Hey, I was just wondering, where do you all get your birds? Do you generally get potential breeders from the big chain petstores or do you go for the smaller specialty shops? I only know one breeder, and I don't want to get anymore related birds from him.
Also, banding. Those of you that breed budgies, do you belong to a club or anything, and do you band your birds?
I mostly get my birds from breeders. I have bought from pet stores when that 'special' one just calls out to me. I try to avoid it though as I have had a diseased bird from a Produce Store that killed nearly half my flock.
I have only so far banded my birds with split rings for my own records - ie: yellow plastic for certain pairings on left foot etc.
I am going to join a club and start doing it properly, I just have to get motivated to go!
I have bought my birds off a lady from a nother forum who breeds, handrears and tames. But have also bought from petshops. Harriette (lorikeet), and Pepi (galah) were from a petshop and they were pretty expensive. Cookie my mmitchell was from a breeder and all others came from private breeders. only a couple of my birds are banned, but most of them being pet birds I dont need to as they are mine. But as I am starting to tame and sell budgies I will start to band them. I dont belong to any club as yet, just on two forums. They give me all the help I need. But a club would be good.
Thanks! I know of a couple of small one store bird places that have some pretty nice birds, but the sad state of some of the pets in the big chain stores really makes me mad. I'll look around some more.