Sassy’s Story

This is Sassy, a male B&G macaw who is one of a group of macaws that came into TGF’s offsite care over 18 months ago. He is one of a large group of macaws that had been rescued over the years by a person dedicated to improving the lives of these former unwanted, breeder birds macaws. More than half of these birds have visible cloacal papillomas. Due to owner illness, all of the birds were placed into our offsite location in FL.

Our multi-section aviary there is huge, with communal areas, walk-overs and separate aviaries where the macaws had the opportunity to pick their own friends.  The birds’ care, husbandry, housing and nutrition is overseen by a veterinarian diplomated in avian medicine, with a long history in aviculture, flock behavior, conservation and veterinary medicine. The husbandry staff provides for the daily physical care and cleaning of the flock. The landscaping surrounding the aviaries is tropical and lush. The birds have ponds in their view, and egrets come in to feed during the day. The birds have the safety of wood boxes during inclement/hurricane weather to keep them safe, warm and dry. The aviaries are nestled in the unique FL pines and protected from direct sunlight. The area is tranquil.

Since their move to FL, these birds’ lives and behaviors gradually changed from shyness and fear, to a flock with dynamic relationships. Sassy shared the flight with his friend Izzy, and a pair of Greenwing macaws – each of which had been paired with their friend for at least 15 years. Then some of the bird relationships quickly changed when the two Greenwing macaws became aggressive and territorial. It was too late for Sassy whose beak had been permanently damaged when he was attacked by the Greenwings while his friend Teddy was mortally wounded by the time that human help arrived summoned by the birds’ frantic calls.

Sassy underwent beak repair to reshape the remaining keratin. This beak will not grow again as the damage affected the growth plate. After several weeks in the FL vet clinic hospital, Sassy gained weight, confidence and trust with the vet and vet staff there. Changes for Sassy’s life include a modified diet that is soft and nutritious. We make a mixture of grains, quinoa, sweet potato, and  finely chopped greens. He readily eats this breakfast mash. In the afternoon, he gets pellets, nuts out of shell, fruit and veggies that he can consume without difficulty.

Other than his unusual appearance as a result of this traumatic injury, Sassy’s a handsome and robust bird. He is ready to be in a home with a friend or family that will provide his special diet, keep him happy and enriched and give him a chance to live in a home. Sassy still needs a macaw sized cage. He fully enjoys time outside and his damaged beak does nothing to prevent him from sounding and behaving like a real macaw.

Taking a walk through our large Umbrella Cockatoo flight, you never know what will happen. Angel and Quinlan seem happy to be on their perch. Casper and Tico on the other hand, need to investigate the new person in their flight. It's never a dull moment when you are with eight male Cockatoos happily playing and explore their outdoor enclosure. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thor Bird saying hi to all his cockatoo buddies at the Gabriel Foundation!

I bet you all have a blast with all these wonderful birds.....

This is my Parker, he's shocked at the lovely enclosure and asking me why he doesn't have one!!!

"We're gonna hop around the flight tonight" (sung to the tune of Rock Around the Clock) 🐦

They love being outside. I know mine do.

Nothing I enjoy more than hanging out in a 'too flight!!!

Too-Cute! How do you get them all back in?

My favorite sounds ❤

Made me smile!

OMG... too precious <3

Three questions: the dimensions of this aviary, reasonable population limit, and mesh grade. I'm guessing 1600 sq ft for 30-40 cockatoos, 16 ga woven... The one we have now is only good for a small group of medium sized parrots (25'x20'x12' tall, 16 gauge welded mesh with 1" apertures).

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3 days ago

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Meet Niki, an 18 year old African Grey that came to TGF in 2010 after her owner became seriously ill and could no longer care for their birds. It took almost six years for a special person to come along. When our adopter, Cynthia, was looking to add her first bird to her home she met several birds here at TGF but she just couldn't get shy Niki out of her mind. She just knew she needed to give this special girl a chance. Almost a year later, Niki has blossomed in her new home. It has taken time and patience but Cynthia was definitely the right person to take on this challenge. She absolutely loves her new "mom"! She has also adjusted well to her new kids. Cynthia told us that she nods "yes" when asked if she is a pretty girl or a good girl. She is a big fan of nature shows and taking showers. Niki also enjoys barking like several different breeds of dogs and also has an expanding English vocabulary. She remains cautious but continues to get braver and braver exploring her new home. We love to hear about these amazing transformations! ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Niki, an 18 year old African Grey that came to TGF in 2010 after her owner became seriously ill and could no longer care for their birds. It took almost six years for a special person to come along. When our adopter, Cynthia, was looking to add her first bird to her home she met several birds here at TGF but she just couldnt get shy Niki out of her mind.  She just knew she needed to give this special girl a chance.  Almost a year later, Niki has blossomed in her new home. It has taken time and patience but Cynthia was definitely the right person to take on this challenge. She absolutely loves her new mom!  She has also adjusted well to her new kids. Cynthia told us that she nods yes when asked if she is a pretty girl or a good girl. She is a big fan of nature shows and taking showers.  Niki also enjoys barking like several different breeds of dogs and also has an expanding English vocabulary.  She remains cautious but continues to get braver and braver exploring her new home. We love to hear about these amazing transformations!

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Thank you. She is truly amazing and I couldn't be more grateful for her. She chose me and that is where it began. When I brought her home and she got into her cage she immediately showed happiness. Noises and playing. With in 24 hours she started talking. She will talk quietly when she wants me to come to her because I can't hear her lol. There has been so much she has accomplished I can put it all into words. It nonstop. For the first time this morning she came to the door of her cage to show interest in coming to me with out prompting. She told me she needed more water, she didn't but I added a tiny bit more to her dish and she danced after trying to peel the label off the bottle. She is in a really good mood today lol.

Thank you ! You will make a great Mommy. Grey's are fun !

Omg love stories like these!!! Niki is such a beauty!!!

Awwww....what a cutie

Yeaaaaaaaaa, successful adoption, sweet parrot.

Wonderful!

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wonderful news!

Great job Niki and human!

I absolutely love African Greys and Miss my girl so much, I wish I knew where she is

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It's citrus season! In CO we're celebrating mandarins, tangelos, Cara Cara's, Red River grapefruit, Meyers's lemons, blood oranges, key limes, Valencia, navel oranges, Cuties, Halos and every new tasty, juicy treat that comes to market. Bodhi is making it very easy to teach your flock how to enjoy a perfect snack. Now go grab one and share it with your buddies. ... See MoreSee Less

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My macaw gets a whole halo occasionally and the others get wedges.... funny how some like them and some don't. My monk likes blackberries but not raspberries!

Can he come home with me? He's a sweetie! Btw, loved seeing you all on the dr. Jeff show.

Bodhi looks just like me! I want some citrus too!

African greys are fantastic!

And share with your friends!

Hi sweet Bodhi! Rascal loves clementines also!!

He is gorgeous. I love African Greys!

Good to know!

Bodhi rocks!

What a sweetie.

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