This may be an odd question but here goes: Have you priced birds lately? Pet birds, have you priced them? We had to go to "the big city" tonight and one errand was to run by the pet shop for something. We let the children look at all the animals while we were there because it is after all cheaper than the zoo. A yellow canary was $99.99!!!! And the sign said they are hard to tame, do not get along with other birds so they are best to be left alone, and only the males have a pretty song to sing. So with my luck I would spend $100 only to get home with a psychotic, anti-social female canary who can't sing!