Here at Feathered Friends we are constantly putting your donations to work improving the habitats for our resident flock. In 2008 we added Edstrom Automatic Watering to some of the flights, providing a closed system with drinking valves that most of the birds quickly adapted to.
Summer heat in Georgia is always a concern. Although many of these are considered "tropical birds" remember that they live in and under the tree canopy where they are in the cooler shade. To duplicate this environment, we install sunshield which lets some light in but blocks most of it. All flights are being updated with with metal roofing panels so the birds can select the amount of light and rain they want to play in.
We are installing Misting Systems like those used in the supermarket produce section to provide a cooling water curtain on hot days. The birds really love those! We found that Misty Mate 30 nozzle systems work the best, so if you're looking for a gift to send to your favorite bird at the Rescue, those would be a great idea.
We found a new type of feeder that limits waste and keeps food dry during rain storms. These hold enough food for a couple days, so there is more time to give the birds special treats like fruits and veggies. We are trying to come up with a system to provide fruit but eliminate bees and flys. Any ideas would be appreciated!
The conures are really enjoying their new habitat which was featured in the Newsletter. Having a waterfall and large water supply gives them more enrichment on a daily basis. These fountains were purchased at Lowes but the "Scronge" cleaned out the local inventory. If you find one, you are welcome to donate it to the birds of your choice, although the cockatoos and macaws would need a concrete version. We also need a few aquarium heaters to keep the water warm during winter months.
Some of the original flights are being upgraded. Those of you who have been around Feathered Friends for a few years understand that Ron had to build what he could, by himself, with what materials were available. Now with more help and some new ideas, the old will be replaced with new. For example, the conures from this first flight behind the building moved to their new home and this structure will be removed.
A new and much larger habitat will be constructed to house either cockatoos or macaws. We want to base this on a unique carport design that looks like barn, so we need that structure and about 10 rolls of cyclone fencing. Dear Santa..... !
Many of the other habitats have been improved and we are working every week to help our residents live happy and healthy lives. Tarps are being replaced by metal roofing and polycarbonate sides for weather protection. New feeders and drinking water systems will eventually be in all the flights. We want to make the misting systems automatic, but need an expert to provide the necessary solenoids, temperature switch and solar panels.
Pictures of the newly enclosed flights will be added here shortly.