My daughter with her stuffed animal toucans (all gifts) and toucan art from Minted.com.
We're renting a warehouse for the winter months up here in north Idaho for our birds - we usually keep them outside year round but that's not happening here in Idaho! It's not Florida weather anymore, that's for sure! We had looked into certain types of partially underground aviaries where the underground part of it stays one temperature all the time, while the above ground part lets in all the sunlight and air and such - and then the birds can choose which one they want to be in, and just fly down to escape the too cold temperatures. But, we only know of ONE person doing this successfully and we can't find him or anything online about how he did it. So, warehouse it is for now. Until we figure that one out. In the warehouse, there are three bedrooms downstairs along with a bathroom and makeshift kitchen area. I've set up the kitchen with a sink and refrigerator for all the fresh and frozen foods for the birds - along with an area to be able to clean dishes. I keep a metal bin full of extra dishes so that feeding goes smoothly each day.
Had to show that she actually has OTHER stuffed animals, too...
The first bedroom downstairs is Dave's office, the second is our daughter's playroom and the third is the bird room. The bird room has the thermostat, the air filter, the scale and weight/training charts, and of course, the birds and all their supplies (food, extra food, newspaper for changing cages, toys, perches, treats, trash can, and a door to outside). Their room is "unfinished" but we chose to put them in it because of the easy access to outside air on nice days, the thermostat and it being the largest of the rooms. The smallest room went to our daughter, Sydney, to act as a play room for her so that she can have fun, take naps, be entertained while her dad is working and I'm taking care of birds. It was kind of like designing a nursery all over again for me - but this one was just for play with the occasional nap!
Vintage mirror from a local antique store. Play pen from grandma, I mean... Amazon.com. Woven basket from grandma, I mean... Tuesday morning.
Dave surprised me one day and painted the entire room pink! At first, it was crazy on the eyes pink but after a few days it mellowed out quite a bit. All the painting was done long before the birds were ever brought into the warehouse in general. Here's how I kept the bird theme going for her playroom... It felt like with this pink paint, we could really do no wrong, as if everything worked because it was so awesomely pink.
Chair hammocks from the islands mounted on the wall with large hooks to hold her stuffed flock.
Color inspired by...
Our galah Bondi rocking out with her approval of the playroom color.
The room isn't totally done yet - I plan on mounting two candle mirror holders on each side of the toucan art print and then getting her some super pink glittery girly candles to put on there (just for looks)... and the rack holding her clothing was found at a consignment shop locally and is intended for quilts. But I thought it would be great for her clothes. I plan on painting it white with a crackle... some day, when grandma and grandpa take her for a few hours... (hint, hint)
Playing with a bird egg toy I got from my registry at Amazon.com. The more bird related toys the better! Oh, and look at that onesie from Cafepress.com!
Frame made by Wendy at BirdTricks.com, hook from a local antique shop, bibs are all gifts.
One of the only "non bird" walls... these are photos of my mom and I. I plan to do the same photoshoot with Sydney one day. And then all her head bands I use on a daily basis to dress her up... in bird colors! Haha.
Did I mention incorporating lots and lots of bird toys? Amazon, Etsy, Ebay... even her play mat is bird themed (Thanks to Daniel Kuykendall!)
Bird themed play mat, I believe available at Target (also a gift).
Playroom with bird pillows (all gifts).
Playroom door. (On the handle is a custom made Womach baby owl from our friend Connie!)
I would love to eventually get her more pink and gray and white colored bird pillows. I'm thinking with galahs playing on them or pink toucans. But we'll see what Christmas brings to incorporate! On the playpen are some bird themed blankets we received as gifts, hand made as well. Larger items you saw in her old Florida nursery (toucan rocker) and such, had to go upstairs with her crib (all toucan themed) as her playroom could only fit so many things! Hope you enjoyed and maybe got some ideas for your own playrooms!
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.