Max Brood

Max, Pops, & Squeaks

Max House

Max (m. rec. 1/5/17 @ 1 yr) and his girls have their own doll house. All the girls love Max. He was our biggest helper until his wing got broken (12/7/18). Now he doesn't fly so well to be raising doves, nursing an ailing duck, or teaching the other birds how to use the aviary and hen house. Squeaks on the end is his girlfriend and her sister Pops (both f. rec. 12/4/17 @ 8 months) is his second. They aren't hand-tamed, but to please Max, Squeaks will share a shoulder with him and even let a person get close.

Norra, & Alice (inset)

Norra & Alice

Alice (former breeder) and Norra (f. rec. 10/24/18 @ 6 and 1 yr from Norris) never stray far from the hen house mirrors and don't fly well in the aviary. They also love to watch PBS Kids. Norra is closest to the door. She is willing to chat, but not be handled. Alice is in the background where she likes to be. The slightest provocation and she spreads her wings in defense. She is the likely mother of the other females. We do not know Max's heritage.

Budgies & Conures

Budgies in Hen House


A flock of budgies (5 m. 11 f. rec. 1/10/19) is like a swarm of buzzing flies to the big birds. For their own safety, we had to isolate them from the other parrots. They now occupy the back half of the hen house and have their own 8x12x24 aviary. Whenever the weather is nice, they all go out to play.

Budgies will also nest in the slightest groove, so their access to things like cholla is limited. They tried nesting in their food dishes, and their food fights with conures led to a fire infestation. Now they have outside feeders, so they have nowhere left to lay their eggs and all their food waste is outside.

We provide fake cockatiel or chicken eggs for all the parrot hens where there are places that can be used for nesting. We tried the week-long light cycle trick with the budgies. They don't lay as much, but they still lay. Reproduction is forbidden here. Parrot eggs are very rare and immediately disposed of.



Conures are adorable. They are hyper, very social, and non-stop chatter. Billie (m. rec. 9/3/18, owner death--Scott) is a sweet, mild mannered darling. He won't chase you down, but he is eager for a head scratch.

He has paired up with Manguito (m. rec. 7/29/18, 7 yrs., owner health--Jon W.; fostered 8/26/19, Nate V.), a Sun conure. Sun conures like to bomb anything they perceive as a threat. Bigger birds get terrorized and cornered. The conures do bully the budgies out of their way, and the budgies return the favor by throwing the conure's food on the floor.


Manguito wanted everyone's attention, only bombing one of the dogs. Once introduced to the aviary, he didn't want to come back inside. Then he paired with Billie and started bombing the larger birds. His hormones got the best of him, he became a safeety risk for himself and others. He needed one-on-one, so he had to go into our foster program.



Twinkie is an Indian ringneck (f. rec. 8/9/19; b. 1/24/16, Corrinne A.) who got to attached to mom and took over a substantial part of their home. She came here to hopefully develop more healthy bird relationships. She was understandably clipped at home to reduce her effect as a threat. It also leaves her vulnerable to threats.

She's a tad on the anxious and shy side. There are some places here you really don't want to be fluttering without control! In the house if you come anywhere near Pebbles, you also need to get out of her way before she can reach you. This got Twinkie bumped out to the hen house earlier than planned.

Lucky for Twinkie, the cockatiels are a particularly friendly and welcoming lot. She seems to have taken to Alice and Pops. Conures are more of a challenge, but Billie alone is pretty easy going. Twinkie loves peanuts, gala apples, and Zupreem fruit blend. Fresh gala chunks go in nearly every food dish every day. About half the dishes are Zupreem or mixed with it---even the outdoor feeders.




If you know a cockatoo, you know they are very attention demanding. Their demand for 80 years of reliable individual attention is why we have a foster program to hook them up with veterans. Peaches (f. rec 8/29/17, b. 2013, financial instability--Ginger) is lucky. This was her fourth home by the age of four. Assuming she doesn't fall in love with a potential foster, she goes no further.

Peaches Nest

Peaches is a squeazable and playful kid--just don't get her too worked up or leave her hanging. She thinks the cockatiels are her babies, doesn't like African greys, and is otherwise tolerant of the other birds.

Nests like this pot bellied stove are allowed for those who aren't potentially mating. Each area has a variety of food dishes including a foraging dish as seen here. On the edge is (seeing) Imax a couple days before he succumbed to old age.

Peaches and Pauliebird love anyone who will give them attention. Kids are the most fun. Both are flighted but don't fly well.



Pebbles (f. mutilator rec 12/6/17, b. 1985--Debbie S.) has scoliosis and has broken most of the bones in her body. She doesn't perch well, and doesn't like little birds buzzing her. She is closely supervised for her and everyone else's good. She likely started mutilating when her original owner's health began to fail ~2007. She spent about two years in foster homes before arriving here in 2017. She wears layers of padding and leather either in the form of vests or collars, but always with pink.


Pebbles runs at a hobble, especially when she sees Chef Boyardee. She loves gala apples, salad, cherries, peanuts, pizza, ravioli, spaghetti.... Everyone here has species-appropriate Zupreem fruit blend kibble, Encore and Kaytee seed mixes, plus special diets like almonds, walnuts, and safflower seeds.

Pebbles' perfect day is in daddy's lap. She loves watching the bustle of company and a gentle pet, just don't expect more.



Goffins are also from the Moluccan Islands, their habitat destroyed driving them to the critical list in 1992. Both species hate baths because their feathers absorb and they are made vulnerable. Both are tool makers and puzzle solvers.

Pauliebird (m. rec 11/25/16, b. Jan. 8, 2000, owner health--Dee M.) is one of our pluckers. He came from a loving home and stressed when mom broke her hip. If he thinks no one is listening, he is a chatterbox with a toothbrush fettish. He is still a momma's boy and will woo any lady he can.

Pauliebird starts his day in a bedroom, migrates to a perch in the dining room, then to the AZ room, and finally to the living room for a pasta dinner. He snubs his nose if it isn't pasta.... But we don't spoil the kids.



The Americans


Angel (m. rec 11/16/16, b. ~1996--Lonnie H.) is a white crowned pionus. Ornery like all the Americans, he is also very sweet and the quietest bird here. His loudest sound is a buzz. His nickname is squeaky toy because that is what he usually sounds like when you can hear him. He and the conures are presently the only American residents.


Jewel (f. rec. 5/1/13, b. 1996), our mascot, is owned by the caretaker. Jewel loves gadgets, bells, and mirrors and is indulged accordingly. She lives here and is buddies with Angel, but is not technically a sanctuary resident.

Dexter (m. biter, rec 12/2/17, b. 2010--Debbie S.) the severe macaw and Fiona the German Shepherd you occasionally see are also not residents. The two mini-macawsare ceaselessly entertaining comics, but one-person biting and plucking birds.


Dexter loves balls, chewing on textiles (cloth), and terrorizing. His faces and gestures are funny and he is having fun, but at someone's expense. He will go out of his way to take a chunk, so stay far away!

The Mammals


Cowboy (m. rec 8.19.16, b. ~2006--Michael B.) and his late sister were two of the sanctuary's first surrenders. He has no house manners, so he lives in the pool yard with the tortoises. We do not ordinarily take dogs or farm animals, but we knew all these when they needed a home.

Fiona (b. 2017--Norma C.) is a rowdy but bird-loving German shepherd. Like the macaws, she is privately owned and not currently an official resident. She comes with the 1.55 acre property as estate bequeathed to the sanctuary.


Poor Blaze (b. 2009--Melissa then Christie) has survived two herds. His first herd were elderly: another Boer goat named Unicorn and a quarter horse named Rocket. When they passed, he moved next door to be with Suzie and her mom Bebe (nubians). The family moved passing their ducks and goats over here. The nubians succumbed to copper poisoning at the start of the 2019 summer.

Blaze needs new friends, but is himself now elderly and prone to congestive heart failure. He's a good goat, except when he's nipping the heads off my sapplings. He doesn't break the trees or get into mischief. Aside from more fresh growth than he knows what to do with, he also gets hay in the morning and sweet feed in the evening.


Grumpy & Company

This is our sexually aggressive trio of ducks (3 m. rec 5/23/17) in Duck Pen 2, where the main aviary expansion was annexed from. The females and misfits like Blind Joe (3 m. 3 f. rec. 9/16 and 11/22/16--Christie R.) are in Duck Pen 1, where the budgie aviary was annexed from. Each pen has a play pool rinsed out weekly. The ducks get Egg Maker Crumble in the morning, Alpo small chunks and scraps from the parrots in the evening.


Ms. Henrietta Turtle (f. rec 7/4/16--Ashley C.) was the first full time resident of the aviary. The pond and fountain with its filtration and gazebo were installed especially with her and parrot enrichment in mind. The parrots love watching her and playing in the fountain.

Sulcata Tortoises


(2 m. rec 1/16/17, ~2yrs) Clyde is the larger who has compelled Nigel to find a separate burrow, ironically in the tortoise house originally built for the task. They live in the pool yard but the pool is closed in by a fence with a solid barrier up to a foot. They eat fresh grass and garden growth. They can easily live another 200 years and get up to 150 lbs each

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