-Rehoming Your Bird

At Parrots N Stuff we do not have the capability, space, set up, funding, or time to do any type of rescues or rehoming.  If you would like to rehome your bird on your own, we have created some suggestions, and warnings, which you can find below. If you would like to reach out to a reputable local rescue follow the link below.

Rehoming Checklist


This information is intended to be suggestions only. Please use your best judgment when rehoming your pets. Parrots N Stuff is not responsible for any problems that may arise from the rehoming process.


With the lack of rehoming services in Idaho, it is vital to keep a few things in mind. Remember that there is an amazing rescue available with What the Flock Rescue. If you are wanting to rehome on your own here are some recommendations, and warnings!


1.  Craigslist is probably the #1 platform for rehoming animals, but obviously it comes with risks. Some of the risks are as follows:

·       There are obvious scams. If a situation seems too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your instincts.

·       There are people on craigslist who claim they are rescues, but instead they “rescue” these pets for a rehoming fee or free and turn around and sell them for a much higher price. This is not rescuing; this is flipping for profit.

·       It is not a good idea to list a pet as “free to a good home”. This allows people not only to flip them, but also allows people to get a pet without much thought, without the knowledge of what they are getting themselves into, or how to properly care for the pet.

·       A rehoming fee should be just that, a rehoming fee. Meant to make people think before they invest, and ensure the pet gets a good home. A rehoming fee should never be the same as what the cost is for a sweet, never before owned, handfed baby.


2.  Applications and questionnaires are so important. Rehoming a pet should not be taken lightly and will require work and time to find the right home.

·       An application should include as many questions as you can think of in regard to what is best for your individual bird and their needs. Ask all the questions, the tough questions, for example: what circumstances would force you to have to rehome your pet? How would you tolerate bad behavior like biting, screaming, aggression etc., what are your biggest concerns (trust me, you want people to have concerns)?

·       If someone is not willing to complete an application, they more than likely are not going to put the work into the necessary care of your pet. Not only does the application help find the right home, but it helps weed out the people looking for a cheap or free bird, or like I said before flipping a bird for profit.


3.  Be honest. If you are in a hurry to rehome and feel you have to sugar coat details of your bird, then your best bet would be to hand your bird over to a rescue. Birds especially are so prone to go into the endless cycle of a rehoming, and it is not fair to the birds. Honesty will get you a lot further, with a far better chance of a great home.


4.  Make sure you are making the right decision in rehoming your bird. Springtime has the highest rate of rehomes because its hormone season. Birds are difficult, hard to understand, and sometimes you just need a little support. If you are considering rehoming based off of a behavioral issue come talk to us, let us help you find alternatives that may help prevent you from rehoming a pet. Please know you can always be honest with us, we are a judgment free zone, and willing to help any way we can. Often times some simple adjustments can change things around quite quickly. With that said, if you have no choice but to rehome, we understand that too, we understand there are life circumstances that are sometimes out of our control, again we are a judgment free zone!


5.  Create a little “birdie Biography” for the new home. So many times, we see birds that have been rehomed and there is no information passed along. This not only creates a challenge for the new owners but can greatly affect the bird.

·       Include the big details like age, if DNA sexing has been done (send proof if possible), the vet they have gone to, if it is microchipped, how often they need groomed, etc.  

·       Include the small details: their favorite treats, bedtime routines, their current diet, favorite toys, how they like to bathe, etc. Sometimes the tiny details help the most!


6. Lastly, everyone’s situation is different, but a lot of times we see people frustrated with the new homes because they are no longer in contact with them. If you are going to rehome a pet, in most cases, it is unfair to the new owners, and the pet to continue an ongoing relationship. There should be no expectations. In rare cases this has been a beautiful relationship, but in most cases, it makes the new owners feel that it is never really their pet, and it can conflict with the relationship and bonding of the pet to their new owners. Sometimes when we love a pet, we have to learn that we have to let them go completely in order for everyone to feel comfortable and happy.


If you have any questions or need some support, please feel free to contact us

208 344 2801 (call or text)