how much are shamrock parrots?

by Jessica
(Australia)

where do you find a shamrock parrot?

and how much are they?

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Apr 28, 2012
Explain myself.....
by: Anonymous

I did not say it was ok to do this, nor do I support it, re: in Linda's defence. We also frown upon this here in AU, we're not complete idiots here :)) what I said was re: Linda stating mothers kill the mutant nubs in the nest. I nearly stated this was in fact not true & gave her an example :))

Apr 27, 2012
Breeding "shamrock" parrots
by: Tracie

In Linda's defense, avian vets that study these hybrids back up that most hybrids tend to have more health problems. It weakens the gene pool also and in the USA it looked down upon by avian vets. Just because it is "fun" for us humans doesn't mean it is best for the birds.

Apr 27, 2012
Linda
by: Anonymous

If you think THAT is unnatural & think a mother would instantly kill such things then you don't know what nature can really actually do.

You should watch a video of a pair of wild kookaburras trying to feed rosella parrot chicks. You can't get more unnatural than that!! And not only are these birds wild but the chicks still has it's parents caring for them! I know it isn't what you're talking about but just wanted you to understand that you cannot underestimate wild natural encounters of birds in any way. What you say cannot happen probably already does & you just don't know it because you have never seen it & don't understand it yourself.

Apr 26, 2012
really?
by: Anonymous

"Any mutant birds or animals, in the wild, are killed immediately by their mothers to protect their own genetic material."

Linda, that is a very bold & brave statement. I can also say it is in fact untrue :) In Australia we have this commonly happen in the wild with pur parrots & yep, they grow up to be healthy adults in flocks of one or the other species parrot they are a part of & are not killed by the mothers in the nest as you have stated. Another 'mutant' is the blue lobster :)

Apr 25, 2012
how much are shamrock parrots?
by: Linda

I strongly suggest you leave the Hybrid birds alone. The Shamrock is yet another hybrid of the Macaws and they come from Scarlet Macaw bred with the Military Macaw. All hybrids are apt to have problems of one sort or another. Many recessive genes are found in these birds meaning they have weaknesses of mind and body that either show up right away or on down the road. Their behaviors will not necessarily follow any normal guidelines for parrot behavior either. People getting the hybrid birds are running many risks with having them in their homes.

Breeding hybrid birds ruins the gene pool for the natural birds meaning if there is ever a chance of releasing birds back into their natural habitats, the hybrids will be killed by the purebred birds because they are mutants and against natural law and order.Any mutant birds or animals, in the wild, are killed immediately by their mothers to protect their own genetic material. That means hybrid birds are NOT natural and should not be bred by people who obviously do not know what they are doing.

If you have no experience with the large parrots, start with one smaller because the larger birds can be and are dangerous for someone who does know how to handle them. All parrots are exotic wild animals, and the larger the parrot, the more damage they can do.

As for cost, I have NO idea, and I suggest you do some study about the Macaws and get a normal bird and not a hybrid. The hybrids bring many unknown factors into play which means they can have mental problems as well as expensive physical problems to deal with. Whatever the price, they are NOT worth taking the risk.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Apr 24, 2012
hmmm
by: Anonymous

I see you're in Australia.. The chances of you getting one is most likely nil as they're not available. If they were they fetch a LOT higher price than Scarlet Macaws (rare but available here) & Blue & gold macaws & they are in the thousands of $$ in Australia. Find the price of a scarlet & double that (at least) & that would be the minimum cost of a shamrock. Pretty birds though :))

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