OUR PHILOSOPHY, POLICIES & GENERAL INFORMATION...

 OUR PHILOSOPHY.....

Birds of a Feather Aviary
is devoted to raising the healthiest, strongest birds possible and we take great care with regard to nutrition, housing, cleanliness, record keeping and genetic diversity. 

All of our babies are banded with closed identification bands and sold with a health guarantee.

Our goal, above all, is to give our birds a happy life by placing them in a loving, permanent home and making the buyer's experience as worry-free and enjoyable as possible.  This can only be accomplished with a good buyer-to-bird match and an informed buyer/bird owner.

 MISSION

Our goalabove a
, ll, is to give our birds a loving, permanent home and to make the buyer's experience as worryfree and enjoyable as possible.  This can only be accomplished with a good buyer-to-bird match and an informed buyer/bird owner.

 CLOSED AVIARY

Birds of a Feather Aviary
is a Closed AviaryThis means that any birds that come in (or go out and then come back in) have to go through a "quarantine" period first before they can join the rest of the birds.  They are kept separate and are fed and cared for last.  This is part of a biosecurity plan that ensures my birds are not unnecessarily exposed to disease/sickness and keeps everyone happy and healthy. 

We do
not allow "visitors" and if you come to pick out a baby, you will only see and handle the birds in which you are interested in purchasing.  This protects our bird's health and our buyer's appreciate the extra precautions!

 SALES POLICIES


Our babies are all closed banded with our personalized, traceable metal leg bands.  The leg band number is included in the information you receive when you take your baby home.  If your baby has been DNA or surgically sexed, you will also receive that information as well.

We provide a health guarantee with our babies.   It is very simple and straightforward and you will receive a copy of it when you pick up your baby. 

All buyers are provided with a packet of educational material about their new bird, a hatch certificate and enough food to last approx. one-two weeks.  Amongst this material are names and addresses of local avian veterinarians, bird clubs, several books I recommend highly and information on where to purchase food, toys and reasonably priced cages, as well as other informative articles.  
 

Birds of a Feather Aviary is a Closed Aviary.  This means that any birds that come in (or go out and then come back in) have to go through a "quarantine" period first before they can join the rest of the birds.  They are kept separate and are fed and cared for last.  This is part of a biosecurity plan. 

We do not allow "visitors" and if you come to pick out a baby, you will only see and handle the birds in which you are interested in purchasing.  This protects our bird's health and our buyer's appreciate the extra precautions!

 

 UNWEANED BABIES
 
 
Generally, we do not sell unweaned babies except once in a blue moon - to very experienced handfeeders.  It is a myth that one must handfeed a baby bird to bond with it.  Babies and juvenile birds bond to their owners just a well after weaning as if you handfed them yourself.  There is just too much that can go wrong while handfeeding a little one.  If you are worried about the bonding process, give me a call to discuss it.

 SHIPPING

We will ship by air within the United States except where prohibited by law.  Generally, shipping is a little over $100, plus the cost of the shipping container (an airline approved animal carrier - approx. $25).  If you want insurance, I must obtain a health certificate from a veterinarian ($35) and insurance is very inexpensive. 

Airlines ship only on certain flights with temperature controlled cargo areas into major airports with temperature controlled cargo facilities equipped for receiving animal shipments.  Delta and American Airlines are the ones which ship animals. 

For more precise information on shipping, contact me and I can check for you.  Additionally, your state may have requirements, so before shipping we must check with them, too. 

We will ship by air within the United States except where prohibited by law.  Generally, shipping is a little over $100, plus the cost of the shipping container (an airline approved animal carrier - approx. $25).  If you want insurance, I must obtain a health certificate from a veterinarian ($35) and insurance is very inexpensive.  Airlines ship only on certain flights with temperature controlled cargo areas into major airports with temperature controlled cargo facilities equipped for receiving animal shipments.  Delta and American Airlines are the ones which ship animals.  For more precise information on shipping, contact me and I can check for you.  Additionally, your state may have requirements, so before shipping we must check with them, too.

 WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU COME TO VISIT

When you come to visit I will ask that you have freshly showered and not have visited any pet stores, other breeders or handled any other birds before visiting.

When you come in I will have you fill out a contact form.  It will ask for personal information and general information about your bird experience and needs.  

The reason for this is twofold:

  • The personal information (name, address, DL#) protects me, as bird thefts are on the rise; and
  • The information you give about your bird experience helps me to provide you with needed information about your new friend.

We will never share your information!

 I will generally have spent time talking with you on the phone before your visit.  Additionally, I will tell you what to bring and have ready for your bird, but as a reminder, bring:

  • a clean carry cage
  • a towel to cover the carry cage on the way home.

You should allow one - two hours for playing with the birds, picking the bird, questions, finalizing the sale and packing up the bird and the supplies. 


Additionally, please do not bring friends or very small children or babies.  


 WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR BIRD HOME

New owners take home:


A packet of educational material about their new bird, (Amongst this material are names and addresses of local avian veterinarians, bird clubs, several books I recommend highly and information on where to purchase food, toys and reasonably priced cages, as well as other informative articles

1.  A packet of educational material about their new bird, (Amongst this material are names and addresses of local avian veterinarians, bird clubs, several books I recommend highly and information on where to purchase food, toys and reasonably priced cages, as well as other informative articles

2.  a hatch certificate  

3.  enough food to last approx. one-two weeks 

4.  a foot toy (shouldn't every bird start out with one?)

 WHAT IF I NEED HELP?

We will have discussed a variety of things during your visit, but I have an "open communication" policy.  I am always happy to answer any questions or help in any way --- before or after you purchase a bird.  All you need to do is call or email me!

Additionally, if you need help with cage, product or toy selection, I am always happy to help and and will counsel you, if needed.


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