• Welcome to Avian Avenue! To view our forum with less advertisments please register with us.
    Memberships are free and it will just take a moment. Click here

AGP eggs?

weeping

Moving in
Joined
7/2/22
Messages
6
I currently live in Texas and wondering if anyone knows any reputable breeders who has young birds or fertilized eggs. We have a large GCF incubator and wanting to hatch our own. I've always loved the AGP but willing to see what other young birds or fert eggs available. We currently raise chickens but wanting to branch out. Thank you to anyone in advance for any information. This website seems legit and all the egg ones seemed like scams. Wish best of health and love to all your parrots and birds you may keep.
 

tka

Rollerblading along the road
Avenue Veteran
Celebirdy of the Month
Mayor of the Avenue
Avenue Spotlight Award
Joined
4/4/17
Messages
4,440
Location
London, UK
No reputable breeder will sell you fertile eggs or unweaned chicks. Parrot eggs are delicate and cannot travel without damaging or killing the embryo.

Hand raising a chick from day 1 is not in the chick's best interest. They require a lot of round-the-clock care, and a hand reared baby will miss out on essential probiotics and other good stuff from their parents' crops which means that they are likely to be more fragile. It is very easy for hand feeding to go wrong, especially with someone who has never done it before: if the formula is too hot it will burn the crop, if it's too cold it won't be digested and can lead to yeast and bacterial infections, if it's too thin it won't provide enough nutrition, too thick and it's hard to digest and will cause dehydration... The brooder temperature and humidity must be exactly right to avoid damaging the chick. Sadly, we get a lot of posts here about someone buying an unweaned chick and it often doesn't go well for the chick.

Young parrots really benefit from socialisation with other parrots and generally learning how to be a bird. A chick that's bonded to humans sounds cute, but is actually terrible for their mental and physical health when they reach puberty and seek out a mate.

Basically, you can't find anyone legit willing to sell you eggs or very young chicks because it's not something any reputable breeder will do. If you're interested in getting a parrot, you would be better off getting an older bird that's gone through puberty and is likely to be steadier, or, if you must have a young bird, getting a fully-weaned youngster that has been raised by their parents for at least the first weeks, abundance weaned and has spent time with their clutchmates.
 

expressmailtome

Ripping up the road
Administrator
Avenue Veteran
Celebirdy of the Month
Mayor of the Avenue
Avenue Spotlight Award
Joined
4/15/10
Messages
50,081
Real Name
Matthew
Welcome! African greys have become very difficult to find in the United States. You will likely end up spending around $5,000-$6,000 on one from a reputable breeder, and while some may sell an unweaned baby to someone that they personally know as an experienced handfeeder, none would sell a fertilized egg.
 

weeping

Moving in
Joined
7/2/22
Messages
6
Welcome! African greys have become very difficult to find in the United States. You will likely end up spending around $5,000-$6,000 on one from a reputable breeder, and while some may sell an unweaned baby to someone that they personally know as an experienced handfeeder, none would sell a fertilized egg.
Thank you for this knowledge! I better look into adopting an older one then! I wanted to do it because it seemed fun and we also have this fancy incubator. Is there other birds you are able to raise from an egg that are not as difficult? I am wanting to raise it from an egg but I do not want to if it is not in the birds' best interest (socialization with other birds, learning from other birds, etc) so what can I raise from hatch?
 

weeping

Moving in
Joined
7/2/22
Messages
6
No reputable breeder will sell you fertile eggs or unweaned chicks. Parrot eggs are delicate and cannot travel without damaging or killing the embryo.

Hand raising a chick from day 1 is not in the chick's best interest. They require a lot of round-the-clock care, and a hand reared baby will miss out on essential probiotics and other good stuff from their parents' crops which means that they are likely to be more fragile. It is very easy for hand feeding to go wrong, especially with someone who has never done it before: if the formula is too hot it will burn the crop, if it's too cold it won't be digested and can lead to yeast and bacterial infections, if it's too thin it won't provide enough nutrition, too thick and it's hard to digest and will cause dehydration... The brooder temperature and humidity must be exactly right to avoid damaging the chick. Sadly, we get a lot of posts here about someone buying an unweaned chick and it often doesn't go well for the chick.

Young parrots really benefit from socialisation with other parrots and generally learning how to be a bird. A chick that's bonded to humans sounds cute, but is actually terrible for their mental and physical health when they reach puberty and seek out a mate.

Basically, you can't find anyone legit willing to sell you eggs or very young chicks because it's not something any reputable breeder will do. If you're interested in getting a parrot, you would be better off getting an older bird that's gone through puberty and is likely to be steadier, or, if you must have a young bird, getting a fully-weaned youngster that has been raised by their parents for at least the first weeks, abundance weaned and has spent time with their clutchmates.
Thank you so very much for this knowledge!
 

expressmailtome

Ripping up the road
Administrator
Avenue Veteran
Celebirdy of the Month
Mayor of the Avenue
Avenue Spotlight Award
Joined
4/15/10
Messages
50,081
Real Name
Matthew
Thank you for this knowledge! I better look into adopting an older one then! I wanted to do it because it seemed fun and we also have this fancy incubator. Is there other birds you are able to raise from an egg that are not as difficult? I am wanting to raise it from an egg but I do not want to if it is not in the birds' best interest (socialization with other birds, learning from other birds, etc) so what can I raise from hatch?
As @tka said, parrot eggs do not travel well. Poultry eggs can travel.
 

expressmailtome

Ripping up the road
Administrator
Avenue Veteran
Celebirdy of the Month
Mayor of the Avenue
Avenue Spotlight Award
Joined
4/15/10
Messages
50,081
Real Name
Matthew
Does this include parakeets and other domesticated birds?
Parrots are not considered domesticated. Domesticated birds are limited to fowl, pigeons, canaries and society finches. Some websites will claim that cockatiels are domesticated, however they are not.
 
Top