Deja and Jodi gave some great advice! Now, here are my experiences. I got my Angel, my umbrella too' at a speciality bird store/ breeder, same with Snowy(parakeet) and Sunny (cockatiel). I definaltly think this is the way to go, a breeder/ specialty bird store. However, Brad got his bird, Gizzy (tiel) at Petsupermarket, and well..he isn't very nice! He was healthly and everything when we got him, but I think being in those surroundings everyday (they have the tiel's in an open top cage where everyone can stick their hands in) has scared him of people. At first we thought, he was getting used to everything, but he just never got to be friendly. He doesn't like to come out of the cage even! When Brad and I moved in together, we put Gizzy and Sunny together and they are just inseferable (sp?). Sunny likes his head scratches and Gizzy starts hissing. And can bite really hard! We got Casper from Petsmart (he is with Snowy) and he is nice, but skiddish as well. I can totally tell they came from somewhere else. Petsmart is different, they have their birds in a glass/ cage atleast so everyone isn't sticking their hands in all the time, frightening the poor guys. IMHO, I wouldn't get a bird from Petsmart or Petsupermarket again. When we got them they were healthy, however, I don't think they are as socialble from our experiences anyway. I would suggest the speicalty bird stores and breeders. They are used to being handled and being around us humans.
Good luck with the birdie search!
Awww Jodi! How cute! Did you go and see her yesterday??