Last week I was on Craigs List and saw a WC Pi... 15 years old... basically the daughter moved out and the parents don't want it any more. They wanted $500 for it, but had marked it down to $400. The cage is too small, and is 15 years old also. It's worthless. (MAY be able to clean it up for a sleep cage, but I'm not holding my breath.)
How are BH's and WC's similar personality wise? How are they different? Pancho is still young, and I'm worried he may pester the Pi really badly (He gets on Amira's nerves... she's 3 he's almost 1, which is one reason I cage them separately).
There is a bird expo coming this weekend, so I can grab another HQ flight cage relatively cheap. I really don't have room for it (I live in a 1 BR apartment). These are quotes from their emails.
Rico was hand fed and raised from birth so he was originally a very sweet and loving bird, good with the kids etc. A few years ago we went on vacation and left him in the care of a friend, he has never been quite the same. Its like he's still a bit irritated over it. He can be moody and snippy now and although he allows me to pet and care for him he isn't particularly fond of others...of course he spends much time alone these days so I guess the unknown makes him nervous. I feel that he could be coaxed back into his former friendly self given time and the right care but I am not in the position to do that for him which is one reason I need to find him a good home.
He has always enjoyed good health as far as I can tell ( you know how they hide illness) but no, we have not monitored his weight. I can tell he does lose some when we go away for a weekend etc. I think he may not eat much while we are away as his food often appears almost untouched until we have been home for a day or so, then he resumes his normal eating pattern. He is very sociable, loves noise and company so I think he would like being around your other birds. I am not sure of the exact size of his cage, something like 3' x 2'. I will say that his cage is old and should be replaced. If you have cages lying around he would enjoy a new one and some new toys too. He does love his ropes and bells but new stimulation would be great.
Then I asked more about diet, then this was the reply tonight (pics below)
Here are a few more pics. His staple diet...ah...whatever they sell at Walmart for larger birds. Terrible I know but like I said, I no longer have time for fresh food and the clean up involved etc. He loves peanuts and sunflower seeds of course.
I asked if he has ever been on a pelletized diet; I haven't heard back yet. Flat out, I can not afford $400 right now, plus $100 for the new cage. Nor will I pay $400 for a 15 year old WC with behavioral issues. I can get a baby from a breeder for $400.
What is a reasonable price to offer for this bird?
And here are some pics! (From the owner, I haven't actually met the bird yet.)