What Differentiates Us
We are truly professional Aviculturists, We are not back yard breeders
We do not breed hybrids
We never sell our babies at open markets, flea markets, bird fairs, bird shows, etc.
We never sell unweaned babies
We make sure you are ready
We believe in prevention programs
We believe in education in the long term care of birds.
Our birds are totally FULL health guaranteed.
All birds are vaccinated against Avian Polyoma Virus
All birds are closed banded
We use state of the art equipment
Our birds not on seed diets
Our customers are important
Our birds come first
Royal Bird Company (a division of Royal Bird & Supply Company) is one of North Carolinas most successful and professionally run breeding facilities since 1982. We operate a closed facility, this means that we do not purchase birds for resell, also no one enters the breeding area of our farm. Our breeding farm is totally off limits to unauthorized visitors, as people can bring in many diseases to our birds as well as theft. We do sometimes purchase special birds when we need a different bloodline to help match up pairs, but these birds must go through a rigorous medical testing procedure before ever setting foot or feather into any of our breeding units. Clean healthy in, clean healthy out, thats our motto.
All of our babies are incubator hatched and handfed from day one. We only use the most advanced high tech machines for this part of our program. We use the Alpha Genesis 3000rc incubators. These are without a doubt the most sophisticated incubation units in the world. With total computer integration we are able to monitor oxygen and CO2 levels in the egg chamber, control turning variances,control cooling cycles simulating female leaving for feeding,etc
These machines allow us to graph the the oxygen and or c02 levels and other hourly functions such as egg turning, power usage, ambient temperatures changes and relative humidity. With the use of this technology it greatly increases our hatch rate and makes mortality almost 0%. We can do great research as where problems arise during incubation cycles and correct any issues based on the gathered information. This gives us the up most edge on production with the highest quality chick being the goal.
We have absolute phenomenal success with these machines. All babies are maintained from day one hatching in THE BROODERS by Deans Animal Supply. These are again the most advanced units for brooding critical care neonates. Total digital controlled temperature controllers with the temp not changing 1/10 degree +-.
One may ask why do you need all this technology to incubate and maintain baby birds when you may know someone that does it without this type set up.
Well we found out early on that babies "properly" maintained in the right environment during the most critical time of its life, will always be healthier in the long term. By not subjecting the eggs or babies to temperature extremes the babies are always healthier without a doubt. Its called simply prenatal care... When using less efficient methods such as heating pads, hot water bottles, light bulbs and all that other "low tech" methods these babies most always have health problems early on, and may suffer other health problems later on due to the first early life crisis associated with the use of these methods.
The breeder may blame it on many things during the course but most of the time that low grade bacterial infection or that over growth of yeast which many just simply state "that's normal, we know its not normal at all, it almost never happens in the nest.
These so called normal problems are from incubation or brooding temperatures being out of range, due to the fact that you cannot regulate heating pads, light bulbs, hot water bottles to within 1-2 degrees with any accuracy. One must realize that the incubating or brooding parents body does not change temp, even one degree, You see that's the key, trying to be as efficient as mother nature, be as close as possible. To do this correctly it takes today's technology. Many years ago we ourselves used the old type chicken incubators, we used the heating pads, water bottles, we have used it all.
That stuff simply does not even come close to whats really needed to "Properly" maintain and grow healthy babies. It may get them by, but at what costs. When we hear other breeders stating that they have this problem or that problem with their chicks, I always ask them...what temp are you brooding at, they always state "I think its around ??__ degrees".
Well around is not good enough, or at least not for us. Often I ask what temp are you feeding the formula? Again its "I feed around_ degrees" or better yet how about this one " Oh I don't use a thermometer I use the back of my hand" or "I just know its right because I have been doing it so long". we have been in the business since before 1980, and I do not know the difference between 100-105 F degrees using the back of my hand. You try it, put hot water on the back of your hand, tell me what temp is it? 100-102-103-104-105-+??
Feeding too cool food slows the digestion and causes many problems such as fungal growth and bacterial problems that some breeders may blame on everything from the food to the birds themselves. Feeding too hot food is the most common problem breeders have, they think the food is a certain temp by guessing or use some type cheap thermometer and think its going to be OK...and then it can actually burn a hole in the baby stomach(crop). For the price of a good thermometer around $10.00 many take a stupid chance..
So you see what the point is, we do not cut cost when it comes to our babies or our breeder birds. They are the most important things in our lives, this is what we do everyday for the last 30+ years, this is not a hobby with us, this is not something we do after work, this is our work, the birds are not a fad with us, the birds are not expendable. We believe in keeping up to date and using and taking advantage of todays technology to better ourselves and the lives of our birds. This in return delivers you a much healthier bird in the long term but not a cheap bird. it does cost to do things right, but look at what you get in the end, a wonderful, healthy baby..
Our complete facility is free of Chlamydia, Avian Polyoma and PBFD (beak and feather disease). These are all major viruses and diseases that can (will) kill your baby and infect other birds. You had better question any breeder or seller about this before considering purchasing a baby anywhere.
When purchasing a baby from us you know what type guarantee and bird you will be getting. With our preventive programs for over 30 years and routine in-house DNA sexing and screening, also ensures you a baby that is completely free from bacteria, Viral and fungal problems. While in our nursery all babies are screened for these potential problems to ensure us that our babies are healthy. This also benefits you, It also ensures that you will be receiving the highest quality baby bird your money can buy.
We do our job, its up to you to keep them healthy.
Are We Different? You better believe it.
We may be different from other so called breeders as we are professional responsible aviculturists and we would never peddle or market our babies at any type bird show, bird swaps, flea markets, etc. We would never market our babies at such places where the environment could not be controlled. You must understand that everyone coming in contact with the birds at these events could be passing on viruses or other pathogens from one sick bird to the next, or from one persons clothes to another. Remember the bird does not have to look sick to be sick. Therefore no bird or you can be safe in these environments. If you were able to touch it, then anybody-everybody else before you did too. What did they have on their clothes, on their hands, do they have a sick bird at home, did they just handle a bird that may have a sickness before this?. Birds in these environments are problems waiting to happen, and the problems do happen a lot, and it mostly happens to you later.
Most of the horror stories we hear usually are related to the person purchasing a bird at a bird show, flea market, back yard breeder, etc
Most of these stories start out by "I Bought A bird from a guy at a bird show, i got a good deal, it was cheap", "Now I am having trouble".
We have actually heard breeders stating that "Its the perfect place to unload their problem birds". We hear many horror stories of people purchasing birds at these events and pet stores then bringing the bird home and they say it got sick a few days later and died. Well it was no doubt sick before you brought it home. And now you just can't seem to get any help or answers from the seller, sometimes you cannot even locate :The nice man or lady in the van, , cannot get hold of the people that you met at the bird show, they are gone, remember you bought it cheap. Wonder Why?? One must also understand that its an open air event, meaning that all the birds there are exposed to everything and everyone that comes by. Maybe one of these people attending the so called bird show has a sick bird at home, maybe they had one to die recently, from what?. Remember these same people are touching these birds that are for sale, IF YOU CAN TOUCH IT, EVERYONE ELSE HAS ALREADY TOUCHED IT. What did they expose this bird to, now you want to bring it home....Its a bad thing for you and bad for the birds there as well.
Its just very unprofessional, irresponsible and dangerous. And these things put a black eye on our industry.
We Do Not Produce or Condone the Breeding of Hybrid Birds
We are professional and responsible Aviculturists, we do not breed Hybrids (crosses between different species such as so called catalina macaws, harlequin macaws, calico macaws, ruby macaws, miligolds,sunday conures, nansuns, etc). These are all made up names by breeders given to hybrids or cross breeds, these are not rare birds or even real natural breeds that exist in any natural habitat anywhere on earth. These birds are the result of a "Breeder" that had 2 different species of the the opposite sex that laid eggs and reproduced hybrid offspring and there you go, hybrid. They are all irresponsibly man made.
NOWHERE in nature do birds/animals cross or hybridize naturally.
Of all the known hybridizations that has ever happened in the wilds it was always due to human intervention. There seems to be a small group of not up to date "breeders" if you want to call them breeders., or maybe they just do not care, that still practice the old ways of "What difference does it make?" Most of the breeders state well They sell good....When the unknowing public purchase these hybrid birds from these breeders, these breeders are encouraged to continue these practices. These birds and such practices endanger and pollute the gene pool of future breeding projects and the entire species survival.. Birds do not breed out of their species in their natural habitats, even when very close related species habitats overlap another species, it just does not happen.
In Mexico and Central America, Military Macaws and the Scarlet Macaws range do overlap and no hybrids are ever produced naturally-EVER. It has not happened in 1000's and 1000's of years.. The only time this has ever happened it was always due to human intervention. It is unnatural to produce hybrid species of any animal or bird, etc, and as these birds enter the market place they tend to pollute the industry. Unknowing people sometimes are talked into purchasing these birds thinking that they are special or rare or something?? Remember this, as far as real value, hybrid birds should have about the same monetary value as mixed breed dogs and cats. What would you pay for a mixed breed dog or cat? As much as a pure blood? NO...
No doubt these birds are just as loving as the real species and make wonderful pets, but one thing is clear, as long as you purchase and the breeder gains from this practice, it will never stop. Its all about the money to most of these breeders that do these things, they care nothing about the birds or they just would not do it for any reason. Most reasons given are, we could not find the opposite sex in the same species or they (2 different species) love each other so just let them breed. Keeping in mind now, the birds were put into a cage together, in captivity natures law changes, unnatural things begin to occur. In the natural world it does not happen, PERIOD.
We try to help nature by breeding pure species for their survival.
"Conservation Through Responsible Captive Breeding"
We also do not sell birds needing critical care such as extensive hand feeding. Please do not purchase babies needing this type care when you could not possibly give it the care needed to survive correctly. There is even some breeders that should not even be attempting this, as they have no real experience to speak of, these so called breeders use heating pads,light bulbs,hot water bottles for brooders. These breeders continue to loose baby birds and blame it on everything from the food to the birds themselves...And then these same breeders try to sell these babies to unsuspecting people and tell them how easy it is to handfeed the bird, well it is easy to go through the actions, but doing it correctly is another story... Its just not right.
We hear horror stories about breeders/sellers telling someone "Oh its easy, just heat the food and feed". There is more to it than that as some people soon find out the hard way and baby birds suffer for it. Then the new baby bird owner finds out what's really at stake. You need brooders (not heating pads or light bulbs) and other equipment not normally kept on hand by most people. Then the problems start. The baby does not want to eat. The baby seems lethargic. What is the correct temp for feeding or brooding?, The baby is regurgitating. The baby still has food in the crop from the night before and so on and so on. What do you do now? Remember the breeder sold you the baby cheap so they would not have to deal with these problems. The seller/breeder sold it to you cheap, they are not going to help you. If they was going to do this work, they would have kept it, raised it, and sold it for more money. You are pretty much on your own, and its sad because the bird will suffer, You will also suffer eventually, you saved some money for now, but at what cost to the birds life or long term health. Was it worth it now?. You saved some money...But lost your sanity and possibly your birds life..
What should I do?, the bird acts sick, what temp should I feed the formula at, what is the correct temp of brooding, when should I start to reduce the temp, my baby seems cold, My baby seems lethargic, My baby regurgitates, My baby still had food in the crop from last night. How many times should I feed my baby, If you have to ask these questions then you should not have the bird at that critical age in the first place. Now what do you do? Remember, the breeder/seller said it was easy. And If its soooo easy why do you think these seller/breeders are selling them cheaper? I will tell you why..So they can move them fast as possible? Its more profit for the breeder if they can move them as fast as possible before problems could start. The breeder does not have to purchase expensive brooders and incubators as long as they can sell them out of the nest or before they have to start the work. Most reasons given to why these breeders are selling this young and cheap is they work a job and just do not have time. Do you work? Do you have time? Do you have the expertise?
It is just not fair to endanger any baby birds life to save a couple dollars. We have a strict policy toward the purchase of our birds. We would never let a baby go home until we feel very comfortable that the baby and you are ready. If you have to take this risk and endanger a birds life to save some money, maybe you should not be purchasing an exotic bird anyway. Long term ownership of these birds is not cheap, as they do require cages, food, toys, vet care, etc. forever. Sometimes we have had people ask us "How much does this bird eat a month? " How much does food cost?" Our answer is normally very blunt "If you have to count pennies on a monthly basis to have the food for this bird, you maybe do not need this/any bird." Maybe you do not need our bird...
Yes some people get insulted, but we have to make sure our birds are going where they will be taken care of, safely and correctly. To properly maintain a amazon size bird up to a large macaw can expensive. Cost can range $30-$40-$50 or more on a monthly basis, not counting the initial cost of cages and other supplies.
Some breeders/sellers think and teach wrongly that a bird will bond better to the person that feeds it. Well, that may have once been thought by some experts and maybe some so called experts today, think this even now. However it has been proven at our facility and by other REAL experts that birds being handfed and even weaned by a person does not make the bird any more attached on a long term, with exception of some cockatoos, cockatoos get attached to everything and everybody. After a few days at home with the new owners even long weaned cockatoos settle in and bond with the new owners. Its all up to the birds, each has a personality and its very different from one bird to another.
Its pure nature to leave the nest and start to look for your own family, whether it be birds, animals, humans, etc. When you purchase a weaned baby you become the birds family or mate not its mommy or daddy. For over 25 years we have never seen any baby get overly attached to us or our nursery care takers which do spend a great deal of time with the babies daily. No doubt they are very dependent on us and their caretakers for a short while and special bonds could happen. But its not permanent Its the same with their natural bird parents, however as soon as its time, they will leave the nest. If birds only bonded with the hand feeder or who or what was feeding it, a bird would never leave their real bird parents in the natural habitats. Handfeeding a baby bird would not make that bird any more bonded to you than if you were the babies natural bird parents. Think about it..
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