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Dear Parrots magazine,

Buyer Beware!

I would just like to point out to your readers that they need to be careful when buying a pair of parrots to breed from.  At the back end of 2014, I bought a pair of Ring-necked Parakeets and was told they were a pair, meaning a cock and a hen.

I have built a large aviary for them with inside quarters (heated in winter) and have supplied three different nest boxes.  However, to my disappointment and in view of all the time I have spent, they haven’t mated at all.  So after speaking to a friend of mine who has also got Ring-necks, he suggested I had them DNA sexed, and yes, you’ve guessed they were two cocks.  I have heard of situations like this with other people and it always seems to be questionable when you buy a pair – how do you know they are a pair?  Being a trusting soul I just believed the person that sold them to me, but in future I think I will only buy a pair if they have some form of identification linked to a sexing certificate.

Ronald Brown, by email



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