Your commitment to the welfare of your parrot for the rest of its life is admirable and so important considering their potential life span! At the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary we understand both the challenges of exotic bird ownership and the difficult decision to place your bird(s) in a sanctuary setting.
We believe that there is no better forever home than the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary (FEBS) anywhere in the country. Whether birds arrive as immediate surrenders or retirees, we endeavor to fulfill their needs as every bird is unique and their individual experience matters to us.
Our sanctuary facility is run by a dedicated and experienced staff and volunteers who work directly with our resident birds every day. Our founder and CEO, Patricia Norton, is a parrot expert that has devoted over 30 years of her life to establishing a parrot sanctuary that meets her discerning vision of “sanctuary life reimagined.” Quite simply, Patricia cares for each of our birds as if they were her own.
Our sanctuary veterinarian, Dr. Joel Murphy (owner of the Animal and Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor), is a board certified avian specialist and provides a level of oversight and avian expertise that can be matched by few other rescue organizations.
FEBS provides our residents with a free-flight environment, a high-quality diet, enrichment with a highly qualified staff, and interaction in a flock of their own species. This ensures your bird(s) will have a forever home at our sanctuary, never to be sold, bred, adopted or re-homed. This program has been very successful and gives you, the parront, the opportunity to visit your bird(s) for years to come.
Placement in Parrotdise Sponsorship Pricing
Placement in our unique environment is only possible through a sponsorship donation program whereas, you the parront, sponsor your bird to cover the cost of an optimum sanctuary environment, thus guaranteeing your bird will have a forever home at our sanctuary, never to be sold, bred, adopted or re-homed. This program has been very successful and gives you, the parront, the opportunity to visit your birds for years to come.
The Florida Exotic Bird goes through the very closely monitored acclimation process for each parrot placed in our care. Requirements for placing a bird with us include:
1. Sanctuary Tour
Scheduling a tour of our sanctuary (if possible), without your bird(s), after your initial contact. We want the opportunity to talk to you about your bird and answer your questions.
2. Bird Cage and Food
For optimum acclimation, we will ask you to surrender your bird’s cage, one or more bags of the food your bird is currently eating, and any other bird-related items that you may have.
3. Bio on Your Bird
We ask that you provide a Bio on your bird, including likes, dislikes, vet records, things your bird says, behaviors that we should know about, etc. Important information includes age, sex and a DNA record if available.
4. Routine Avian Exam and Testing
Your bird must have been to an Avian Vet in the last 6 months and you must provide results for the following:
- - Complete Blood Cell Count: Check for anemia, infection and blood parasites
- - Biochemical Profile and Bile Acids: Screen of internal organs for disease (i.e. kidney disease, liver disease, calcium deficiency, etc.)
- - Phase Microscope Analysis: A live blood to check for infection and blood parasites
- - Nail Trim and Beak Trim (if necessary)
- - For Lories, an additional Bacterial and Fungal Culture is required
If this has not been done you can either do so before your bird comes to us, or you can pay an additional $200.00 for our vet to do so before your bird is placed along with the other birds.
All birds that are severely feather plucked or thin will need additional testing. These tests must be performed within 48 hours upon arrival.
Any birds requiring testing will be placed in our quarantine room until results come back (usually 24 hours later) or proof of the above test results from your Avian Vet having been performed within the prior year of placement in our Facility.
5. FEBS Blog Subscription
We will ask you to subscribe to our blog (which is free) so that you can receive updates and news regarding the sanctuary.
6. Carrier/ Travel Cage
You must provide a folding, metal carrier or travel cage for each bird in case of need for evacuation. The cage must include a food and water dish and a perch.
In the hundreds of intakes that we have done over the years, we see the same reaction time and time again. We allow you to watch the bird(s) being set up in their own cages and immediately start vocalizing to the other birds, eating and drinking and moving around their cage normally. We additionally monitor the birds in our acclimation room for at least 2 weeks prior to their move to outdoor Aviaries or larger cages around the Aviaries to adjust them to the other birds within the flights. The whole concept is that they move forward in this process. Never backward. All birds are monitored for stress, ensuring they are eating and adjusting well before being moved outside.
Winters in the Tampa Bay Area are generally dry and midland highs during the season average around 70 °F with mostly sunny skies. However, the occasional passage of a cold front will bring rain followed by a few days of cooler temperatures. To accommodate colder weather, heat lamps and blankets are provided in all cages in the winter. We are also building pocket door systems on the new flight cages so that we can quickly shut the Aviaries in colder temperatures. If your bird has spent a few seasons in colder temperatures and is fully feathered, they are adept at handling this weather. Special Needs flights are equipped with indoor housing during inclement weather. FEBS does not use PVC or metal perches, instead, we use natural wood perches that absorb and retain the sun and hence do not freeze. This, and the other warming mechanisms described above, have ensured that our sanctuary has never had a frostbite incident.
Water bottles and bowls with fresh clean water are always provided. In the heat, we fill the bottles with crushed ice and water to ensure cooler water. All our aviaries are also outfitted with misting systems on automatic timers.
We are annually licensed through the Florida Fish and Game Commission whom require that all 501 (c) (3) organizations that care for Animals have a drawn and written evacuation plan in place and on file with them—and clearly posted in our offices. We ask that all the birds come with a carrier or travel cage as we store one for each bird in our care. Each travel cage is equipped with a water bottle, a feed bowl and a wooden perch. In case of evacuation, volunteers will be called in to help catch (net) all of the birds, place them into the appropriate sized carriers and either move them out of the path of the storm by vehicle—or move them inside of our facility. The method used is storm dependent. All owners will be notified through our newsletter that the birds are safe after the storm passes.