Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
Interesting on the bird breeding
I do agree on the budgies - IMO the "show" ones are not normal looking
It's basically due to the fact that birds are not domesticated, they are considered 'wild' animals even when bred in captivity and tame. Humans have done little to them (with the exception of the show budgie) to create breeds for different functions or to fulfil different requirements, each type of parrot is a different species. Even the show budgie is not considered a different 'breed' than a wild budgie. Hence a Senegal Parrot is a Senegal Parrot, and unless it's deformed, is going to look pretty much the same as every other Senegal Parrot out there, and competing against other Sennies would be a fairly pointless exercise, since there is little variation outside of the norms of what you would see in nature (and nor should there be).
The other reason is that you can't choose who to mate your parrot to, especially with larger birds. Your bird will either form a bond with the bird you've chosen, or it won't. If they do bond, they are together 'until death do us part', so any offspring created will always be the result of the same pairing. You can't put a parrot with a different mate for a couple of days because it has a feature you like and want to be passed on to the offspring. It just won't happen, and injury to one or both of the birds is a possibility!
The only exception to lack of change in parrots is in the occasional natural colour mutations, people may well selectively breed to get dilutes, -inos, cinnamons etc. I do not have a problem with this, as long as breeding for natural colouration continues alongside. This is becoming a bit of a problem with lovebirds, in that less people are breeding the plain old green peachies and more are selectively breeding for dilutes etc.
Hence a good breeder will be aiming for health and good socialisation, won't let their birds near any other birds, and will hand-rear those earmarked for pet homes, and let the parents rear potential breeding birds (a hand-reared, well socialised parrot will be unlikely to form a bond with another bird once it has chosen a human to bond with, so is likely to be unsuitable for breeding.)
Sorry I said I wouldn't go into it at length and I just have, I can't stop myself