Feathered Fairies Aviary is located in Humboldt County, Willow Creek, CA.
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After reading this entire page, please fill out my Waitlist Contact Form.
I will contact you when a bird meeting your preferences becomes available!
Typical Breeding Schedule:
Jan-Feb: set up breeding pairs
Mar-Apr: babies available for deposit
Sep-Oct: set up breeding pairs
Nov-Dec: babies available for deposit
If you would like to know what number you are on my waitlist and your approximate wait time or have any immediate questions not answered on this page or in the FAQ, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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. I may be able to deliver to Eureka for $60 or to Weaverville for $85, subject to my availability.
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. You will be notified one week before your baby is weaned, so you can expect two weeks' notice to plan your trip.
I can hold a baby for more than 7 days after weaning with an additional Boarding Fee of $5/day per parrot. If you do not pick up your bird within the agreed-upon timeframe I reserve the right to make the bird available to another buyer and your deposit will not be refunded.
I cannot guarantee the sex of every bird but I can offer an educated opinion. Some may be determined by a sex-linked color mutation, or by cere color at 6-8 weeks of age for budgies. If a male budgie is purchased and turns out to be female I will refund the price difference. I do not offer DNA testing at this time.
No birds will be held without a non-refundable deposit. Please allow me to send you an invoice detailing all costs before making a deposit.
After receiving the deposit I will send another invoice with the remaining balance, which is due at pick-up.
I accept Zelle, Venmo, or PayPal for the deposit, and/or cash at pickup.
Zelle: email@example.com, Venmo: @featheredfairies, PayPal: paypal.me/featheredfairies.
***There is an additional fee for using Venmo or PayPal to cover their service fees.***
Please bring a travel cage to transport your new bird home. The safest travel cages are made in all one-piece construction and allow airflow from all sides so your bird cannot be crushed or overheat.
***Please, no boxes!***
I also don't recommend any soft-sided fabric carriers with clear plastic windows, due to poor ventilation.
If you do not have a travel cage to transport your new bird home, I usually have a few extra available! Open-air travel cages can also double as a sleeping cage, sunbathing cage, or hospital cage in the event of an emergency.
All of my parrots are fed a complete whole-food diet consisting of sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes, a variety of organic vegetables, leafy greens, fruit (primarily berries), hard-boiled eggs, and pellets so they will be familiar with them. They are free-flighted most of the day and only caged to sleep at night and when I need to leave home to run errands.
I 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, but 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!
Please make sure you have an appropriate enclosure, accessories, and food at home for your desired species before picking up your new bird! 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 of up to 1/2" for the species I offer.
Note: The dowel perches that come with most parrot cages are not sufficient for exercising your feathered fairy's feet! Using one dowel in addition to other types of perches is fine, but please have additional natural perches with varying widths and textures. Sand perches can cause bumblefoot! You can scrape or wash the sand off if you already own one.
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 to receive a correct diagnosis and the best possible care.
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 your choice within one week from the time of pickup or delivery to verify the health of the bird(s).
***Please arrange a vet appointment in advance of picking up your bird.***
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 also the best time to form a personal bond with your new bird before they meet your resident bird and will allow the birds to become familiar with one another through vocalizations before they meet.
***If you choose not to quarantine and do not bond with your new bird separately, before they meet your resident bird, there is a good chance they will bond to your resident bird and not form a close, or as close, of a bond with YOU and your family.***
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 lots 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.