Our health guarantee is a type of contract that is often offered by our sellers to the buyers of their Birds, which is designed to provide protection and reassurance to both parties regarding the future health and wellness of the Birds. While not all Sellers offer a formal health guarantee with their Parrots, Many do offer this alongside of the standard sale contract and other agreements on the sale and future life of the bird, and this is a good sign to look for when you are searching for the right breeder from whom to buy your new bird.
While all health guarantees, where offered, will differ from seller to seller, there are several common elements that effective, fit for purpose documents of this type should contain. We will look at these things in more detail below.
Read on to learn more about what a Bird health guarantee should cover.
When you collect your new Bird from the Seller, they should be aged Ten Months or older, and should have had both of their two-stage initial vaccinations by this time. The guarantee should reflect this fact, and contain the serial numbers and certification of the vaccines.
If the Bird is under Ten Months Old, or for any reason has not been able to have either one or both of their initial vaccinations, the buyer may be required to have the Bird vaccinated at the earliest available opportunity, and provide proof of this to the seller once this has been done.
If the Bird has not been vaccinated at the time of sale, it is important to remember that until this has been achieved, the Bird should not be housed with any unvaccinated Bird, nor taken outside where other Birdss may be present.
Most Sellers will have a veterinary surgeon perform a health check on their Birds at the time of vaccination, but many Sellers also require the buyer of the Bird to have the Bird checked independently by the vet of their choice within a week of the sale, in order to provide protection for both parties, and every opportunity for both the buyer and the seller of the Bird to find out about any potential problems that the Bird might have.
The health guarantee should also outline in detail what the buyer’s right to return the Bird is in cases of problems, and what the seller’s obligations to the buyer are.
Often, the seller of a Bird will not offer a guarantee if this buyer-led health check is not performed within the allotted timescale.
The buyer’s obligations
Birds health guarantees are not just about assurances provided by the Seller to the buyer; they also cover the obligations of the buyer to care for the Bird appropriately, both for the Seller’s peace of mind, and to protect them in law against claims and comeback that could have reasonably have been foreseen and prevented by the buyer.
Such obligations will commonly include providing appropriate food, enough exercise, ensuring good training and socialisation, having the Bird vaccinated and health-checked each year, and calling the vet promptly in the case of any problems.
Many Sellers will also include a spay or neuter clause in the contracts, requiring the Birds to be de-sexed when they are old enough, and not used for breeding.
The exact details of the contract should be agreed upon jointly by the buyer and the seller, and designed to represent the interests of both parties, and of course, the Bird itself.