Here are some of the questions that we are frequently asked about our birds and business. We hope this will answer most of your questions but feel free to e-mail us if your question does not appear here.
MOST OFTEN ASKED QUESTION : Can you give advice on behavior,
health concerns, breeding, etc on birds not purchased from your facility?
as required by the adoptive family... at no charge.
For birds not purchased from our aviary we are happy to help you on a consultation basis @ $35.00 per 1/2 hour, and payment can be made using any credit card...through Paypal.
For birds adopted from our nursery we offer as much support
Once you've placed an order for one of our babies, we can give
you an approximate date of weaning, usually precise to within one week. If you're placing a $50.00 deposit on an egg, weaning time will be determined once the egg hatches...in most cases it's 4 1/2 months from hatch date to weaning date.
SECOND MOST OFTEN ASKED QUESTION: Can you tell me exactly when you will have a bird weaned of a particular species?
THIRD MOST OFTEN ASKED QUESTION: What species will get along with my other pet bird(s)? What species can I put into the same cage as my other pet bird?
No one can accurately predict how one pet bird will react to
Q.1: WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED ?
Sacramento International Airport. If you're driving to pick up your weaned baby, we'll provide you with directions to the farm.
We are located in Northern CA. 95709, U.S.A. We ship from
Q. 2: I LIVE IN/PLAN TO VISIT THE SACRAMENTO AREA. May I come to see your birds?
have a facility open to the public to see birds. This policy protects our babies from the possibility of disease transmission.
Sorry, we do not operate a retail store nor showroom and do not
another pet bird of the same or of a different species. I never recommend putting a new bird into the cage of another bird as that bird will usually defend its cage against the new perceived "intruder". I generally recommend keeping pet birds in separate cages at first and supervise them very carefully. When they come in contact with each other, it should be in a neutral area, such as a play stand.
Smaller species should always be protected from larger species. Even if two birds "get along" together for a time, aggression is always a possibility!
never used Paypal before, we can talk you through it and even email you a "Paypal Request for Funds" which makes the process very simple.
Q. 3: DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS ?
We accept most credit cards, but only through Paypal. If you've
take a deposit to reserve an egg and the resulting baby is then sold completely weaned.
Q. 4: Will YOU SELL ME AN UNWEANED BABY/ FERTILE EGG?
Sorry, we do not sell unweaned babies and do not sell eggs. We will
about $125.00 to $150.00 nationwide. The distance is not the deciding factor. It is based upon dimensional weight of the shipping crate and the declared value of the bird. The perched pet carrier is an additional $35.00 (small) to $55.00 (large). We'll provide you an exact amount once the flight is booked.
Q. 5: HOW MUCH WILL AIRFRIEGHT COST ?
Airfreight charge varies from one airline to another but generally is
the time of shipping. If the temperature will be above 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit or below 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the shipment will be delayed until the temperature is safe to ship. We can use prepaid counter to counter shipping in the case of some temperature restrictions.
Q. 8: CAN YOU SHIP IN COLD WINTER SUMMER / summer weather?
We can ship to most states year-round, depending upon the weather at
socialized with their own and other bird species. We touch them all over their bodies so that they are used to being handled and we put them out on play stands with other similar-sized babies so that they learn to play and exercise. All our babies understand the "step-up" command by the time they are weaned.
Q. 9: HOW ARE YOUR BIRDS SOCIALIZED ?
Our babies are handled and nurtured throughout the day and
are protected while they are here. Since we operate a "closed aviary'" we do not routinely vaccinate our babies, and do offer a complete health guarantee.
Q. 10: ARE YOUR BIRDS VACCINATED ?
All our breeding pairs have been viral screened, so we feel our babies
do give a complete health guarantee and will provide a vet check if requested and at the buyers expense ($75.00).
Q. 11: ARE YOUR BIRDS CHECKED BY A VETERINARIAN BEFORE SHIPPING ?
We do not take every bird we sell to a veterinarian before sale but we
Q. 12: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HEALTH CERTIFICATE AND YOUR HEALTH GUARANTEE ?
airlines or the state/country to where we are shipping requires it. It means that the bird has been examined by an avian veterinarian and found to be free of disease symptoms and external parasites. Other statements as to health tests that might have been performed can also be written on the certificate, depending upon the state's requirements.
A health certificate is usually issued in situations where the shipping
Q. 13: CAN YOU RECOMMEND A BIRD FOR ME ?
species and what species might be suitable for your particular home environment.
We are happy to offer guidance as to the general characteristics of bird
human behavior. General characteristics of species can be used as a guideline for you to make this evaluation but a bird's personality and acceptance of other people and/or other pets is largely determined by its early socialization. A bird will reflect the nurturing and socialization that it receives and most species are very adaptable.
Q. 14: WILL A PARTICULAR SPECIES GET ALONG WITH MY SPOUSE/children/other family members/other bird(s)/dog/cat etc?
This question is impossible to answer as bird behavior is as variable as is
the eye of the beholder. What is preferable to me might not be preferable to you. However, we are happy to answer questions specific to a species as objectively as we can.
Q. 15: WHAT IS THE "BEST" BIRD ? Is this one "better" than another?
Again, this question is impossible to answer as "better" or "best" is in
The incubation period for most psittacine species is 24-28 days.
Q. 16: WHAT IS THE INCUBATION TIME FOR PARROT SPECIES ?
I'm sorry, for safety we no longer offer visitations in our nursery.
Q. 17: WILL YOU MAKE AN EXCEPTION TO YOUR POLICY AND ALLOW VISITATION IN YOUR NURSERY ?
Yes, we can supply unrelated bloodlines in almost every species that we
Q. 18: CAN YOU SUPPLY UNRELATED BLOODLINES IN YOUR BABIES
feed. We like the idea that our babies get to taste their food as it goes down!
Q. 19: DO YOU GAVAGE FEED OR TUBE FEED YOUR BABIES ?
Our babies are fed by syringes unless there is a medical need to gavage
Yes. We normally leave our babies flighted until just prior to leaving our
Q. 20: DO YOUR BABIES FLY BEFORE THEIR WINGS ARE CLIPPED ?
parent pairs are very reliable and we'll let them hatch and raise young for up to 3 weeks.
Then there are situations where the parent pairs are not diligent and we'll hatch eggs from those pairs in the incubators.
Q. 21: ARE YOUR BABIES PARENT-FED OR INCUBATOR HATCHED ?
We use both techniques depending on the sutuation. In some cases, the
with a companion. Introduction of a new bird to an existing birds environment is sometimes a challenge, but it usually works out just fine. However, a second cage is always a good idea in the event that they need to be separated for any reason. Birds have bad days too !!!
Q. 22: CAN TWO PET BIRDS BE KEPT IN THE SAME CAGE ? My pet bird is lonely. Should I get it a companion ?
Studies have shown that birds live longer, healthier and happier lives
concept and expose us to the possibility of disease.
Q. 23: DO YOU BOARD BIRDS ?
No, we do not board birds. This would compromise our "closed aviary"
fully weaned. Payments can be made while the baby is being hand-fed/weaned with the full balance due two weeks prior to approximate weaning/shipping date.
Q. 24: DO YOU HAVE A PAYMENT PLAN ?
We ask a 25% deposit of the bird's base price to reserve a baby until
for orders on our waiting list but are not ASSIGNED. Yes, we do rarely lose an egg/baby but not often. You are guaranteed next available baby with a deposit. If for some reason we become unable to provide you with the baby of your choice, then your full deposit would be refunded to you....otherwise, Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.
Q. 25: WHAT HAPPENS TO MY DEPOSIT if an egg or chick dies ?
The deposit is for next available BABY, not egg. Eggs are RESERVED
Phone (530) 644-1846 ~ Fax (530) 644-1846
Ask for Steve or Paul
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