> I just walked out of a pet store here and am extremely upset. While I
> was in the store buying my Roudybush pellets, I noticed an employee
> cleaning the budgie cage. He was spraying a clear solution on the
> walls (glass enclosure, rather than a metal cage) that was sprinkling
> over all the birds (yes, they were still inside). Then I noticed
> several of the birds run to the walls and begin***ing the solution
> off the walls, in fact drinking it rather eagerly. Horrified, I asked
> the woman at the counter what kind of solution the employee was using,
> and she _reassured_ me that it was only a light bleach solution!!!
> I asked if she realized that the birds were ingesting the solution,
> and she said it was not toxic to the birds! <Would you add a little
> bleach to your glass of water????> I was so upset at this, especially
> because she was argumentive when I repeated to her that even light
> bleach solution was bad for those birds, that I am ashamed to say I
> just turned around and walked out. _EVEN_ if it wasn't harmful for
> those birds to ingest, it has got to be caustic to their eyes!!
> Does anyone have any ideas on action that might be taken to make this
> store stop these kinds of practices??
I can personally tell you that the pet store must hear the complaint from
many-many people before they will begin to listen. We had a pet-store
that was not keeping their cages clean, selling sick birds, etc...
Since I was president of our local bird club at the time, the club mounted
a campaign against the store. Everyone wrote letters, saying that until
the changed their practices that they would take their business elsewhere.
They also pointed out the true-ism of business that I learned and live by...
"One happy customer will tell TWO to THREE other people if you are lucky,
although One UNHAPPY customer will tell TEN to FIF*** "... (Not sure
who originally said this..)
Sure enough, they educated themselves on the proper care/maint/etc of the
birds they were keeping, although they did not do it in time... Their
"reputation" as being a "good SAFE place" to purchase pet-stuff from was
already tarnished... They eventually went out of business, which was not
the original desire of the protest, but atleast we did turn them around...
Give your local bird club a try!!! Also, maybe a letter from an AVIAN Vet.
would give them a "shock to reality"...
> In addition to this, I have noticed that the resident BGM has an
> extremely long beak, as in curving almost to his throat. I have
> no knowledge about big birds ( I am just learning about my Amazon),
> but would you think that his beak might need to be trimmed??
My BGM (female) beak has to be trimmed about once a year...
We have given her more "chewables" and that has seamed to help her out...
Hope this helps,