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Old 07-09-2016, 03:52 AM
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Just curious if your Petsmart stores have any budgies.
I haven't seen any for at least 3 months in any of our 4 locations here (NY state).
While I was in Petsmart last week, I found out that they were looking for a new supplier. I was really just curious.
I always stop by their enclosure to watch them.

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Old 07-09-2016, 05:55 AM
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How interesting , over here in Australia we can get budgies from our pet stores also, but here on TB we encourage people to try and buy from a reputable breeder, this way you can get to see how the birds are kept, healthy chicks come from a healthy and knowledgeable breeder. All to often sadly with pet store birds they are very stressed, even sick before they get to the shop then they are all thrown in together to be constantly chased caught by a human hand or net. Not the best beginning for any budgie human relationship.
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My chain pet stores all have budgies right now. I always stop to look as well. I feel badly for them. I agree with Cathy to find a reputable breeder if you're interested. If you can't find one (like in my area) it's still better to check out independently owned pet stores if you have any of those. They usually have their own breeders and don't rely on bird mill breeders.
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It would be great if the big-box pet stores would stop carrying budgies altogether.
I would much rather people buy from reputable breeders than from big-box pet stores that obtain their birds from birdie-mills.

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In the uk we only have one 'big brand' pet store called Pets at Home and they stopped selling birds in store several years ago. I believe that there's maybe only two or three stores that still sell birds, which I think is a great move.
I have always got my birds from local independent pet stores.
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I'm not sure whereabouts in NY state you are but if you have a Benson's near you I highly recommend checking them out. It's locally owned & I was really impressed by the way their budgies were kept.
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Sorry if my original post sounded as if I wanted to buy a budgie from Petsmart. No, no, no.
I was just curious if this was happening in other Petsmart's as well.

I also agree that big chain stores should not be selling any birds. When I see a lonely bigger parrot in a small cage and often with only one boring toy, my heart breaks - especially if I see the same bird for a long time
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I was wondering the same thing... I'm in Syracuse, NY and my petsmart has not had budgies for a while, my petco does though. I wonder if it's just an NY thing?
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How times have changed. It used to be you could go into any Woolworth's dime store and hear a chorus of budgies as soon as you walked in the door. My first budgie came from a department store. My mom and I took the bus home (in winter) with the new arrival and old Sammy went on to live a long & presumably happy life, though he became my mom's pet as I rather lost interest as time went on. He was easily finger-trained and had a lot of character. Evidently budgies are no longer as popular as they were back then.
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Evidently budgies are no longer as popular as they were back then.
I think they are actually at least as popular nowadays. Which has sadly given rise to plentiful bird mills. Not to mention "production" mills for puppies and other animals. The mills and their disregard to health and genetics of birds is probably why so many budgies don't have as long of a lifespan these days, in comparison to the days when it was very common to hear of budgies living for 10++ years.

I do see budgies at Petsmart and Petco. Many Petsmart stores here also carry finches, canaries, cockatiels and smaller parrots like conures. I'd love to see the big chain pet stores stop carrying birds altogether. Supply and demand .

At least here at TB we are doing our part to get the word out. As common as budgies are, it's sometimes a challenge to find a reputable, responsible, and knowledgeable budgie breeders, so people often turn to the "easy" road and go to the chain stores. From personal experience (many of us here) it's not worth it. Of course I am not saying that you who already have birds from these sources won't have a long lived healthy bird , it's just that our hope is that from now on members will take the time and be patient while they look for a good breeder or independent pet shop who buys from a responsible source.
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