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SAVING THE WORLD - ONE PARROT AT A TIME!
We have 8 parrots in the rescue, and 4 are permanent residents!We have 3 Grey Cockatiels and 1 Lutino available for adoption.
Why Adopt A Parrot??
1. There are too many birds that need good homes.
2. Rescued Parrots have been assessed for behavior, temperament, physical health and dietary needs.
3. Parrots can be Loving, Fun and Educational.
4. Adopting from a Rescue means always having information resources.
Do you have a Parrot or other bird that you feel you can no longer take care of? Many information sources are available to help you. Sometimes simply learning a few bird facts, and understanding bird behavior can help. If you feel that there is no hope, we offer either a Sanctuary(safe place for the bird)or Re-Homing (We find a new family for your bird.) Please also fill out the Intake Form .
We now offer Bird Boarding too! A vacation for you AND your bird. We are not a 501(c)3 non profit, do to our small size, but make absolutely no profit from our birds.
If you're interested in adopting, you should start by filling out an Adoption Application.
You can print this and mail it by USPS, or use your computer and email it.
Our # 1 priority is the birds we are caring for.
There is a great deal of time, money,food, Veterinary care, cages and toys, that go into the rehabilitation of many of our birds. While we are not-for-profit, we are not going to give away parrots. This is how we manage to pay for the care and upkeep of the birds now in the shelter. To do this would be to let down the birds that we are currently caring for and eventually, will cause us to shut our doors as there will be NO money left to care for any of the birds. If you are looking for a free bird, please look elsewhere as birds are not free nor are they inexpensive to keep as companions.
Our fees are NOT listed on our web site because each bird's fee is based upon the costs we have incurred. Please do NOT call and ask the prices of our birds. Our process tries to match the bird with you and not to try to place a bird based upon it's adoption fee.
Send your application to:
South East Iowa Parrot Rescue
3554 270th. Avenue
Keokuk, IA 52632
or email it to: KeokukBirds@MSN.com
You'll also need to schedule a visit to us. We're located in the Southeastern corner of Iowa. We'll be happy to send directions Also, we cannot promise that there will be a bird for you right away. The purpose of the interviews is to see if you're right for a bird. Remember, all of our birds lived somewhere else before, and may need special people to live with. When you make an appointment, please try to be on time. I plan my schedule around visits.
We'll try to let you know if a bird that fits your situation comes in, but you'll want to occasionally check to see what new birds have arrived.Available Birds,
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News From the Bird World:
Do you provide your bird with enough to do? Is the cage big enough for your bird to be active? Do you let your bird out of its cage to exercise and play? These are all questions to be considered in this New Year. Parrots – like all animals, including people. Ned exercise and relaxation time. Remember, birds are intelligent creatures. They are curious, and will interact with each other and their humans. (You don’t honestly think that YOU own the Bird do you?) Providing you parrot with proper exercise, toys and mental stimulation will provide you FID (feathered kid) with good health, mental stimulation and a healthier, longer lived life. You have to arrange for the items needed to imitate what a bird would have in the wild. Toys, interaction with people and other birds, Foraging materials, challenging environments can all help your cause. Providing these things can often be easy and cheap. Stick a toilet paper or paper towel tube in the cage bars. Paper cups(not wax lined or Styrofoam) are great toys. Put in a few bird treats, wrap in newspaper and VOILA! A foraging, chewing, tasty treat with a surprise inside! What toddler doesn’t like that? Ask your local lumber yard for scraps of untreated hardwood. Drill a hole in it, hang from a vegetable tanned leather string, real cotton rope, or zinc free chain and again you have a cheap easy to make toy. Wood can be dyed with Vegetable based dyes that are bird safe. Do not use Kool ade - the sugar in it can cause bacterial growth. Not easy enough? Okay, put newspapers in the cage – no color ads just black and white news sheets. Trust me. Birds will search and destroy. You get to clean it up! Fun for everybody.
Retail bird toys include blocks of wood with unshelled nuts or seed treat sticks inside, wooden blocks with rope and leather knots strung through them, wooden ladders and barbells, natural ropes and branches, zinc and lead-free chains, swings with wooden beads, nylon or acrylic keys or rings, hanging toys with zinc-free and lead-free bells, shapes made out of plain or vegetable-dyed soft woods or pieces of hide and leather strung on rope.
More complex toys include a mix of branches, rope, wooden beads and blocks, hide, leather, parrot cookies, pieces of cholla and manzanita wood and chains. These provide your parrot with decision-making opportunities and hours of mental and physical stimulation as she figures out how to take her toy apart.
To avoid tragedies such as lead or zinc poisoning, cut tongues, beak or foot injuries, strangulation or infection, toys must have lead-free and zinc-free links to attach them to the cage. Check your bird's toys frequently and remove them from her cage if cotton rope is frayed or sagging. If your bird has made holes that could trap a foot, beak or neck, or if the toy is covered with food residue or droppings, discard or clean the toys immediately.
Toys should be selected according to the size of the bird to avoid injuries caused by toy parts that are too large or too small. Avoid toys made with loose-linked chains, jingle bells, and metal parts that are not lead-free or zinc-free, such as bells with lead clappers; weighted toys containing lead, locks, nuts and bolts that may contain zinc or other heavy metals; eye screws that can be swallowed or caught in the mouth; and objects made from brittle plastic that can easily be broken into sharp-edges.
Naturally, if your bird shows no interest in a toy, or clearly dislikes it, take it away.
There are many interactive games people can play with their pet birds. Playing these games encourages trust, strengthens parrot/human communication, helps your bird release energy in a non-destructive way and gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with your little feathered bundle of energy.
The Blinking Game: First establish eye contact, then close your eyes and the bird will copy you. Birds will generally blink whenever their human playmate does and sometimes will do it first to initiate play.
Peek-A-Boo: When a person leaves the room, a bird will normally stretch its neck to see where he went. To play, peek around the door so your bird sees you again. This game is also fun as an out-of-cage activity. Place a towel or light cage cover over your head. Your bird may burrow under it or pull it off entirely. Or place a cover over your bird and reward her with a cuddle or head scratch when she peeks out.
Yoo-Hoo: This game is fun when you are somewhere else in the house. Teach your bird to cry 'yoo-hoo' or 'hi there,' and you whistle or call back. This can also help teach your bird to whistle or speak, rather than scream, when she wants attention.
Drop-and-Pick-Up: Much like toddlers, birds love to repeatedly drop a toy and watch you retrieve it.
Tug-O-War: Take a towel and allow your bird to grab an end and pull while you gently pull on the other end. Allow your pet to win a few times so she doesn't develop aggressive behavior. If you have a shy bird, the odds of winning should be in her favor.
Upside-Down Game: Some birds enjoy hanging upside-down from the top of the cage or from a perch, often while holding an object such as a wooden barbell in its mouth. Your bird may become so expert she can hang upside-down from your finger while twisting her body around. Reward this fine trick with high praise, a good neck and head scratch or a piece of fruit.
Games are most successful if they are designed according to your bird's personality and favorite solo activities. Your bird may graduate from simple games to more complex tricks such as shaking hands, playing basketball, riding toys and playing dead. Parrots can also become great talkers and wonderful dancing and singing partners. Some like jazz or golden oldies music while others prefer Viennese waltzes or a bit of Mozart.
Obviously, it takes time, understanding and patience for birds and humans to learn to play together successfully. Take the time to observe your bird's individual behavior and learn the essentials of training and handling. This effort will result in hours of fun and laughs for both you and your bird.
A few things to be aware of:
1. We seldom place birds with smokers.
2. We never ship birds anywhere.
3. We never place a bird with someone we haven't met, interviewed, and visited with, either here, or in their home.
4. We only place large birds in a home with previous bird experience.
5. If you adopt from us, you will sign a contract.
6. We DO charge an adoption fee. All Birds come with some food, and toys appropriate for the bird's size.
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