MickaBlog Blog from January, 2010

Cockatiel intake moratorium

Mickaboo has had to suspend intake of cockatiels, despite the high numbers of birds needing refuge. We have been taking in cockatiels at an unprecedented rate and we simply have no more foster homes available. As you may know, Mickaboo has no permanent facility. Incoming birds go into homes of our trained volunteers where they are cared for until a permanent adoptive home is found. We cannot take in birds for whom there is no foster home available. If this situation touches your heart, and if you are able and willing to help, here's what you need to do: take a free bird care class (the schedule and locations of our classes can be found here); fill out an application and bring it to the class with you (the application is here). We will contact you for a phone interview and a home visit after that.

Come join us. Help us remove the notice above. Give us the capacity to take in the birds that need our help and support.

Our Winter edition of Mickaboo's newsletter features useful information and news about the birds and events you help support.  Read about:
* The bird who inspired the founding of Mickaboo
* Some of our more unusual adoptions
* How to enter our "your bird does WHAT?" contest
* And MORE!
Please send suggestions, photos, ideas and comments to pr@mickaboo.org for consideration in our next quarterly newsletter!

Date: Sunday, January 31, 2010
Time: 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: For Other Living Things, 1261 South Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA  408-739-6785

Cost: $10 for one service for one bird; $15 for both services for one bird.
Appointments are strongly recommended and must be received by noon, Saturday, January 30.

Have your bird's nails trimmed and wings clipped for your bird's safety and your comfort of mind. To make an appointment, email the following information to pr@mickaboo.org:

  • How many birds of what species you will be bringing
  • Which services (nail trim, wing clip) you want for which bird
  • Any time slot preference.  We can do a maximum of two birds per 15 minute time slot.

(Example: "I will be bringing two African Greys.  One African Grey needs a wing trim; the second African Grey needs both nail and wing trims.  My first time preference is for 12:30 pm; my second time preference is for 3:15 pm.")

For the safety of all, please plan on bringing your bird(s) in a carrier or in a harness.
Payment will be accepted at the clinic in cash or check.

Belated Christmas gift

This heart-warming story is from our cockatiel coordinator:

It’s a few days late, as Christmas gifts go, but that is fine with me. Stephen the special-needs cockatiel has officially been adopted into a wonderful and loving home. He will be living with another flight-compromised Mickaboo alum, Sam, who was adopted a few months ago.

Stephen has suffered from one terrible hardship after another in the past year. A painful fat deposit on one of his wings took away his ability to fly and required a great deal of medical care. His mate Vanessa died of cancer. His flight-compromised mentor, Picabo, was adopted and Stephen was left alone. While he craved companionship, Stephen became agitated if housed with other tiels who could fly even a short distance on their playpen. When he tried to keep pace with his peers, he would fall to the floor very abruptly. To keep him from injuring himself Stephen had to be housed separately and this seemed to break his spirit. He spent most of his time binge-eating or clinging to the side of his cage, as close to other birds as he could get. His eating and subsequent weight gain required a very strict diet.

Stephen has been one of the most challenging and frustrating birds that I have worked with. He wasn’t challenging in the traditional sense; in fact, Stephen is happy by nature and easy to work with. The challenge was in the fact that we could not give him the type of companionship that he needed. Thanks to the generous hearts of his adopters, he is now in what looks like an ideal situation for both him and Sam. The two unflighted cage-mates will provide support and friendship for each other, and will receive plenty of human care and companionship. Stephen has a lot of determination and strength and he will be happy to share those with another bird who needs them. This is a great example of what Mickaboo does best.

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Click here to see more of the cockatiels in our foster flock. Happy New Year, everyone!