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When considering whether or not to purchase a bird from one of the many parakeet breeders, it's important to consider the pros and cons of getting a bird through a breeder. Many breeders work hard to ensure that their parakeets are well socialized and healthy before adopting them out to new owners, and many of them hand raise the parakeets so that they will be tame right away. These are some of the main benefits of buying a bird from a breeder. Choosing a reputable breeder can, however, take a significant amount of time, and the cost of the bird may be more than a bird from a pet store costs.
One of the best things about buying a new parakeet directly from a breeder is that these birds are usually well-socialized and tame. Good parakeet breeders will usually hand raise the baby birds so that they are comfortable around humans. Taming a skittish adult parakeet can take a considerable amount of time and effort, and it is easier to build a relationship with a tame bird, which is more enjoyable to own than one that has yet to be tamed.
Another perk of buying from parakeet breeders is that their birds are often tested for diseases and parasites. A number of microorganisms are found on parakeets that can be passed on to humans or to other pets in the house. Birds kept together in a large cage, such as the display in a pet store, can spread disease from one to another and then to their owners once they are adopted. Reputable parakeet breeders test their birds frequently to eliminate illnesses before they spread so that the birds and the future owners do not become sick. Additionally, a good breeder will prevent birds with genetic problems from breeding so that all their baby parakeets have the best chance of living long and healthy lives.
Though there are many perks to buying from parakeet breeders, there are also some disadvantages. For one thing, the new owner must invest considerable time and energy in locating a reputable breeder. Poor breeders may overcrowd their birds, breed birds that are ill, and do nothing to tame young parakeets. Though plenty of reputable breeders exist, a prospective parakeet owner must do research and interview potential breeders to find one that can be trusted. Parakeets bought from a good breeder may also be considerably more expensive than those purchased from a pet store or adopted from a rescue organization.