Know the Difference Between a BROKER and a BREEDER:
A broker does not breed all of their animals themselves. They may purchase from bottom barrel middlemen, or sell wild caught animals. Not only do they generally have more animals than they know what to do with, they cannot give a bottle baby the attention it really deserves. They didn't even breed it themselves so there is no telling how the original breeder cared for and socialized it either. These pups have a much greater chance of having health problems, ranging from internal parasites to MBD from improper diet and housing. Brokers would be classified as commercial breeders. There are some reputable brokers out there, but the NFSA recommends buying straight from a known breeder.
Know the difference between a COMMERCIAL and a HOBBY Breeder:
Most "responsible" commercial breeders are really hobby breeders with a bigger hobby than someone with just a trio of squirrels. This is not their main source of income.
Large "Commercial" breeders make the majority of their income from the sale of animals, equipment, "special" foods, etc. Breeding and selling is NOT a hobby, it is a business.
Reading Between the Lines:
Beware when advertisers of flyer pups for sale state "Hand Fed" as this is NOT the same as "Bottle Fed". Hand fed means a human put the food in the cage as opposed to a machine.
Also, "Hand Tamed" tells you nothing about how much direct human contact a pup has. "Hand raised" indicates that the pup has been bottle fed or left with a nursing mother, but given the extra attention and socialization that results in truly tame pups that have no fear of human contact. Most hobby breeders will carry pups in their shirts an extended time each day to socialize them. Large "commercial" breeders and "brokers" do not have the time to give this amount of individual attention.
There are many so called "breeder/brokers" selling "captive bred" which can mean they were born from wild trapped, pregnant mothers. Buyers should look for the terms "captive bred" vs "born from captive born parents". This indicates that the pups are coming from parents that were bred and born in captivity. It also gives the seller a good idea of the personality of the parents.
The breeder you select should be willing to answer any questions you have before and after the sale. They should also provide you with care and feeding instructions pertinent to the age of the flyer. Beware of a breeder that tells you to leave a new pup alone to settle in for a few days. Young pups need to be handled and carried on your person as much as possible in the first few weeks in your home.
Modified contribution by Kevin http://efexotics.com
The NFSA is adamant about NOT taking wild caught/trapped flyers as breeders or pets. These baby flyers are exploited from the day they are born. Newborns are prematurely removed from their mothers, which denies them proper nutrition and the natural socialization process required for normal development.
These frightened, helpless infants are often crated and shipped across the country to buyers or hauled around for exhibition. Some do not survive the stress or die prematurally.
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