That post was not necessarily directed to you, it was directed to all who tirelessly repeat on and on about how you need an avian vet and how you need to have funds and how you need to be responsible.
I think people in general need to remember that we all read multiple posts and unless you think that someone is not doing research or not tending to their animals, stop telling them the same thing. It's very exasperating.
I just read a post today with someone pleading not to be told that. He thought his bird might have mites. There are some things that do not require a vet and people on this site are so quick to direct them to their vet.
People are looking for answers to questions that others have faced and have experience with. And no matter how much research you have done, when faced with an issue, sometimes you forget and you post a question or maybe that issue wasn't discussed in the information you have. So the forum should help in filling in the gaps. Doesn't mean you do not know what you are doing.
Obviously, if you are even looking on here, it is for the well-being of your animal.
It makes you wonder what the forum is for.
First off I just wanted to point out some the rules:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Every breeder should have a VET ON CALL as soon as they have a male and female keet together. The female keet needs to be checked out for health issues before she lays eggs. The breeder must have the correct equipment necessary to care for the chicks. We are not vets here. We cannot dispense medical advice. We can only provide our experience with similar issues. Always call your vet first!!
General medical forum:
It is CRITICAL to remember that nobody can properly diagnose your keet without having the keet right there in front of them to examine. Advice given in this forum is well intentioned but CANNOT be used for medical diagnosis. If your keet seems at all "off" or "ill", take him to a vet immediately. Never wait for a web response of any kind. Every pet household should always have an emergency fund set aside for these situations. A keet can die within hours of showing signs of sickness. Take your pet ownership responsibility seriously.
Posting in these forums is a privilege, not a right. Posts that fail to follow our rules will be deleted, and repeat offenders will have their posting privileges revoked. It is critical that our forums be helpful to all members, and free of any abuse.
We are not vets and we do not pretend to be. We have been told by the owner and the moderator to not try to diagnose, so when the best advice we have is to recommend a vet, then that is what we do. If a pet owner can not afford to go to the vet, then they should not own a pet.
This is exactly the kind of thing I was referring to, thanks for posting. Great example of what everyone is getting tired of hearing. How many times does it needs to be stated. Almost every post says this, even if it is your first time on this site, you will definitely notice this. I think we need to give people their dignity and not insult their intelligence and repeat this over and over.
If someone is on here and it is an emergency medical situation or an illness, then fine, mention it. But that is not what is going on here.
as I stated before, if you even own an animal, hopefully you have done your research before even purchasing. ESPECIALLY if you are contemplating owning a female bird. Regardless of whether you have a male or not.
The other thing that bugs me, is that it is only stated that you need a vet on call when you are breeding. What about just owning a female, I don't see any warnings about that. Tell people what they possibly don't know, not what is posted everywhere and that they can read on every page.
And Yes, it is difficult to tell the sex at first, but that is more important than telling someone not to breed their birds.
Once someone has a male and female together it is a lot of work to keep them from breeding. And it happens naturally. Why not tell people not to let their males and females bond, especially if you do not want them to breed.
The same complications can and do occur without breeding.
And having two pairs or even other birds with your pair, your just asking for trouble if you do not want to breed.
Its actually quite comical when you think about it, all this talk of how you shouldn't breed your birds, but there are a lot of birds on this site who are unwittingly exposed to breeding conditions.