Thanks for finding Birds Unlimited. We honestly believe that there's not a better place to purchase a bird or bird supplies. Twenty five years in business and now seven years at the Webster location. I'd like to think that one of the best bird stores in the country, voted on by you nice customers at BirdChannel.com in 2008, is now even better. Thanks. We realize that there are plenty of other places that you could be doing your shopping for your bird, so we will continue to bring you the latest in bird stuff, have what you need, when you need it, at a fair price. I try to keep the store packed with all kinds of things that a first timer to the store should be overwhelmed when coming in. We've got stuff, lots of it. For you people who like to surf the internet and shop, I'll even try to beat or match any online prices on merchandise. Because we're a specialty store doesn't mean our prices will be higher than other stores, in fact we're usually cheaper. It's summer and we've had people from all over, just recently, Maryland, Florida, Rhode Island, even a few from Pennsylvania and always lots from Buffalo and Syracuse. I'm also amazed (and thankful) when people travel as far as they do to get here, we appreciate every one of you.
Webster is just about 3 miles East of Rochester. Just a stones throw from beautiful Irondequoit Bay, we actually overlook it (well we used to overlook it until the crappy looking condos went up), pretty nice. If you need help picking out a bird, a toy, or a playpen, just ask. We will never push a bird on you! Don't fall into the trap of being sold what a store has in stock. Get what is right for you, we can help! We may even talk you out of the idea of getting a bird if we don't honestly think it's a good fit for your home. We're just looking out for the birds. We have a huge selection of baby parrots, all hand fed, well socialized, and all New York State legal (properly banded)NYSDEC Regulations 6 NYCRR Part 174 Sale of Live Birds.Other pet stores, veterinary hospitals, humane societies, and zoos regularly refer their customers to us (they also shop here). That should give you the idea to check us out first. We also have not, and will not ever sell birds at a "Bird Mart", flea market, or bird sale. We are also NOT affiliated with any so called bird "rescues", even if they tell you otherwise. "The Business of Bird Rescue" We also do not post ads, buy anything from or flag anything on internet sale areas.
There's a lot going on here so take your time and be sure to check out the links page. Lots of great bird info can be found there. The FAQ page has a lot of information on it as well, all my own information, nothing taken from another web site because I thought it sounded good. From training and behavior to how the store got started, need to find a vet, it's all there. All this and no dirty words or nudity, hard to find a kid friendly web site these days (if you need help finding dirty words or nudity just ask me when you get here, just kidding... kinda).
Once you get to the store you'll probably wonder why you ever shopped at another pet store (unless you needed catnip or a dog bone, or something other than bird stuff), but I tell you we've got stuff for birds, lots of it. Even the big "super stores" for pets can't come close to what we have. Not to mention the "super stores" don't have the staff with background that we have, and they won't spend as much time with you as we will. Stay until all your questions are answered. Farm & Garden stores, department stores, and "super pet stores" really can't come close to what we offer, that's why so many of their employees shop here (and you won't find fertilizer in the next aisle). Hopefully you'll leave knowing more about birds than when you came in.
You can buy a bird from another store, but you can't buy one from a better store. Since we opened in 1990 we've sent home thousands of baby birds. While most find homes locally, our babies now reside in all parts of the country, as well as Canada, and Singapore. We've raised birds for zoos, (ZooAtlanta, Seneca Park Zoo), and the Strong Museum Butterfly exhibit. All of the birds at Birds Unlimited are raised in captivity, none are taken from the wild. All of our birds are within the guidelines of the New York State Wild Bird Law (many stores are not). Most of the birds are raised locally while many of the larger parrots come to us from Florida. New birds arrive weekly throughout the year. Your greatest selection will be between May and September as this is their breeding season. We hand feed hundreds of babies each year from the tiny parrotlets to the huge macaws. We don't let any of the babies leave until they are weaned. Weaning time varies from 8 to 20 weeks or more depending on the species. Cockatoos especially seem to take forever to wean. Don't know what bird you want? The staff can help you make a smart choice for your lifestyle and environment. Stop in and see why people from across the state travel to shop at Birds Unlimited.
The present staff is the best group I've ever had at one time. All staff has completed The American Federation of Aviculture's, Fundamentals of Aviculture course, some went on to complete level two. These girls love to talk about birds, they love to get the birds out and handle them, and they love to show them off to the customer, and thankfully they like to clean up after them. If you've a question about birds, just ask. A couple of them came from those "super pet stores" and some have even gone on to be vet techs, vet students, and veterinarians, nice. Hopefully when you leave you'll know more about birds than when you came in, if you don't then we're not doing our job. Below are a few that have helped out over the last year or so.
"What, is this all you can say about us" is what I got when they saw this. I can't win.
Ok, so on my original web site I described myself as the crabby guy with the beard who's in the store all the time. Why you ask, is this guy crabby? Could it be because parents let their children run loose in the store unsupervised? Maybe because I enjoy hollering just to be heard above the din of screaming parrots. NO, I can't get you an owl for a pet. What, your bird flew away when you took it outside, and you're surprised by this? Honestly I'm an ok guy, not great just ok, my sister's pretty nice though. I'm really more of an animal person than a people person, that's why I do this.
My background with birds is quite varied. I started out as a breeder, then started a local bird club...now defunct, lectured at many bird clubs as well as Cornell University, The Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College, Roberts Wesleyan College, The Humane Society, BOCES, The Seneca Park Zoo, and The Rochester Museum and Science Center. I've written articles for several avian publications, in fact I just had one published in the Summer 2011 issue of an international training magazine. I've had lots of photos published in trade magazines, and have traveled to many avian conventions, some as far away as the Canary Islands. I've done lots of television programs, although I have a face for radio, grand openings, rented birds for movies, advertised for Kodak, (birds and dog), Xerox, and special events. Wait there's more, can't be, but there is... I'm a Certified Avian Specialist, a member of IAATE, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, World Parrot Trust, Seneca Park Zoo, The American Federation of Aviculture, and probably a couple of others. Whoa, sounding kinda geeklike!