I got a new budgie today. My mom really liked it and I thought it'd be nice to get it for her. It's a green budgie and its head is yellow. It also has blue on its tail feathers and I think its cheek spots/marks are blue as well. It's a really beautiful bird.
I was looking at a grey Quaker parrot that climbed down and was looking at me. It was basically behind the budgies' cage thing. When the woman showed up and asked which one we wanted, we told her the green one with the yellow head.
What's got me concerned is that she used a net to get it out. It was mesh like a fish net would be to get water out of it when getting fish out of a tank. It may have been slightly larger, but I don't really think so. I was surprised and even started to ask her why she had a net, but I figured she knew more than I did since I'm just getting used to taking care of budgies and still don't know very much. But she dragged the net when she caught the bird across the floor of the cage? Then when she started to put it in the box, its poor little feet were stuck in the net. I asked if I could help, because with Sam's talons getting caught on everything, I was a little worried. She told me no and then it just plopped into the box. It wasn't hurt as far as I saw but it was ruffled up and had a feather stuck to its cere. There's no doubt in my mind that it was terrified. It didn't stop screeching until we got to the car.
No other worker in that store EVER used a net. Every time I went to get a bird (this is the fourth time), the man that helped used his hand. The budgie never screeched as much as this one did.
Is this safe at all?? Could she have harmed the poor budgie with the net, or am I overthinking it? Sorry if I am, but it worried me because she seemed a little careless/rude.
Yes, nets can be used to catch birds and aren't harmful when done correctly.
Catching a bird whether by using a net or the hand is always a stressful situation.
Given the fact you are relatively new to pet birds and you already have a considerably sized flock (3 budgies, 2 cockatiels), it's best that you slow down for now, take the time to familiarize yourself more with them, in order to prevent an overwhelming situation from happening in the future.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
I agree completely with aluz.
Catching a bird either by hand or by net can be very stressful to the animal.
Please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.
Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed for a period of 30-45 days.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.
I'd like to suggest that if you do get any additional birds in the future, you attempt to find a responsible and ethical breeder or get the bird from a Shelter or rescue organization rather than patronizing the big box pet stores.
I have seen workers in pet stores catch birds with a net.
Hand or net, the budgie is going to fly around to avoid being caught.
I also agree with Aluz that getting to know your lovely flock would be a great idea before adding anyone else.
Every time you get a new bird, you add a new unknown element to the flock and you won't know how they will get along with the others until you get to know their personalities.
All the birds I have added to my flock this year, have been carefully selected by observing them for a while in the pet store to see how they interacted with others. Only then would I make a decision on who to bring into the flock to keep harmony within.
Remember that if you have a situation where your birds don't get along, you will have to split them up for their own well being.