I have always sent out the following information to those who inquire about our birds. The number of requests keeps growing and growing to the point that a website seemed like a good idea. I tried to design a website, and failed. I guess I am better at raising birds and riding horses! Being a homeschool mom, I assigned to my 12 year old daughter, Lisa, the website project. This first page is mine, and the rest is from her 12 year old heart!
Raising birds has given us that opportunity. We specialize in raising extremely well-socialized babies that will bring joy to their owners as our pets bring joy to our home. We have been raising these delightful animals for almost 10 years. We love feeding out babies and all the work that goes into it. It is so exciting when a pair lays their first egg, when they have their first baby, when we take the baby out of the nestbox to feed and when we find a great home for the baby to live at. Every stage is exciting in it's own way! Parrots are the most incredible companion, but the "parront-to-be” must be aware that birds can be noisy, messy and destructive. However they are also extremely cuddly, responsive, sensitive and hilarious to watch.
My daughters, like most children, play with our babies in ways that we adults would not even think of doing. It is so good for the young birds for they learn to accept most everything. I am so thankful for my daughter’s help and love for our babies; My daughters are the critical in the socialization and feeding of our babies. It is also not unusual to find a baby bird or a favorite pet tucked into a plastic horse corral or into a doll’s carriage. Who needs a plastic horse when you have a parrot?
We have all sorts of references and emails from people that are very pleased with how our babies turn out. Our situation is unique due to there being a lot of "us" in our home and we will never be raising a ton of babies at one time; whereas, some aviaries have one person feeding a ton of babies.
My daughters have also played piano at nursing homes as a community service, taking a parrot along in a harness.
The elderly love the birds and always have a bird story of their own to tell us. It is way we can minister to them and the birds are such a great opening for conversation. Sometimes it is hard or awkward to initiate talk with an older person you have never met, but the birds have no problem with it.
Our family has been members of two local bird clubs: the Arizona Aviculture Society and the Arizona Avian Breeders Association. No matter where you buy a bird, this is a good way to research the integrity of the breeder…call the president of the local bird clubs and see if they know the breeder. Local bird clubs are also a good way to find various species of birds; most members know what other breeders have in their aviaries. We go to the meetings to stay informed, be educated, to access their wonderful libraries and to talk birds with friends. To view a list of dates and locations of AZ bird clubs, click here.
Parrots come in so many sizes, shapes, colors and personalities. It is a huge commitment to add a companion parrot to your home. Thus, take the time to research the different species that interest you. Talk to other “parronts,” read books, talk to breeders and read articles on the Internet. I am willing to send many sites to you to do your research or help you find any information. Visit a bird mart or a bird club.
After much research, there are a few practices we have adopted and recommend that you look for in a breeder so that you choose a companion bird that will not turn out to be a neurotic, screaming, plucker. Some of these practices include: abundance weaning, allowing the baby lots of fly time prior to their first wing trim, syringe feeding rather than gavage (tube feeding), leaving the babies, if possible, with the parent birds for a minimum of 2 weeks before pulling them to begin handfeeding (thus, no incubating of eggs) and making sure that the breeder will help you as normal parrot behavior questions arise. I have lots of files and articles as to why these practices are good for the future of both baby and owner and would be happy to answer any questions that may arise. Visit our Baby Care page.
Abundance weaning is an especially important practice that your handfeeder should include in the rearing of your baby. As your baby weans from the handfeeding formula, there should always be a big variety of vegetables, fruits and grains offered available. The diet should consist mostly of pellets for most species. The baby should not be weaned depending on a schedule, but rather on its own timetable for each is unique in development. Depriving a baby of food when it is hungry can lead to a problem companion parrot later on. Abundance weaning allows the baby to trust his human caretaker to care for him without leaving him hungry. Baby birds that have been forced to wean can result in an adult parrot that does not trust people and may anticipate that the person can not adequately care for him.
Not only are our babies weaned onto a plate that any health food addict would envy, but our parent birds too get a daily dish of all sorts of veggies, fruits and grains. In the winter, they even get their morning dish delivered hot. I believe feeding them properly and keeping their diet consisting of fresh foods eliminates many problems down the road. Veggies high in vitamin A are a wise choice to include with birds.
I like being able to place our babies directly with the future owner so that I can help that person with the proper care of their new baby. Usually, I take baby pictures as your little one feathers out for the first time. We have many references and offer a health guarantee with each baby. The other parrots we breed include: Congo African Greys, Timneh African Greys, Blue Crowned Conures, Yellow Sided Green Cheek Conures, Cinnamon Green Cheek Conures, Pineapple Green Cheek Conures, Turquoise Green Cheek Conures. Eclectus, Red Bellied Parrots, Senegals, Blue Headed Pionus, Maximillian Pionus, Bronze Wing Pionus and Gouldian Finches.
Our babies come with a 3 day health guarantee which will give their new family a chance to take their new baby to their avian vet. They are close banded and come with a hatch certificate. DNA sexing is available for a $25.00 charge.
If the family requests a vet exam prior to purchase, I will happily do so at their charge. Some of the airlines require vet exams prior to shipment. We have developed confidence in our airlines ability to safely transport our babies and have not had a single problem. We have shipped all the way from Alaska to New York to Kentucky. We even shipped Gouldian Finch youngsters to Cincinnati, KY and WA with no problems. I, too, have had birds shipped to me and could see that the birds arrived in good shape. One of our buyers did accuse me of raising a leach for when she opened up her airline crate, she said that was the best description of her baby. Her baby did not want to leave her!
We also harness/flight suit train our babies. Or should I say, we expose our babies to them numerous times before they go home. Some birds take to it faster than others. Harnessing a bird is really a great thing to do!
We have horses and we will ride horses with the birds! It also subdues a biting bird. It makes them totally dependent on you. But, of course, the birds also LOVE going outside and riding bikes, horses, going on walks, etc! We sold a Blue Crown Conure to a lady who puts him into a harness every morning and walks around her neighborhood! She says that Peanut literally JUMPS into his harness every morning to go for his walk. Equally wonderful are flight suits that restrain the bird during outdoor adventures. The flight suits go a step farther by also protecting you from bird poop. We now offer flight suits for sale on our website.
If you are buying a baby from us, please go to the article page and read the articles with a star * by them. All the articles are good to read, but the starred ones are essential and must be read. This is to make you a responsible "parront."
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Waddell, AZ 85355
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