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I saw some really really cute Budgies the other day when I want to get birdy food. I wanted to buy one or two of them so bad but I couldn't...they were puffed up, tired looking & on the cage bottom...I wanted to put them in a warm room & nurse them back to health...needless to say, I left in tears...if only we could help them all. :fairy 2:
 

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Poor little things, I hate it when I see something I want to stop but I can't do anything.

If you think they might be sick because of the store and hygiene issues, then maybe you should inform someone so they can be helped out.
 

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I talked to the manager about it. She said she just got them in, I inspected the cage & it was clean but who knows what they could have. They had NO toys so I said something about that to. :( Oh I want to go buy them all today.
 

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Unfortunately, that's how many pet shops are. They see budgies as disposable birds since, in all likelihood, they spent less than $3 on each of them. We pay $5 for each of our budgies (at cost, not retail :lol:) and they are hand-fed and banded and we wean them out ourselves. The shop I got Mizu at, forever ago, was like that. I almost came home with 2 birds - there was a beautiful pastel blue budgie with a broken leg in with all the rest in this huge god-awful plexiglass bin. The food and water dishes were so high he couldn't eat or drink and the others were all picking on him. There were maybe 20 budgies in this 2ftx2ft bin. I complained and they put him in some tiny little cage and claimed 'they would take care of it.' I never saw the little guy again and they played dumb about it 'what budgie? there was never a budgie like that!' Needless to say, I stopped shopping there.

I know it's heartbreaking to see, but you can't risk your flock if these guys have something seriously wrong. And it may sound like a jaded view (comes from working in the pet industry for years) buying those birds just supports the shop and they'll just bring in 3 more sick budgies from the same supplier :frown: It's a lose/lose situation for everyone, unfortunately. All we can do is help raise awareness on the proper care of birds and spread the word on their budgies. If you see the budgies sick and still in improper housing in the next few days you can always call Animal Care and Control as well. They legally HAVE to investigate every complaint that is made so, it may take some time, but they'll be out there as soon as they can. If they have sick budgies on display, I'm sure there's other things too that will get them in trouble and it might serve as a wake-up call for the shop's owners :thumbsup:
 

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Hopefully they'll be onto it soon - like it's been said above, they'll only replace them again, the cycle continues sadly.
 

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Unfortunately, that's how many pet shops are. They see budgies as disposable birds since, in all likelihood, they spent less than $3 on each of them. We pay $5 for each of our budgies (at cost, not retail :lol:) and they are hand-fed and banded and we wean them out ourselves. The shop I got Mizu at, forever ago, was like that. I almost came home with 2 birds - there was a beautiful pastel blue budgie with a broken leg in with all the rest in this huge god-awful plexiglass bin. The food and water dishes were so high he couldn't eat or drink and the others were all picking on him. There were maybe 20 budgies in this 2ftx2ft bin. I complained and they put him in some tiny little cage and claimed 'they would take care of it.' I never saw the little guy again and they played dumb about it 'what budgie? there was never a budgie like that!' Needless to say, I stopped shopping there.

I know it's heartbreaking to see, but you can't risk your flock if these guys have something seriously wrong. And it may sound like a jaded view (comes from working in the pet industry for years) buying those birds just supports the shop and they'll just bring in 3 more sick budgies from the same supplier :frown: It's a lose/lose situation for everyone, unfortunately. All we can do is help raise awareness on the proper care of birds and spread the word on their budgies. If you see the budgies sick and still in improper housing in the next few days you can always call Animal Care and Control as well. They legally HAVE to investigate every complaint that is made so, it may take some time, but they'll be out there as soon as they can. If they have sick budgies on display, I'm sure there's other things too that will get them in trouble and it might serve as a wake-up call for the shop's owners :thumbsup:
Oh I NEVER buy from pet shops ever! All of my animals, including my dogs & cats come from reputable registered breeders! I don't fool around with stuff like that....it's just my heart says save them & I can't!!
 

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These are awesome little birds that are victim of their cheap prices.
IMO they are the perfect pet parrot for many reasons, including the best poop ever. If you have to pick a bird poo to worry about, budgie poo is what you wanna deal with.

Incidentally, my blue one is the best talker of all the birds I have.
 

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I And it may sound like a jaded view (comes from working in the pet industry for years) buying those birds just supports the shop and they'll just bring in 3 more sick budgies from the same supplier :frown:
Not jaded at all IMO, So sad and so very true. I want to rescue them all when I go in, but I am not willing to contribute to more being brought in. Probably why most of mine are rehomes.
 

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Oh I NEVER buy from pet shops ever! All of my animals, including my dogs & cats come from reputable registered breeders! I don't fool around with stuff like that....it's just my heart says save them & I can't!!
I can completely understand that, it's why I bought my first Linnie ;)
 
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