AAV Position Statement Regarding the Sale of Unweaned Birds
The AAV strongly SUGGESTS that a supportive and sustaining vendor - client relationship exist whenever possible.
The AAV SUPPORTS the conveyance of unweaned birds between qualified parties who possess the necessary skills of handfeeding in accordance with accepted avicultural industry practices.
The AAV OPPOSES the sale or transfer of unweaned birds to individuals KNOWN not to possess the necessary level of experience in accordance with accepted avicultural industry practices.
The AAV OPPOSES the sale or transfer of any weaned or unweaned bird known to possess infectious disease(s) or metabolic disorder(s).
The AAV STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that birds be of sufficient age and condition before undergoing the rigors of transport, and that said birds be capable of withstanding the complications associated with such transport.
The AAV SUPPORTS the application of a permanent identification system to captive bred birds, including closed banding and microchip implantation.
The AAV RECOGNIZES that analytical testing for infectious disease is subject to broad interpretation, and ENCOURAGES that the testing for disease be left to the auspices of the veterinarian - client relationship.
The AAV ACKNOWLEDGES that the current state of infectious disease testing and prevention does not lead to an absolute assurance of a disease free state, and should not supplant good husbandry practices.