Budgies? We don’t need no steenkin’ budgies!

But we have them!

When David worked at Menagerie in Toronto, they used to order from Fish and Bird. Now Fish and Bird is making biweekly deliveries to Sault Ste Marie. They come on the off-week for Straits, which means that we get a fish order every week. We’re getting different things from the two different suppliers. Straits doesn’t carry birds – unless they’ve recently hired Monty Python to staple fins to finches – but Fish and Bird does.

We have some lovely young budgies available . People always ask “Are they hand raised?” Chances are, no. But more important than that is that they’re young birds and will be easier to tame.

Here’s a little secret: paying a premium for a hand-raised bird in a pet store is probably a waste of money. Yes, a hand-raised bird is tamer than a parent-raised one, but only if it is consistently handled. If you leave that hand-raised baby in a cage, it will lose its special tameness. Most pet stores don’t have the time and personnel to keep handling the birds.

If you get those hand-raised babies fast enough, yes, they’ll still be more handleable and tamer than their parent-raised fellows. If you don’t, you’re starting again. The good news is that young birds can be tamed quickly with a little effort and patience.

Another good bet is an older bird that’s come in from a home where it had lots of attention. We’ve placed birds that people have brought to us because they had to give them up, and some of those birds have bonded beautifully to their new owners. If you can give a bird enough attention, you can win its little feathered heart.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. featheredfiends
    May 07, 2011 @ 04:33:58

    Nice post. I have nine steenking bodgies 🙂

    Reply

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