Tim Vogle’s Southeastern Exotic Bird Fair http://exoticbirdfair.com runs Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the State Farmers’ Market in Forest Park, Ga., outside Atlanta. There is ample parking.
Birds and bird stuff
There will be more than 30 vendors. Among the birds offered will be finches; canaries; parakeets; cockatiels; lovebirds; parrotlets; Amazon, Meyers, Senegal, pionus, eclectus and African Grey parrots; lories; cockatoos; macaws; and conures. Beginners and experts alike can find rare exotic birds, breeders and babies. You can buy birds directly from breeders or from aviaries that need to reduce stock.
Also for sale will be a wide selection of cages, breeder boxes, carriers, feed and supplements, toys, exotic plants, embroidered shirts; and other supplies. Prices are far below pet shop prices.
Bird health and care
Southeastern Mobile Vet http://www.semobilevet.com will be trimming nails and wings for a nominal fee before the show opens, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. During that same time, Dr. David Martinez will inspect birds offered for sale and provide health certificates for prospective buyers.
Admission is free. Show operator Delorce Bennet http://email@example.com is committed to “the department store model” of expositions, which allows people to come and shop whether they buy anything or not. “My purpose is to educate people on the love and care of birds,” she says, “not just to sell birds. I promote the show to provide information to new owners.”
She emphasizes the importance of knowing the requirements of specific breeds and understanding the responsibility inherent in owning a bird, or any pet. “Some of these birds are going to live 70 years,” she points out. “Please make the right choice.”
Bennet is happy to talk with people throughout the show and to answer any questions. She has been a breeder for 37 years.
Location and directions
The State Farmers’ Market is located at 16 Forest Parkway in Forest Park, Ga. Take exit 237 (Forest Park/Fort Gilliam), which is the second exit south of I-285 on the south side. From Forest Parkway, turn into the entrance on the left, about 800 feet east of I-75. There is a 100-foot sign.
Tim Vogle’s Southeastern Exotic Bird Fair has three additional shows scheduled this year: June 9 and 10; Sept. 8 and 9; and Nov. 3 and 4. The show has been in operation almost 25 years.
For more information, contact Delorce Bennet, 843-216-1553.