Susan van den Broek and her husband, Jan Derr, are owners of FeatherHeads, a store which specializes in companion parrots as well as food, cages, toys and supplies to keep them happy. Susan and Jan got interested in birds in 1996 when they fostered a mynah bird for a local rescue group. Their interest in parrots grew and in 1999, after adding several birds to their own flock and offering merchandise at local bird marts, they opened FeatherHeads. From their original 1300 sq. foot store, they have now expanded to over 6000 sq feet. Susan has handfed hundreds of baby birds over the years. She has successfully raised babies from some of the smallest such as parrotlets to the largest parrots, the Hyacinth macaw. Susan and Jan have made it their goal to provide education as well as a chance to interact with different types of parrots making FeatherHeads a unique experience for everyone from the beginner to the expert aviculturist. There are always lots of birds to entertain you. Susan and FeatherHeads have been featured in several local newspapers as well as publications catering to persons in the pet trade and in addition she is active in several avicultural organizations.
Bird Care - How to Determine Your Bird's Sex
Susan Vandenbroek from FeatherHeads in Sterling Virginia discusses how to determine your bird's sex.
Hi, I am Suzanne with Featherheads. Weve been talking about caring for your parrots. We are going to briefly cover the topic of sexing your parrot. Not many years ago probably five to ten years ago, not that many birds were sexed, this we said it earlier. Most parrots are very minimal if any difference visually between the sexes. So most of us out there whove had birds for a number of years, have a male named Marian or a boy named Sue. But now days most birds are sexed, its easy to do with DNA. All it requires is either a few feathers or a brief -- a bit of dropping of blood on a blood card. There is a lab that processes them. They compare the DNA and then we are able to tell whether you have a male or female.
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