1. We don't sell unweaned birds.
2. We don't sell sick birds.
3. We believe in a widely varied diet.
4. We keep up to date on what's happening with avian medicine.
5. We don't sell dozens of birds at a time.
6. We will not sell to just anybody.
7. We will not ship birds.
8. We don't breed cockatiels for the money.
9. We only breed birds that are old enough.
10. Each hen is bred no more than twice a year.
We don't sell unweaned birds.
We will only sell our birds after they've been eating on their own for at least a week. This happens at about 8-9 weeks of age. It is completely false that
a bird you wean out yourself makes a better pet. That was brought about by lazy breeders who only want to get rid of the bird, get their money, and hatch more birds.
Selling unweaned birds is dangerous for many reasons, especially when selling to people that have never handfed before.
We don't sell sick birds.
We not only take our birds to the avian vet to ensure they're in good health, we constantly spot-check for illness in our flock. By doing this, and maintaining
a closed aviary, we can guarantee the health of the birds we sell. If we ever had an obviously ill animal, we wouldn't sell it. Period.
We believe in a widely varied diet.
We don't just throw in some pellets and that's the end of it. Not only do we provide ALL our birds with fresh veggies (and fruit if they'll take it), pastas, grains, and more,
we bake for our birds as well! Birdie breads, special biscuits, even cookies specially made for cockatiels. You can look at our birds and tell they have a good diet: bright, clear eyes, and
wonderful plummage (aka feathers!). We often get comments on how wonderful the birds look!
We keep up to date on what's happening with avian medicine.
We read the latest Avian science journals! We feel it's good policy to stay current with new avian developments. I personally have a Bachelor's of Science in Zoology from Ohio State University, so you can be assured that the knowledge to raise healthy, happy animals is here!
We don't sell dozens of birds at a time.
In order to care for each bird and give it the individual attention it deserves, we only raise one clutch at a time. Generally speaking, that means anywhere from
2-5 babies. By doing this, we can spend time each day with each bird, helping it grow into a happy companion. Just like in children, the "baby" time for birds is also an extremely
impressionable time. By treating them with affection, we will receive it in return. Quality over quantity.
We will not sell to just anybody.
We love our animals very much. They are treated like our pets until they leave the aviary. Because of this, we do not sell our birds to the first person that has the
money for them. All animals deserve homes where they will be treated compassionately and responsibly. We are often asked if we sell to children. We will sell to the guardian of the child,
because we require a contract to be signed (which is the health guarantee). The adult should be aware that, should the child lose interest in the bird, that it will become their full responsibility.
We are more than happy to sell to new owners, and will provide them with a wealth of information on their new friends.
We will not ship birds.
Often we are asked why we will not ship our birds. It is probably thought that we can just stuff a bird in a box, slap on some postage, and they're good to go. In reality,
they get their own airline ticket, and a special crate to travel in. This costs around $150 just for shipping. Not very practical for a bird that costs about half that. It is also very traumatic
for these little birds, and we love them enough not to put them in a dangerous situation.
We don't breed cockatiels for the money.
It sounds bizarre, but it's true. It is extremely difficult to make money with 'tiels at all, and whatever we do make is reinvested back into our aviary.
We breed them because we love them, we love deepening the gene pool, we love helping to spread different mutations, and we just love animals. There are many necessities we spend
a great deal of money on, which is why we don't make hardly anything at all (and why our prices are not negotiable). Avian vet care (about $100 for a new bird, about $50 for a checkup.. EACH bird!),
cages, toys, food (pellets, seeds, veggies, fruits, handfeeding formula), air filters... not to mention all the time we spend handfeeding (about 23 hours till weaned), socializing (at least an hour a day), and
working on our webpage (varies from 15 minutes to 2 hours).
We only breed birds that are old enough.
While cockatiels are usually sexually mature at about 7-9 months, we do not breed our hens until they are at least 18 months old. They are fully developed adults by then,
able to handle the nutrient demands for raising a clutch. There are many things that can go wrong with breeding a very young hen. Since males put less into reproduction, we may mate them as
young as 9 months.
Each hen is bred no more than twice a year.
Many breeders underestimate the outrageous demands of reproduction on a hen's health. No hen, anywhere, should be bred more than twice a year, preferably with a short
gap between the two clutches (not always possible, however). Overbred hens are more likely to have inferior chicks, soft shelled eggs, and premature death. For these reasons, our hens
do not breed more than twice each year. Our birds' health is our number one priority! Healthy parents have healthy chicks.