Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chicks Seeking ...

So I am working up that Craig’s List add and well, … I'm rethinking the first line.  In fact, I have some trepidation about this approach, at least as a first effort at ‘re-homing’ the chicks as they call it.  Not to say that you don’t meet just the nicest people on Craig’s List (so I’ve heard) but these are special chicks and we definitely do want the nicest people.

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.
 

2 comments:

  1. You could ask money for them but specify that the money will be donated to some organization that cares for unwanted pet birds. Ask more like $100, as opposed to $25. Presumably anyone who takes on a young parakeet or two is going to have to spend at least that much or more on supplies to take care of them properly, and someone who is willing to donate $100 to a parrot sanctuary is more likely to understand that they are taking on a big responsibility. And you set the bar higher for people who are ready to be a good home, but without looking like you're trying to cash in.

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    1. Wow, Emily, that is a fantastic idea! It touches all the points I am concerned about. The only down side is that it challenges my #2 concern which is, moving these little birds along. But we can spend a little time at this if it means finding the best homes for the birds.

      I may not have the best ideas, ... but I know some people who do, thanks again!

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