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Our latest addition to the flock is also the oldest bird in the flock, and that's Gizmo, our TAG. Giz is in his third and I hope, final home. He's 32 years old, and has lived here for the past 2 years. He has learned new words since he's been here, he loves to whistle and makes up his own songs, and he surprises me nearly daily with a new noise, word, or action. When I got Gizmo, the rescue place told me he ate seeds, bananas, and grapes, and that he did not like any new toys. Since I've had him and moved him to a larger, more comfortable cage, he has tried every single food I've put in his dish, he has played with countless new toys, and has not shown any fear either of food or toys! He still gets some seed, but his diet now is mostly fresh foods, some pellets, and some seed/nut mix.
Sky; Did you encounter any problems when you introduced the birds to your existing flock?
Mom Arlene: I haven't really had problems with the birds; it's more training the dogs that I've concentrated on. I don't let Giz out with the smaller birds, as some of the folks on BC told me that bigger birds sometimes get aggressive with smaller ones. He does get his time out of cage daily, though, as do Falco and Willie. The doves don't care if they're in or out of the cage, they have each other.
SKY: Please tell us one or more things you feel are important to share with other bird owners? Mom Arlene; My most important message to other bird folks is to make sure you have time to spend with all of your birds. They need you and depend on your company. Also, before adding a new bird, do your homework! Know the needs of any new bird you decide to buy, adopt, or rehome.
SKY; Thank you so much Mom Arlene, Falco, Gizmo and Willie for sharing with us about your flockily.
I have included contact information for the Wildlife Rehab Center for those interested in learning more, or making a donation. SKY; Tell us a few things about the center? Mom Arlene; This is kind of disjointed, but about 95% of the native species that we take at the center are there because of some run in with humans: people cutting trees or brush, then noticing the nests of squirrels, people running over bunny nests with their lawn mowers, and so on. Also, when people release doves at events, keep in mind that they are native to Asia, not here, so when the lucky ones find their way to the rehabilitation center, they are emaciated and dehydrated because they don't recognize food sources in the wild backyards they pass over. if anyone feels like donating, the name is Animal Rescue League Wildlife Center, and the address is 6000 Verona Road, Verona PA 15147. You can also donate online at The main job of the rehab center is to rehabilitate and release native PA animals. Our release rate is around 65%, which is double the national average, so your donation can do some real good.
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