Advice on an alexandrine parakeet

stephen_haw

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Hello everyone

My name is Stephen and I’m creating this post to seek advice on obtaining an alexandrine parakeet.

What it is, on Saturday 16th January, we sadly lost our alexandrine ‘Albert’ due to natural causes. We adopted her (yes, her! Haha) about 17-18 years ago from someone who just couldn’t handle the noise / upkeep and she instantly became a part of the family and a big part of our lives.

My mum and dad were devastated when the specialist told us that Albert’s heart was failing and the kindest thing to do was to put her down. My dad and brother drove to Northwich with her (we live close to Liverpool) to see this specialist and sadly, Albert never came home.

I instantly want to help my mum and dad fill that void of having such a big presence and character in the living room (I know all birds have different personalities, but you get my point) and get them another female alexandrine that they can love and enjoy for many years to come.

With this said, I have tried all the people I would hope would know a breeder, or someone who may know of a pet shop that may have one, but I am not having any luck. In an ideal world ... And I know things aren’t always this easy, I would like to get an alexandrine from birth (has to be female, as the males look slightly different and I want to replace with the exact same looking sex) so my mum and dad can put the time and effort into handling her and trusting them without question. I always feel the younger you get a bird, the more chance you have of ensuring they don’t have any distrust in humans and almost treat you like their mother (I could be wrong).

Can anybody recommend anybody at all? Or offer any advice on any licenses a breeder needs to have to ensure they’re monitored and do things right? I just read so many horror stories with poor animals being bred like cattle for profit and without the proper care and attention and ideally, we want to stay away from that, but have no idea about the warning signs, so any advice is welcome.

I may be asking questions that may offend some people (being specific on sex and age etc), but I honestly don’t mean for any of it to come across badly. I’m just being as honest as I can about what I would like to get for my mum and dad and at no point do I mean for it to offend.

Any advice would be very much appreciated. I realise the world isn’t normal at the moment and timings on this aren’t great, but I promised myself I would actively start tracking down a breeder of this type of bird for my parents and this is just me thinking I’m doing the right thing by asking the question here.

Many thanks and I really appreciate any replies to this.

Rip, Albert!

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DizzyBlue

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Hi and welcome to the forum
Sorry for your loss Albert sounds like she was a character and a member of the family.
Your certain it has to be a baby Alexandrine? Sorry just been looking at the RSPCA website of pet birds for rehoming :naughty2:
Have you thought of joining the Parrot Society they have lists of breeders.
can't say I know of anybody my side of the country I am in East Yorkshire
 

Zoe220615

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I dont no of any breeders an most i see are usually aviary there are fb groups though that are breed specific so may be worth a look as many breeders will be on there. Are you sure they want another one? I no there more than likely so upset but actually may want a break or a different type. I no if i have a pet die i usually get something abit different or coloring different as its just a constant reminder of the one you lost some find it nice i find it to much and just upsets me.
 

Tonifrax

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Im in scotland so not much use with this however in terms of younger always being better in regard to building a more trusting bond, id have to disagree about that always being the case. Almost 6 months ago now I adopted a 13 year old African grey and he is heavily bonded to me and always wants to be with me. Ive also had a young Indian ringneck in the past that was 16 weeks old when I got her, we got on great to begin with although I still had to spend time gaining her trust before I could handle her but as soon as she hit puberty she changed dramatically.
 

CaptainHowdy

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The first thing to do is make sure your parents want another bird.
Sometimes people go and out and get another pet right away, others prefer not.
Then do they want another alexandrine or would they prefer a different species?
You can't visually sex these birds until they moult into their adult plumage so of you do want a female you'd need to find a breeder who dna sexes them.

Would an older bird not be an option? Not all rescues have issues and they can be very rewarding. Plus you have a better idea of what you're getting in terms of personality.
 

dianaT

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:welcome: from me too.

Dear Albert rest peacefully what a gorgeous bird she was.

All good advice given especially to make sure your parents do want another bird.:thumbsup:
 

stephen_haw

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hello this is stephens mum doing my best to reply on this forum not good with computers

Hi and welcome to the forum
Sorry for your loss Albert sounds like she was a character and a member of the family.
Your certain it has to be a baby Alexandrine? Sorry just been looking at the RSPCA website of pet birds for rehoming :naughty2:
Have you thought of joining the Parrot Society they have lists of breeders.
can't say I know of anybody my side of the country I am in East Yorkshire
thank you very much for taking the time to read my sons post it means a lot all the family appreciate your advice we will try and join the parrot society
and look at the RSPCA website

I dont no of any breeders an most i see are usually aviary there are fb groups though that are breed specific so may be worth a look as many breeders will be on there. Are you sure they want another one? I no there more than likely so upset but actually may want a break or a different type. I no if i have a pet die i usually get something abit different or coloring different as its just a constant reminder of the one you lost some find it nice i find it to much and just upsets me.
thank you so much for taking the time to read my sons post it means a lot all the family appreciate your advice we are now taking a few days to
grieve for Albert and then have a good think of what we want to do next you are right

Im in scotland so not much use with this however in terms of younger always being better in regard to building a more trusting bond, id have to disagree about that always being the case. Almost 6 months ago now I adopted a 13 year old African grey and he is heavily bonded to me and always wants to be with me. Ive also had a young Indian ringneck in the past that was 16 weeks old when I got her, we got on great to begin with although I still had to spend time gaining her trust before I could handle her but as soon as she hit puberty she changed dramatically.
thank you so much for taking the time to read my sons post it means a lot all the family appreciate your advice with having Albert for nearly 20 years
we do not know these things your telling us. thats really interesting and lovely that your older birds bonded so well i was not aware thank you for the
heads up

The first thing to do is make sure your parents want another bird.
Sometimes people go and out and get another pet right away, others prefer not.
Then do they want another alexandrine or would they prefer a different species?
You can't visually sex these birds until they moult into their adult plumage so of you do want a female you'd need to find a breeder who dna sexes them.

Would an older bird not be an option? Not all rescues have issues and they can be very rewarding. Plus you have a better idea of what you're getting in terms of personality.
thank you so much for taking the time to read my sons post it means a lot to the family appreciate your advice i think we deffo want another
bird the house is empty all the energy gone we all miss her so much she was such a big part of the family we are certain we want another
Alexandrine but i appreciate what you are saying in regards to the sex thats very interesting and we will be sure to make a note of that thank you

:welcome: from me too.

Dear Albert rest peacefully what a gorgeous bird she was.

All good advice given especially to make sure your parents do want another bird.:thumbsup:
thank you she was a very loved bird and we miss her so much

once again we appreciate all the advice as before these replys we were pretty clueless as to what to do next and how to approach it
we will go away now better educated and will keep you posted thank you
 

dianaT

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Hi Stephens mum, great to have you reply. Most of us know how sad it is when our beloved birds pass away, sadly we had 2 leave us last year during the lock down. One aged approx 37 and the other 27. We do still have 4 smaller parrots, so never a dull moment.
Good luck with your search in finding another one to love. Do keep us up to date.
 

stephen_haw

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Thank you, @dianaT. It’s Stephen again.

You’re absolutely right. It breaks your heart and the whole family was suffering at the loss as she had been with us for so long. I’m very sorry to hear about your two lovely birds. 37 years old. Wow! What a life.

never a dull moment. You are absolutely right and they’re memories well cherish forever.

I do have good news to bring. We have managed to source and have now got an Albert II. My mum and dad were just so keen on filling the void that they felt we had to do it now, despite it being so soon since Albert’s death. Let me tell you, the sheer delight and change in mood with them both since she’s arrived has been amazing. She is going to be very much loved for many years and I am so happy we managed to find one.

We did take advice and went for a 2 year old as we could determine sex. Plus we just fell in love with her when we saw the photo. I cannot thank everyone on this forum for all your help and advice as it was all utilised in the process.

I have a very happy mum and dad and I’m over the moon. Thanks for everything, guys.

Welcome, Albert the 2nd! (Terrible photo, but we did our best!) ❤

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