Hello, so I am thinking of getting a pair of zebra finches in the summer. even with charlie and lapis, my two budgies, its much too quiet in my apartment
I got charlie from a small pet store, and lapis from a petsmart. I didn't realize until very recently that birdie mills were a thing. that being said I would like to get finches from a breeder if possible, but I have no idea how to go about it.
If anyone could give me some pointers on how to find a good breeder, or point me to a similar forum for finches, I'd really appreciate it
I'm wondering if I should buy from a certain pet store. they are a small store and they say they get from local breeders, I want to get a pair of zebra finches but I have to order them since they dont stock finches regularly. I think that is a good sign and makes me believe that they really do source from local breeders, but I wanted a second opinion. does it make sense to order birds without getting to see them? I cant find any breeders in the area (It has to be close since my neighbor has to drive me) and kijiji always makes me wonder if the bird is healthy, or very old.
A lot of the kijiji ads are breeders. I found Harry's breeder on kijiji. I'm in Ontario also. If you see an ad for finches, look at the poster's other ads. See how long they've been doing this, get a sense of them I guess, then email them with questions. If they don't respond, pass. If their responses seem weird or pressuring, pass. If they seem knowledgable and reasonable, their birds might be worth a look.
If you know the pet store well and trust it to know birds and pick a good breeder, then it might be simpler to get the birds there... although the pet store is going to charge you more than what they paid the breeder, so you'd have to eat the markup. I know it's difficult relying on someone else for transportation and you don't feel you can go driving all over the place looking at various birds.