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Mon, Jun. 27th, 2005, 11:30 pm

I didn't think the pictures I showed were going to cause this big debate. I'm sorry :(****

Let me clear one thing up. Not all of the birds pictured are for sale. The top 3 I can think of off the top of my head:

The Hyacinth's
The Palm Cockatoo
The Moluccan "Felix"

Those are owned by the owners of the store. Not for sale by any means.

As for the breeding of the Hyacinth's, it's not casual. They're just giving them the chance if they wish to do so I suppose. They are on CITES endangered list. (From what I've seen in my book.) I'm sure they don't mean it in a casual way. They don't breed any of their parrots. They buy them from a breeder and sell them.

Over crowding in the store, I don't think that's possible. It's basically a 2 story warehouse and all the birds are in big cages. (They've also leased the building connected behind them...there is TONS of space.) =D They would never put 30 parakeets in a tiny little cage. (Like some pet stores *blah*) They'd rather give their birds tons of space. The Macaws are let out often in intervals to stretch out and get some play time with one another. As an employee there, I usually stay after I get off to spend time with the birds. They get scritches, cuddles and love from me all the time. You've got to admit though, if you had over say, 100 birds, you wouldn't be able to give them all the attention in the world every day either. No matter how hard you tried. The owners absolutely love their birds....more than people I have noticed. ;p

I should never have posted about that birds partner possibly having "wasting disease". I was told that by a co-worker and should have relied on information from the owners instead of her. She is still in the learning process as I am myself.

I am in no means trying to defend this store. For one thing, I'm only an employee there. Two, it's not my store. I do plan on finding everything out about that bird this Saturday.

I wasn't trying to impress anyone here either. I just wanted to share pictures of all these lovely creatures. They are all well cared for and loved by all. I spend my Saturday's and Sunday's cleaning cages thoroughly and caring for the birds. (No matter how hard I work at cleaning...they always manage to mess it up again the next day. ;p)

I know that no one meant to direct their comments toward me, but that's sorta how it felt. :)

I'm starting to wonder about this disease though. Isn't it possible, since it's so contagious, that everyone's bird has it? Just wondering. I mean, you never know if the breeder you bought your bird off of has a bird that carries the disease.

Well, I suppose that's all I have for now. It's really late and I should be heading to bed now. I didn't mean to scare anyone or anger anyone. I was just trying to share. :)

-x posted-

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)

Hey, I just wanted to apologize for the way you're being treated over in the parrot_lovers community. I'm getting pretty sick of the way they act and treat other members, and how very stuck in their beliefs they are. (I've actually considered leaving, heh!)

I wanted to say that the pictures you posted were absolutely gorgeous, and it must be wonderful getting to develop bonds with so many different, gorgeous birds. I'm sure the people you work for love their birds very much, and I'm sure you all do the best you can to find them good homes.

Wed, Jun. 29th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)

I get an attitude from some p_l members because I work at a Petco.

If it wasn't someone knowledgeable and understanding there, selling the birds, it could be someone who doesn't know or care. At least I can make sure that people who want a budgie go home with information on what they need, or that people who want a conure can do their research.

But to some people, the fact that I'm trying to help the birds that are there doesn't matter. I'm still supporting the evil petstore.

Even though PetsMart's Kaytee Preferred Birds parrot mills are much more disgusting than Petco's local bird breeders.

The photos were awesome. Context was kinda lacking, but you can't help that. People are so very protective of parrots that they ring the alarm before they're even done figuring out if the situation is dangerous or not. I mean, yeah, if I was endangering my bird, I'd want people to tell me, but not to act like I'm being malicious if I just don't know any better.


And I got a nice anonymous comment in my LJ from someone who followed a cross-posted report on my conure, telling me that for letting his beak get injured, I should surrender him and my other pets to people who can care for them properly.