|‘For those of you who
don’t know the story of how Beck’s Bird Barn came about, here
follows the story so far……..
Cows and milking are now firmly in the past for us, such a lot has happened
over the past 7 years, since the last of the milking cows walked up the
ramp and Beck’s Bird Barn was opened to the public. We constantly
count our blessings that we are able to turn our hobby into a thriving
and still growing business. We have a lot of friends in farming that have
not been as fortunate.
Most of our barns are over 400 years old, and only ever been used for
cows, so each year we have tried to re-new a new section, as funds have
Firstly, was obviously the shop, which stocks thousands
of different toys, feeds, medicines, cages, playstands, books, nesting
materials, gifts etc, anything for the would be parrot owner and breeder.
We now have 2 quarantine units, where any hand reared babies
bought in from other breeders are housed away from all other stock until
they have been tested for PBFD. All our existing breeding stock has been
tested by our Avian Vet, Mike Stanford (Birch Heath Veterinary Clinic,
Tarporley) and we are as certain as we can be that our own raised babies
enjoy a disease free environment.
We have altered another building to house our babies whilst they are
being reared. They are behind glass so customers can see them clearly
but they are protected from anyone unwittingly bringing in any nasty bacteria
or viruses. Visiting your baby as it grows is something we encourage here.
Some people like to keep a photo diary of ‘Egg’ as it progresses
through the weeks. Something for you to keep and look back on. And each
time you visit, any questions you have, can be answered by our experienced
We have a holiday room, so if you are thinking of going away and need
someone to look after your parrot, we can do this for you for just £25
per week. Just bring your bird and his/her favourite toys and leave the
rest to us, we supply cage and food. NB: A recent PBFD certificate is
required for any non BBB birds. All holidayers are required to have up-to-date
I have enjoyed the trials and tribulations of incubation,
hatching, rearing and finding good homes for our youngsters. We pride
ourselves with being able to give good, sound advise to potential owners
and helping them with any problems they may encounter years later.
Along the way, we have also been asked to re-home many different birds
for many different reasons, and again we try to make sure each bird is
placed in the right environment, whether it be re-homed as a pet, placed
into a breeding situation, or in some cases just to stay here with us,
and become part of the resident ‘gang’.
We have quite a few resident birds now, and as those that have visited
our premises will know, Syd (the Hyacinth Macaw) is one of the most popular
(and naughty) characters we have here, so, as everyone is always asking
after our residents, we have decided to call them Syd’s Gang and
if anyone is interested in what they look like and what they get up to,
check them out in our ‘Parrot
Over the last three years we have been importing the fantastic Java Wood
Products. There is a vast range of products for both birds and reptiles,
with new ideas coming out all the time. Details and prices are all on
our shopping pages.
Although this side of the business is going from strength to strength,
we are still a very family orientated company. My Dad, Fred, helps with
the feeding of the birds every morning, my son William has been studying
Animal Behaviour/Welfare at Walford College, helping out here at weekends
and my daughter Sophie is our sales representative, selling our Java Products
to Pet Shops around the country. Let’s hope, that by the time Chris
and I retire, Sophie and William will be happy to take over. As well as
the above, we have two other full time members of staff, Heather (Products
Manager) and Anna (Livestock Assistant).
Hopefully, with your help, Beck’s Bird Barn will continue
to grow, and help more people realise what fantastic company and intelligent
pets, parrots can be.