AvianAds.com advocates the practice of buying birds from qualified breeders and not from pet stores. Pet store staff are generally not qualified to care for birds, and then there is the overcrowding of the cages.
Locating a reputable breeder should be your first step when buying birds. Even though the big chains are better known and financed you really should buy your birds from breeders. Sure, the chains have cheaper prices but cheap is not what you want when it comes to buying birds. At a bird show, breeder Lynn Andrews posted a sign over her birds: "You can buy a cheaper bird but can you buy a better bird?".
And that is another reason we put this web site up on the Internet so that people can have a centralized source of information about breeders in their area.