Hello! My name is Baby
January 2011 Bird of the Month
Baby Blue & Gold macaw
TGF ID 6436
So often relinquished animals are left in the hands of the humane organizations with no history of their lives prior to that moment in time. So it is with Baby a delightful female Blue and Gold Macaw. All we know of her history is that she lived with a woman for around 12 years. When the woman passed away Baby began her life with The Gabriel Foundation in February 2009.
We rely on social and veterinary histories to make the transition easier on the parrot. If we know the previous diet favorite toys vocalizations we can try to recreate the environment so that the bird is as comfortable as possible during the transition surrounded by familiar things. When we dont have a history we rely heavily on observation. Over the course of 2 years we have learned so much about Baby. We now know that while comfortable in the presence of other macaws she would favor human interaction over that of her feathered friends. She is animated. If we were to put a human definition to her actions we would consider her happy. While she is not fluent in human she has a joyous tone to her native tongue. She has a preference for women and appreciates a day in the large outside flight enjoying the sun and fresh air. Baby has clear communication for anyone who understands macaw body language. Even though she is fully feathered she is still reluctant to fly. When she came to us in February of 2009 she was severely plucked. Today all those bare areas are coved in gorgeous feathers.
Without being inside another individuals head can never know what they are thinking and how they are feeling. With keen observation of their daily activities and body language we can learn much. But observation takes time and we need to know during the transition between homes what can make the transition easier. Even if you are not considering re-homing your parrot please consider downloading a copy of our Client/Bird History at: http://www.thegabrielfoundation.org/documents/TGFClientBirdHistoryfeb2009.pdf. You can fill this out and have it accessible. That way in the event something happens to you the next caregiver of your bird will have a history and the tools to make the transition to a new home easier.
If youd like to help TGF provide for Baby and become her sponsor click here. http://www.thegabrielfoundation.org/sponsorship.html
If youre interested in learning more about TGFs Adoption process click here. http://www.thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption.html
Primary Color: Blue
Secondary Color: Gold
Age: 15yrs 0mths 0wks
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
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