Feffie's Feathers is a small, in-home aviary, located in Lansing, Michigan. When we decided to raise parrots, we promised ourselves that our parent birds would live as well as our pets and that we would maintain a pleasant living environment for our human family, as well. Although it took a fair amount of planning, re-arranging, redecorating and rewiring, we have been able to keep that promise.
Our parent birds are housed in an aviary with large, meticulously clean cages, full-spectrum lighting, natural foliage, lots of toys, and rainforest "music". Our babies are raised in a separate nursery, which has it's own kitchen facilities. We have cable television in the nursery. Between feedings, playtimes, and naps, our babies watch the History Channel, CNN, and the Arts and Entertainment Network. By the time they are weaned, most of our African Greys are ready for The High School Quiz Bowl. :-)
Our babies are fully and abundantly weaned to Scenic pellets, fresh sprouts, Goldenfeast mixes and carefully balanced mashes of fresh foods. They are tested for gender, Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease, Pacheco's Disease and Psittacosis.
A sample of each baby's blood is registered in a DNA bank. This makes positive identification possible, in the event that the bird is stolen. Polyoma vaccinations are done by our avian veterinarian (Dr. Wayne Beasley, 2295 N. Williamston Rd., Williamston, Michigan, (517) 655-4906.)
Nurturing, loving socialization is very important to us. By the time our babies are ready for adoption, they are accustomed to being in many locations and to being gently handled by a variety of people. They have been raised in an active household, surrounded by a human, avian and canine family.
We believe that raising a well adjusted parrot involves a lengthy investment of time and attention and that their adjustment to life in a human environment should be as "natural" as possible. As a result, our babies are fully weaned and fully fledged prior to adoption. They are raised by their natural parents for an extended period of time. As they proceed through the hand feeding, weaning, and fledging process, they are kept with their siblings and/or surrogate siblings. Once they have become proficient and confident flyers, they are given a conservative, gradual, non-traumatic wing clip. Because this process takes many months, our babies are older, at the time of adoption, than many babies sold by pet stores and breeders. We will not sell young babies under any circumstances.
We don't make our living selling parrots. It is truly a labor of love. We raise a relatively small number of babies and become attached to every one. It is important for every member of our adoptive families to be excited about, and ready for, the responsibilities and joys of "parrothood". Because our babies' futures are important to us, our clients are carefully screened. We have prepared a 30 page booklet about parrot ownership, which is available to anyone, upon request.
At this time, we have the following babies being hand fed:
Timneh African Greys
Red Bellied Parrots
Blue Headed Pionus
Yellow Faced Amazons
Solomon Island Eclectus males
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