Best Shop for Bird Nerds

Your Basic Bird

Whether your passion for pet birds leans towards the amateur (the $15
parakeet that loves its mirror more than you) or the obsessive (all of
your clothing is cockatoo-themed), Your Basic Bird makes it easy to
keep your feathered kids screeching with joy. Since 1981, owner Claudia
Hunka has kept it old-school at this homey pet shop in Elmwood, right
down to the squeaky screen door and tightly packed shelves. In addition
to birds, fish, and various types of adorable furry creatures, the shop
sells high-quality, organic feeds in bags and bulk, and well-made toys
at fair prices. Avian boarding, grooming, and expert advice are
available from employees who know their Meyers parrots from their
Senegals. When the typical pet shop these days is a megachain with as
much character as Home Depot, the decibel level alone will remind you
that there’s nothing corporate about this place.

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