We are happy to announce the new Birdmobile to replace our Ford that blew an engine. We want to send a BIG THANK YOU to our supporters for the donations sent our way to be able to purchase this much needed vehicle! We asked and you guys stepped up! We can now, again, go pick up birds for people that can't get to us, toy runs, and many other necessities that require a truck and trailer.
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March 21, 2018
Senegal flight finished!
March 20, 2018
FEBS was blessed by Susan, previous mom to Oscar the Senegal, who placed her much loved bird with us and donated the funds needed to build this beautiful subdivided flight for not only Oscar but nine other Senegal's!
Senegal's are not a flock bird, rather they require separate flights for either each bird or with the opposite sex for companionship. We are working with the Senegal's to pair them up in the large flights that were designed specifically for them. Thank you Susan for giving Oscar and his friends the Freedom to Just Be A Bird!
Healthier Diet for our Feathered Friends at FEBS
March 13, 2018
We are always looking for ways to give our flock of over 750 Parrots, about 35 different species, the very best care possible. Our Avian Vet, Dr. Murphy, has worked with Patricia Norton regarding nutritional education over a 20 year period. We always knew the birds should not be fed a seed diet as it is not a healthy diet for birds. A seed diet is very much like you and I eating potato chips all day! High in fat, low in essential vitamins and hard on the major organs, shortening the life span of the birds.
We were directed to the Hagen Company last year. They came to the Sanctuary, gave Patricia and staff a plan for how to best transition such a large flock over to a much better diet and still make sure they all took to it well. We started last fall by offering a small amount of Hagen pellets (love the smell, fruity! mmmm) to their diet then increasing the pellet and reducing the seed and pellets that we previously fed until finally last week have accomplished the transition. Now, we feed only pellets with a few mixed nuts on top in the morning and then fresh fruits and vegetables are offered in the afternoon. Due to the condensed nutritional quality in Hagen, we can feed 1/2 the amount without all the empty fillers but still fulfill our parrots needs. The waste is no longer there and cleanup is much easier. All of these factors equal a huge savings and a much healthier bird.
Big Thank you to Dr. Murphy and Hagen for all of your help ensuring a happy healthy flock!!!