still there by the time I save up money? Since a Jardine is my DREAM bird
From what you are saying I cannot help but conclude that money is tight. Without meaning to sound negative or offending in the least, how do you intend to cover the veterinary costs associated with owning a bird (initial vet check-up, annual check-ups and, let's hope these never happen, emergencies)?
I don't know if you are aware, but avian veterinary care is very expensive (in the hundreds of US dollars and more). A cat-and-dog vet will not do as most of them have no specialist knowledge of birds. Also avian vet care is considerably more expensive than cat-and-dog vet care. The size of the bird has no impact on the cost of vet services either.
I am a member of several bird forums on the net and I have to say that it is heartbreaking when someone comes with a request for help because their bird is sick and they cannot take it to the vet because they can't afford to.
If you cannot afford to pay all the expenses implied in owning a bird (any bird, not just a parrot), my advice would be to wait until you are financially secure before acquiring a bird. Regardless of the price paid for it, no bird (or any pet) should have to suffer because their owner cannot pay for vet care.
I own six birds at present, and no matter how careful I am, as they say "s..t happens". You may have to run to the vet when you least expect it, and, as I said above, this will cost you a considerable amount of money.
Please do not forget that when you acquire a pet, you are responsible for every single aspect of its life and for making its life the best possible one. That means you have to be able to be there for the pet in both good times and bad.
So before acquiring a parrot, please make sure you can financially support it, including provide vet care, AND find an avian vet you can go to, before acquiring a parrot.
Food for thought
Wishing you nothing but the best and good luck!