We are a working couple who found Parrots to be the joy of our lives. We started with a Yellow Collar Macaw (Willie) and never
found the end of our fascination and love for the birds. We spent 3 years with a large aviary.before starting our own. 1 pair of Quakers makes an aviary doesn't it? Soon it became 3 pairs, then 10 then 20 of many different varieties.
Our aviary may be small but as we can add space, we add more pairs.Our biggest hold up was an isolation room for new breeders,which has now been remedied. Our new additions are isolated from the rest of our flock until we are satisfied with their health. They are then carefully integrated into our existing facilities.
Our Aviary is kept cean and comfortable for the birds. In the summer those pairs that are able to cope with it are moved outside and of course given shelter from wind and sun. We have found that this greatly enhances their health and productivity.( they like it ). The winter though makes for a different story. At temperatures well below freezing most of the time, We generally can not open them up. Every building has it's own timed lights ( with at least every other bulb being full spectrum). and thermostatic controlled heat ( 60 degree minimum). Nest boxes are cleaned and or replaced often to control bacteria and other infestations that might occur ( none yet thank god).
Many of our pairs were once pets that were discarded for various reasons. We take special care when placing them with a mate. Although they are birds they may not know how to behave with other birds.( they think they are feathered people).
Our babies are left with the parents for at least 2 weeks
(depending on development). The babies are always healthier when the parents take care of them. We then bring them into our home and begin caring for them ouselves. We both share in the feeding of the babies so that they are not imprinted with only women as so many babies are. . . .
We are strong supporters of the techniques used by Chris Davis, Phoebe Linden Greene and Mattie sue Athans for weaning and training. We do not let a baby go without food . We allow each of them to wean in their own way, even if it means giving them a mouthful every half hour if they want it. Fortunately that doesn't happen for long before they start eating on their own.Our goals are to enjoy our birds with as much joy and enthusiasm as possible. We do this by supplying babies that are well socialized and happy. All of their welfare comes first, but we will add more variety to our aviary as time,space and money allow. .
We have many different types of birds, but have found that some breeds are simply not foranyone but the most experienced bird people. We are selective to a point of what we add to our aviary, because our goal is to produce happy, well-adjusted kids that will hopefully stay in their first homes forever.
Because so many beautiful babies are returned to the pet market we choose to do our part in not causing more heart break in both owners and birds by not raising birds that, even as or because of handrearing do not do well in the average bird home. There are exceptions to every rule but we choose not to take the chance with some species.
Our own companion parrots have been the most wonderful experience of our lives and if at all possible we will spend the rest of our lives living in this poop spattered, walnut,peanut shell , seed, soft-food covered heaven.