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My name is Tinker!

Macaw for adoption in Elizabeth, Colorado - Tinker
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The Gabriel Foundation

Facts about Tinker

  • Breed: Macaw
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Senior
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 6188
Jessica (who has been with us for 5 years), Melissa and Kailey, all at the aviary, but sometimes float at TBB, and Ally, Kris and Amanda at the Denver location will be the ones that work with you. If I could make a wish for macaws to find a home, it's not easy to select and praise one over the other, because so many will benefit by a home. We have two sister, 15 year old Severe macaws, named Tinker and Tyler, that came to TGF when they were under one year old from the breeder/pet store along with 11 other young birds. They were bred in CO and the original breeder is still producing birds. They've had only one home, for 10 years, in their lives besides TGF. They've always been together, and they do need to be adopted together. Their adopter lived in TX, and she drove to CO to drive them back to TX, and for most of the decade they were in TX, their adopter and her mother took wonderful care of them. We don't know what happened, but the mother contacted us, because her daughter could no longer provide for the birds and neither could the mom. It took over 6 months for us to get a volunteer to bring them to us. One of our long time volunteers who lives in TX picked them up and drove them to CO. The girls are full of personality and they share a cage. They like to mumble, play peekaboo, hang out, watch the other birds, are not other-bird aggressive, and enjoy watching activity going on around them. One of the girls, Tinker, was severely feather picked when she returned, and her sister is fully feathered. Tyler has regrown some of her plumage, and it's very possible that more feathers will grow because not all of the feather follicles are damaged. She obviously has some bare areas on her body. This has nothing to do with her overall health, personality, appetite or behavior. If one could say that birds have a sense of humor (and back it up with behavioral examples) that would be these two sisters. They like to open the cage's upper feeder doors, and go in and out of them. They are good about stepping up, and most likely could be worked with to train to wear a harness as long as nothing is forced on them. They like pretty much ANY food, so using treats is a wonderful reinforcer for them. And if you are able to make an outdoor aviary so that they can be outside some of the time in good weather, they are used to that as their former home had a large, enclosed front patio where the girls spent much of their time.

Primary Color: Green
Secondary Color: Red
Weight: 0.478
Age: 15yrs 11mths 1wks
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About The Gabriel Foundation

Our Adoption Process...

The Gabriel Foundation Parrot Adoption Information

We’re delighted you are interested in the birds and programs of The Gabriel Foundation. We have so many wonderful birds in our adoption program just waiting for their forever home! You’ve taken the first step toward adding a feathered friend to your family.

What is the adoption process?
We ask that all adopters begin the process by taking a tour of the Aviary in Elizabeth where the majority of our birds are housed. This will allow you to see a variety of species of birds, see enrichments and housing options and get an idea how the birds are fed and cared for on a daily basis. We will also ask that you fill out an Adoption Application. We use this valuable tool to help us find a bird that fits with your personality, lifestyle, experience and expectations. There is a required class called Beyond Birdie Basics, which is offered every month as an online class through a Yahoo group. We also offer the Mini Birdie Basics class for those interested in the smaller species of parrots such as Cockatiels, Lovebirds and Budgies. Once you have chosen the bird (or birds) that you wish to take into your family, we will do a home visit to help you get everything ready for your new feathered companion.

What if I already have birds in my home?
Great! You have some idea what you are getting yourself into! Every bird that comes into The Gabriel Foundation is screened for viruses and general health. We require birds in the home of the potential adopter to meet those same standards – for the health and safety of our birds as well as theirs. The medical requirements have been set up by our Medical Director, Dr. Noel. A copy of those requirements will be provided.

What are the fees involved in adoption from The Gabriel Foundation?
There is a $75 ($45 for smaller birds) application fee. This fee covers a one year membership to The Gabriel Foundation (or one year extension if you are already a member – value $25), the Beyond Birdie Basics class (value $15), an educational DVD called “Captive Foraging” (value $25) and a book called “A Parrot for Life” (value $20). Regardless of whether you choose to continue with the adoption process or not, these educational materials will be extremely helpful when you do bring a new bird into your home.

The adoption fees vary from bird to bird. The adoption fees range from $50 for the smaller species of parrots up to $850 for the larger Cockatoos and Macaws. Once you have chosen a specific bird (or birds) we can give you an exact fee. In general, you can expect to pay an adoption fee that is approximately 50% of what you would pay from a private party or retail operation.

How long does the adoption take to complete?
Generally, depending on how quickly you “connect” with a bird, you can expect the adoption process to take between 6-10 weeks for the bird to come to your home. There is a 90 day probationary adoption period initially during which time you will be asked to send regular reports to us on how the adjustment is going. At the end of the 90 days, assuming all is going well and you wish to make the bird a permanent member of your household, permanent adoption paperwork will be sent for you to complete.

It seems like The Gabriel Foundation makes the adoption process very difficult! Why is this?
The combined years of experience we all bring to The Gabriel Foundation ranging from veterinary medicine, aviculture, companion parrot care and parrot welfare has helped develop a protocol that sets the birds up for the best chance of success. It is not our intent to frustrate anyone or make it impossible to add a bird to your family. We take the responsibility for each bird in our care very seriously and we want them to be successful in their new home. We take time to make sure the new family has all the tools needed for long term success. We are invested in the lifetime of each bird that comes through The Gabriel Foundation and we appreciate that you are taking the time to commit to that same level of care.


A downloadable Adoption Application is available on our website www.thegabrielfoundation.org