Big Sam passed due to Atherosclerosis. (Heart Issues) Due to years with being unable to move much in his too small breeder cage and box, as well as a horrible diet, time took its toll. Fly free Big Sam. We love you!
Terry's necropsy results are back. Numerous factors played a roll in this sweetheart passing. You all know his story. Born wild turned into a breeder. Terry passed due to Cardiovascular Disease and a Congested Liver. His lungs were filled with pollutants. The pollutants were caused by a chronic condition, meaning the environment he was in for years with a lack of fresh air and took its toll. We will pick Terry's body up tomorrow when Victoria is taken into SEAVS for her scheduled check up after her recent surgery.
Terry is free at last. A symbol of his complete freedom was the removal of the band put into his leg so long ago. You will never suffer again sweet Terry. Fly free.
Valentine Crew... They are all cleared of quarantine. !!!woooo hoooo!!! Two of the birds, Calypso and Terry have elevated bile acid, which is part of liver function. They are going to be fine, it is not a significant number. With proper diet it should fix itself. Valentine on the other hand, had a significantly elevated bile acid count. Her diet should cause this to fix itself but she will be seen by the doctor again for follow up to monitor her health. That being said, today Terry and Simon will be moved into the handicap, special-needs aviary. We have had blind and almost blind birds in there before. Matt and I will be sitting out there monitoring them. You can expect the photos and videos to flood your Facebook pages. Sorry, fair warning! Ha ha ha ha. Happy and Sweet-Pea will also be going into the sunroom to start their life in a much bigger area. We will also be fitting the sunroom with some of the special perches for AJ and Annecy. Amaré is in a cage with special perches that came in a few days ago. If you were not aware of them please scroll down our page and you can see what a generous supporter sent to us as well as Byrdbell Company. He now sits next to us near the couch. He also has a sling that makes it easier to carry him around over our shoulder as well as safely carrying him to other locations to enjoy life more. In the next few weeks, he will have an appointment and we will begin the process to see whether or not we can fix his legs.
Terry (R) and Robert (L)
Over the past two or three days, we've finally been able to start putting personalities to The Valentine Crew. We have been worried about a few of them, but everyone is progressing as expected so far. Except one, Simon. Last night while spending time with the quarantine group before our nightly shower (to avoid possible cross contamination of various illnesses to the other sanctuary birds) we noticed that Simon hadn't perched or touched his food. Now we know why. We went in for a closer look and Simon didn't growl, VERY unusual for a WILD parrot. Even with our hands 1/4 inch from his eyes. He's almost 100% blind. He can't see his food. His water sparkled BRIGHTLY at him in the sunlight, so he figured it out. He couldn't perch, because he couldn't find the perch. For 25 (or so) years, Simon lived in the same place, same cage, same set up, with his food and water bowls in the same place. So as he lost sight, he was still able to locate his food. Now, everything is new and different.
I syringe fed him last night to get him nourishment. Until he finds his food, I'll have to do it. We have the most amazing veterinarian staff that will be seeing these birds in the near future after we use this time in the next week to get them stronger for their exams and blood test with proper diet. There is also a veterinarian vision specialist that will be looking at Simon as well. There are a few avenues that we will be trying with him until then. We have no idea what else is in store for us as we get to know these birds and watch them further. It is pretty safe to say, with the length of time that Simon has been malnourished and had his sight decline so badly, he will never be able to fly properly, or be able to protect himself from squabbles in the aviaries. Even the handicapped aviary. We will see what our Expert Certified Exotic Avian Veterinarians think, and move forward from there. The outpouring of support that has been shown in regards to these birds is amazing. I can not even begin to thank you all enough for your kind words, support, donations, sponsorship and love.
On another note...please never underestimate the EXTREME importance of proper diet. Without proper diet, years, in some cases decades, are taken off of a bird's life. Simon is living proof of this as are many that have left this world earlier than they should have. Having birds in captivity comes with great responsibility.
I have said it before, bird people are passionate people, so please try to keep all negativity under control. I am furious at Simon's situation, but the damage is done and now we will all have to focus on making his life as wonderful as we possibly can with what we know.
Thank you all for your amazing support!!!
8 Wild Greys and their older offspring
(No photos of offspring are currently available)
As many of you are aware, there are 8 Ex Breeder African Grey Parrots that Matt was contacted about recently. We will be traveling to New Jersey in the next week to pick up these Greys and begin the process of introducing them to a better life in sanctuary. We were recently made aware that there are 5 more Greys that are actually the older offspring of these 8 Wild Greys. This has brought Matt and I both to the realization that we are going to have to look into the eyes of these 5 offspring and leave them behind to a life of uncertainty. The current owner of these birds has not been able to find anyone in her area to take on any of her other birds. We have a great facility here for these (once) wild birds that will eventually have 3,600 sq ft to fly in once they have had veterinarian care, have been quarantined and if they are able to get their flight ability back. We are short about $2,500 of what we needed in order to rescue the 8 Greys, but we are pushing through and bringing them to a better life. Matt and I would like to call upon our supporters again for any possible assistance you all may provide. Instead of the $1,000 needed for the initial first year to cover the offspring of the 8 Wild Greys, we are asking for sponsorships. A parrot sponsorship for an African Grey Parrot is $540 annually or $45 a month. This page has been set up for sponsorships and you can sponsor one of the birds by clicking the Paypal Automatic Billing Button below or by contacing either Matt or myself personally.
Upon the possible taking in of these older offspring, we would put photos up if you would like to choose which parrot you'd like to sponsor. Some are handicap missing toes and deformed feet.
There are also photos that we have so far of the ex breeders that we have posted below. I understand that we as “bird people” are very passionate, but please refrain from any possible negativity and understand that it was the owner who reached out to us versus selling the birds or having them “put down”. We are going to do our best to get all of her greys to sanctuary per her request. If you have any further questions and would like to contact me privately and personally, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would be more comfortable corresponding with Matt, he can be reached at
Sponsorships are Tax Deductable and we will provide you with a tax receipt at your request.
It is only a matter of time before these Ex Breeder, Wild Caught African Greys once again can see the sun, feel the wind in their feathers, bathe in the rain, and return to the "wild" in our 3,600 sq ft African Grey Aviary. First will be veterinary care, quarantine, time for them to regain their strength in smaller steel aviaries and eventually be moved to the African Grey Aviary where they will once again be free to choose how they want to spend their days while basking in the sunlight and once again enjoying their days for the rest of their life.