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Old 07-17-2015, 11:02 PM
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Question Flea Market vs. Pet Store?

As the day that I get a budgie inches closer (I'm aiming for at least two weeks before the school year starts so that I'll be there while it gets used to the new environment, and to begin training), I've been looking up reliable budgie breeders in my area, but the only ones I've been able to find have been over a five hour drive. While I would be willing to either drive out or ship a bird, I cannot drive and I'm underage in either case, and I know my mom would not support shipping a bird to where we live.

Because of this, my only real options are either buying a bird at a pet store or at the flea market. I know neither of those options are really ideal, but what would you all consider to be the better of the two?
And, as far as pet stores go, we have a local aquarium in my area that also carries snakes, rats, small birds, and parrots. I've seen that some of their larger birds are already trained to step up and step down, and actually spend some time outside of their cages, so that might be the best option. The other pet store we have is PetSmart, which will probably not have any hand trained birds, but does have a one week warranty on their birds, just in case. /:

Thank you so much for taking the time to read, and maybe even to respond!

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Old 07-17-2015, 11:18 PM
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Hi Aspen as far as buying a budgie goes I would in the mean time find out all you can as to what a healthy budgie looks like.
keep in mind when you bring a new bird home it will be stressed and frightened, if it is sick or carrying some parasite this will not help it.
Look for a bird that has large open eyes that are looking alert, feathers that are not fluffed or looking straggly. Don't take a budgie that is sitting on the bottom of the cage fluffed up.
Read through the stickies at the top of each forum heading this will help a great deal.
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while I got my birds from the two big box pet stores, I think those should be the second choice over the place that actually interacts with the birds.

Visit often, look at the cages, watch the birds.

Flea markets...I would pass.
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Hello Aspen I can't wait to meet the new arrival!
Personally, I would first look in the pet store where they handle and take care of the birds. That way there's a better chance your little one is in good health

In your introductory post (https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...ng-budgie.html) there's a few things about choosing a new budgie, hopefully his helps you as you choose one
I am so excited for you! Keep us updated
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Thank you all for your input! I think i will most likely go for the local pet store, but unfortunately I will still have to travel out of town for cages, feed, and other supplies. Hoping to make my first trip out next week!
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Hi. Aspen I bought my budgie from a budgie breeder. You get to go into the aviary and see how clean it is and you can pick out a budgie and the colour you like... I tried a pet store and the budgie I bought from there was always sick I had to take him to the avian vet all of the time so now I buy my budgie from a breeder...
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Aspen,
I would suggest you get your budgie from your local pet store. If possible, spend some getting to know the owner/manager as well. Ask where they get their budgies, how old they are and how long they keep them in quarantine before putting them out for sale. The more you can learn about the birds the store is offering, the better.

https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...hy-budgie.html

With regard to bird supplies, food, etc. rather than traveling out of town for cages, food, toys and supplies, I'd suggest you work with your parents and have them help you order what is necessary on-line. That way, you have no need to travel for the supplies -- they will be delivered right to your door.
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Aspen,

I would suggest you get your budgie from your local pet store rather than a big-box pet store or a flea market.

If possible, spend some getting to know the owner/manager as well.
Ask where they get their budgies, how old they are and how long they keep them in quarantine before putting them out for sale.
By getting to know the owner/manager you will have a much better experience and they will be more willing to be of help in the future as well.
The more you can learn about the birds the store is offering, the better.

https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...hy-budgie.html

With regard to bird supplies, food, etc. rather than traveling out of town for cages, food, toys and supplies, I'd suggest you work with your parents and have them help you order what is necessary on-line. That way, you have no need to travel for the supplies -- they will be delivered right to your door.
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Oh, and the pet store might be able to order the necessary supplies for you as well.
Of course they will be a bit more expensive than from other places, but you save yourself the trouble of driving etc.

But mail ordering cages could be good, too.
You get a better selection to a better price, even with shipping added.
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I'd personally prefer to get a budgie from a shelter, but that's just me. Anytime you get a budgie with an unknown background and lineage, you're playing Russian roulette, but at least with a rescue you know you're giving the budgie a fresh start.

Like the others suggested, I'd order your supplies online. I personally like Planet Pleasures, Caitec, Zoo-Max, Scooter Z, Super Bird Creations, Polly's Pet Products, and I Got A Woody Bird Toys products. I trust most of their products as being safe, but you should definitely use your judgement. Those companies are less likely to have arsenic, lead, zinc, or the like, in their products. The majority of bird products contain heavy metals, toxic chemicals, sharp parts, etc., so you want to be very careful about what you buy.

I'd recommend ordering from mysafebirdstore and amazon.
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