Parrot owner and enthusiast, Juann-Pierre Strauss, gives some advice on what to look out for when buying your first parrot.
With a pet shop, you expect a certain minimum standard. Your new pet should have been vaccinated and weaned off of baby food. It should have been handled by humans a lot and they should have socialised with other birds in the shop. While it is easy to see whether the bird has been properly socialised or not, it is trickier to tell if it has been fed a proper diet and has received all the shots recommended by avian vets. How do you know that their guarantee is worth the paper it is written on (you did demand one, didn't you)? Many pet shops have a no-refund policy on livestock and you will have a hard time getting your money back in the event that you are unhappy with the state of your bird.