Things to know…


Why only cockatiels and Conure parrots?

We find them to be the most loving, snuggly, loyal, amusing and low maintenance

Do you clip their wings?

No, we leave that choice to you. We believe every bird deserves to develop wings and flight fully before any amendments are made

Do I need a license to keep them?

No, we only provide friends that do not require a license to keep

Can I choose the sex and type of bird?

Regardless of sex and breed we treat all our birds equal in the ability to deliver a lifelong relationship therefore due to numbers and waiting lists you will receive the very next friend ready to leave our nest regardless of type or sex when you are the next person on the list.

What if I decide after some time that I just can’t keep my new friend anymore?

Let us know and we will collect, re-home and/or retrain them.

Your new companion’s needs

Your new friend has some basic needs.

Help/Cheat Sheet

Loads of Love and attention.

  • Talk to your friend, they are the best listeners in the World and eventually they may even talk to you. Be careful though because they’re not renowned for confidentiality and have been known to repeat your words
    • Cuddle them, the more you snuggle the more they’ll want to
    • Treat them as a genuine BFF because they’re love for you is absolute
    • Dine with them if you want
    • They love to watch TV or read a book with you
    • Try to dedicate a minimum of one hour ‘out of cage ‘time a day

Feeding

Foods your friend needs. A regular mix of these will maintain healthy beaks, feathers and provide the necessary nutrients for a happy existence. All fruit and veggies must be room temperature.

  • A quality medium parrot mix (half a cup daily)
    • Chopped fruit/veggies (celery, apple, pear, carrot, blueberries, strawberries, peas, corn,) half a cup daily. This can be mixed or in two separate meals. We have been feeding fruit in the mornings, rice/veggies at lunch and seed in the afternoon
    • Brown cooked rice mixed with fruit and veggies twice a week
    • Grey sunflower seeds as a treat (less weight gain than the black ones)
    • Occasional mixed nuts

Fresh daily water is important and necessary

The Cage

Your friends cage should have something wooden for it to chew and clean its beak. A swing is great with a rope toy or ladder. Its important items are added to occupy its time in the cage to prevent bad habits forming out of boredom such as feather plucking.

green, leafy branches from Australian native trees. Pinecones and the seed pods from gum trees, bottlebrush, wattle etc. also provide occupational therapy and foraging opportunities for your bird.

Perches should be wide enough for the bird’s feet to spread evenly over the surface. They should be made from rough, bark, native trees.

Bathing is important. Your friend has been having two baths a week in the sink. Four centimeters of cool water and a spray bottle is all that’s needed and a quick gentle dry with a fluffy towel.

Signs to be concerned

  • Your friend may become listless and stationary in a ‘fluffed up’ position.
  • Your friend may start to pluck feathers from themselves
  • Not eating
  • Sleeping a lot
  • Their beak may seem crooked

All these warrant attention and may be important or simply fleeting however must be checked out. Online information is invaluable however if you prefer a vet, ensure they are avian experienced.

Your friend should live happily for up to 20-25 years so establish long lasting and sustainable routines

It’s best to encourage your friend to approach you and to step up to your hand. Bonding takes time so patience is the key, IT WILL HAPPEN. They don’t like to be physically forced and respond adversely to physical reprimands. They thrive on tone of voice and are clever to pick up on the good tones from the bad.

If your friend misbehaves, try hard not to display your reaction in loud or animated ways as this instills a habit that they will repeat in order to achieve the same reaction. Put them in the cage and walk away. They will soon learn that the bad behavior results in cage time.

YouTube has some amazing and helpful tutorials to assist you with training.

Most of all, enjoy the journey you and your new friend are about to embark on together. You will build loads of priceless memories and will end up very close and mutually reliant.

Important and Useful Contacts

www.parrotsforpurpose.com

General information

www.currumbinvetservices.com.au 

Any medical or general info. This website has brilliant information and references

www.trewinaviaries.com

If you’re looking for a bigger, maybe nicer home for your friend no job is too big or small for Barry He’s incredibly helpful and accommodating

Amazing website to assist with all things ‘Parrot’

  • Talk to your friend, they are the best listeners in the World and eventually they may even talk to you. Be careful though because they’re not renowned for confidentiality and have been known to repeat your words
    • Cuddle them, the more you snuggle the more they’ll want to
    • Treat them as a genuine BFF because they’re love for you is absolute
    • Dine with them if you want
    • They love to watch TV or read a book with you
    • Try to dedicate a minimum of one hour ‘out of cage ‘time a day

How do I get a Parrot for Purpose?

First and foremost, it is our pleasure and goal to connect as many PTSD, Anxiety and depression sufferers as possible with a new friend

We do also believe that not all people are ‘bird’ people just as some are not dog or cat people therefore its important certain criteria are met before we connect you with your new friend. These include:

  • An ability to commit daily interactions and care
  • Reliability to feed, water, bath and play with your new friend each day
  • A genuine appreciation of your friend and their needs
  • Competency to identify any issues or illnesses that may present and the ability to seek suitable assistance.
  • Fruit, veggies and seed are not free so there is also a financial commitment. We estimate it will cost and average of $14.75 a week to keep your friend.
  • A letter or referral from your GP, Psychologist or psychiatrist is all that’s needed to place you on the list. The letter /referral will note that they believe you meet the criteria above.

How long until it’s ready?

As we’re dealing with nature, living bodies and seasonal elements this isn’t easily answered. All things considered we aim to unite your new friend to you within three months.

What comes with my new friend?

You’ll receive our parrots for Purpose starter kit that contains:

  • A small bag of seed
  • A carry bag
  • A bookmark
  • Website and assistance list
  • A help sheet
  • Hatch certificate, photo and parent details

Do I get a cage?

No. however we have a list of reputable and cost affective suppliers we use on our website.

Your friends cage should have something wooden for it to chew and clean its beak. A swing is great with a rope toy or ladder. Its important items are added to occupy its time in the cage to prevent bad habits forming out of boredom such as feather plucking.

Green, leafy branches from Australian native trees. Pinecones and the seed pods from gum trees, bottlebrush, wattle etc. also provide occupational therapy and foraging opportunities for your bird.

Perches should be wide enough for the bird’s feet to spread evenly over the surface. They should be made from rough, bark, native trees.

Bathing is important. Your friend has been having two baths a week in the sink. Four centimeters of cool water and a spray bottle is all that’s needed and a quick gentle dry with a fluffy towel.

  • Your friend may become listless and stationary in a ‘fluffed up’ position.
  • Your friend may start to pluck feathers from themselves
  • Not eating
  • Sleeping a lot
  • Their beak may seem crooked

All these warrant attention and may be important or simply fleeting however must be checked out. Online information is invaluable however if you prefer a vet, ensure they are avian experienced.

How Can I Donate?

https://www.gofundme.com/f/parrots-for-purpose?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1