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concerned about the future welfare of their baby birds, they often spent hours advising and helping people with any problems they had. And for the record, I’m sure that if you counted the hours spent with a baby bird before it went to its new home then you would realise that the breeder had earned every penny of the price asked for the bird. None of them were millionaires, parrot


breeding was very much a hobby and not an alternative career.


It’s not that I am so naïve as to believe that there aren’t any disreputable breeders, I have heard enough stories to know that there are some motivated more by money than the welfare of the bird but it’s unfair to paint everyone with the same brush. Likewise, there are many people working in parrot rescue who care passionately about parrots and don’t all share the belief that the breeder is always to blame, I met many of them during the time I worked for the refuge, otherwise I


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