Memories

Adoption Testimonials & Memorial

So many birds have come to our site over the years since our founding, and though not all of them find their way into loving human family-flocks and forever-homes, many have found their ways to just such homes through our hard work and dedicated efforts. No matter if they move on to better homes with loving human family-flocks, or if they spend their final days with the rest of our flock members here at GFBH, we like to spend a little time and effort to remember all their stories. The following testimonials from family-flocks who have brought one or more of our feathered friends into their homes, and the stories of birds who have come and gone under our watch, serve as a memorial to the hard work that has gone into making their lives worthwhile and healthy, no matter their circumstances.

“Small Victories”

These testimonials and a few stories of birds who found their Forever-Homes with others all came about after beginning their journeys with Good Fox Birdie Haven.

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Memorial

Not every bird finds its human flock, and over the years we have seen the coming and passing of many birds. Some of these always bring a tear to our eyes, just thinking back on our fond memories of them. Birds who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge after being at Good Fox Birdie Haven are remembered with full hearts here.

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Petra three year old Severe Macaw arrived fall 2012

'Petie aka “Petra” is a three year old Severe Macaw who came into the shelter fall 2012.  Her family fell on financial hardship and regrettably had to relinquish her to the shelter. Petie was  named “Petie” thinking she was male, until her DNA test came back. We call her “Petra”. She came with all her necessities for daily living, cage, play stand and a limited amount of food supplies that is soon to run out. Due to prolonged cage time and lack of socialization, Petra is not sociable at all and will strike out at anyone who tries to touch her. Even though she verbalizes words of affection in a polite manner with her sweet, soft voice, calling everyone “pretty bird” and saying “hello and goodbye”. She will also ask for “crackers” in which she will aggressively fling to the ground when offered as she does with most all of her food. She seems to respond positively to human and bird company when they talk back to her. She is very comical.  Petra had some plucking issues that have completely stopped since she has been here.  Our goal for her in the future would be to have her own personal space with other larger flighted birds to enable permanent free flight. She is a wood chewer and this has helped resolve plucking issues all together along with social interaction. Colorful toys are a plus for her. Her diet consist of: Veggie blend Zupreem, seed, nut, dried pepper mixes, (even though she tosses most in the floor) it is offered, fresh veggies, fruits, legumes and sprouts, whole grain pasta’s (she likes) peanuts on occasion for snacks, Lafaber’s nutri -berries, eggs and flax seed. The lifespan of a Severe macaw is somewhere around 30 years or longer.

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Ollie 20 year old female dusky head conure arrived summer 2012

​Ollie is aka “Ollie Pop” is a 20 year old female dusky head conure that came into our shelter summer of 2012.  Ollie came with an updated medical record and is soon due for another checkup.  Ollie has some physical decline due to old age (i.e cataracts on eyes) that limits her eyesight capabilities. Ollie is  very sociable and has bonded with Mickey (another conure) here in the shelter.  Ollie loves human interaction and will show her approval when getting a head rub by making “kissy” sounds. She is very affectionate and loves to “snuggle” with whoever is holding her. Ollie eats a very healthy diet of: mixed legumes and sprouts, whole wheat pasta, fresh fruits and veggies, along with fruit Zupreem blend, millet spray, scrambled eggs with flax for breakfast. Ollie would love a swing or mirror even, as most birds of this size do.  Her eyesight being bad, she has a hard time with flight and in the future we hope to build Ollie along with the other smaller rescues an aviary for free flight at all times just for them.  For personal safety, time out for all is limited each day at this time. Conures can live an average lifespan between 10-30 years in captivity.

Willow 30 year old female Congo African Grey arrived summer 2011

​Willow is a 30 year old female Congo African Grey, with a very broad vocabulary. And can often be heard carrying on conversations with the other birds.  Willow came into our shelter in summer 2011 with no vet history and needs another checkup soon. She had severe plucking issues from boredom. Where she had plucked her entire chest cavity bald. With proper hygiene, diet, exercise, out of cage time with freedom to roam around, a whole lot of wooden chew toys, daily interaction with people and other birds and much prayer, Willow’s chest grew completely back in five months time! Willow continues to thrive both physically and emotionally.  She recently assisted me at Pacific Lutheran University as a subject to help aid  in the studies of Irene Pepperberg’s Alex that was being taught by Charles Bergman.  She enjoyed all the attention she received from the students as well as the professor who taught the class. Willow is on a diet of: fruit Zupreem, nut, seed, pepper mix, fresh veggies and fruits, almonds and peanuts in the shell, legumes cooked and sprouted, cornbread, eggs mixed with flax seed for breakfast. Her favorite snack is peanut butter on whole wheat with flax seed and palm oil. She is a wood chewer and loves wood of any color, shape or form to chew on.  This also has helped alleviate any feather plucking issues all together. African Greys are highly intelligent and have the cognitive abilities of a four to five year old child. Congo African Greys can live up to 70 years of age in captivity with proper foods, toys and socialization.