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« on: December 21, 2008, 11:21:06 am »

My experiences with these stores have been "sickening" at times!  Many Parrots are kept in to small of cages, not fed enough fresh foods, and they constantly transfer Parrots from one store to the next!  they are also way over priced, making it harder for them to find a good home! :'(  If I have to enter one of these stores I have to look a way from the Parrots as it is too hard for me! :(
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2008, 01:03:28 pm »

I understand your saddness bout chain stores.  There was this cockatiel like last year or two at a chain store was the sweetest thing ever.  My parents acctually thought bout getting her for me.  One day i went there and she was gone i was hopping she had a nice home for her and said a little prayer for her.  about a week later i went back.  THe little tiel was back and in terrible condition.   :'(  She was so scared of humans then i was so sad the little bird that shone and was always so happy when i was there and saw her hid in the back of her cage terrified of the human hand.  I tried to convince them again to get the birdie but they said no again that i have mystic.  I felt so badly for the little birdie.  was kinda happy she went back to the chain was the better of the two evils.  It was terrible.  But i knew someone there and she  gave the little birdie better treats.  I hope now the little birdie has a happy home with a loving family.
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2008, 11:14:09 pm »

We should file a law suit against chain stores like Petsmart or whatever. Cruelty to animals or something. I bet we could get a lot of money out of that heheh. Our website will be top-of-the-line and featured on OPRAH! Hahah. Would you think big companies have really good lawyers?  :-\
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2009, 11:27:13 pm »

I agree, there are some stores out there that are horrible!! But, being a Petsmart employee (so I may be a bit biased, but I'm telling only the facts! I promise!), I know that we take great care of the birds! We are required to give them salads every day which consist of whatever we happen to have fresh in the fridge. So they usually get carrots, lettuce, spinach, grapes, and apples every day. :)   The finches are on pellets, and the budgies and conures get 50% seeds and 50% pellets (it would be nicer if it was 100% pellets, I'll admit).

Now if only the prices would be lowered. :P  But one thing is for certain: The birds at the Petsmart I work at are spoiled rotten!! I'm sure there are other stores that don't do as good of a job, though.
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2009, 11:42:25 pm »

and obviously i am of the same opinion as ML2 only for PETCO.  :) 
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2009, 08:14:04 am »

It is good to hear the "other" side of things from the inside.  This is how we all learn and hopefully someday can make a difference with all involved with companion Parrots ;)
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2009, 12:32:59 pm »

The worst chain store by far is Petland. The one I have been in in Syracuse has all the keets and tiels in big open topped glass tanks and everyone who walks in reaches in and picks up all the small birds. No hand washing, very little staff supervision. Not to mention all the puppies.  :'( I saw a young conure in there with a neck collar on. It couldn't even walk right because of the collar. The chest was plucked and you just know they are going to let this baby grow out, off will come the collar, and they will sell it to someone who has no clue they are getting a feather plucker. Not a very good way to start out. If a bird has an issue, you should at least be informed so you can decide if it is for you or not. I also saw them take a baby grey out and let this 4 or 5 yr. old kid with a snotty nose hold it . Yuck. I said to the salesperson you really should make people wash their hands before handleing the birds, and all I got was eye rolling.
I will say when I was in Petsmart, they had a little sun conure with a scrape on its foot. I told the cashier and it was attended to immediately. And all the birds are at least behind glass.
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2009, 02:31:17 pm »

Wow!  >:( That is horrible.  We don't have any pet stores in Buffalo or our area where you would have such access to touching or prodding the animals.  I think I would have to write a letter to the manager of the store, the owner and the SPCA or something.
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2009, 06:12:50 pm »

ML2, the petsmart near me also gives all their birds (and fish) salads and fruit. the cages also don't seem to be too overcrowded. I think they do a pretty decent job compared to other stores i've been to. Debby's pet land is THE WORST. don't even get me started on them  >:(
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2009, 06:53:35 pm »

I've heard, but I don't know if this is true, that the Wal-Mart here used to sell pet birds.  I know that is true.  They stopped because a customer killed one.  That's the part I'm not sure of.  Wouldn't surprise me, though. :(
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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2009, 08:04:43 pm »

I emailed their corporate but got no reply. I did post what I had seen on a local gab site in town that everybody reads. Thanks for the suggestion, I will see if I can locate SPCA in Onondaga county.  :)
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« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2009, 01:14:41 am »

I just thought of animal control, not sure if they would have anything to do with something like this.
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« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2009, 07:36:39 am »

I don't think animal control would help. The sad fact is not everybody sees this treatment as wrong.
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« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2009, 07:58:22 am »

Petsmart near me is ok.  Although I have only seen budgies , canaries, and finches in there.  They usually have some salad to munch on and look in good shape.
Petco, well another story.  It is not horrible but not great either.  When I go I am there like at least an hour playing with the birds. :)
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« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2009, 03:48:11 pm »

Don't get me started on chain stores  >:( I use to work for Petco, and that place made me sick, a animal would get sick and in the back room it would go to suffer and die, as they would not spend money to take them to the vet >:( The Petsmart here was just as bad. This is why Peta got involved and Petco and Petsmart are no longer allowed to sell larger birds.This is the one good thing Peta did. The other thing that pisses me off is they promote rescue now and always ask for donations for rescues, but then don't help local rescues,the money all the local people give go to out of state rescue's  >:(
If a animal dies there no big deal we right it off and get another  >:( Oh and if we don't sell that $2000 bird we will just send it to another store and keep doing this until that poor bird is older and having behavior problems, now after this bird is ruined by them, they will mark his price down, so he gets sold, then the new owner can't handle the behavior issues, and now this bird is unwanted.
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