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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2016, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hello everyone. I just stumbled upon this forum while researching Barney's. My family wants to buy me a sun conure for my 60th birthday because I have had my eye on a 6 month old one at our local Pet Supplies Plus. The employees showed me his records and I noted that he came from Barney's. So I started looking into them and didn't like what I saw. However, this guy is friendly and healthy and very pretty. Any advice?

I have two parakeets and a 10 year old cockatiel I recently inherited from my late aunt. I have been a pet sitter for 15 years and have cared for different types of birds. Thank you.
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Hi Dee welcome to the forum, I don't know anything about Barney's as I've never heard about him/them before. Maybe someone from here has more information about Barney's for you.

The only advice I can give you if you do decide to get the bird is ask the pet shop if the bird has seen an avian vet for any reason recently. Also its a good idea to ask if the shop if they have a return policy and tell them you will be taking the bird to an avian vet as soon as possible to make sure you rule out any problems the bird "might" have.

It's always a good idea to take the bird to an avian vet as soon as you buy it and get it checked out to rule out any illnesses it might have, and make sure to quarantine the bird from your other birds for 30 days to assure you don't bring home any illnesses to your current flock.
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Should I Buy This Conure?

Thank you for your advice. I do in fact have an excellent avian vet, Dr. Pappas at West Geauga Veterinary Hospital, very near me. When I inherited my cockatiel, my aunt had been in a nursing home for months and Charlie was being cared for by a neighbor. She just allowed him to be free and fed him outdoor bird sunflower seed only. His cage was a mess. He is 20 grams underweight and had a yeast infection in his mouth, but he is on the mend. He is hand shy (unless we are at the vet, then he is all over me!) but will step up on a stick. He does enjoy my company, so we are working it out.

Is a 6 month old conure too old to start out with? He is hand tamed and was hand fed. The girls at the store love him and spend a lot of time playing with him, so that is a plus. He has been tested for several diseases and is healthy, but of course he would go right to my vet. I read somewhere online that Barney's is just a big bird supplier, so I hate to give them my business, but I am bonding with this little fellow. I also am not sure that I am experienced enough to adopt a little baby. I have considered rescue, but again I don't feel confident dealing with behavior or health issues. I am learning as I go and reading a lot.
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It sounds like you really want this bird and want to give it a good loving home so I'd say go for it. I try not to think about the people behind the business especially if they have a bad rap, my concern is always for the bird I want to see that the bird is healthy and know whether the birds been in a home already and why was it returned?

I don't think the age matters especially if the bird has been hand tamed and is already friendly and allows staff in the store to touch or handle him, I bet when you bring him home and keep on playing and handling him you will be rewarded with a loving bird.

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Ok, thank you. I was leaning toward that. I visited him today. Talked to the store manager. She said it has been the friendliest parrot they've had since she started. So, I will go for it. Also, I used the checklist someone posted in 2013. I found it helpful to ask her questions. His only bad behavior is pooping outside his cage, toward and between the bars. Is this a concern? Besides the clean up, of course.
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Ok, thank you. I was leaning toward that. I visited him today. Talked to the store manager. She said it has been the friendliest parrot they've had since she started. So, I will go for it. Also, I used the checklist someone posted in 2013. I found it helpful to ask her questions. His only bad behavior is pooping outside his cage, toward and between the bars. Is this a concern? Besides the clean up, of course.
His pooping issue might just be about where and how they have his favorite perch set up in the cage, it might be too close to the bars where he can perch sitting comfortably without squishing his tail which can force him to drop his waste against the bars of the cage.

Once you have him home and have his cage set up the way you think should suit him the pooping issue shouldn't be a problem.

I found that the odd time poop lands on the carpet in my den I can clean it up using baby wipes, I don't understand how baby wipes manage to be the best cleaner ever! but when it comes to mishaps on carpet or furniture or drapes the things are amazing at getting out any stains or messes.





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