We try not to make it seem like a "rescue" to our feathered residents, but a rescue is what we are...
While birds are here, they are treated like family. They are all in our home, and our home setup revolves around the birds. We are unable to have kids, so they are our kids. My husband loves them as much as I do, and we work as a team. It works out great since some birds will prefer males over females or vice-versa. The feathered family gets fresh food every morning. I'm known to bake bird breads and casseroles for them every week as well. They are also fed a varied diet of pellets, various nuts, fruits and veggies. Along with plain water, we also offer different waters with teas or herbs infused into them — I’ll even make them fresh juice from our juicer.
Cages are packed with toys, and the toys are rotated once a week. If we leave for the house we normally leave music on so they can jam out. Play-gyms hang from the ceiling of the bird rooms, and we have a 10 x 20 foot flight aviary outside. We have two bird rooms: a bedroom dedicated to macaws (so they don’t have to be around any Cockatoo or African grey dust), and the main bird room located in the lower-level of our tri-level home.
We get asked by many bird owners if we will keep their bird forever if they relinquish it to us. That in itself is a compliment, because that tells me we are doing something right! But please understand that if we kept every bird that came in, we soon would be full and unable to help the parrots that really do need us. This isn’t to say that it isn’t possible that we will keep your bird. The majority of our permanent residents have ongoing behavior problems or expensive medical problems that would make them incompatible to the average household. We are aware that someday, our home will be filled with birds that aren’t adoptable and we won’t be able to take in more, but until then, parrots that would do great if adopted into the right home will be placed.
Sometimes it can take quite some time to find the perfect person and to sort out the "baddies". I spend much of my time doing this with my adoptions; I have a strict adoption process that includes an application, phone interviews, home checks, and a contract. It's a lot of work, and very time-consuming! And in the end, if I feel the person cannot take as good of care of the bird as I can, then they don't go anywhere — and that's some big shoes to fill.
As my main job unrelated to the rescue world, I am a full time writer for a collector car insurance company. Between this job and the rescue, I enjoy sharing my experiences throughout my journey with parrots. Stay tuned for periodic updates!