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Facts regarding My Bird Aviary

American Dove Association (ADA)

The American Dove Association (ADA) was formed in 1971 as a way to share information among those interested in breeding and keeping doves and pigeons.

American Federation of Aviculture (AFA)

The American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) is a nonprofit national organization established in 1974, whose purpose is to represent all aspects of aviculture and to educate the public about keeping and breeding birds in captivity.

National Finch and Softbill Society (NFSS)

The National Finch and Softbill Society (NFSS) is a nonprofit organization as described in section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.   They’re a hobbyist organization dedicated to the conservation, breeding, exhibiting and enjoyment of finches and softbills.

Bird Room Photos

Here are some photos of my Bird Room in my house.  This is where my finches and most of my small birds live.

About the birds in the header

The birds in the header are all birds that are part of my private flock and are from photos that I personally took of them.  The photos were taken separately and then I combined them together for presentation on the website.

From left to right: A cockatiel, Splendid Parakeet, Magpie Mannikin (in front), Lady Gouldian Finch, Java Finch (in front), Rosy Bourke and Ringneck Dove.

Rehoming your Birds

Do you have pet birds that you can no longer care for?
Is owning a bird not what you expected?
Do you just wish for a better life for your bird with healthy food, room to fly and lots of attention?

If so, I will consider adopting your bird.  The bird must be healthy and not overly aggressive.  Supplying the bird’s cage is not necessary, although it sometimes makes the bird’s transition to a new home easier.

If interested in turning over your birds, use the Contact Me form to reach me.  Please provide information about the bird (species, age, condition, etc.) and what town the bird is located in.  Also, please note why you’re  considering rehoming the bird.

If I cannot personally take your bird, I may be able to get one of my bird loving connections to give your pet a forever home.

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Shipping

At this time, I do not ship my birds.  This is out of concern for their well-being.

I will be happy to meet at a public place.  How far from my home I’m willing to transport the birds will depend on the size of the order.  Typically, I only travel to the Northway exit that is nearest to my home.  I will bring the birds in a cage so you can see what you’re getting.  Then, once you approve, the birds will be moved into your travel cage  (if you bring one) or into boxes for transport home.

If you’d like to personally select your birds, we can schedule a time to meet at my home.  These times slots are much more limited than meeting at a public location.   You will only be able to view the birds for sale and will not be allowed to tour my facilities.  No arrivals without an appointment please!

Medicines

I find that for the most part, medicines aren’t routinely needed.  I do use sceptic powder as needed.  I’ve also used some medicines, such as S76, as a precaution when I have new birds in quarantine.

Breeding

I didn’t set out to breed birds for profit and that is still not my intention.  My birds are a great source of happiness for me, so to let go of some is difficult…necessary at times, but difficult.

I allow the birds to select each other in the flock.  They breed in a large, mixed colony setting.  This works better for some breeds than others. 

There is a wide selection of nest sites available.  I’ve been slowly changing over to use all wooden box nests.  In the past I’ve also used closed wicker and bamboo finch nests as well as open ones.  I’ve heard some horror stories about birds being injured by getting their toes and feet caught in those types of nests, so that’s when I decided to switch to wooden boxes.  The birds have been quite receptive to the new nest boxes.

When I do my thorough weekly cleaning, I do nest checks.  After the baby birds are about one week old, I briefly take the nest out and family band each baby.  Then, when they come out of the nest, they are already marked.  I’ve found this is easier for me and less stressful for the fledglings.  It also eliminates the confusion if there are multiple nests of babies that fledge at the same time.