Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Shown: Camelot Macaw "Tusa" & Military Macaw "Cash"
When I was in second grade, things were really rough for my parents and they had a hard time making ends meet. I only know this because they told me later in life, I had no idea at the time. When Christmas came around, I was so stoked to get presents. There was never a Christmas without presents for me. And I was an only child, so that was a big deal! However, I found out later my parents had to actually re-wrap toys I already had just to make the holiday special for me. I didn't know the difference, and was just excited to unwrap something (okay, and obviously I'm a natural blonde, maybe this trick wouldn't work for brunette or red head kids) but the point is... I never knew when my parents were struggling financially, or when they were doing just fine. Nothing changed for me - that I noticed.
So whether the economy sucks, you lost your job or things are just plain tight for whatever reason... your birds never need to know you're broke. It's better they have no idea.
My friend Patty has been staying at my home in Orlando with her birds and everytime we come home for a while, she makes us right at home. She feeds my birds fresh foods, and treats them like her own. It's very welcoming.
This last time we came home though, she had come up with a brilliant thought!
Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Aviaries by Cages by Design with pink cockatoos, an African grey & various macaws
We have huge palm trees in our back yard (pictured above) and the lawn guy is always having to trim the trees and pull the low palms down. They usually gather against the fence for a day or two before he can pack them up and haul them away. Well, Patty came up with the idea of putting them in the bird aviaries to act as perches, play stands and a shreddable toy. They serve so many purposes, it's hard to name them all! But I thought it was brilliant and luckily my birds agreed with me.
I know a lot of bird owners that live in Florida that can take advantage of their palms too. I also take advantage of the pine cones across the street, and, and, and! Look around, I'm sure you'll realize there's a gem like this nearby and free!
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.