Williamsburg, Virginia might be most well known for its historic attractions, but for tourists and locals wanting a change in scenery from the colonial sights, The Feathered Nest makes for a charming visit. It’s a parrot supply store that carries cages, toys, and food, but also boards and re-homes birds of all sizes.
The store opened in 1992 and was sold to Joy Loveland and Cindy White in May 2013. Both frequented The Feathered Nest before owning it. "We each have our own parrots in our homes and relied on The Feathered Nest for our food, toys and supplies. Being the only exclusive bird store from Northern Virginia to North Carolina, we could not stand by and let the store close when the previous owner decided to retire. With our love for all parrots, we chose to purchase the business so we could continue to provide the avian community with the very best nutrition, supplies, and boarding services for their birds,” said Loveland.
One of the draws beyond supplies, is the store’s well cared for resident parrots. Macaws, African greys, Amazon parrots, conures, cockatiels, parakeets and more greet all who enter. "We have all sorts of people come to our store. Most of our customers are owned by parrots and some come just to look at the beautiful birds. Everyone is welcome!” Loveland said.
Some of these visitors come for a potential new feathered friend. Many of the store’s residents are re-homed birds looking for forever homes. Finding new homes for birds is something both Loveland and White enjoy and they take precautions to match birds and people. Loveland said, "As anyone with knowledge of parrots knows, parrots DO pick their person. This is what we look for when re-homing is considered. We have a process that we take very seriously when finding a new home for our birds. When we take in a parrot to be re-homed we want to find a forever home and do our very best to match the bird with their new owner.”
Along with boarding birds for owners who might be leaving on vacation, re-homing has been a service The Feathered Nest has always provided. "Unfortunately, this happens more often than we would like. Life circumstances can change, forcing owners to relinquish their beloved pets for re-homing,” said Loveland.
Owners Joy Loveland and Cindy White bought The Feathered Nest in May 2013.
These services have led to much involvement in the bird community, which both owners hope to expand upon. On August 16th, The Feathered Nest hosted the East Wings Freeflight Club, who did a demonstration with their freeflying macaws. "We are now planning special promotions and events for the future. We are very involved with the local bird community, as we also offer boarding and re-homing services. One of the best parts of our job is finding the right person to love and care for a bird that someone has had to relinquish for one reason or another. We also support the Peninsula Caged Bird Society as much as possible,” Loveland said.
For bird lovers in Williamsburg, The Feathered Nest and their dedication to avian care is invaluable. When asked what she would like the bird community to know about the store, Loveland said, "We love our birds and they come first!”