Q: What amenities are included in the daily boarding donation?

A: We supply a cage of appropriate size, a morning meal of fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains, an afternoon meal of pelleted food and seeds (we have Harrisons and Zupreem available), and an evening snack of in-shell almonds and/or Nutriberries.

Fresh filtered water is changed at least twice per day, one-on-one attention provided several times per day, and supervised out-of-cage time whenever possible. We do not charge for administering medication, nail/wing trims, or daily showers.

Q: What do I need to prepare for my bird’s visit?

A: Each bird coming to stay overnight at “The Village” is required to have a negative Psittacosis test result within the last 12 months.  Lovebirds are required to have additional testing for PBFD since they are known carriers of this disease. These results must be forwarded to us by the testing vet BEFORE scheduling a drop-off time for your bird.  Untested birds can be boarded, but the fee to open a quarantine room for them is $500.00, plus any additional vet fees for testing.  This is for the safety of your birds as well as Village birds and the other boarding birds.  Getting your birds tested annually, so you are prepared for boarding at a moment’s notice is the safest route.  For Pet’s Sake in Decatur is very familiar with our boarding requirements, so if you need any updates for your birds, we highly recommend them.

Q: What do I need to bring with my bird?

A: You will need to provide a transportable cage or carrier, a water bottle if your bird uses a bottle rather than a bowl, the Boarding Agreement, and all vet info. You may bring whatever else you know will make your bird more comfortable. Favorite toys, perches, and snacks are often a good idea.  If your  bird is a toy destroyer, please make sure to bring enough toys.  There is a wholesale charge if we have to supply toys.

Q:  Why should I board my bird with you rather than have a friend look in on my bird while I am gone?

A:  Taking care of birds is our full-time job.  We have experience working with the smallest of finches to the largest of macaws and cockatoos.  We love what we do, and your bird will love staying here and playing with us all day!  Your bird will never be left alone for hours.  You won’t have to worry if your bird spilled or pooped in their water.  You won’t have to worry about your bird getting hurt and not being found for hours.  You won’t have to worry about your bird being left during storms. We have that all covered for you.  Most importantly, 100% of your boarding donation goes directly to the care of the Village birds.  We do not take any fee for ourselves.  We help you; you help The Village birds.  It is a win-win!

Q:  What are the drop-off and pick-up times for boarding birds?

A: We ask, whenever possible, please arrange for the pick-up or drop-off of birds to fall within the hours of 7am-5pm.  We are available for pick ups and drop-offs Tuesday through Sunday.  There are no times available on Mondays.

Q: What does it cost to board my bird?

A:  The boarding donation amount varies by species; there is a $25.00 minimum per boarding session.  Due to high demand and limited space, there are no discounts during November and December.  Prepayment of boarding is required for all Cockatoos and Conures due to the high rate of abandonment. 

  • Tiny birds, such as finches and parakeets: $10.00 per night, per cage/$50.00 per month
  • Cockatiels: $12.00 per night, per cage/$60.00 per month 
  • Conures:  $15.00 per night/$90 per month 
  • Pionus, Ringnecks: $20.00 per night/$100/month
  • Small Cockatoos, African Greys: $25.00 per night/$175 per month 
  • Amazons,  Umbrella Cockatoos: $30.00/night/$200-$325 per month 
  • Large macaw, Moluccan Cockatoo: $35.00 per night/$300 per month 
  • Hyacinth Macaws: $40.00 per night/$350 per month


Multiple birds: The largest bird is full-price; all others are discounted 50% per night, except during November and December.

Due to high demand and limited space, there are no discounts during November and December.

Birds are frequently abandoned by the families.  This happens when they schedule boarding but do not pick up or pay for the boarding, leaving the rescue with a very large bill.  This is most common with cockatoos and conures, so pre-payment is required.

There are grants available to provide no-cost or low-cost boarding in the event of a documented emergency.  These are available on a very limited basis.  Please inquire.


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