Gross sales of pet birds together with parakeets, budgerigars and canaries have surged throughout lockdown as folks have craved the companionship of a feathered buddy, says pet retailer Jollyes.
The nationwide retailer, with 67 shops, has seen demand for birds improve sharply throughout the nation over the previous yr. Hotspots embrace Ballymena and Derry/Londonderry in Northern Eire, Halifax and Leeds in Yorkshire and Bridgwater in Somerset.
The preferred birds have been canaries with gross sales up by virtually two-thirds, budgies up by over 50 per cent, finches and parakeets up by round 40 per cent, and parrots up by a 3rd.
Hand-reared birds particularly get pleasure from human firm and thrive on consideration, which makes them standard pets. Relying on the species and breed they’ll entertain their homeowners with chirruping, chatter and tune, whereas some turn out to be very good mimics.
Ballymena retailer supervisor Ryan Godfrey, whose experience has seen him dubbed by colleagues as “the birdman of Ballymena”, says: “We’ve seen curiosity in birds develop and develop and now it’s large.
“In these occasions when you possibly can’t get out and have human contact, the following neatest thing is a pet and a chook is unquestionably a sensible choice for individuals who need companionship. Sure birds might be very clever, they usually have their very own persona. You’ll be able to 100 per cent type a bond with a chook.”
Though birds make good household pets, Ryan has famous they’re notably standard amongst older prospects who’ve the time the birds must construct companionship.
He says: “For lots of them, it’s greater than only a pet, it turns into a pastime they usually take monumental pleasure in it. There’s a large hobbyist neighborhood and even when they’ll’t at present meet up at reveals, they’ve on-line teams the place they’ll exhibit their set-ups and change recommendation.”
Nearly all of Jollyes’ shops promote birds, sourced from trusted breeders, and all of them promote chook meals and equipment. Professional employees are available to supply prospects recommendation on what sort of chook may swimsuit them, what sort of cage or aviary they want, and the way to feed and take care of them.
Jollyes’ business director Chris Burns mentioned: “Curiosity in preserving birds as pets has risen dramatically throughout lockdown and it’s turn out to be a nationwide phenomenon. There’s proof that preserving a pet chook is sweet for the proprietor’s well being and well-being, decreasing stress and preserving the mind energetic and our prospects up and down the nation appear to vouch for that.”
All of Jollyes shops have remained open through the pandemic. Important precautions have been put in place in any respect Jollyes shops to guard prospects and colleagues through the pandemic together with social distancing guidelines, asking prospects to put on masks, and providing hand sanitiser on arrival and exit. Shops have additionally elevated their cleansing regimes.