Here are some questions we frequently are asked which you may find useful.
How long does delivery take?
Delivery to UK Mainland is usually within 2 working days if orders placed by 1pm, this is if fast shipping is selected, large cages take up to 3 (but usually 2) working days, smaller cages 1 working day. Economy shipping is within 5 working days. We currently do not ship outside the uk. You will receive a call to arrange convenient delivery dates on larger cages.
What should I do if my parcel arrives damaged?
You must sign for the parcel as damaged and contact us by email with images of the damage. If Cages arrive and they are badly damaged you should refuse the delivery.
What should I do if I order something wrong and want to return it?
No problem, return it to the address on the top of the invoice, Three Penny House, Mill Lane, Fulletby, Horncastle, Lins, LN9 6BJ, also found on the contact us form. It must be in original packaging and unused with original labels. We recommend taking insurance against loss or damage with the courier you use to return it.
Can I pay using Paypal?
Yes, at the checkout there are 2 options. You can either pay through Paypal or select Card SagePay to pay using credit/debit cards. We also accept American Express. These are all secure trusted payment gateways and at no point do we have access to your card details or store anything on our website.
What is Sagepay/Opayo?
Sagepay now Opayo is a secure card processing terminal. Regulated and governed you do not need an account to pay with sagepay it is merely an option you should select if you wish to pay using a credit or debit card. It will bring up a screen for you to securely input your card details which are not stored and we do not have access to
Can I have my order shipped to a different address to my billing address?
Yes, at the checkout there is a section for shipping address, this can be to a work place, neighbour etc
Which is best, pellets or seeds diets?
This remains an ongoing debate. We believe a mix of both to be the best for most birds, we only sell top quality seed mixes so find the one to suit your bird type and add some pellets. Roudybush, Hagen and Harrisons are the most popular pellets we sell.
If I do decide to try to convert fully to pellets how do I do it?
Usually the Roudybush pellets are the best way. There is a soak n feed available but also a wide variety of sizes in pellets. Introduce a new diet gradually soyou do not stress your birds liver.
Which UV lamp is best for my bird?
If your bird is particularly destructive you may prefer the floor standing lamp as opposed to the cage fitted ones. Uv lights are recommended by most avian vets to help birds process calcium, help with feather plucking and general behaviour. Link below to lighting.
My birds nails are very long, do I need the vet to trim them?
Usually the nail trimming perches will do the trick. Remember to buy bigger rather than smaller so the birds nails sit on the perch rather than wrapping around it. You`ll find them under Perches, then Nail Trimming Perches or click the link below.
How can I stop my bird feather plucking?
There is no cure for feather plucking. Full stop! You must rule out any health issues with your vet. Once done, don`t blame yourself! Provide your bird with foraging toys, shredding toys, love and care. A UV lamp may help. Regular spray baths will also help stop any dry skin. A plucking bird is not necessarily an unhappy bird. Link below to toys which may help along with some of our pluckers food mixes and packs
I feel a bit isolated and out of my depth with my bird, it is not how I had imagined it would be, what can I do do get more help to give him the best life possible?
Please have a look at our parrot related links page, there are forums, facebook groups etc with people wanting to share worries, experience, knowledge, pictures and fun chat about their birds too. Join them, you`ll find Scarletts staff on most of them!
I need to rehome my bird, what do I do?
First please make sure it is the right thing to do. Don`t rehome your bird because you think you are not good enough or the bird would be happier elsewhere. That is not necessarily the case and if things are not going right, again please look to some of the forums and groups on our links. However, if you do decide rehoming is the option you want to take, please contact Problem Parrots or a reputable bird charity.
Why am I charged VAT?
VAT is charged on all goods sold within the UK. We do not add VAT, we merely show you a breakdown in your cart. An item at £5 on the website will shows as £4.17 plus vat in your cart. We want to be upfront about all costs and will only ever charge the price on the website
Does my bird need a vitamin supplement?
It is generally recommended that African Greys and most other birds have a calcium supplement, especially egg laying birds. Calcivet is most popular for birds on a seed diet and FeatherUp is good for birds who are moulting. If your bird is very young or on a pellet diet supplements are not recommended
How do I know if my bird is ill?
General signs of illness are, fluffing up, tiredness, discharge from the nose, loss of appetite, loose droppings, discolured white part to the droppings (though this alters depending on what the bird has eaten), wheezing, heavy breathing, change in behaviour, weakness in his grip.
What should I do if my bird is ill?
Seek advice from an avian vet straight away. In the meantime keep your bird warm and hydrated. Guardian Angel is particularly good for ill birds as is Harrisons recovery formula. Both found on the healthcare pages. Do not attempt to spray your bird or take it out of familiar surroundings. If your bird is unsteady on his feet lower the perches and put a towel on the bottom of the cage.
If your bird is gasping or has shallow breathing either take him into a bathroom where it is steamy, nebulise with F10SC if you have any to hand or boil a kettle and put steaming water near him for him to inhale.
How do I know you are a genuine company? Do you drop ship goods
Have a look at our warehouse pictures and youtube videos. These are purposely not edited, they are genuine pictures and videos of our storage areas and products. Real life videos of the products. Our food storage areas are temperature controlled purpose built. Our toys are in concrete floor double skin buildings where there is no risk of damp. Areas are sealed away from birds, vermin and wildlife. The only goods drop shipped are cages due to the over sized boxes and the need for a pallet courier. EVERYTHING else is right here. Order placed before 1pm usually delivered next working day.
The water turns colours when my bird drops toy pieces in it, is this safe?
Absolutely! It is because we use bird safe food colourings on the toys, they are water based hence they turn your birds water (and sometimes your birds) a different colour when wet
Why don`t you ship to my country?
It is either due to a high carriage charge or customs related reasons
Why am I still being charged carriage even though I am over the free carriage threshold?
It is because you need to spend the set amount on goods, ie if carriage is free over £69 so you need £69 of actual goods not inc shipping.