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August 31, 2016


Filed under: Seasonal,Store News,Uncategorized — admin @ 8:37 am

It’s been a wonderful 37 years but as of September 1, 2016, Animal Exchange, the store, has become extinct. We will continue to communicate with our mailing list and also on the Animal Exchange channel on YouTube which will continue to provide animal care information.

Have a happy and successful life with your pets.


July 9, 2016

The End is in Sight

Filed under: Seasonal,Store News,Uncategorized — admin @ 3:22 pm

Thanks for visiting our web site. Both the web site and our you tube videos on the    Animal Exchange channel provide extensive information about pets and their care. The store at  605 Hungerford Drive in Rockville  will be closing September 2016 after an amazing run for the last 37 years. We have met and helped the most wonderful, interesting, and smart altruistic people in the world and we have learned from and treasured each and every one.

There are lots of  pet supplies and a few pets still looking for new homes. We are taking names for the HOEI cages,the best ever made, so if you need a new cage, speak up now. These cages, some of them 37 years old are infinitely superior to any of the cages you can buy today. The Antique Cage Collection is also for sale although they are best for decorative use not live animals.

Come visit and let us  say goodbye. Its been an amazing 37 years.

June 15, 2016

Science Center

Filed under: Science Cafes,Seasonal,Store News,Uncategorized — admin @ 3:37 pm

Would you like to see a Science Center in Rockville Maryland? I would and that has been a goal for the last 27 years for a group of local activists who have organized and run Science Day in April every year. This year there were over 80 exhibits, many provided by companies and organizations along the 270 high tech corridor.

What can you do?

Join the Rockville Science Center on the internet.

Sign  a petition at Animal Exchange.

Lobby – Rockville City Council,  Montgomery County Council, Montgomery County Board of Education, Montgomery County Executive Leggitt. Tell them why Science should be available to us and especially our youngsters all year round, not just on Science Day. We live in an area rich with Scientists and Innovators, their companies and government agencies. They are anxious to share with us. Let’s say YES now.

Gallery Of Birds

Filed under: Store News,Uncategorized,Wild birds — admin @ 3:05 pm

Over our 37 years in business we have accumulated a wonderful collection of artwork from a variety of sources – too much to fit on available wall space. So we have cleared one whole wall and hung it all together for you to enjoy. Some is original art that we have purchased, some is artwork by customers and employees,some is framed and other is ready to go.

Then there are the Antique Bird Cages!  The Bird Books, many collectible.

Come and see them all and decide if you need any. There are many treasures!

January 21, 2016

Snowstorm Warning

With a big snowstorm coming here are a few tips for your pets:

— Have extra pet food in your freezer just in case.

— Power failures and falling temps will cause Birds and Mammals to eat more to keep their body temperature up.

— Reptiles can be put in a cloth bag securely tied and you can provide the heat they need. Yes, sleep with your snake…

— Birds need light to eat. Keep them in a bright area. Covering at night will help retain the heat they generate.

The animals at the store will have extra supplies in their cages with special attention going to extra water bottles for Guinea Pigs and other heavy drinkers while birds will have extra surfaces of food  e.g. spray millet. We may not get in on time but we will be here!

November 14, 2015

Mega Millet

Filed under: Bird Care,Seasonal,Store News,Uncategorized — admin @ 4:03 pm

It’s actually Milo but if you and/or your birds or small animals are fans, we have been able to locate an organic, local source of freshly harvested Milo. We are talking to the farmer about providing other seed heads for our pets both as food and enrichment also. Try some and let us know what your pets think.

Your dog will probably agree with our test dog that the tiny new training treats we found at the show are irresistible. You can get a lot of mileage from even a  small package whether you are training or just loving your favorite canine. Especially since the busy holiday season will be here soon It’s good to have a distraction available so pets feel treated too.

November 5, 2015

Where do you store seed?

Filed under: Bird Care,Seasonal,Store News,Uncategorized,Wild birds — admin @ 10:00 am

The new seed harvest of the year is on our shelves now. All this wonderful, nutritious fresh food that has been growing outdoors without pesticides comes with occasional extras that you may not appreciate. So what to do to avoid seed moths and weevils in your house? FREEZE. I routinely freeze what I take home, at least overnight. I never store it in the refrigerator where the moisture will permit bacteria or fungus to contaminate this excellent bird food. My mother always said the bugs chose the best corn in the field and she had no problem when there was an occasional worm.

August 14, 2015

Balcony Alert

Filed under: Bird Care,Store News,Uncategorized — admin @ 2:25 pm

This is a story about Shamus, a lovely Brown Headed Parrot. He lives in an apartment in Gaithersburg and had to be temporarily put on the balcony in his cage at midnight last week. The weather was fine and he slept until 7 A M when a Hawk, flying over head saw him and tried to take him out of his cage ! His owner brought the cage inside and discovered a talon sized puncture on his chest. Shamus is fine now but will never again camp out on the balcony.

Hawk’s vision is amazing and their memory is not bad either. In fact the Hawk returned to the balcony and looked under things hoping to find what it considered brunch later that morning. We have pictures at the store of both the Hawk and the hole in Shamus chest. Ask to see them when you are in.

It’s interesting to think about what would have happened if the cage had been covered with a sheet or blanket. If Shamus were not visible when the Hawk flew by, there would have been no problem unless the predator  had a good sense of smell like a Fox does. Most pets are safest indoors.

June 2, 2015

Why do birds eat so much?

Filed under: Bird Care,Seasonal,Store News,Uncategorized,Wild birds — admin @ 10:21 am

This question has come up a lot recently and for right now the answers are:

#1 It’s breeding season and if you are feeding a family it requires more groceries.

#2 Day length is still increasing so even your single pet bird is seeing the food for a longer period and eating more.

#3 Birds body temperature is higher than ours, about 104 degrees and so they always eat more in proportion to body weight. It takes fuel to maintain 104!

So what do we do if the Vet. says our bird is a perch potato and needs more exercise?

#1 Move the food farther away. If you have a tall cage, put the food in one of our blue and tan ceramic bowls on the floor of the cage – not directly under the perch.

#2 Feed lower calorie foods like kale and carrots in the morning from the regular food bowl.

#3 Do not feed on playpens. Encourage them to play instead with rotating toys. We have some great new toys in right now.

#4 Hide favorite foods in foraging toys that make the bird work for those nuts.

#5 Share your summer salads with the bird.

March 31, 2015

Pink Chicks

Filed under: Bird Care,Store News,Uncategorized — admin @ 8:52 am

They are not dyed but they are and will stay a beautiful pastel pink color. They are the rosy mutation of the Bourkes Parakeet. These little guys that we are just finishing hand feeding will be ready to go to new homes right after Easter and are very different than most parrot family birds. They have a lovely sweet voice, are very gentle and have even been kept with other species like canaries successfully. If you are on our newsletter mailing list, you can see a lovely photo of them there.

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