On 5/23/05, Stacy wrote:
> There is a Petco near me in Michigan, and they are just as bad. They
> have a stack of flight cages they use for keets, finches and tiels.
> One of the keet cages had a dead one in it. I told one of the clerks,
> and she told me, "That's how they sleep". That's how they sleep?! I
> got the manager, and he removed the dead bird from the keet cage. I
> proceeded to show him the problems with the other birds. The tiels
> were so cramed in the cage some were on the floor, and you could tell
> they were uncomfortable. Unlike all the other ones that sat on the
> perch that ran all the way across the cage, eight of them had almost
> purple feet. The finches were horrible. They were plucking each
> other, and two had broken legs and it looked as if there was a toe on
> the food dish.
> At this point, I was not that much into the breeding as I am now- and
> even THEN I could tell you these were inadiquate if not life-
> threatening circumstances. The manager told me the clerk was new, and
> she did not know much about birds, and she might know more then he.
> How in sam hill did the posterboy of stupidity become the manager of
> a pet store if he knows NOTHING about pets? It's pretty bad when you
> have to convince a grown man that an animal is dead. Sorry, but I
> refuse to EVER buy a live animal from a place like that- even then I
> better be in a real deep need for something and it better be the last
> place open if I go there.
Petco has only been in my area (Western Pennsylvania) for about 5 years.
Obviously they have a longer run in other parts of the country.
I have about 5 stores that I can frequent and do. I only buy dog or cat
food there, but never go without visiting the bird room.
I don't know if all the stores are designed the same, but our stores
have an acutal separate room for birds. It has it's own
heating/cooling and air exchange system.
While I'm not promoting or defending them, I can honestly say that the
cleanliness of these rooms is absolutely amazing. I have never
witnessed a dirty cage or unfilled seed or water cup. And what
impressed me the most is that many of their birds had fresh vegetables
in their cages. All the hookbills had toys in their cages.
There were never any over-crowded cages or any birds that appeared to
be sick or with problem. But I will say that is only my observation on
the times of my visits.
I make no excuse for saying that I purchased a lovebird from them as it
was a unique mutation that I was unable to find elsewhere.
The most impressive thing that I can tell you about them is that I was
at my avian vet having an appointment. This woman came in with a tiel.
We looked at each other and knew that we "knew" each other from
somewhere. She was the woman who sold me the lovebird at the store. I
believe she remembered me because I asked her if I could catch the bird
and do a pelvic exam in the hopes that i could have an idea of the
gender of the bird I was buying.
She was bringing a Petco cockatiel in because they "didn't like the way
it looked and was acting." I realize that all of the stores may not do
this, but have to say, I was impressed that they cared enough to treat