- There's the cage -- and that may need to be replaced in a few years, depending on the type.
- There's the food -- generally a pellet diet, high quality seed mix, and fruits/vegetables.
- There's the vet bills. A well-bird exam can cost in the neighborhood of $200, and if there's a problem with the parrot, you can expect to pay many times that. At least 4 of the Center's volunteers have spent over $1,000 on vet bills for one of their parrots in the last year. The Center's vet bills average around $2,500 per month.
- There's toys -- parrots need lots of different types of toys -- wood destructible, other destructible, beads/leather, preening, puzzle, foraging, etc. And these toys need to be rotated often. A medium-sized bird can easily go through over $50 per month in toys. We have cockatoos and macaws at the Center that go through toys valued at over $200 each month.
- Other items including playstands, travel cages, harnesses, informational books, magazine subscriptions, etc. can also figure into the cost.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The picture here is of Kellie, white-eyed conure, and Sasha, mitred conure. Millie was pictured just recently on the blog!
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Last week we captured a video of Alex, a male wild-caught umbrella cockatoo, screaming. While it isn't normal for any parrot to continually scream, it is a natural way for them to express themselves, especially near sunrise and sunset (although it depends on the bird).
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
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Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Strategically placed toys can also provide a hiding place for your prey animal when she just doesn't want to be seen. This is especially important if your parrot's cage is in front of a window, as he will need to have a hiding place in case he sees anything scary outside.
We sell many different toys at the Center, through our retail area and our online store (which we are currently in the process of updating). All proceeds from these sales go directly towards the parrots under the Center's care.
Keeping some parrots in toys can be an expensive proposition! Every year we have parrots surrendered to us with only plastic toys, and sometimes with no perches because "he just destroyed them anyway." But that's the point! Parrots need to destroy! Luckily, there are some low-cost alternatives. Many parrots love chewing on catalogs, magazines, magazine inserts, phone books, adding machine tape, and other inexpensive items.
If you're having trouble finding the perfect toys for your parrot, stop by and we may be able to help!
Here is our wall of Chip'n Chew toys. These wood toys are designed and manufactured by shelter volunteers. We also sell many other toys, manufactured by us and others.
Here is a picture of a senegal parrot on one of her favorite toys that her owner bought at the shelter. It's a very versatile toy because is can be used as a perch, destructible toy, and foraging toy!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
When people tire of their birds, they sometimes release them into the Domes, probably thinking they're giving them a natural life. But that is not the case! Many birds do not recognize the food left out for the resident birds of the Domes as food, and starve. Additionally, introduced birds could bring disease. If they do survive, they might reproduce and overpopulate the area.
Please do not release your birds in the Domes or outside. Parrots that have lived their entire lives in living rooms do not have the skills to survive. Contact us and we should be able to help out with rehoming your parrot!
Here are a few pictures of the Domes babies. They will be put up for adoption once they are completely weaned and properly fledged. Check back for more information!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Keegan, the white-capped pionus pictured here, was adopted into a loving family last year. He came to visit last Saturday for a nail trim, and we got to see how beautiful he is. He gets tons of attention and is starting to speak. He loves every member of his new family and is very gentle with the children. Additionally, his family has begun clicker training him, to let his intelligence shine through!
Pionus parrots can make fantastic pets. They are a manageable size and often have gentle demeanors. They are extremely intelligent and not too loud! They are also gorgeous, especially when natural light reflects off of their feathers.
A big thank you goes out to Keegan's new family for providing him with such a fantastic life!
Monday, May 14, 2007
OK to Forward and Cross Post
We are asking that people continue to click on the links to the two news videos by TMJ 4 on Puppy Mills.
We'd like to see this be the most often viewed story of the month.
Even if you have already seen the coverage, please click on the links below to keep this story in the news. More clicks mean more coverage. More coverage means more pressure on our legislators.
Click on the video link to see the actual broadcast.
Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project
Visitors to the Center may have met Ernie and Amy, 2 chihuahua mixes that often visit. Ernie is getting older and sometimes wanders a bit, so volunteers are often asking, "Where's Ernie?" Several months ago, a timneh grey was adopted by a friend of the shelter. When she visited a month or so after the adoption, she asked who Ernie was. Apparently this bird picked up the phrase "Where's Ernie?" while he was at the shelter, and was asking that question in his new home!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
We don't have a lot of information on Jake, but she was obviously well-loved as she is one of the sweetest birds we've ever had here.
Jake's previous owners had taken her to the vet to euthanize her because they were no longer able to take care of her. Luckily the vet was able to convince them to release her to us and give her a chance at a wonderful life with a new family. She is very healthy and has a wonderful disposition.
Along with several other adoptable birds, Jake appeared on WTMJ Channel 4, NBC's local Milwaukee affiliate's show The Morning Blend on May 7, 2007. You can see that show here, and we will probably have it on our website shortly.
Nanday Conures can be extremely loud, so they do not make good pets for people who live in apartments or are noise-sensitive. Jake loves to play with toys and is a voracious wood-chewer.
If you're interested in adopting Jake or any other bird at our shelter, please fill out a Bird Wanted Questionnaire. And please help us spread the word about our facility, so when people can no longer care for their birds, they know there is an option other than euthanizing or releasing them outside.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Visitors to our shelter may recognize Kellie (left) and Sasha (right). These teenagers are very entertaining! When Sasha was released to us about 5 years ago, we didn't think he'd make it through the end of the month. He was in horrible shape, having spent the majority of his captive life in a cage that was so small he couldn't turn around. We improved his diet & environment, and have been rewarded with an entertaining fellow! Sasha prefers birds to people, and found his soulmate in Kellie a few years ago. Both are males. Kellie is tame, but prefers spending his days with Sasha.
These guys have a zest for life! When they see someone they like pass their cage, they run to the front of their cage and begin begging for attention. They love to play peek-a-boo with visitors. They absolutely love destroying egg cartons and soda boxes.
In the following video, a volunteer was trying to capture their happy reaction to egg carton destruction. However, once they realized they were being watched, they came over and started showing off for the camera!
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
We anticipate returning to AWARE's annual show in 2008!
We recently received some photos of that event from someone who was there (thank you!) and we wanted to share them!!!
Lori and Lisa will once again appear on WTMJ NBC Channel 4 on the Morning Blend!
They are scheduled to be on Monday May 7 at 10:00 am. They will be bringing small and medium adoptable birds on the show with them.
As with past appearances, video will be on the Morning Blend's website later in the day, and we will also have the video on our website.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
If you've ever thought about commissioning a portrait of your feathered friend, now might be the perfect time! Talented artist Mary Hughes paints close-up portraits, capturing the personality of your bird. Here is a link to her website.