Clearly, this is a situation to consult with my friends over at the Budgerigar’s Forum with a few questions about how this is best done, and any other advice they have about what might be good to do in the process. They came up with a Smashing good idea! (many are British, thus the ‘Smashing’ adjective). Their idea: start with a ‘chicks for sale’ note at the Vetrinarian’s office! What could be more perfect? ('more' perfect? sure, there is perfect and more perfect) The vet knows us, and she knows our birds and well, where better to look for good homes for animals than at the office of a respected avian veterinarian?
We also have a long standing relationship with another vet clinic between Olympia and Shelton (where Chairman Meow has made quite a reputation for himself) and I’m thinking we might prevail upon them with a similar request for assistance. Hey, it’s the least they could do for us; with Chairman’s poor record in the Greater Oakville Neighborhood Cat Fight Invitationals every fall/winter/spring/summer, I think we have earned naming rights for the next wing when they add on to the clinic. We don’t expect this transition to occur overnight, and these little birds are really not much of an imposition. We are patient and willing to wait for the ‘right’ sort of people to come along. If worse comes to worse, we can always wait till summer and take them out to the Capitol Forest and leave them by the side of the road; a proven method of assuring placement in the very best, caring homes.
Let me ask you a question:Do you think we should offer these birds for ‘free to good home” or do you think we should charge, perhaps slightly less than the going rate, say, $25.00? I ask because I fear that ‘free birds’ might attract someone on a lark (pardon the pun) whereas if we charge a small amount (and perhaps even forgive the price if we like who shows up at the door) we are more likely to get these birds into homes that really want parakeets and have a good idea of what they are signing up for.
I’ll add a poll over to the right on the 'Gizmo' column, (if I can figure out how to do it, Blogger does not make these things idiot proof .... I'm proof) and ask that you respond. And if YOU have any great ideas about how we more our little parrots along to the great homes please, and I mean this most fervently, PLEASE let us hear from you in the comments section of this little tabloid.