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The Roaming Parrot » Iowa Parrot Rescue

Report Generated On: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 10:59:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Company: Iowa Parrot Rescue
Date Completed: Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 5:17:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Jump to: Quarantine & Intake |  Environment  |  Diet |  Cleaning  |  Veterinary  |  Interaction  |  Adoption |  Visitors

Quarantine & Intake

Is there a separate facility/area for incoming birds to complete isolation?

How long is the standard quarantine procedure?
31-60 days

What medical testing is done while the bird is being quarantined?
Gram Stain, CBC, CHEM12, other testing done depending on birds situation and background

During quarantine are the birds current diets assessed and healthier changes made on an as needed basis?

How are cages cleaned during the quarantine period?

What protocols are in place to prevent cross contamination to the other birds?
Protective clothing such as gowns, masks, booties


Are species kept separate?

What percentage of cages are of sufficient size and bar spacing for species of bird?

If not, what is the reason for smaller/larger cages?
Comfort level, Medical

What type of perches are made available in each cage?
Shelf, Natural Wood

What percentage of toys available are clean and in good repair?
Are there foraging opportunities in the cage?

Do the birds get out of cage time? How much?
Not under supervision, Under supervision, 6 or more hrs, 4-6 hrs

What kind of tray liners or bedding is used?
Other, Newspaper


Is seed a part of the diet?

Seed: what percentage of total diet

Are pellets a part of the diet?

Pellets: what percentage of total diet?

Are fresh foods a part of the total diet?
Yes – apples, oranges, frozen fruit mix, veggie mix – remainder of diet

Are nuts a part of the total diet? If so, what types? What percent of total diet?
Yes – walnut, almond, hazelnut, pistachios, peanuts on occasion 15%<

What other treats are served? How often?


How often are bowls washed and disinfected?
Twice daily

How often is water changed?
Every day

How often is deep cage cleaning done, and what method is used? i.e power washing
Once a month – pressure washing

Are air fresheners or other smell reducing agents used?

Is music routinely available to the birds?

Are birds showered or given bathing opportunities? If so, how often?
Dishes, plant mister – twice a week

If there are other animals on site, is access to the birds limited? How?
No other animals on site

Is full spectrum lighting used?

How often are floors swept/mopped?
2 x daily


Is there an avian vet on staff? If not, do you have a working relationship with a vet in your community?

Name of avian vet
Dr. Joe Drahos – Riverside Animal Hospital

Are birds routinely weighed? How often?
Yes, Once a week

Do birds have outside access? If yes, how often?
2-3 times a week, Yes

How are rooms/flights cooled and heated?
Natural heating/cooling, Radiant heaters

Is staff educated on how to assess a birds health/wellbeing?

Do you have a clinic or well stocked first aid station?

Do you have an incubator or similar setup for ill or injured birds?

Do you have separate refrigeration available for avian medications?

How do you store food?
Freezer, Fridge, Large airtight containers

Are there air filters or washers used?

Is there a system in place to indicate whether or not a bird had received its medication so there are no duplications?

Elaborate on the previous question


Are birds routinely handled?

How often are the birds handled?

Is the staff trained in proper restraint techniques?

How are birds with behavioral issues safely moved?
Step up perch


Does your facility offer adoption services?
Yes, Both i.e adoption and sanctuary

Is there an established adoption protocol in place?

Please outline adoption protocols
Application, interview – entire family, home inspection, doesn’t like to place bird as only bird

Is there a formal application process?

Please outline the application process
Application form

Do you require home visits?

Are your adoptions limited to a specific geographical area

Adoption range
200 miles – will not adopt if home can’t be inspected. No adoption fees. Doesn’t make a rule to

Do you require educational classes prior to adoption?

What is the average number of adoptions per year? From 2007-20013?
100 adoptions per year average

Do you have an established adoption contract?
Yes – click here for the adoption contract

Is there a return clause in your contract?

Do you have a waiting list?

How many birds on the wait list? Average amount of waiting time:

What is your protocol for placement of birds not suitable as pets?
Permanent resident, adoptable for the right person, Sanctuary

What is your after adoption return rate?

How many parrots have died prior to placement?
12 – mainly due to medical conditions from home.

How many birds have you had on intake from 2007-2013?

How many birds are currently at your facility?

Do you have a “hard” population limit? If so, what is it?
Yes – depending on cage size due to sq footage of facility. Estimated limited 85

Do you have a species in/species out policy?

Do you have an established intake criteria?

What is the highest criteria for admittance? In other words, what type of situation would cause you to go over your established population limit?
If birds were in extreme danger, and they would only be taken on if they could be adequately cared for

Do you network with other rescues to take in birds that you are unable to accept?

Will you help other rescues by taking birds they are unable to accept?

Do you utilize a foster care network?

Will you accept a bird with a confirmed medical condition? (such as PDD, PBFD, borna, etc)

Do you have release paperwork which allows owners to identify the birds likes/dislikes/preferences?

How do you individualise care for birds?
Copies of all paperwork go with bird – care is individualized per the bird

Do you allow bonded birds to share cages?
Yes – encourages birds to buddy up to allow bird on bird interaction

Do you adopt bonded birds out separately?

Do you allow birds to keep favorite items from their previous homes?

What options are available to birds who do not respond well to the presence of other birds?
Curtain the cage for security, place cage near corner, put up natural barriers such as plants

Are the birds allowed to breed?

If allowed to breed, what is done with the resulting offspring?
No breeding

Visitors & Volunteers

Do you have a formal education program for visitors or potential adopters?

Do you have handout information available for visitors or potential adopters?

Do you subscribe to parrot related periodicals?

Do you use a website or FB to offer educational information to the general public?

Do you have birds that you consider educational birds that can be used for public

Is your facility open to the public?

What are your business days/hours?
By appt only

Do you offer tours of your facility?

Tours are ————- per entry

Do you utilize volunteers?

What is the average number of volunteers per month?
3 solid

Do volunteers receive training to work with birds?

Length of training period
Depends on individual and where their current level of education is at

Do you have a list of volunteer safe job duties?

Do you discuss adoption, fostering, transport, etc with visitors and/or volunteers?

Are volunteers/visitors allowed to handle birds unsupervised?

Do you have paid staff?

What is your staff to bird ratio?
4:71 (including the 3 solid monthly volunteers), without volunteer inclusion 1:70

Do you have a formal process of continuing education for staff?
No – treat each day as a learning experience

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