Frequently Asked Questions
Please read the following before contacting us about our birds and aviary.
Do You Ship Birds?
No. We do NOT ship birds. We believe this adds unnecessary stress to our birds. We are focused on providing birds to homes who are willing to meet us in person to ensure our babies go to dedicated families who have their health and well being in mind. This is also a safety protection for you, as there are many shipping scams for birds online. Live bird shipping (non-poultry) is only possible via Delta airlines at this time and carries too many health and stress risks to our birds that we are not willing to take.
We do not generally offer local delivery for birds as we stay very busy with appointments, breeding, cleaning, rehabilitation, boarding and hand feeding. On rare occasions where we can meet someone, there is a separate delivery fee and may be delayed based on our availability to travel. However you will be unable to handle your bird upon transfer, which is something we really prefer people to do in person before taking possession of their new pet. We want to make sure it’s the right bird for you!!
How can I get on your waiting list?
We do have a waiting list! You can either contact us directly or send a request here to be added to our waiting list. We always contact our waiting list prior to make a reservation opportunity available prior to making the bird publicly available on our website or through social media. Our waiting list is ;prioritized by early deposit dates, then by request date. The more specific your needs, the longer the possible wait until a bird that fits your request becomes available.
Don’t ever see a bird posted until it’s already reserved? It’s most likely a highly requested reservation and they won’t be posted until our waiting list is given the first opportunity to reserve. Get on our waiting list early and save your spot in line! Feel free to request a future date if you will want a bird around a certain time frame if available.
How do I Reserve a Bird?
Contact us directly to confirm the availability of your desired bird. Our availability changes daily (sometimes hourly!), due to high demand for our hand tamed birds. We only ask a $10 reservation fee to place a hold on a specific bird for pickup once it is weaned and available. The fee is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another bird if you change your mind. Reservations are in order of date the fee was received.
This fee is required in advance and is in addition to the bird price. The bird price is due upon pickup of the bird. A reservation is not required to purchase a bird, but there is no guarantee we will have one available that hasn’t already been reserved by the time they are weaned and ready for a home. Without a reservation, birds are available on a first come basis and will not be held unless paid for in advance. If for any reason your bird reservation has any issue (for example accidental death or injury), we will work with you to apply your fee towards another bird that fits your needs.
To place your reservation fee we can send an invoice directly to your email, it can be paid in person or you can do so on our website here through our secured payment portal via Squared. We can also use PayPal or Cash App, but a $1 fee will be added.
Why aren’t all breeds available now?
While we have a large variety of small to medium sized birds breeding, not all species have the same seasonal nesting times. Most species tend to only breed in early to late spring, while others prefer late fall to early spring. Only a few of our breeds nest all year around. Cockatiels and Parrotlets are the only breeds we have currently that are usually nesting throughout the year.
At this time we do not breed anything larger than a ringneck, quaker or conure. While we do rescue all sized breeds, we specialize our breeding program on small and medium sized parrots only. We do not breed budgie parakeets as they are more prone to be carriers of many avian diseases. We occasionally do change out what breeds we have available for breeding, based largely on demand. We don’t believe in over-breeding birds that will only end up without homes or as rescues. If there is little market, we don’t allow them to breed and instead just rest up and enjoy life.
Can I visit my baby before it is weaned?
Yes! We love having visitors meet their new baby prior to pickup. We prefer that a new owner has every chance to make sure they get the bird personality they really want. We also send pictures or a short video whenever possible to update you of their progress as they grow.
Are your baby birds tame?
All our babies are hand raised from 2-3 weeks of age until weaned. We remove them from the parents at that stage where they are hand fend and raised in our family home to socialize them and help them tame. All our babies are able to ‘step up’ prior to being weaned. We take extra care to work with them as much as possible.
When they start to outgrow the “baby bin”, they get to spend their day on the bird play gym area. They are caged at night for their safety and to learn to accept a cage while allowing them the fun and enrichment of our baby bird play areas during the day.
Do You DNA Test?
Yes. All our babies are DNA tested for gender if they are not dimorphic or from a sex-linked nest where gender is known in advance. This is included in the price of your baby.
We also offer DNA testing for other birds for a fee. If you wish to have your bird tested, you can bring your bird for a blood sample that we can take in-house via a simple nail trim. Or you can bring feathers pulled directly from the chest (not molted out). We will mail them into our avian testing lab in Florida for processing and email you the DNA result certificate once complete.
We can also send testing for various avian diseases but this has extra costs based on what tests you request performed. We do not routinely screen babies unless requested as it would increase our bird prices dramatically. See our DNA testing page for more information on available tests.
Do you trim wings?
Once our babies graduate from the “baby bin” to the play area, we allow and encourage them to learn to fly. We wait until they have developed their wing muscles and learned to maneuver and land properly before we give them a mild wing trim to promote taming and bonding while young. If you want to alter this, please let us know in advance so we can make an necessary adjustments for your bird reservation.
Before going home, we give them a free wing and nail trim as desired by the new owner. We also offer wing and nail trim services for a small fee for all your birds. See our services page for updated pricing.
Will my birds get along?
If you currently have birds and are looking to acquire a new feathered family member, please contact us directly to help determine if they may be compatible. There are many variables that can affect this answer. Different breeds and genders can make a big difference in general compatibility with other birds and species. Also the individual personality and age of your birds can vary greatly in how readily they will accept changes to their flock.
When introducing a new bird to your existing flock (after a 2 week quarantine period), we recommend you place cages side by side to introduce them safely for a few weeks first. Then slowly introduce them outside of their cage in neutral territory with supervision. Separate as necessary until they start getting along. If it doesn’t work out right away, give them time before attempting again.
What do I need to prepare for a new bird?
Unless you are getting one of our cage starter kits, we recommend you get your cage ready in advance of your new baby coming home. The first 72 hours are the most stressful for your baby and the more you can prep in advance the less stress your bird will experience once arriving home.
Cages – All birds need a cage for sleeping at night, you can optionally have a daytime cage or play area if you choose to… or provide a large enough cage for both day and night. Your cage should have plenty of room for your bird to spread his wings out to full width without hitting something so they can stretch out! You also need room for toys and enrichment activities, feeding dishes, and perches. Sizes vary by species, but the larger the bird, the more space they need to be comfortable long term.
Dishes & Feed – All birds need a source of calcium, via a mineral block, cuttlebone or calcium supplement. Fresh water daily as well as food always available. We also recommend a separate treat dish for fresh chop, seed treats or food supplement treat mixes. We also recommend vitamin supplements, especially if you will be feeding a seed or mixed diet.
Perches & Huts – All birds need a variety of perches, including textures and especially various size diameters. This is to exercise their feet for optimal health, the textures can aid in beak cleaning and nail trimming naturally. We do recommend having a perch by Sweet Feet & Beaks which is a safe alternative to a pedicure perch. Do NOT use sand paper grit style perches!! These cause a condition called Bumble Foot and causes harm to your bird. Huts can be a great addition but will be dependent on the species of bird, as each type has different needs and uses for huts. If in doubt just ask us.
Travel Carrier – Have a travel carrier or small cage ready to take your baby home. It will come in handy later as a vet cage or future travel carrier. We do have a small vet carrier available for a fee, but you will need some type of safe carrier to take home your bird.
Toys – Of course we need toys! Emotional and mental enrichment is very essential to your bird’s overall health. They need a variety of toys, and we recommend having several that can be alternated to keep them from getting bored. Swings and ladders can also be a source of amusement. We do have a small selection of toys available as well you can shop from when you pickup your bird. All proceeds go to our rescues.
What do you feed your birds?
We have our own feed mixture (pellet and seed mixture) for our breeders as well as fresh chop and treats. However we do highly recommend the following diets for our babies: Kaytee Forti-Diet (pellet and seed mix), ZuPreem Fruit Blend (pellet), Dr. D’s Avian Pellets (pellet), and Roudybush Daily Maintenance (pellet).
What daily vitamins do you recommend?
If you feed a seed or mixed diet, we highly recommend a supplemental vitamin that can be added to their water to compensate for a non-pellet diet. There are several brands that work great: Hearty Bird by Morning Bird, Vita-Sol by Ecotrition, Avian Plus by ZooMed, Original Avian Suppliment by The Missing Link, Multivet by VetaFarm, Bird Vitamines by Lafeber’s, Multi-Drops by Wild Harvest, and Multi Vitamins for Birds by Nekton-S.
Do you sell cages or supplies?
Yes, we do sell cage kits, supplies and supplements whenever available. However we do not currently ship any products. We primarily sell these items at the bird shows we vendor at, otherwise they are only available at our location and may have limited availability.
Our cage kits are a basic starter cage with toys, perches and vitamins needed to get you started for a package price. We only have a limited number of these available and may not always have them in stock. All our supply sales go to help fund our rescues!
What happens to a rescue you receive?
Whenever we receive a rescue, it undergoes a health evaluation and vet visit as needed. It also will go into quarantine for 14 to 90 days depending on it’s health evaluation. The only exception to this are budgie parakeets (we rehome them as quickly as possible unless a health issue is found).
During quarantine, we work with the birds to assess their personality and any emotional or physical rehabilitation issues. We work with the birds to re-tame them whenever possible. Once we feel they are able to successfully integrate into a new home, we make them available for adoption. We continue to work with the birds until they are re-homed.
Some rescues do have personality quirks or undesired traits they have acquired from previous living conditions and handling. We do our best to advise potential owners of any remaining issues and how to work with them going forward.
Occasionally we have rescues that are simply unsuitable as pets. If in good health and we feel they would be happiest with a mate, we allow them to join our breeding program. Exceptions are if the original owners request it. We do our best to provide the best option for the happiness of the bird’s mental and physical health.
Do you euthanize bird rescues?
We NEVER euthanize a bird unless it is in extreme pain and there are no other options to reverse declining health that causes suffering. We do our best to rehab any injuries and never euthanize for defects or deformities unless a vet advises they are suffering and will not survive any available treatments or alternative supplements or living conditions.
Are you a Veterinarian?
No, we do not have a vet on staff. We work closely with our local avian vet for the best health we can provide. Our owner is a former veterinary assistant and has been breeding since 2005. While we are happy to share our experiences and general advice, if there is a veterinary issue we recommend you take your bird to a certified avian veterinarian for a full evaluation and testing.
What is your breeding program like?
We have chosen to avoid specialization of one particular species, in an effort to avoid over-breeding and flooding the market with birds that cannot be properly homed. We do not sell to pet shops unless they meet our quality care standards, and then only if we have a surplus of babies that cannot be homed in a timely manner.
We only maintain breeders that are small to medium sized species due to the current setup of our breeding facility. While we can easily accommodate large species of rescues, they require a much larger breeding facility increase their breeding health. Thus we do not currently breed anything longer than a medium sized species. (We hope to upgrade in the future!)
We are a smaller family owned breeding facility. The reason we have chosen to stay small is to ensure that we produce healthy and tamed babies to the best of our ability. The larger the breeding operation, the less personal care each bird can receive. We want our babies to find forever homes, not just a fast sell. We actually CARE about our babies and do our best to socialize them while hand feeding.
Not all ‘hand fed’ babies are the same! While we could hand feed each baby even with a larger aviary and they would turn out ‘tameable’, they won’t be socialized and ‘hand tamed’ without the extra care given to them during this stage of growth. The more babies, the less socialization each bird receives. So we purposely only keep a small breeding aviary and give our birds a resting period wherever necessary to maintain our quality standards for pet birds and healthy breeders.
We give all our breeders isolated breeding cages so that we can be certain of the parentage of the babies, as well as isolate any potential health or injury issues quickly. They all receive daily vitamin and mineral supplements by Morning Bird Products in addition to a pelleted daily diet, seed treat mix, and fresh chop regularly. They also have toys in their breeder cages!! Unlike many breeders, we believe in mental enrichment even with our breeders. They are not forced into breeding, but instead allowed to naturally occur within a healthy environment where nutrition encourages it.
We do give our birds breaks between breeding, to ensure they are at optimal health prior to breeding again. Our breaks include removing the nest box and giving extra enrichment toys to occupy them, any eggs laid are fostered to another breeding pair. They are given breeding supplements to boost health and renew any vitamin deficiencies caused by breeding.
We prefer to keep successful pairs together, unless there is a genetic or conflict between the birds causing a reason to separate a proven pair. While some birds mate for life, others are more than happy to swap partners at any given opportunity. This is also taken into consideration when pairing up our breeders.
What is your bird return policy?
While it is our hope that each of our birds go home to their forever family on the first try, we realize sometimes you just weren’t ready for a particular breed’s needs or may be incompatible in your home. If your bird doesn’t work out for your family we will do our best to offer return credit or an exchange. The refunded/credited amount will be determined by length of time since purchase, health and condition of bird, leg band still attached and the reason for the return.
We do our best to prevent a future rescue situation and prefer we have the opportunity as early as possible to get the bird back and refunded so it can be impacted as little as possible and be re-homed appropriately. We try to work with families to the best of our ability to return their bird if for some reason it will not work out with their new family.
We guarantee the health of our birds for 72 hours after taking your bird home, this is due to the fact that we cannot control your environment or feeding/cage conditions that can greatly affect the health of a bird in a short amount of time. They are fragile animals and stress is frequently a cause of health distress even in a healthy bird. You must get the bird to an avian veterinarian the day you notice anything amiss for a proper evaluation or contact us immediately for advice if you wish to receive a refund for a bird that has died unexpectedly. We do require evidence of it’s passing, either by a photo or freeze the body so we can get it examined. If evaluated by a vet and deemed unhealthy, please notify us immediately so we can assess the situation for the maximum health of your bird and the rest of our flock! If we don’t know, we can’t correct it!