years ago I was given my Red Lore Amazon, Sassy, as a gift. It wasn’t
until several years later, through knowledgeable bird friends and the
many informative bird lists that I realized my first parrot was a wild
caught bird, already 7-8 years old. A short time later while on a family vacation, my husband
was taken with a 12 week old Green Wing Macaw he named Sammy and I fell
in love with an 8 week old cuddly Moluccan Cockatoo that I named Miss
Saint Toota Bell (actually the Queen). Since we couldn’t make a
decision between either of them, we purchased both and home we went.
We had no choice but to learn the art of hand feeding.
That was a learning experience all in itself. I often wonder how either
survived our lack of knowledge and the learning curve in between.
Anyway, that was the start of “NEBS” (Never Enough Birds
Syndrome). It’s a scary
disease for which there is no known cure. All bird owners can be
stricken with it. Since those days, we have added Mikey, the Military Macaw;
Cody, a Timneh Grey; Coco, a Nanday Conure; Comet, a Blue Headed Pionus;
Frick and Annabelle, two Black Headed Caiques; Goliath, a Hyacinth
Macaw; Shasta, a Sun Conure; Jade, a Blue Headed Amazon; Jazmin, a
Yellow Head Amazon and Gorgeous George, a Cockatiel,
for a flock of 14 fids.
We love each of them for their own "special ways" and
for their individual comical antics.
fortunate to have a husband that shares my love of fids or I would
definitely be in big trouble. He is my best friend and my biggest
helper. Our “used to be beautiful den” turned into a total bird room
for the larger fids with the rest of the flock spread
throughout, as our home seems to require less furniture each year.
The fids even saved for their own side-by-side refrigerator for
all their food, herbs and treats, unsulfured and natural of course. My
husband does 90% of the cage cleaning (thank goodness for him because I
hate cleaning), I do the feeding, preparation, cooking and the toy
making. When you have so many to provide for it’s a necessity to
constantly search to provide quality nutrition as natural as possible
and safe toy parts.
I found it was easier said than done.
In our flock we have four that are allergic to sulfur dioxide
and locating foods without this additive already included in mixes was
impossible, hence I started creating the "Just Say No" foods.
The "Just Say No" line of foods is used with my flock
daily as is our Herbal Supreme mix. A healthy immune system means great
annual exams and long life spans!!
life is occupied by the fids almost entirely and running the Avian Naturals and All BirdToys website. Nightly each group of fids will watch TV
with us and have their one on one “special” time with each of us and
patiently wait to share snacks with us.
We do love to snack… I don't have as much time now to make toys
as I once did but have acquired some of the best sources for safe toys
and parts which are available on our website. We have topped over one hundred
safe toy parts at last count and always searching for more!
We will continue to search for the best and safest offerings to
display at Avian Naturals and All BirdToys to make shopping easy and fun.
All in all
I’m a very fortunate person, I have an understanding husband (Dave),
five wonderful grown children:
Sheri married to
Stephanie marrying Michael in April 2008
Angelo married to Deb
Denise married to Bill
Ron married to Tiffany
the grandchildren are many
Stephen, Emma, Katie, Samantha, Robert, Haley, Madison, Parker and the
twins Preston and Joselyn
think I’m over the edge where my fids are concerned but
then there are those healthy 14 sets of eyes, with beaks and
that love unconditionally, at anytime.
Now what more could anyone ask for, except maybe a larger home:)
Now isn’t that what we’d all wish for, along with a maid,
butler, vacations every so often???? I just can’t remember my life
without feathers in it, can you?