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How Much Does Your Bird Weigh?

Dear Bird Owners,
As our society grows ever larger, so then does the waist line of our birds. Birds that are sedentary do not burn the food they are taking in by moving from dish to dish. The attached file is an interesting observation by an avian vet, chronicling the the numbers of exotic birds he has seen and the average weight of each type based on his observations.

I checked our hyacinth, Lani and he is to weigh 2.5 pounds, 1144 grams. Now I have to get him on the scale. I'll let you know what he weighs. Check the list for your birds weight.


Birdlink Bird Adoption Center

Dear friends of Birdlink. Our numbers have grown significantly and I need to do more adoptions. I am looking for a store front in Weatherford where we can have "Birdlink Bird Adoption Center" for about 6 month, So more people can come see the birds and adopt. If someone needs more traffic in the store and wants to share their space. PLEASE come visit and talk to me. We do not have the thousands $ a month for rent but we have a lot of visitors from all over Texas and would dramatically increase the traffic to any location. We can be very good for business.


Respiratory Therapy

We have a little young male parakeet that has a chronic runny nose. Conventional methods of treatment have not done more than temporary relief. So the creative team of volunteers build a bird inhalation chamber. We had a nebulizer donated. So a cocktail of Tobramycin and Albuterol in saline was calculated. It is real challenge to go from newborn weight and dose to parakeet. But we finally figured it out.

Respiratory therapy chamber

Parrot training

I just received this email from Barbara. It is a treasure of information.


Thank you for your email. It is quite obvious you love your avian companions. However at times they can present behavior that is perplexing and challenging. We do sympathize with your situation and we do congratulate you on your efforts to address problem behavior with a positive reinforcement approach!

Girl Scout Aviary

Girl Scout Tara Tiller earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by building an aviary for Birdlink Sanctuary. It is all done and we are just waiting on some good weather for the formal dedication. We will be adding about 30 lovebirds to this aviary. It will busy and colorful. We have woven grapevine for lots of perching space, colorful toys, huge shallow pans for food and water and shade screen on the west wall to protect from the harsh Texas sun. No nest boxes thank you.

Looking north
Looking south
Inside view
Tara Tiller Girl Scout

Fred Update

How do I express my frustration with Fred? He is on a wnoderful diet as defined by Machele Pacion. As you can see from the picture he is having his daily egg with all the herbs sprinkled on top. He loves his egg, especially the flax seed.

Breakfast time
He can still fly!
The dogs will eat all the left over egg.


We built a new house with a large covered porch on the back and then we got more birds, and more birds. So my porch is now the new bird room. The paint is dry and it looks wonderful. We will be adding murals on the walls, over time. But for today it is CLEAN. I even added some plants, and decorations, that will go the way of the DODO bird as the weather gets colder andI have to move more birds inside. For today I can really enjoy the unmarred walls and absence of poop. <(*)

After the After


We have a LOT of extra cages. they are used, in good condition and available for a nominal donation.



In almost 30 years of rehabbing birds I have seen one other Nightjar/Common Poorwill. and that was two weeks ago. Mineral Wells Animal Control just got in this fledgling bird. It is about 6 inches long and still has it's baby fuzz so I am not sure if I have a Nightjar or a Chuck-will. But I do know that with that big mouth it is one of them. We have the right environment here for him to thrive. So once he is a little older and flying better, he will be released here at the sanctuary.

Nightjar or Chuck-will's Widow

BirD-elicious Gourmet Parrot Food LINK

We have been using BirD-elicious Eclectus and now African Gray food for a couple of years and are extremely pleased. We started because the "Eckies" were in terrible feather from liver damage from many years of a straight pellet diet. Bottom line, the birds have re-feathered. It is forever changing the way to feed your birds. Check it out,
There is a link at the bottom of this page that takes you to BirD-elicious. Do yourself and you bird a favor, click it.

A bird and his toy
2 weeks and still usable toy

Bird Companion Newsletter

Sally Blanchard has done it again. How she has time to product such a great newsletter is beyond me. It is Free!! She is an excellent resource on all things parrot. Check this out! It is a fun, fascinating and informative newsletter. You can download her pdf.

Dear Parrot Lover,

Happy New Year!

Attached is your copy of the Companion Parrot Newsletter #18. I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to share it with your friends or relatives who have parrots.

Thank you,