Reptile stores in Colorado
African Greyconurecap610 ratedExtremely Satisfied Customers!!
Anyone who knows anything about bird nutrition and care or maintaining a well-organized business operation will find African Grey to be exemplary in both of these. The owner, Karen, absolutely excels in each of these areas! It is no wonder that she receives glowing reports... from the Boards of Health and Agriculture. My husband and I owned an extremely successful six-million dollar business for over 16 years, and he has helped business owners across the country open and operate successful stores. I was a graduate professor at a major university where my teaching included topics of management and interacting with the public. With the background both of us have, we see many positive things about Karen and African Grey. The first time my husband walked into African Grey, he was very impressed with the large and diverse inventory of birds, toys, nutritious food, cages, and educational material on proper care and feeding of birds. Many business owners are frequently absent from their stores, leaving everything to a manager and calling in periodically to see how things are going. Not Karen. She is at her store from nearly sunrise to sundown seven days a week. That's devotion and wise store ownership! Many hours before her store opens each day, she has employees cleaning floors and bird cages and putting fresh water out for all of the birds. While this is happening, Karen is preparing food for the birds and formula that she hand-feeds to the baby birds. The food most of us feed our families cannot hold a candle to the nutritious food that Karen prepares and feeds to her birds daily: fresh vegetables (or fruits) of numerous kinds are pureed together and combined with a wide variety of cooked grains. She has extensively explored the pH values and mineral content of various sources of water and gives her birds only water that assures a healthy pH balance for them. Karen is constantly available to her customers to help with concerns about bird health (emotional and physical). She deals exceptionally well with the public and is very good at helping her customers find a bird that is just right for their home and family situation, rather than steering everyone to only high-priced birds. When customers return frequently for many years to have their birds groomed, Karen's eyes light up when she sees the birds come in. She loves to follow the growth of the birds that she has so lovingly cared for before they went to be with their human families. Everything I am writing about here I have experienced first-hand. We have owned two birds that we got from Karen; both very healthy, happy, and playful. Our first bird had lived a long and healthy life for her breed, and last year while we were traveling out of state, she passed away. We were not returning to Colorado for three more months and missed the companionship of our bird, so we visited numerous bird shops to consider getting another bird, only to conclude that, without a doubt, we wanted to get our next bird from Karen at African Grey. There were no stores and no store owners among the many in the state where we looked that even came close to the service and knowledge and care provided by Karen. She helped us select the right bird for us and allowed me to come in each morning to hand-feed our new baby, who is now growing, learning new things, and very playful and healthy. Karen's work at African Grey is truly a labor of love and service for anyone who is open and capable of seeing the high-standard of care and well-operated business that she has been so successful with for many years. Visit African Grey and give yourself the chance to see the wonderful things and feel the alive and joyful and caring energy that so many others have experienced there! This store is truly a gem with an owner that is beyond special and extraordinary in her knowledge of and care for birds!!African Greyconuremom ratedI've bought all three of my bi...
I've bought all three of my birds from Karen at The African Grey, and all three have come to me as happy, extremely healthy, and well adjusted birds. Like many others, the first time I walked in the store I did not have a good impression either. I was not greeted, and in fac...t did not feel welcome at all. As I've come to know her better though, I've realized that Karen saves her gush for her birds, which is what I'd rather she did. She loves and cares for those birds as if they were her children. She's in the store every morning cutting up fresh fruit and vegetables to feed, then goes home at night to cook a meal to be heated up the next day. If Joe Stranger off the street thinks the end result looks like watery mush, that's too bad. There are a lot of birds in Colorado who are happy and thriving on Karen's watery mush. Mine happen to be three of them. I know of no other Pet Store that goes that extent to ensure the animals are fed a nutritious diet every day the way she does. Additionally, the birds receive nuts once or twice a week to supplement their meal, and birds who *require* a seed diet receive a premium mixed seed diet every day. Two or three times a week, every bird in the store is treated to a drenching spray baths or an extra deep water dish for the birds who like to soak. A customer who walks into the store one time for 20-30 minutes is unlikely to see all of these things. There is a reason the store doesn't open until 10 or 11 o'clock in the morning each day. Staff begins arriving at the store at 0630 every morning to begin the daily routine of cleaning the cages; peeling, cutting, and chopping, fruits and veggies; feeding and bathing birds; scrubbing floors and more cages; feeding again; playing; loving; talking; sweeping; mopping; and everything else that goes along with taking care of a bird. Are there things I would change if I could? Sure. I'm pretty sure there are things Karen would change if SHE could, but maybe they're not options right now. Regardless, I think she's doing a magnificent job. I will be buying my next bird from Karen at the African Grey, and every bird thereafter.African Greymandyviv57 ratedRead this - not that!