Frequently Asked Questions
-How early can I reserve my bird?
We do not operate on a waiting list or reservation basis. Because each bird is unique we reserve the right to only offer certain birds to certain homes, and some things are not clear until the bird has weaned. For example, say we have five babies. You would like to place a deposit on Baby1. However, as the babies grow we realize that Baby1 seems to have a harder time with loud noises and sudden movements than her siblings, and become stressed more easily. Your home has 3 children and a dog, so we may decide not to offer Baby1 to you. If we had allowed you to make a deposit and get attached to that specific baby we would be forced to choose between hurting your feelings or compromising the wellbeing of the bird.
-Why won’t you tell me the price of the birds before they wean?
Our birds are priced on a sliding scale based on their individual traits, and many of those traits are not clear until the bird has weaned. Basically a tame baby of a certain color starts at a certain price, and that price moves up and down based on the bird as he develops. Things that make a bird go up in price are very few. Things that would make a bird go down in price are more plentiful and include things like unwillingness to accept a harness, a little extra beakiness, being extra shy, or extra vocal, not integrating well with other pets etc. If a bird has been reduced in price the potential new families will be informed of the reasons upon meeting the bird so they can be aware of any potential challenges before they get attached.
-My friend told me that Indian Ringnecks don't make good pets; is that true?
If it were, we wouldn't raise them. However they are extremely UNIQUE and not the right fit for every parrot lover. If you want a conure, you will not be happy with a ringneck. If you want a cockatiel, you will not be happy with a ringneck. This is why we spend so much time talking to each prospective family to be sure a ringneck really is the right choice for them before proceeding with the adoption. If we feel that a ringneck would be a poor fit for your family, we reserve the right to offer suggestions and direct you elsewhere.
-I am only interested in a certain gender of bird; how do I make sure I don't get the other gender?
DNA sexing is included in the adoption fee. You will know the gender of your baby before you take them home.
-Is there a health guarantee?
Yes. The owner is encouraged to take the bird to a qualified avian vet for a wellness exam right away, and once a year for the life of the bird. The health guarantee states that if an avian vet finds illness, injury, defect, or other medical problem within 3 days (72 hours) of leaving our property which is likely to have originated with us, we will either take the bird back for a full refund, or cover vet expenses.
-I heard there was a contract; what is it and do I have to sign it?
Yes there is, and yes you do. The contract is in place as a safety net for the birds. We do our best to screen and educate prospective buyers but we cannot know everything. The contract protects birds in case they are placed in a situation not as ideal as we thought. It can be summed up as follows:
1) you may not abuse or neglect the bird.
2) You may not breed the bird without my written consent.
3) you may not sell or rehome the bird. If you no longer wish to live with the bird, you must return the bird to me.
If you are interested in knowing more about why we insist on this policy, please take a moment to read our article entitled “How To Save Unwanted Parrots,”
-Do you ship?
Yes, we ship at our discretion, at buyer's expense. Sometimes the weather may not permit safe shipping, and there may be other factors as well but as a rule shipping is not a problem. The buyer may need to travel to get to the nearest airport which handles animals; we are not able to ship to all airports, but we will do our best to be accommodating. Buyers who are unable to meet babies in person before shipping are encouraged to set aside time for a video meeting to get to know the individual personalities of the different chicks before making their selections.