Our Beginnings…

First let me introduce you to myself, my name is Missy and I am the founder of Feathered Gardens Aviary. I am often asked how I got into birds in the first place. I have been breeding birds as a hobby since 2005 when my first pair of English Budgerigars decided they were going to mate with or without my approval. Oh my, did I have a lot to learn…

I had the fortune to have grown up with grandparents who bred lovebirds, ostriches and emus; and an uncle who bred finches. One of my fondest childhood memories was a friend who bred medium and large parrots from her outdoor aviary. I was fortunate to find several reputable breeders willing to take me under their wings and teach me many of the things I still do today, even after working as an avian vet technician.

Our Goals…

In 2017, we established Feathered Gardens Aviary as a family owned and operated breeding aviary and rehabilitation rescue. Each rescue we get is worked with to determine the best fit for the bird’s emotional happiness and any physical or behavioral rehabilitation needs it may have. We then rehabilitate them as much as possible before deciding to either re-home them into an appropriate family or keep them with our family flock for appropriate long term care. We do our best to find each rescue and hand raised baby the best home possible, even if it means refusing a sale to an inappropriate home situation.

Our driving goal here at Feathered Gardens is to prevent rescues from the very beginning with educating new bird owners on how to avoid the many pitfalls that can cause behavioral or nutritional issues with your birds. So many of the rescues we receive are due to neglect or behavior issues that could be easily avoided with proper care and learning how a bird thinks and feels. Sometimes a rescue is simply circumstantial and unplanned. But we also have some where the owner just wasn’t prepared for the specific breed they ended up with, or were simply not educated on the right species of bird for their family situation.

Our Family…

Our Efforts…

We now travel across the South Eastern US at various exotic pet and bird expos to help educate the public, home birds and offer supplemental health options for the wellness of breeder and family flocks. We are not a veterinary facility, but are always willing to share our experiences.

We raise our birds in individual pairing cages to ensure the genetics of our babies. Our hand raised babies are removed from the breeding building at an early age and hand fed within our family environment. Our goal is to help the birds adjust to an easier transition into a family home once weaned. We do our best to ensure the health and happiness of our birds, breeders and rescues including veterinary care from two of our local experienced avian veterinarians.

We also do our best not to over-breed to the point that we are unable to socialize our babies properly. I apologize in advance if you are looking for a ‘pet shop’ experience, as we do not function in that capacity. Most of our birds are reserved in advance of weaning, and we rarely have ‘available birds’ just on hand for a quick sale. We believe that it’s better to work towards exceptional quality of birds rather than large quantities of birds.

We no longer specialize in only one breed, so we do not have large quantities of any particular breed. Instead we try to maintain 3-4 pairings per species whenever possible. The exception being our cockatiels, which is one of our largest breeding species at this time as we feel they make affordable yet great introductory birds for young families and new bird owners. The variety of bird types we have available does change, as we do our best not to breed birds that are over saturated in the marketplace that would leave birds without forever families to go to.

All of our breeding and any product sales goes to help fund our aviaries’ daily needs and rescue efforts. We do not ship birds as we feel this is a stressful process for the birds and is not in the best interest of their health and well being.

Our Plans…

We are still a small family run aviary focused on educating the public and maintaining healthy birds while rehabilitating rescues for a better life. We hope to continue our efforts for many years, expanding into the next generation. It is my hope to eventually expand into a larger rescue center in the future where we can maintain more of the larger bird species than we are currently able to house as well as possibly take on breeding some of the larger species of parrots than we currently can with our facility size. While we do have facilities for large parrots, we do not have facilities for any wildlife raptors like owls or hawks at this time.

While I am not a veterinarian, and cannot provide a diagnosis for an unhealthy bird, I can help direct you to methods that may help improve certain behaviors and aid in preventing or assisting with health conditions that are identified by a qualified veterinarian. We do offer avian supplements to aid in diagnosed cases or for prevention, as well as vitamins and minerals and general supportive health.