I LOVE CONURES. I rescue conures (and other birds). I have 2 kids that are conures. I have Clifford (RIP) the conure tattooed on my back. So, let me say something to joo…
Conures (and all animals) deserve love, attention, and patience.
They are not getting any of that locked away in those tiny bins of a cage. It’s like they’re living in those tiny japanese hotel rooms.
I asked an employee, “Do they get any out-of-the-cage time?”
He respectfully replied, “Honestly, not enough.” (Don’t you dare fire this guy, he actually seems to care!)
So, Drake and Tarzan have been stuck in there for how long? I’ve even seen birds in that scenario for longer.
There was a Quaker there who’s hatchday was 3 years prior. 3 YEARS. I was told he’s been bounced around from store to store.
I wanted to buy him to save him, but that increases demand, and they’ll just replace him with another sad bird.
I would leave crying after trying to entertain him with my hand crawling around the glass for 20 minutes. I felt so bad for him and dwelled on the others who suffer like him; of the bird-mill parents he came from.
I avoid #Petco, #PetSupermarket, and #Petsmart for these reasons and encourage others to do so until things change.
When getting a bird from Petco (I did way back when I wasn’t as informed as I am now), there was no education, no honest description of what it means to be a bird parent. I had to give my dusky conure to my dad because she went from needy baby to adult. She now bites me and wants to cuddle him death. Oh, and when she’s not cuddling, she’s screaming for cuddles.
Petco, you adopt out dogs and cats, why not adopt out birds? Are you not aware of the Captive Parrot Crisis?
What Pet Stores can do right now: Hire a crew to interact with the bird on a frequent basis. Have avian education classes. Work with rescues and sanctuaries similar to how you are with dogs and cats.
Inevitably, STOP SELLING BRED-FOR-PROFIT BIRDS.
BTW, conures live to be in their 30s, that’s a BIG commitment alone.
Bird lovers, go ahead and call the number posted, 1-888-824-7257
Repost for awareness!
Want to learn more as to why I rant?
WATCH | PBS: Parrot Confidential
READ | Of Parrots & People
LISTEN | Podcasts
LEARN | nofeatherleftbehind.org
ADOPT | petfinder.com
That’s the problem with pet stores. The employees are mostly kids working for minimum wage and know little about the animals they’re selling. Thankfully the pet store I bought my bird at knew a little more about birds and took them out of their cages all the time. They always had birds out to show people. But even with that they didn’t inform us of what would come in birdie adulthood.
The biggest issue is simple: pet stores are there to run a business. If you told the employee you wanted to buy the bird with the intention of your child using it for his bb gun practice, or you were going to cook it for dinner, they still would have to sell you the bird.
Another is the cost. Because little birds like budgies cost under $20 people think of them as disposable pets. To create a child costs you NOTHING so why aren’t they considered disposable? Parents give their children budgies and don’t care if they are fed or given clean water and often are starved to death (I’ve witnessed this far too many times). But it’s NO BIG DEAL because they only cost $20, right? I remember when my first budgie became very sick and we were going to take her in for surgery and my grandmother didn’t understand why, because the bird didn’t cost very much so why would we spend so much money on it (she did have surgery btw, but didn’t survive).
Why is it so easy to buy/adopt a pet but so difficult to adopt a child? Are the requirements really that different? Should an animal’s quality of life be inferior to ours because we say so? We’re bigger and smarter, right? Animals don’t speak our language so they must be stupid, right? Our lives are more important, right?