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Dmcveigh

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Ive been in the market for an African Grey and have had to take my search online to out of state breeders because I cannot find any Greys in state. Along the way I've come across a few scam sites and have now found a breeder named Jessica Hurley who owns an Aviary called Lone Palm Birds. After exchanging emails she told me that she has one African Congo Grey available that is four-months old and she is asking $3500. She encouraged me to give her a call and we chatted for about two-hours. She seemed to be legitimate, friendly, and knowledgable. I could even hear birds chirping in the background during the phone call. She also sent me a video of the bird I was considering buying and I could hear the same voice in the video as I was talking to on the phone. Once we finally got around to discussing payment she said that she uses Zelle and no longer uses PayPal because of a negative experience she had where she was burned by someone and PayPal sided with the other person. I was wondering what people who have purchased animals online think about payment methods like Zelle. Is it a pretty standard method or a bad sign? Also if anyone has ever done business with Jessica I would also like to know your experience. Someone on my last thread mentioned that she had purchased a bird from Jessica and could confirm that she is legit but had a bit of a negative experience because the bird she bought was sick and she was lied to about the birds age. I hope this was just an isolated incident but I figured I would see if anyone else has dealt with her and had similar experiences. This is her website Exotic Birds, Macaws, Parrots, Cockatoos, Conures, Amazons

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Douglas McVeigh
 

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I have no idea but I can not access the link you provided for some reason.

@Mizzely ?
 

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I can access, it. I don't know anything about Jessica. As I stated in your other thread, Zelle offers you no buyer protection and I personally would never use it with an unknown person. You might as well send a wad of cash in the mail.
 

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The link is different now after you altered it and it is working.
 

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No way. Where do you live? Maybe you can find a rescue close. Or one a drive away. I would never pay $3500 for an AG. No way!
You be better driving somewhere, staying at a hotel and meeting the people and how they live etc.
 

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No way. Where do you live? Maybe you can find a rescue close. Or one a drive away. I would never pay $3500 for an AG. No way!
You be better driving somewhere, staying at a hotel and meeting the people and how they live etc.
Is $3500 to much in your opinion? On my last post everyone seemed to agree that they go for about 3k minimum. I haven't seen them anywhere any cheaper than that with the exception of the site that I confirmed was a huge scam.
 

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This is why people adopt from rescues...... the birds there desperately need a good home and are generally not sitting with a huge price tag on them.
 

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Knowing what I know about Zelle, I won't trust it. Ask her if she'll do Google Wallet. That's the payment option we opted for since I didn't have PayPal at the time. Good luck.
 
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I found this... I wouldn't do it.

 

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Do not trust any breeder who wants to use ZELLE we were scammed out of 800 because of that a couple years ago.

I recommend JC Aviary, they were amazing with Basil they take their birds everywhere and do everything with them. They breed Greys too.
 

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Do not trust any breeder who wants to use ZELLE we were scammed out of 800 because of that a couple years ago.

I recommend JC Aviary, they were amazing with Basil they take their birds everywhere and do everything with them. They breed Greys too.
Just looked into JC Aviary and gave them a call. They had a litter of four Greys and one was available so I put down a deposit and it will be available late June or early July. They also had no problem using PayPal and it was in-fact their preferred method. Thanks for the suggestion!
 

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Just looked into JC Aviary and gave them a call. They had a litter of four Greys and one was available so I put down a deposit and it will be available late June or early July. They also had no problem using PayPal and it was in-fact their preferred method. Thanks for the suggestion!
I'm so happy for you!!! They're AMAZING I'll never go anywhere else if I ever want another baby.
Keep us updated!! (Especially with pics!)
 

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Just looked into JC Aviary and gave them a call. They had a litter of four Greys and one was available so I put down a deposit and it will be available late June or early July. They also had no problem using PayPal and it was in-fact their preferred method. Thanks for the suggestion!
Glad you found someone who seems more on the Up and Up!
 

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FYI, I am in Vancouver, we had a rescue of over 580 birds, two years ago. There are still many rescue greys needing homes, likely about 15 greys right now, here in the city. I think the adoption fees are $500 or so?
 

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At least in my area, CAGs are hard to comr by in rescues because they are in such high demand. $3000 or so seems to be the going rate these days for a baby CAG.
 

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Lone Palm Birds is a legit broker. They don't necessarily breed all the birds they sell, but they're upfront about that. They tend to specialize in rarer birds.
 

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Do not trust any breeder who wants to use ZELLE we were scammed out of 800 because of that a couple years ago.

I recommend JC Aviary, they were amazing with Basil they take their birds everywhere and do everything with them. They breed Greys too.
I took your recommendation and put a deposit down on an African Grey yesterday. JC was very cool to work with! Im excited And yes he works through paypal and requires phone calls and no text requests
 

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Congrats.
OH! They have Ruppell's. :)
 
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