For most customers, bigger is not always better when it comes to buying a parrot.
Keeping birds tame in the store requires diligence from employees, but the payoff is worth it.
Retailers that deal in exotic pets must navigate a jungle of challenges and scrutiny from regulators.
Retailers should advise bird customers about proper temperature, humidity and lighting requirements.
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.
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
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.
When selecting toys for the cage, encourage owners to keep in mind the bird’s species, size, interests and personality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pairing potential owners with birds that complement their lifestyles will result in happy customers who will return to the store for years to come.
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.
A cage is a bird’s home, so the cleaner it is kept, the happier and healthier the bird will be.
Stocking a variety of birds, including new species and color varieties, will keep customers coming back to the store time and again.
Like humans, parrots are a learning species, which means they need to be taught how to be well-behaved pet birds.
It’s a very exciting time for bird toys, as manufacturers are producing creative products that really take into account what a bird needs to stay mentally stimulated.
While some uneducated shoppers think of a cage as a place of confinement, it is actually a bird’s home and provides a sense of comfort and security.