My family and I went to get a Christmas tree yesterday (putting it up late this year haha). Anyways, we went to Zamzows of all places! Since we were so late in getting a tree this year, everywhere else was out! Well, when they were loading the tree up in the truck, I snuck inside to take a peek at their Budgies
There was a gorgeous juvenile hen that immediately caught my attention. She was a sky blue opaline yellowface II. Much like StarlingWings' Princess Mallorn
What amazed me even more was that she came right up to me when I approached the cage. I started singing a little (the store was playing one of my favorite songs
) and whistling. She tilted her head, then joined in with me. She chirped and made little gurgling noises. Then she started bobbing her head and hopping up and down! My heart just melted. If I didn't already have Izzy for Hermes, I would've snatched her up and taken her home for him! She was just precious! It looked like she and a few other birds may have had scaly mites, though. That made me want to take her home even more so I could get her treated! But my parents don't want any more birds...hopefully someone else will give her a good home!
While I was there, though, I got to thinking...how exactly do pet stores manage all the different flock dynamics? I mean, they often house many different budgies of different genders in one (often too small) cage. Just in the one I saw yesterday, there was a juvenile male & female, as well as a mature male and female. In the past I've seen as many as 10 stuffed into one small cage! They ranged from recently weaned chicks to full-grown, all with different genders. I mean, I'm sure they all get along better when they're all juveniles, but it just seems like they're playing with fire when they house that many of varying ages and genders. How do they keep them from fighting? Or do they fight, and they just don't care...?
That's why I love my local bird store- the birds are housed a whole lot more correctly!