Jun 21, 2021

Small Miracles Cost Big Dollars - Thank You For Helping!

Beni After Surgery
Beni After Surgery

We cannot thank you all enough for helping us save Beni, a tiny parrotlet. Beni was relinquished to us earlier this year by her owner because Beni had developed feather destructive behavior (FDB) and was constantly picking and plucking at her feathers. The owner assumed this behavior was due to stress, boredom, insufficient interaction, and a lack of time out of her cage.  All these things can contribute to FDB as can many other things. Having had numerous birds come into our care with FDB, we knew there was likely a more insidious reason for Beni’s FDB. These FDB birds always send our hearts into atrial fibrillation, and our bank account cringes with the knowledge of what is to come.

Beni was taken to Dr. Larry Nemetz at The Bird Clinic for an examination and radiographs. As we suspected, Beni had multiple foreign bodies (FB’s) lodged in her gizzard. Due to Beni’s small size (she weighs approximately 1 ounce/30 grams and is only about 5 inches in length), the prognosis was quite grim. Some of the FB’s were too large to pass from the gizzard into the intestine. In a larger bird, surgical removal of the FB’s is a fairly straightforward process, but in a bird as small as Beni, surgical removal of the FB’s had rarely been successful. The standard less invasive procedures of chelation and psyllium were attempted with Beni, and some of the smaller FB’s did pass through her digestive system. Sadly, many large FB’s remained. It was now time to make a very difficult decision. Should we euthanize Beni to end her suffering or should we attempt surgery knowing that Beni may not survive the surgical procedure?

Dr. Nemetz had recently developed a surgical procedure that had been successful on another of our birds and felt there was a chance for Beni based upon his successful surgical removal of FB’s from our Fischer’s lovebird, Tweets. We opted for the surgery, Beni survived, is thriving, and is free of FB’s. The regrowth of her feathers after surgery was nothing short of amazing!

Beni’s veterinary costs to date are $4,539.56, and seeing her healthy and happy is worth every penny of that! We could not have provided this life saving care for Beni without your financial support. We are very grateful and hope that you will continue to support us so more birds can receive the veterinary care they need.

In closing, please get your bird to an avian veterinarian for radiographs and bloodwork if you suspect your bird has ingested foreign bodies. Also take great care to assure that your bird toys and safe, your cages, food, and water containers aren’t rusted, and don’t give your parrots grit! Parrots are also prone to developing impacted crops from chewing on and ingesting pieces of fabric from cage covers, seed skirts, boing coverings, sleeping huts, etc. Check such items frequently to be sure your bird isn’t ingesting fabric particles.

Thank you! We look forward to your continuing support!

Beni Before Surgery
Beni Before Surgery
Foreign Bodies In Beni's Gizzard
Foreign Bodies In Beni's Gizzard
Foreign Bodies Removed During Beni's Surgery
Foreign Bodies Removed During Beni's Surgery
The Largest Foreign Body Removed
The Largest Foreign Body Removed
A Happy And Healing Beni After Surgery
A Happy And Healing Beni After Surgery
Feb 22, 2021

You Helped Us Assist 1,026 Birds In 2020 - Let's Do More In 2021!

Sky and Kiwi
Sky and Kiwi

2020 was our busiest year EVER for assisting birds with 1,026 birds being the final count for the year. Most of these birds were tiny hatchling, nestling, or fledgling babies found by members of the public and brought to us for care. Others were adult wild birds found sick or injured or pet birds found as strays or pet birds that could no longer be kept by their owners. We help not only non-native wild birds but also domestic and exotic birds. We are sharing with you some of our birds and are asking that you again support us and help us in 2021. We are very grateful for all the financial assistance we have received from all of you!  Your donations allow us to get our birds the best of veterinary care and to see that they have the best food and housing available. Thank you!

Sky and Kiwi: These two adorable 8 month old parakeets were relinquished to us by their owner so we could find them a home where the new owner(s) would have ample time to spend with them. Sadly, pet birds that do not get enough love, attention, and enrichment from their owners can become very untame and frightened of interaction with humans. This makes for a very unpleasant life for both the bird and the human. Always be honest with yourself when thinking about acquiring a pet of any kind. If you don’t have the time to interact with them, keep their habitat clean, provide appropriate food and veterinary care, please don’t get the bird or animal.

Sky King: Sky King is a racing/homing pigeon that was found unable to fly by a kind member of the public. Sky King was wearing an identification band that indicated he is only a year old. Sky King encountered some type of misfortune that resulted in his left wing being badly broken. Sky King has received the needed veterinary care, but because he is a domesticated pigeon that is used to being provided food, water, and shelter, he cannot be released to fend for himself and will need to be found a home as a pet or aviary/loft bird.

Juan: Juan is a Double Yellow Headed Amazon parrot that we “adopted” from a local animal shelter. Juan was picked up as a stray and was not claimed by his owner. This particular shelter required us to pay an adoption fee of $700 for Juan. Different shelters have different policies, procedures, and fees, but most have a much more reasonable fee schedule for non-profit rescue groups! When you add on the veterinary expense to have Juan thoroughly checked and tested, Juan becomes a $1500-$2000 bird just to get started. If he proves to have major health issues, there will be additional veterinary costs. Juan does have a leg band that from the style of it would indicate that he is an older bird. Juan is not tame, he speaks Spanish, and enjoys Mexican music!

Miss Pretty: Miss Pretty is a Red Crowned Amazon parrot. She was relinquished to us by the family of her owner who had become too ill to care for her. Miss Pretty is 40+ years old, has arthritis, and was on a very unhealthy diet for many years. Her caretaker is slowly but surely getting her into a healthier diet regimen. Miss Pretty is not tame most likely due to years of not being handled or interacted with. As with Juan, Miss Pretty will require extensive veterinary work to determine what health problems she has that we will need to address.

Tater and Tinker: These two adorable nestling pigeons were orphaned and brought to us for care by a local animal control agency. When they arrived, they were too young to know how to eat on their own and were hand fed by syringe until they discovered seeds and mastered actually getting them down the hatch! Baby pigeons are extremely active and enthusiastic about being fed! These two are now healthy, self-feeding youngsters and will be released when they have honed their flying skills and are completely self-sufficient.

2020 Intake Details: As you can see from the monthly chart, we will soon be into baby bird season which is always incredibly busy! Once the first baby English House Sparrow comes in, baby bird season is officially on!

Sky King
Sky King
Juan
Juan
Miss Pretty
Miss Pretty
Tater and Tinker
Tater and Tinker
2020 Intake Details
2020 Intake Details
Oct 26, 2020

Recent Birds That Need Your Financial Support

Quatro
Quatro

Veterinary expenses continue to be our single largest expense. In this report, we will share six of our recently rescued birds, their stories, and their veterinary expenses. Your financial support is greatly appreciated and is very needed in order for us to continue helping birds that are ill and/or injured.

Quatro is a wild Amazon parrot found with a severely injured wing that could not be repaired. A partial amputation of the wing was done by one of our veterinarians, and this surgery was actually paid for by another entity. Yay!  Quatro came into our care at the request of our veterinarian as Quatro needs extensive work to get him tame and trusting enough for us to find him a home as a pet. Wild parrots are pretty fierce birds, and it takes a great deal of time, effort, and patience to gain their trust.

Silverado is a domestic pigeon that was actually living in the wild with his parents, nest mate, and two much younger siblings. Sadly, a hawk killed both parents, attacked Silverado, and left him with a very badly broken leg. Pins were placed in the leg and had to remain in place for six very long weeks while Silverado’s shattered leg calcified and healed. Silverado had the pins removed last week, and we are doing some gentle physical therapy on his leg to help him regain the full use of his limb. Silverado’s surgery expense was $720.00

Sky (originally called Indie) is a young Indian Ringneck Parakeet. A very kind family saw a hawk flying overhead with something blue in its talons. As they watched, the hawk dropped a beautiful little bird in their yard. They immediately rescued Sky and brought her to us for care. Sky had three deep wounds from being bitten and taloned by the hawk but somehow managed to avoid any broken bones as a result of this misadventure. Sky’s wounds required suturing, and she is on pain medication and antibiotics. Sky’s veterinary expenses to date are $470.65.

Rosey G. is an adult, male, feral pigeon. He is big, he is strong, and he is not keen on attention from humans. He is a very independent fellow. Rosey’s feet were badly entangled in string causing the loss of all but two toes on one foot and resulting in the other foot becoming infected and immensely swollen. Kind people noticed that Rosey was in desperate need of help for his feet, but he eluded capture for more than two months. How this bird managed to cope with the enormous pain he was in is beyond us. At long last, Rosey was captured and brought to us for care. The infection in Rosey’s swollen foot had already moved up that leg resulting in a full leg amputation being required. Rosey has healed well and is doing just fine getting around as a one legged pigeon. Sadly, he cannot be released but will be found a wonderful home. Rosey’s veterinary expenses were $624.84.

Rojo is another gorgeous, wild, Amazon parrot. He came to us with a wing broken is such a way that it couldn’t be pinned and required splinting. Rojo has had his wing splinted four times since he came into our care with the most recent being last week. As with Quatro, Rojo is being worked with to gain his trust so we can find him the right home as a pet. Rojo’s veterinary expenses are $1542.00 thus far, and we’re not done yet.

Qoo (pronounced coo) is a 19-year-old Blue Crowned Conure. She was relinquished to a local animal shelter by her family because they felt she was too aggressive to a human toddler in their house. She did not look entirely healthy in the pictures the shelter sent us, so we immediately took her to one of our veterinarians for an exam, baseline bloodwork, and DNA sexing. Qoo does not like hands on her or in her cage but is friendly when out of the cage on her terms. She clucks, trills, and says Coo, Coo. Absolutely delightful bird that will be found the right home for her. Her initial veterinary expense was $382.20.

All these birds came into our care within the last two months as well as many more birds. Thankfully, not all of our rescues require extensive veterinary care, but when they do, we are so grateful to have all of you supporting our birds with your donations. Thank you!

Silverado
Silverado
Sky
Sky
Rosey
Rosey
Rojo
Rojo
Qoo
Qoo
 
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