On the subject of "proven pairs...." "Proven" is something you want to have every breeder
define to some extent. I have known some breeders call a pair
proven, only to find out later that they lay eggs, hatch them and
then eat the babies.
Pairs also often change their behaviors
when they change locations. I had 2 pairs that ate their babies and
I told the interested breeders about this trait before I sold the
pairs. The one pair, Red Bellies, went to man named Ken who just had
the pair successfully raise a baby. The other pair, Blue Headed
Pionus, went to a man who incubates all of his eggs, so this problem
A fellow breeder here bought a very
proven pair of Greys, paid top dollar, bought the cage and nest box,
bought the pairs that were on either side of their cages and set
them up exactly the same at her home. This pair of Greys have not
had another baby and they have been with her for 3 years.
And still a third situation....Cookie and
Apple (green cheek pair) went to live at another home. They were
perfect parents here and produced clutches for me with no problem.
Lindbergh, who is the start of the video on the left side of our
front page of our site, is one of their babies. Anyway, their new
owner said they were not even bonded. I don't doubt what she says, I
do believe pairs change in different environments.
In other words, buying proven or
unproven, does not guarantee a situation with birds. These are still
creatures that have lots of unpredictabilities around them.
Also be careful about what a breeder
means when they say "proven" Ask lots of questions!