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Aviary & Bird Information

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.

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.

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.

Housing

In my bird room, I have two large flights as well as several cages.  One flight holds the cockatiels, Bourkes and doves.  The other houses the majority of my finches.  Wide cages (mainly 30X18X18) in the room are used as needed.

When you’re selecting a cage, please keep in mind that your bird will spend many hours in it and be generous.  Take into account the type of bird and their habits and needs when choosing a cage.

Finches love to fly.  The width of the cage is more important than the height.  If you buy a tall cage, the finches will sit in the top portion of it and the middle and lower sections will rarely be used.  If you buy a wide cage, the finches will fly across it and the whole cage will be used.

Diet

I feed a large variety of food. 

For the finches, I use a combination of several brands of finch/canary seed as well as pellets and egg food.  They enjoy many different vegetables: romain lettuce, brocolli, chopped carrots, etc.  Apple or grapes is another regular treat.  They get hard boiled eggs along with the shells.  Mealworms and millet are also  favorites.

The other birds in my care also get appropriate seeds and pellets as well as fresh fruit and vegetables.

The variety not only helps keep them healthy, it helps keep them busy and happy.