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Lessons in Livestock

Stocking a variety of birds, including new species and color varieties, will keep customers coming back to the store time and again.

Keeping it Clean

A cage is a bird’s home, so the cleaner it is kept, the happier and healthier the bird will be.

Going Wild

Wild bird feeding is a popular hobby amongst pet owners, and retailers can entice this group into the store by offering good food and quality equipment.

The Art of Matchmaking

Pairing potential owners with birds that complement their lifestyles will result in happy customers who will return to the store for years to come.

Old Habits Die Hard

Pet owners and retailers must stay open to incorporating new knowledge into our pet care programs so we can keep pets healthy in the store and at home.

Deep Cleaning

Birds have a sensitive respiratory system that is susceptible to air quality, so owners and retailers need to act with care when cleaning their cages.

Taking a Stand

Play stands are necessary items for birds, as they provide space to let loose with toys and climbing items that are different from those in the cage.

Bird Keeping Dos (and Don’ts)

Retailers who educate their customers on the basic dos and don’ts of bird keeping will help ensure that both bird and owner are happy.

Toy Stories

When selecting toys for the cage, encourage owners to keep in mind the bird’s species, size, interests and personality.

Avian First-Aid

Retailers can help the owners of sick or injured birds by assessing the problem and, if need be, recommending a visit to a local avian veterinarian.

A Poor Excuse

Many pet specialty retailers report various reasons they don't sell wild birdseed, but the truth is they are missing out on a huge industry. By

Budgerigars and Cockatiels

These popular birds make up over half the bird species owned, which makes it imperative that retailers cater to these creatures in their bird departments.

An Exotic Challenge

Retailers that deal in exotic pets must navigate a jungle of challenges and scrutiny from regulators.

The Perfect Habitat

Retailers should advise bird customers about proper temperature, humidity and lighting requirements.

Bird Training and Taming

Keeping birds tame in the store requires diligence from employees, but the payoff is worth it.

Medium-sized Parrots

For most customers, bigger is not always better when it comes to buying a parrot.

The Picky Parrot

Retailers can guide customers through the process of getting finicky parrots on a balanced diet.

Cut & Trim

Pet retailers looking to add avian services should brush up on the basics of cutting birds’ nails and trimming wings.

Parrot Particulars

Retailers should brush up on what makes parrots so unique–and so uniquely beloved.

Myth Busting

There are a few myths floating around about how birds play and interact with toys. Retailers who know the facts can help customers choose the perfect toy for their birds.
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