frequently asked questions (FAQ's)

Frequently asked questions

Services

If you visited our Grooming page and still have questions, please send an email to info@featheredfollies.org. We will be sure to get back to you and, if it might help other, it will make it to our FAQ section on GROOMING. 


 If you visited our Boarding page and still have questions, please send an email to info@featheredfollies.org. We will be sure to get back to you and, if it might help other people, it will make it to our FAQ section on BOARDING. 

About Birds

-Q- I want a bird that doesn't bite, what should I get?

-A- Anything with a mouth can bite. Birds use their beaks like hands, grabbing, touching, feeling, and rejecting things as they see fit. Any bird can bite at any time, and the severity of it depends on what they feel is necessary. If you have a bird, you must be prepared that it can and probably will bite at some point. Even the nicest bird can have bad days. 


-Q- I want a bird that talks, what should I get?

-A- Many birds can talk! Lovebirds and cockatiels can learn words, but larger birds like macaws, speak with more clarity. The best speakers include African Greys and Amazons. 

However, like people, not every bird is outgoing. Just because a bird can speak doesn't mean they will. Some outgoing birds will babble on for hours, but others may go their entire life without uttering a word. Some prefer to click, whistle, or make sounds rather than mimic speech. In the end, it is up to the bird. 


-Q- My bird laid an egg, what should I do?

-A- Remove the egg as soon as you are able. By removing any eggs laid, it indicates that the space is not fit for laying or raising young, and it will prevent further nesting behavior (sitting on and protecting the eggs, etc). You will also want to limit your birds access to nesting material (huts, paper, things they can shred, etc). Your bird may continue to lay during the breeding season, but repeating this process is the best way to handle the unwanted laying. 

There are cases where birds are chronic layers, and in that case the opposite approach is necessary. If your bird won't quit laying eggs despite you removing them, then leave them with her. She needs to complete the hormonal cycle and feel like she did what nature programmed her to do. If she breaks them, or after a week, remove them. 

If there is no male in with the female, the egg is not fertile and would never hatch anyways.

If you are not a breeder, we do not recommend hatching baby birds. Parent-raised birds are not friendly, and the hand-raising process is both demanding and can be dangerous  to the baby if not done correctly (aspiration, burnt crop, etc). It is best to leave that to experienced breeders!

Buying a bird

-Q- Do you sell birds?

-A- Here at Feathered Follies we do, technically, sell birds. All of our babies are obtained from reputable local breeders who focus on quality over quantity. They breed for health and do not force clutches. We can guarantee that no baby is wild-caught. Each baby is hand raised and not sold until they are fully weaned. For details, visit our Baby Bird section of the website. 

If you are interested in older birds, pay a visit to the Adopting a bird section of the FAQ below.

Adopting a bird

-Q- "What is the difference between adopting and buying a bird?" 

-A- Taking home any bird is an adoption.  They are as intelligent as a human child, and have physical and emotional needs you will spend the rest of their life taking care of. They will become a member of your family. 

However, adult birds are more complicated than a baby bird: they  have a history. They have been previously owned by someone, and were either rescued or surrendered to us by someone who could no longer care for them. This means that they sometimes comes with toys, a cage, or other items depending on the circumstances. The bird may be young or old, friendly or frightened- it all depends on the individual. They require a human with patience, compassion, and understanding. 

We do not adopt out birds on the first visit, and require that an interested individual be able to handle and care for the bird before even placing a deposit. More than that though, it is up to the bird. They choose their human, and we cannot force a bird to like you.


-Q- How much does it cost to adopt an adult bird?

-A- As mentioned above, adult birds are all different than babies. Their price is chosen based on their circumstances, age, species, temperament, and what items they come with. If you have come in and met a bird you are considering adopting, we will gladly share any information we have about the bird, including the price. 


Fostering

If you are interested in fostering a feathered friend, head on over to our non-profit sister site, The Center For Avian Enrichment, and fill out an application.

Bird Sizes

SMALL BIRDS

  • Finch, Budgie, Cockatiel, Parrotlet, Green Cheek Conure, Canary, Lovebird

MEDIUM BIRDS

  • Sun Conure, Meyers Parrot, Hahns Macaw, Caique, Indian Ringneck, Brown Head Parrot, Red Fronted/Mitred Conure.

LARGE BIRDS

  • Amazon, African Grey, Rose Breasted Cockatoo, Goffin's Cockatoo

EXTRA-LARGE BIRDS

  • Severe Macaw, Red Fronted Macaw, Military Macaw, Greenwing Macaw, Triton Cockatoo, Umbrella Cockatoo, Moluccan Cockatoo, Hyacinth Macaw


NOTE: This list is not all-inclusive and subject to change at the discretion of management.