Why Board at birdStuff


South American species in New World Room (notice how the birds are unconcerned by their "neighbors" and completely secure) Also note pet records on each door; your bird's medical history, diet, preferences and other information are stored in our database, and weights are recorded here each day.



Staff Expertise

Donna is a Certified Avian Specialist (CAS) and trained in Pet CPR and first aid who has owned parrots for 25 years. She has worked in an avian veterinary hospital for over eight years and currently assists with avian microsurgical procedures two-three times per week, making her very observant and knowledgeable about symptoms of illness. All staff are directly supervised with her on-site and currently consist of college biology students and other CAS-certified personnel.

Enclosures

We designed special acrylic and melamine cages and had them built to spec in Canada. These cages are better suited to boarding than traditional barred cages for the following reasons:
  • Solid walls and back create a sense of security, especially good for nervous birds or first-time boarders. Birds are comfortable enough to eat and rest from the first day of their stay.
  • Birds perceive solid acrylic door as a safe barrier yet do not feel confined since they can see out, and they are protected from accidental bites from other birds.
  • Solid, smooth surfaces can be completely disinfected between guests and white bottom paper allows for inspection of food consumption and monitoring of droppings.
  • Birds from the same household can be placed across from each other to face each other.
Exercise Time

No bird at birdStuff™ is stuck in a cage all day. Birds come out to exercise on a stand for a minimum of 15 minutes twice a day. Most birds use this time to preen and stretch. Even flighted birds can come out safely since the acrylic doors protect them from the other birds. If you wish for your bird to have additional time out, it is available for an additional fee.

Warm Comfort Food

In addition to your bird’s regular diet, he will receive warm, cooked vegetables at lunchtime. If you would like him to have other vegetables that you bring or want him to sample the “Crazy Corn du Jour” that is an available option.

Air Filtration

birdStuff™ employs several levels of air filtration for the health of your bird. First, the "dusty" Old World birds (such as Cockatoos, cockatiels, and African Greys) are kept in a different room than the New World species (conures, Amazons, etc) which may be sensitive to the dust. Secondly, each room contains a high-efficiency HEPA air purifier running 24 hours, and each room as well as the retail area is on a separate HVAC system. All rooms are ventilated to the outside, with no recirculated air. Thirdly, the building’s primary filters are changed twice-monthly as a backup and also use HEPA filters.

Water Filtration

The water supply is filtered via a two phase filter system prior to entry into the building. This process removes sediment, macrominerals, chlorine, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, carcinogens and other contaminants. There is no need to bring water for your bird when he stays.

Disinfection

Every cage is cleaned daily using an avian veterinary disinfectant called Avinol, (available for purchase at birdStuff™ ) that kills a broad spectrum of avian pathogens, including molds, bacteria, viruses and fungi. Stainless steel dishes and PVC perches are sterilized in the hot water cycle of the dishwasher.

Health Monitoring/Medications

Every bird is weighed in grams upon arrival, and again each day before breakfast and weights recorded on its chart. Diets are adjusted based on weight if necessary. Donna is a Certified Avian Specialist and has trained as a veterinary assistant and is proficient in giving oral and injectable medications if your bird is under treatment for a non-contagious illness.

Veterinary Care

When you drop your bird off for boarding, you will be asked to sign a statement that you have not exposed your bird to other untested birds since having your bird tested for disease, and you will be asked to direct us in the case of a medical emergency. birdStuff™ is adjacent to The BIRD Clinic and our staff has access to Dr. Nemetz 24 hours a day in the event of a medical emergency. This is an assurance you do not have if you leave your birds at home.

Baths

If you choose your bird can end her visit with a spray bath and sun dry. Birds are heavily sprayed with warm water in a stainless steel cage on our partially covered patio, and dry for 30 minutes in the sun’s rays (cage is partially covered to prevent overheating). We can even teach reluctant birds to enjoy bathing!


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