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decisions, despite the amount of hard work and time they had given to the refuge they were still treated with suspicion and I still heard the same criticisms of parrot breeders. Everything was blamed on the breeders, if a bird was a fussy eater, the breeder hadn’t weaned it properly, if a bird was temperamental, the breeder hadn’t socialised it, breeders didn’t give enough information to new parrot owners, breeders didn’t care about the future of their baby birds, they were


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only interested in making money. I pointed out that the baby parrot was only with the breeder for a very short part of its life and although this time was crucial to give the bird a good start in life it was up to the parrot owner to guide and nurture the baby bird, as it was also up to the parrot owner to research as much as they could before they brought their baby home. It was also apparent to me from observing my friends, who bred baby parrots that they were very much


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