Vet Trip - Spaz and Sweety

Just a quicky post from last nights' vet quest.
Road Trip!
Elise making friends.
Fun Fact: Nicole Speaks Quaker
Back home with Dad to foster

Compassionate Conure

When I cry, Mikey, my BCC will stop being silly wherever he is nearby, march over to me, and stick his beak in my face for kisses. He will be calm and loving instead of being his usual trouble-making goofball self.

He's done this repeatedly. He has walked over my husband (of which he was afraid of at the time) to get to me once for a kissy.

The love and compassion he has for me is one of the many reasons why we should be motivated to give them all equal love and compassion.

Justice & Equality Linked to Logic

Brain studies find that concern for justice and equality is linked to logic, not emotion.
By Lisa Wade, PhD
A new study finds that people with high “justice sensitivity” are using logic, not emotions.  Subjects were put in a fMRI machine, one that measures ongoing brain activity and shown videos of people acting kindly or cruelly toward a homeless person.
Some respondents reacted more strongly than others — hence the high versus low justice sensitivity — and an analysis of the high sensitivity individuals’ brain activity showed that they were processing the images in the parts of the brain where logic and rationality live.   “Individuals who are sensitive to justice and fairness do not seem to be emotionally driven,” explained one of the scientists, “Rather, they are cognitively driven.”
Activists aren’t angry, they reasonably object to unjust circumstances that they understand all too well.
Image borrowed from Jamie Keiles at Teenagerie, who is a high sensitivity individual.
Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bird News | Therapy Duck!

This War Vet’s 14 Therapy Ducks Provide Great Comfort, But Learn Why He May Have to Give Them Up HERE!

Discouraging Breeding Behavior In Pet Birds

by Hilary S. Stern, DVM
General Information
In the wild, female parrots will not lay eggs unless they have a mate and a suitable nesting site. In captivity, however, some parrots will lay eggs or even have repeated clutches of eggs despite the absence of a mate. Egg production is stressful for birds; it depletes their nutritional stores, and predisposes them to malnutrition, osteoporosis, and life-threatening illnesses. In situations where birds are being intentionally bred, these risks are an inherent part of the breeding process. For pet birds that are not being bred, however, egg laying can pose serious health risks without the benefit of producing chicks.
Some birds have problems from the very first time they try to lay eggs. Other birds can lay for years before they run into difficulties. In either situation, however, reproductive problems can lead to egg-binding, oviductal prolapse, peritonitis, and death.
Unlike with cats and dogs, it is not a simple procedure to spay a bird. For many birds, the most effective way to stop egg laying is through environmental and behavioral changes. Some birds may also require medical intervention.
10 things you can do at home to stop your bird from laying eggs:
  1. Put your bird to bed early, by 5 or 6:00 p.m. 
  2. Keep your bird away from dark, enclosed spaces. 
  3. Keep your bird away from other birds to which she is bonded. 
  4. Discourage breeding behavior in your bird. 
  5. Remove your bird’s “love-toys”. 
  6. Rearrange the cage interior and change the cage location. 
  7. Give your bird optimal nutrition and provide full spectrum light. 
  8. Avoid removing the eggs which your bird has already laid. 
  9. Ask your veterinarian about hormone injections. 
  10. When in doubt, ask your avian veterinarian. 
For the full detailed list, visit [FOR THE BIRDS DMV]

The Sad Story of Pirate Budgie

Say hello to how CRUEL people can be.

A man called me yesterday, very heart broken - said his neighbor gave him these birds living in filth. "Looked like the cage hadn't been cleaned in 2 years". No pic. He logically just wanted to get them out of there.
This neighbor knew he loved budgies since he had 3.
He didn't want to get his sick (I don't blame him), and didn't know what to do, he got my number from Backos Bird Clinic, where they're located now.
As you can see, this baby's eye is severely abscessed. Filth + eyeballs = infection. They're likely going to have to remove the eye.

Here's the time where I beg for donations to help pay for his surgery.

If you are broke, please SHARE!

If you have the means, you can donate via PAYPAL:,
SHOP for bird decals I designed/make:
Or DIRECT TO VET via Backos Bird Clinic under No Feather Left Behind's account: (954) 427-0777

Because of your consideration, we can keep treating these babies and find them good homes. THANK YOU.

In an effort to get Pirate Budgie over to Dr. K's ASAP, my husband transported him while I'm at work. He talked to him on the way over and gave him millet. His heart bled for him and he even

wanted to adopt him, but Dr. Kelleher has dibs.
I'm going to stop by after work and check up on things. Prayers for Pirate Budgie. Sometimes birds in his condition don't make it, but I know they'll try their best.  --  Jen

Update: Pirate budgie passed away when I went to go visit him at Broward Avian & Exotic.
They x-rayed him and he had severe pneumonia, low bone-density, enlarged liver. They even tried to resuscitate him, but his lungs were so full of infection… 
 His wife has gastric yeast infection they’re currently treating.

Pirate budgie was neglected to death, but he had 4 days of warmth, clean air, and treatment. He was loved in his last days… 
If you see a bird not being treated well, the sooner you address the owners, the better. 

Busy Bird Week

Budgie Trio Adopted!
Sweet-peep Afrah adopted the gothatiels, Jack & Sally from us. Her Uncle & Aunt fell for their cuteness whilst visiting, and thus adopted Clover, Chilli, and Pepper.

Lola has been Rehabbed and Adopted!
The super sweet family patiently waited for her to get the green light from the vet. She fluttered right over and demanded scritches. I miss her, but now there's room for another foster friend. 

First day working on the Parrot Children's book!
I'm working with Karen of The Little Blue Dog to develop a new parrot-centered children's book.
She wrote the story, I'm doing the Illustrations. 

Good Omens
 Saw a rainbow on my 50 mile trek back home.

 A quicky photoshop for a friend of St. Francis with budgies. 
In memory of her fids over the Rainbow Bridge.

Rescues helping rescues. I worked up a flyer for Karen  & Get a Life Pet Rescue's event next month!