Myuna Farm (long post)
Posted 20 March 2010 - 08:36 AM
I have been there plenty of times and they have quite a few aviaries. There's rainbow lorikeets, a single princess parrot, a few ringneck parrots, two budgies, finches, poultry and some cockatiels.
In a very small hexagonal aviary next to the big barn are two corellas. My parents and I feed the corellas grass, fruit, bark and twigs to try and keep then occupied. The aviary is absolutely bare except for some branches, a food bowl with seeds in it and a filthy water bowl. The bottom of the aviary is covered with sawdusts and so, so, so dirty.
Originally there was two lesser sulphur crested cockatoos but I think one died in one of the heatwaves we had. Now it's lonely mate is stuck in a big aviarie with some ringneck parrots and a disgusting turtle pond. The poor cockatoo has plucked its self to near death! There's no feathers in its tummy and there's a hole with dried blood around it! :scared:The whole time it's sits right at the very top of the aviary on a tiny nestbox half asleep. The only time it and the other birds move around is when my parents and I put grass, fruit, bark and twigs through the wire. I feel SO sorry for this poor cockatoo.
Inside the barn is another hexagonal aviary with a lesser sulphur crested cockatoo named Joey. He can talk, dance and sing. Everyone likes looking at him but he bites. I've seen him go for a little girl once and she started yelling and ran up to her dad looking like she was about to burst into tears. Joey's avairy is exactly the same as the corellas. Unfortuantly most of the branches in there are much to wide and slippery for him to sit on. This means he can't use most of his cage.
I soooo badly want to get into all of these aviaries and give the birds toys, proper perches, actual food instead of Coles homebrand rubbish seed and clean the avairies.
I've left a comment in the comment book asking for them to look after their animals better but they've done nothing.
What should I do?
(sorry for the very long post!)
Posted 20 March 2010 - 09:23 AM
Good thing you wrote in the comment book, I would maybe send them off an email as well, stating that you were very unhappy about the state the birds were kept in (and list everything). You could then suggest that the regular replacement of perches, the provision of clean water and a regular supply of fresh-cut eucalyptus branches to relieve boredom would be very beneficial.
Say that you were very dissapointed and you will be actively discouraging friends from visiting until there is some improvement. You could point out that seeing as their whole business is based on caring for animals, the very least they can do is actually provide a good environment for them.
Hope that helps!
Posted 20 March 2010 - 10:29 PM
Thank you for your e-mail detailing concerns regarding animals at a pet shop. Your email has reached the RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate Office.
Breaches of the codes are council enforced issues, please contact the Greater Dandenong City Council on 9239 5100.
So i'm guessing you should just call the City of Casey offices on Monday and ask who you would attention your email. Follow up with a phone call, but make sure you have that email there are proof you contacted them.
I also emailed today tonight and a current affair but no one replied to me. I guess you could definitely try though...
Edited by kali, 20 March 2010 - 10:32 PM.
can't spell :(
Posted 28 March 2010 - 02:42 AM
Mel mentioned the lorikeets only having seed and he said in a really defensive way about the lorikeets being looked after by someone else. Mel mentioned how it damages their palate and that it could kill them. When we were leaving we walked back past that aviary and he was in there feeding them. Magically a bowl that was previously filled with seed was now filled with dry nectar and he was putting bits of fruit around the place.
The cockatoo that was plucked was out in the aviary and when we asked what was wrong with him he said that the bird had come in that way and they'd tried enriching his diet and even had him in a vest at one point. I believed him, i'm pretty usre he was telling the truth.
He looked REALLY familiar and i swear i've seen him at the council offices before. I was happy that he did something about it. I think he really does like the birds.
Mel will post the pics she took of the mice in the aviaries, disgusting piles of sawdust and sh*t and of the cages that had no water. (it was a warm day too) We filled up the ducklings water twice, the rats (most of which were feeding babies) had two water bottles that were empty. So we broke into it and filled up their water.
Couldn't get into the pigeon cage, that had no water either.
The large aviary had a water bowl that made me feel ill, it was that disgusting.
All in all, I had a pretty upsetting day yesterday. Joey broke my heart, i wanted to run away with him and spoil him like he deserves.
I'll be going back there again with a bag full of fruit and vegie mush to feed them. We're also going to find a way to complain properly.
My mum said that the youth worker that used to work in Hampton Park when i was a teenager is now the manager of the place, so that makes it easier, i hope. I might try calling him on my lunchbreak next week if the email doens't get anywhere...
Posted 28 March 2010 - 05:28 AM
Did the man actually take Joey out and let you hold him and scratch him? That's amazing!
Mmm strange about the lorikeets. I've seen that there's always been dry nectar in a bowl, seeds (for the princess parrot) water and bits of dried up orange and apple.
Good to hear that there at least trying to do something about the plucked cockatoo.
Oh no mice in the aviaries! Which aviaries? I have never seen mice there before. It's good that you saw the ducklings. Last time I went there was a big flat bucket with a bit of mud and poop in bottom. One duckling was desperately trying to get some water. I had to grab a bucket that was being used to catch dripping water from a tap and fill up the ducklings water. They were much happier after that. I feel so sorry for those poor rats and the pigeons. The poor pigeons nest in nests made of their own poop .
I hope all the birds enjoy the friut and veggie mush. I must remember to take some fruit and veggies next time I go.
Oh and by the way.....I'm getting Joey before you! LOL.
P.S The email I sent was never replied to.
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