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Feathered Fairies Aviary is located in Willow Creek, CA
All of my parrots are fed (and babies weaned onto) a complete, whole-food diet, consisting of sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes, a variety of organic vegetables, leafy greens, fruit (primarily berries), and hard-boiled eggs, plus a variety of pellets so they will be familiar with them.
I will do my best to make sure my feathered fairies have a smooth transition into your home, but please do your research about the species you want to keep before deciding to buy a bird. I try to provide as much information through my website as my time will allow, so please let me know if there is something you cannot find an answer to and I will add it to my FAQ or as a new article in my Bird Care Blog!
I am always very busy taking care of my adult birds and hand-feeding babies nearly year-round, so please be understanding of my time constraints. Currently, I do not make any profit from raising my hand-fed parrots. It is purely a labor of love. All adoption proceeds help to cover feeding, housing, and medical care costs for all of my Fairy Flock™.
Thank you! <3
As a professional breeder, I adhere to the closed aviary concept to maintain the health and security of my birds. My property is not open to the public, but pick-ups can be arranged at a public location nearby.
Delivery may be arranged to Eureka or Weaverville for an additional fee to cover transportation costs. Transportation costs include the current local gas price and my time, set at California minimum wage/hr. If possible, I will divide the transportation fee between multiple customers picking up at the same location on the same day.
Babies cannot go home until they are fully weaned and must be picked up within 7 days of being notified that your baby is fully weaned. If a deposit has been received I can hold a baby for longer than 7 days with an additional Boarding Fee of $2/day per American budgie, $3/day per English budgie or Bourke's parakeet, and $4/day per lineolated parakeet or cockatiel.
Unless a special exception is made, I will only hold a baby parrot for up to three weeks (21 days) maximum after weaning. This means boarding fees will usually not exceed two weeks' payment (the first week after weaning does not apply). If you cannot pick up your baby within this timeframe I reserve the right to make your reserved baby available again for another interested buyer and your deposit will not be refunded.
I cannot guarantee the sex of every baby but I can offer my most educated guess, while some may be determined accurately by a sex-linked color mutation. I do not currently offer DNA sexing.
No babies will be held without a non-refundable deposit. Before making your deposit you will receive an invoice detailing all items and balances for clarity. After making the deposit payment I will send an updated invoice with the remaining balance. Boarding fees and the remaining balance are due at pick-up.
I accept Zelle, Venmo, or PayPal for the deposit, and/or cash at pickup.
Zelle: firstname.lastname@example.org, Venmo: @featheredfairies, PayPal: paypal.me/featheredfairies.
***There is a service charge for using Venmo or PayPal***
Please make sure you have an appropriate enclosure, accessories, and food for your desired species before picking up your new baby. It is always recommended to provide the largest cage you can afford and fit in your home, and to make sure it has appropriate bar spacing for the species you want. Up to ½" for budgies and similar-sized parrots is ideal, and up to ¾" for cockatiels.
You will also need a travel cage to transport your new baby home. Please, no boxes. If you do not already have a travel cage, I usually keep a few available! Travel cages can also double as a sleeping cage, used for bringing your bird outside for sun and fresh air a few times a week, or as a hospital cage in the event of an emergency.
Note: The dowel perches that come with most parrot cages are not sufficient for exercising your feathered fairy's feet. Using one of these in addition to other types of perches is fine, but if you have only dowel perches your parrot's feet may seize up. Please have several natural perches with varying widths and textures available for your new baby. Sand perches can cause bumblefoot! Please avoid them, or just scrape/wash the sand off if you already own one. ;)
All birds are guaranteed to be healthy at the time of pickup or delivery. You are encouraged to have your new bird(s) examined by a veterinarian of their own choice within one week from the time of pickup or delivery to verify the health of the bird(s). Please arrange vet appointments in advance of picking up your bird or having it delivered.
If any birds are found to have a condition that affects their long-term health or well-being as determined by the examining veterinarian within this time period, and I am informed of the health condition within three days of the veterinarian's examination, then the bird may be returned for either 1) a refund of the entire purchase price of the bird including deposit, or 2) an exchange for another bird of the same species, sex (if known), relative age, and color, if available. If you do not wish to return the bird I will refund half the total cost of the bird. If the bird you received was close-banded I will not accept a return if the band has been removed. I cannot offer compensation for any medical fees incurred.
If there is any other reason you would like to return a bird please contact me for a resolution. I want all of my feathered fairies to be placed into loving forever homes, so I will do my best to work with you. If you ever become unable to keep your bird you may surrender them back to me with prior notice. If you choose to sell or re-home your bird please make sure the new owner also receives their digital hatch certificate and knows how to contact me.
If you already have a bird in residence, it is always recommended to quarantine any new birds for a minimum of 45 days for health monitoring, even if you received a clean bill of health from your vet. This is the best time to form a personal bond with your new baby before they meet your resident bird, and will allow the birds to become familiar with one another through vocalizations before they meet.
There are toxic fumes, vapors, and other airborne particles that can cause a bird to become very sick or die suddenly without warning. These include overheated Teflon or cast iron pans, self-cleaning ovens, chemical air fresheners or cleaning agents chemical shampoo/conditioner/body wash scents, perfume, nail polish, scented candles, incense, heated vinegar, smoke of any kind, etc. It is always a good idea to have a quality HEPA and/or carbon filter air purifier for your home if you keep a pet bird indoors.
Other foods and substances that are or may be toxic to birds include avocado, onion, garlic (in excess), some spices (in excess), fruit pits, apple seeds, chocolate, caffeine, carbonated drinks, heavily processed/salted/fried/sugary foods, soft cheeses (lactose), peanut butter (choking hazard), xylitol, tropical houseplants, lilies, certain species of wood if chewed - which may be sold as perches or parts of toys for birds online, etc. Always double-check that the species of wood is safe for parrots before buying wooden perches or toys online, or harvesting branches to make your own.
Additional miscellaneous household hazards to birds include windows, mirrors, open toilet bowls or deep dog bowls, a hot stove, narrow spaces between furniture and walls, open doors and windows without screens, other pets, etc.
Parakeet nails should not need trimming if they have adequate natural perches, except sometimes for linnies, which have faster-growing nails due to being avid climbers. In the wild, their nails would wear down much more quickly than in our homes full of fabrics and carpeting, unless they are given lots of natural perches outside the cage to walk on as well.
Overgrown beaks are almost always caused by a medical condition, so please do not trim your bird's beak if it is not recommended by your veterinarian for a specific medical reason. Please take your bird to see an experienced, registered avian veterinarian (change degree to ABVP) to receive a correct diagnosis and the best possible care.
My breeding parrots are allowed to follow their natural hormonal cycles and are not encouraged to lay by artificial means or to lay more clutches per year or more eggs per clutch than is usual for their species. This is usually two clutches per year for each pair. I follow their molting patterns, physical condition, and hormonal behaviors to decide when to give them boxes and when to remove them.
My baby parrots are handled from hatching and are hand-fed from approx. two weeks of age so they will bond with humans and have an easier transition to life in your home! They grow up in a clean environment with plenty of human interaction and fly freely with my tame adult birds after fledging so they learn proper socialization skills. I also choose to spoon-feed and I practice abundance weaning.
Hand-fed baby birds generally take longer to wean than parent-raised babies, and spoon-fed babies take longer than syringe-fed babies. For example, parent-raised budgies are typically independent by six to seven weeks of age, while syringe-fed budgies should always be a minimum of seven to eight weeks old before going to their new homes. I usually send my spoon-fed budgies home between nine and ten weeks.
I don't clip wings because learning to fly during fledging is crucial for the complete brain development of young birds. My babies fledge naturally so they can fully develop their mental capacities and spatial awareness while learning to fly. All of my birds are free-flighted except when breeding for their safety and the safety of their nests, eggs, and hatchlings.
After a baby is fully fledged, weaned, and has learned to fly with some skill, clipping their wings becomes a personal choice for you to make for your bird(s). I have never had any safety issues by teaching my babies where the windows and mirrors in my home are so they know to avoid them, so I do not think it is ever necessary to clip wings without a medical reason. However, if you choose to clip your bird's wings after they have been sold to you that is your choice to make without judgment.
Thank you for reading! Go see Available babies now!