The finch project continues. Before I make a commitment to this venture I want make sure I know what I am getting into. So I started by reading the books I got for Mothers Day. Then I had the information from our trip to four pet stores that had finches. That was revealing.
Three stores showed little interest we were even there. One shop owner looked as if he had lived large in the 1960's and missed the ticket out. Another did not know what he was talking about and was so stupid he kept opining showing his ignorance.
Two were not clean enough for me to want spend money there. Three only had the Zebra variety (which is the most common and least colorful), Society (which are also fairly common), and a few Spice finches.
However, one store had several large clean cages of nice finches of different varieties such as Wyndahs, Cordon Blues, as well as more colorful variations of Zebras, Society, and Spice and some other varieties. But more than that a nice young man came up to see if he could help us. He was most helpful in answering many questions I had. He spent a good deal of time talking with me about his experiences with finches, their breeders, cages, supplies, etc. He was in no hurry nor did he pressure me into buying anything.
So I came home knowing a little more than I knew before, still not sure this was a good idea. I did feel a little more confident after talking with the one helpful salesman.
What am I talking about? Adding a flight cage to our menagerie, more mayhem to the zoo? More insanity to this mess. But more importantly - where would we put the Christmas tree? After all I have to keep all of this in perspective.