Hi, I've recently gotten finches from PetCo and Pet Smart. I decided to check out the other bird stores in my area (California), and was shocked to see the amount of neglected birds (parrots with completely bald wings and backs) and birds in idiotic housing. Societies and waxbills housed with whydas and weavers. Zebras and canaries so crowded they'd pecked each other's heads bald.
Is this normal for a bird store? I'd never thought of PetCo as a nurturing environment, but those $14 birds looked pampered compared to some the $100+ birds at the bird stores.
Does anyone know what the best course of action would be to make sure these animals are properly taken care of?
Thanks,
Grimshaw
Hi, I've recently gotten finches from PetCo and Pet Smart. I decided to check out the other bird stores in ... what the best course of action would be to make sure these animals are properly taken care of? Thanks, Grimshaw

"Bird store" is a very generic term. Stores that sell pets are often owned by 1 or 2 people. Some are great, some are not, and a few are horrible. I'm sure the local animal control could tell you who to call to complain, whether you will get any action or not who knows.
Even chain stores like PetCo and Pet'sMart are very different from one to the next. It seems a lot must have to do with the management, and who happens to be working there at the time. I have seen some really great, knowledgeable people at the chains here, and seen a few real morons there also over the years. I'm sure they have a lot of turnover of the "help" so it's to be expected.

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