Is it better to buy a budgie from a pet store or a breeder? This is becasue I do read online and people do say pet store birds are not very well looked after and can have diseases, or is this not the case?
If a breeder is recommended how can I go about finding one?
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Ideally, a good breeder is the best place to buy a budgie. You can be sure there is no inbreeding, which can cause ill health and deformities, and you are able to know that the bird you want is healthy and cared for. They may be a little more expensive than pet store budgies, but it is worth it.
Most "big-box" commercial pet stores have budgies that come from parrot mills and are not well taken care of. For this reason, most people generally stay away from pet store budgies. However, smaller, family-owned pet stores usually either breed or get their budgies from a breeder, so those are usually fine. If you have any doubts, you can always talk to the owners or breeders!
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I agree with Star. I think ideally its best to get them from a breeder, but if there aren't many in your area and the store is ethical and you know this, I dont see an issue purchasing a baby birdy from there either.
Good advice, I think from both mascara rabbit and starling wings! The issue with the 'bird mills' was one I wasn't aware of and it breaks my heart to think of birds (or any animal) maltreated. I bought a bird from PetCo in my area, and before I did, I spoke with the store manager and he showed me documentation of their policies about bird health and quarantine, etc. Still, I don't know anything of the breeding/housing practices of where these guys come from. I was lucky and so far no problems with my little guy. Fingers crossed.
I got my 3 birds from a pet store, my pet store is a mom and pop shop that deals directly with the breeders and makes sure all is ok before bringing in an animal to their shop, so for me I am comphy with buying from them.
As there are no big box stores around my local area that sells pets I can't speak for that, but if you are going to buy your new friend from a local mom and pop store, speak with them, chances are they know the breeders very well and can tell you all out how they are raised.
Honestly, I'd be very wary about purchasing from a pet store. If you are going to, I would check out the pet store for several weeks ahead of time and watch how they treat their birds.
Look at the birds themselves: do they seem active and alert? Are their eyes bright and clear, no redness or fluids leaking? Check their beaks/ceres. You don't want any brown feathers above the cere. No leaking. No sign of mites. (Mites are easy to treat, so if a pet shop -hasn't- treated them for it, you can bet that these birds are being neglected in other ways, as well.)
Check the vent. The vent should be clean and clear, with no swollen or red skin. There should be no signs of droppings stuck to the feathers.
You want to visually inspect all the birds in the cage because if one is sick, multiple are likely suffering -- even if they aren't showing.
And after you purchase, I'd immediately have an appointment to take the little one to an avian vet to be thoroughly checked out.
Other options: ask your local (and hopefully trusted) avian vet for a recommendation for an ethical pet shop with healthy animals. Check local shelters. Look on Facebook for budgie/parrot groups in your vicinity. (Also check word of mouth for the pet store you're considering. Brokenhearted people often will make their experiences known.) Look online for resources that list breeders for your country.
This is a sad topic and unfortunately it is true a lot of budgies are bred for the shop and not given a healthy and caring start to life. On the other hand there are also breeders who colony breed and do not give their birds the required amount of care either. It is up to you as the potential owner to check all you can before hand if you do find somebody who is not doing the right thing them please report them to the relative authorities.
I have bought birds from a pet store and they have been healthy although I did not like the way they are grabbed and generally treated. It is like any item or pet you intend to purchase, research and be prepared to wait.
If you want to find a breeder (which I would recommend over a pet store... Especially if you want a tamer, healthier bird) then you can probably looks online. There may also be ads posted by breeders for budgies for sale on some sites (like Kijiji.... But I have no idea if kijiji exists wherever you come from... I'm in Canada and I don't pay attention if kijiji is worldwide)
Good luck finding a budgie!
I'm not advocating Petco as I agree getting budgies from a breeder is best, but I will admit a few of my parakeets and my lineolated parakeet came from Petco. My lineolated parakeet is 9 1/2 years old and is pretty tame. I got her when she was 4 months old.The budgies however not so much, but sort of lol. One is 5 1/2 years and the other I recently got. My third parakeet who is also 5 1/2 came from a local pet store. They get their birds from local breeders. This parakeet is the calmest out of all my budgies. I do think Petco does a good job of selling healthy keets or I got lucky. We have 3 Petcos here and the cages are really clean.
That said my next keet will be from a local pet store that has hand fed sweeties.
I agree with pretty much everyone else so far.
I got my first two birds from petco, and when I first got them they were terrified of me, they would bite and fly to the ground (their wings are clipped) whenever I held them. It made sense that they were scared, since budgies from big pet stores have hardly been handled in their lives. After a few months of training, my budgies are very friendly towards me now, but still scared of other people besides my family members. If you get a budgie from a breeder who handles their birds often, the budgie will be a little scared the first few days, just becuase they have brand new surrounding, but should warm up to you very fast and tame much more easily, and trust you more in the long run. If you really want a friendly budgie hand-fed ones are great, but that isn't something you need to have. Also, pet stores feed their bird only seed, and it's sometimes very hard to get the birds to eat the pellets and vegetables that are healthier for them, while good breeders ween them onto pellets and veggies.
Also, pet stores usually only carry the smaller American budgies, while lots of breeders have the bigger English budgies.
So really, getting a bird from a reliable breeder is much better, and you know that the bird came from good conditions, though if you're unable to find one from a breeder one from a pet store can become friendly through lots of training.