Looking for jardine’s parrot breeders

Hopeful

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Hi I am looking for breeders of the Jardine’s parrot does anybody have suggestions of where to look, or a similarly sized and charactered bird? I want a hand reared youngster if possible
 

dianaT

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:welcome: You may do best to join the Parrot Society UK, yu pay a small yearly sub and receive their monthly mag full of info and where UK breeders advertise. You can google & find their details.
Where are you in the UK - that may help members if they know of where else you can look.
Will this be your first parrot.
 

Hopeful

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Hi I live in Lincolnshire, it would be my first parrot, I have had a budgie before. I want a bird that can be tame and likes to learn, I am hoping I am looking at the correct type of bird. I am home all day my husband has taken some persuading and doesn’t want a large bird.
 

Michael Reynolds

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Jardine's are lovely birds, sorry at the moment I cannot give different advice from Diana, this lock down has stopped most bird shows
 

JackAndRob

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There's a shop in Birmingham that gets Jardines from a local breeder - Kings Heath Pet Centre. I don't know if they have any at the moment, but Leanne is the best person to speak to as she has the most dealings with the breeder. The breeder doesn't normally deal directly with members of the public, but I have had an opportunity to meet him. He and his wife take great care raising their birds and they are all gorgeous - confident, friendly and playful.

My Jardine Jessie is 13 months old and I've had her since she was about 14 weeks old. My wife and I had four budgies when we got her. We do keep her away from them as she is not keen on them, but she gets on okay with our Eclectus.

There are not many people on the forum with Jardines (that I am aware of!), but I am happy to try and answer any questions that you may have.
 

Hopeful

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@JackAndRob thank you, my next question is, you have a female, is there much difference in keeping a male or female?
I was going to put the cage in the lounge so the bird gets the most company, it will be out of the cage a lot but if I am out my husband may not be confident enough to get it out to begin with. I have read that Jardines are not too noisy, is this true (not that I care 😁)
 

JackAndRob

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Jack was my first Jardine. My name is Rob, hence my username JackAndRob.

Unfortunately, Jack escaped shortly after he joined us and we never found him. Jack came from the Kings Heath Pet Centre, but I got Jessie directly from the breeder. Their personalities are different. In the shop Jack started playing with me within seconds. Jessie was a little timid at first, but I think that was because she came to me directly from the breeder's home. Once she had come to our home though, she soon became friendly with me and now we're pretty much inseparable.

In general Jardines are known for being friendly with all household members, but they usually form a closer relationship with one person. That's what we've found. As her 'primary carer' - I do most of the day to day things - provide her food, play with her, etc and she spends more time with me as I am in the house all day but she will happily go to my wife too, especially if she thinks a favourite food or treat is available. In the first few days of a bird being introduced to a new environment , it helps if they have someone to focus on and then they will naturally form friendships with other people given time.

Male and female Jardines are physically identical. The only way to confirm the sex of young Jardines is to have a DNA test done. Sexually mature females can lay eggs, even if they have had no contact with others, but that's true of most if not all parrots. You will have seen images of adult Jardines with red and orange plumage on their heads, wings and legs. Juveniles typically have brown plumage in those areas, but once they go into their 2nd moult at 9-10 months, the new colours start to appear. It can take 2-3 years for most of the colours to come through. Jessie's reds have steadily grown in the last 3-4 months.

Placing the cage in the most active room in the house is usually recommended. When you form a close relationship with a bird, you become a member of the flock and they want to be where the rest of the flock hang out, in and out of the cage.

Jardines are vocal, but compared with many other birds they are generally not loud, even when alarmed. Most of the time Jessie whistles tunes that I have taught her, she says a few words and she mimics a few household noises including the sound of the phone ringing. She also sings when the washing machine finishes its cycle - it plays a tune and Jessie is learning that too! She and our Eclectus Frankie learn different sounds from each other as well.

Jessie can be quite boisterous when she plays with me and her toys. I encourage it, to keep her physically and mentally active. She will bite, but it is controlled and rarely painful. A bird's beak is used as a third foot or a hand, and it is natural for them to use it when clambering around.
 

Hopeful

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Thank you Rob that’s really helpful and confirms my previous homework. I will get the cage (hubby can’t back down then 😂) and contact the centre and see when it might be possible 😁
I am very excited, I have wanted one for so long but not been in the right time or place.
 

JackAndRob

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Good idea - get the cage, then it has to be occupied ;) What cages have you been looking at?
 

Hopeful

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I like the tall cages with a top that opens, is there any one cage make that’s better than others? I want something that will be plenty big enough to allow wing stretching and lots of toys and will last, after all this little bird will probably outlive me! He will be the only thing of value I leave in a will 😂😂
I have just spoken to the centre and he has nothing available and none nesting 😢 I will have to go on a waiting list I guess. Never mind more time to do more homework.
 

JackAndRob

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I think the cage we have for Jessie is a Liberta Cambridge Mk2. It has a large door on the front but it has a tray on the top with a raised perch, so it is not a top opener. The perch has fittings for bowls but we use them to hang toys - food and water bowls are inside the cage and Jessie has no problem getting in and out when she is hungry/thirsty.

We got it from Scarletts. If your order is over £100, delivery is free. Cages are normally send directly by the distributor but if you add anything else to the order - toys, perches, food, etc - the whole lot will be postage free, even though the other items are posted directly from Scarletts.
 

Hopeful

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My husband is enjoying cage shopping and arranging the space for the bird, what are peoples views on where to place the cage, do they like to see out a window?
 

DizzyBlue

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You need to have the cage with one side to a solid wall preferable it's the back of the cage it will give the bird a sense of security
Window wise some love it some hate it but make sure if you do place the cage in the window the bird isn't going to be overheating due to being in the sun all the time
Remember if the bird sees something like a sparrow hawk or other bird of prey or a cat looking in at them they are going to be afraid and likely hurt themselves flapping about the cage my birds can see out the window but are not actually "in" the window, on that note you also need to ensure that your bird isn't on display to temp anybody to break in and take it (my biggest fear)
 

Hopeful

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Thank you for your suggestions, I am very grateful. The piano not so grateful as it is going to have to go 😂😂. It hasn’t been used since the kids left home anyway.
Now I am going to research cages and accessories and toys and travel boxes and harnesses and....... oh dear lol I haven’t even got the bird yet 😂😂😂 spoilt baby coming this way......at some point 😉
 

JackAndRob

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The piano not so grateful as it is going to have to go 😂😂.
If it makes you feel better, just think that the piano can go to someone that will make use of it, get some pleasure from it and it's not just a piece of furniture - it is meant to be played :)

My instruments are well away from the birds. Jessie would be like "ooh, so many knobs, buttons and lights ... to DESTROY!!" :D
 

Hopeful

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Sadly the lovely old piano is not what people want anymore, they all use electric ones these days, so it will probably go to the dump 😢
 

CaptainHowdy

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Sadly the lovely old piano is not what people want anymore, they all use electric ones these days, so it will probably go to the dump 😢
See I hate electric ones! Give me an a proper piano anyday! My patty loves it when i play the piano, he comes out and has a good old dance and sing along, he even changes his dancing to suit the song 😂😂

What type of piano is it you have? You may find that hotels or retirement/ care homes would be happy to make use of it rather than it going to the dump. Always worth a try 🙂
 

Tonifrax

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See I hate electric ones! Give me an a proper piano anyday! My patty loves it when i play the piano, he comes out and has a good old dance and sing along, he even changes his dancing to suit the song 😂😂

What type of piano is it you have? You may find that hotels or retirement/ care homes would be happy to make use of it rather than it going to the dump. Always worth a try 🙂
I second this. I hate electric pianos and would much rather play acoustic any day. The sound and feel of it is never the same on an electric. When I did my advanced Higher everyone used an electric and i was the only one to wheel in an acoustic one from down the hall :lol: so many people want rid of them these days. Its a shame to see such beautiful instrument getting thrown away. When I had my ringneck she would sit on my head and whistle along. Taught her to whistle the indiana jones theme song just for a laugh. Heard it constantly after that though haha
 
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