This morning, I stopped at the pet store to buy some food for my feathered housemates. They had several interesting parrots in the store, including a beautiful Hyacinth Macaw (not for sale-- a permanent resident of the store). There were two Quakers-- a gray QP and an albino Quaker ($400 and $600 respectively). They were both a bit surprised when I responded to their graaaccckkks with a graaaccckkk of my own. They're probably not used to humans who speak fluent Quaker. There were two Amazons, a YNA ($2400) and a YCA (just sold for $2800) like my old friend George. There were also two Conures, a Nanday who was busy flinging around the shredded newspaper at the bottom of his cage, and a Roseifrons Conure, a very friendly little fellow, and quite handsome too. Although MBS threatened, I am at my limit for parrots already, and the budget won't allow for any new acquisitions.
That must have been hard for you, seeing all those lovely birds and knowing they're all deserving of a loving home, yet being unable to cater for them.
I used to sometimes walk past a pet shop and look at the poor animals in the window there (who are in there at weekends while the store is locked up) and feel awful about their situations, but also knew I wasn't equipped to help.
In Australia, just a month or so ago, the authorities have banned animals (dogs and cats) being sold in pet shops. Now people wanting to purchase a dog or cat need to go through an animal shelter or the RSPCA first, before being able to purchase one through a breeder. At least the stores won't be able to source animals from an illegal provider (e.g., puppy factory).
I think it's a good step forwards and has been a long time coming. I don't know if the same laws apply to birds, though - will have to check that out, but I suspect not. There is still a way to go in this area.