Shopping for a new cage, winter gear or a favorite treat or two for your fine feathered friend doesn’t have to be difficult. While you could pop in at your local big-box pet store, consider stopping in for a few purchases at an independent pet store that specializes in supplies for birds. Indie pet stores may also have specialty items for sale, so you can find just the right food or gear for your bird. Whether you want to pick up a few toys for your parrot or feed the wild birds that call your deck home, consider taking a look at these pet shops with bird supplies in the Chicago area.
Belmont Feed & Seed Inc.
3036 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
Owners of bees, chickens or exotic birds can pick up the supplies they need through Belmont Feed & Seed Inc. Located in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, the shop offers an assortment of bird feed, supplements for chickens, medication and other supplies for birds of all stripes. Special loft accessories and supplies are also available just for pigeons. Apiarists can also purchase beehives, protective gear and even a live queen bee through Belmont Feed & Seed.
For The Birds
9207 Broadway Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
The expression “for the birds” takes on a new meaning in the Brookfield shop of For The Birds. The shop offers an assortment of bird food blends found in the Chicago area, with ingredients that include peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and raisins, and bird feeders are also available for purchase. If you want to encourage wild birds to stay in your yard, then consider perusing the shop’s selection of nesting boxes. For The Birds also sells dog and cat food.
Wild Birds Unlimited
1460 Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL 60025
Feed the robins, cardinals, blue jays and other birds that visit your backyard by picking up food and supplies from Wild Birds Unlimited. The shop, which is located in the suburb of Glenview, carries food that’s for the birds local to the Chicago area. Pole systems and feeders are also available, as are feeders specifically designed to keep squirrels at bay. If you’d like to find the optimal way to feed as many birds as possible, then consider letting Wild Birds Unlimited help. The company offers a birdscaping service, and installation is available.
Wilmette Pet Center
625 Green Bay Road
Wilmette, IL 60091
Wilmette Pet Center has a selection of bird food on the shelves, with bird food brands that include Goldenfeast, ZuPreem and Oven Fresh Bites. If you need food in a hurry for your bird then you’re in luck, as Wilmette Pet Center offers delivery to certain zip codes in the Chicago area. Don’t feel that you need to be in the dark when it comes to having a bird for a pet. The pet store has several articles and resources specific to caring for birds via its website. There’s more to Wilmette Pet Center than birds, as the shop also offers products for fish, dogs, cats and other pets.
Windy City Parrot
906 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Birds in the Chicago area can keep their beaks conditioned and stay warm this winter through Windy City Parrot’s selection of products. The Humboldt Park neighborhood store offers a wide assortment of items for birds including cages, climbing ropes, treats, perches and warming lights. Bird owners can also create toys unique to their feathered friend’s tastes through Windy City Parrot’s toy supplies, which include rings, beads and hooks. Products can also be purchased through the website, and items can be shipped within the Chicago area and worldwide.
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