COVID-19 Update As It Relates to Shipping:
While several airlines have cancelled non-essential passenger flights in an effort to promote social distancing measures, birds are not shipped on the same flights as vacationing people; they travel in climate-controlled cargo planes. All airline destinations served by Westjet and Air Canada Cargo remain viable at the time of updating this page (June 2021) and scheduled flights are easy to arrange. Please contact us directly with the name of your nearest major airport and we will discuss current options with you.
Outside of Ontario (but within Canada)
I ship Nationwide (within Canada) to all major cities WestJet or AirCanada fly. The rate for shipping is $325+HST with WestJet or $350+HST with AirCanada and includes the airline fees, the cost of a carrier, and my time/gasoline taking a full day off work to do a 5-hour round-trip drive to the airport on the day of the flight. Also included is extra time in advance of the flight spent socializing the bird with his/her carrier in advance of the trip (including taking him/her on short car rides ect. and using positive reinforcement to teach him that the carrier is a wonderful place to be!). Shipping fees are non-negotiable and are due in full before the flight is booked.
I am well aware that other breeders may offer shipping for $50-$100 less than I charge. Most of these breeders live closer to the airport (turning a 5-hour drive into a few minutes, and therefore not likely requiring a day off work to do it) and may not spend as much time socializing the bird with the carrier (one-on-one, several times daily in the week leading up to the flight). Buyers who do not see value in the quality of birds coming from our aviary, or in the reasons for the additional shipping charge we request, are welcome to look elsewhere. Once again, shipping fees are non-negotiable, sorry.
Once the baby is fully weaned and ready to leave our aviary the available shipping dates and times from which you may choose are determined exclusively by the airline schedule. While we always aim to offer flights with arrival times convenient for you it simply isn’t always possible. You (or the designated adult you choose to appear on your behalf) may be required to pick up your baby early in the morning hours, during a weekday afternoon, on a weekend, or late in the evening. We do not plan the airline schedule….we just pass along the information and coordinate with you to the very best of our ability. By having your bird shipped you understand that the day Baby arrives might be a bit of a disruption to your day — but it will all be worthwhile when he/she is home safely and the two of you start bonding!
At the time of writing this article (June 2021) our aviary has shipped approximately 50 birds to various parts of Canada and never once had an issue. The airline handlers are very experienced working with animals in cargo and all areas the bird will be kept (my car on the way down to the airport, the airport holding area pre-departure, the plane itself, and the holding area after landing) are climate-controlled for their comfort and safety.
As there is no ground shipping options for birds, pick-up is strongly preferred for families travelling within the province of Ontario. When you pick up your bird we will have the opportunity to discuss best practices for an easy transition into your home, you can handle the bird with my guidance and support, and take time to get to know the bird while he/she is comfortable in a familiar setting. I have had families make a day-trip in the past, leaving a few hours early and enjoying the opportunity to explore my beautiful town while they are here, or even staying overnight in a local hotel.
That all being said, delivery is available on a case-by-case basis to the cities listed below:
Beaverton, Ontario – Delivery fee $50
Barrie, Ontario – Delivery fee $50
Innisfil, Ontario – Delivery fee $60
Newmarket, Ontario – Delivery fee $125
Toronto, Ontario – Delivery fee $200
Delivery fees above compensate our time driving round-trip and gasoline expenses. Fees listed are firm, thank you for understanding. Regretfully we are unable to deliver to cities not included in the above list.
Deliveries takes place Monday-Friday between 9am and 6pm, and you must have a family member at least 18 years of age able to receive the bird at the agreed upon date and time.
If a member of the household aged 18 years or older is not present when we arrive for the delivery we will be unable to leave the bird. In this case, delivery fees paid are non-refundable, and pick-up will be required moving forward.
Regretfully, due to strict customs and border regulations, as well as hugely expensive fees associated with importing/exporting live birds properly, we are unable to ship birds outside of Canada with no exceptions. We recommend you reference our list of the Top Five Questions to Ask Your Bird Breeder as you do you research to find a reputable breeder in your area.