Peaches approves the expansion.
Akademe offers parrots and other domesticated birds a forever home. The project is named after our slogan (Compassion and Understanding with Right Effort).
Akademe Foundation is a Zen sanctuary offering academic educational resources and compassionate example to promote evolving consciousness through right understanding. We are not allowed to gain personally in any way, so gains we receive become dedicated to continuing Akademe and given into acts of compassion. The C.U.R.E. Sanctuary project focuses primarily on parrots and other domesticated birds. It is our hope to create a model of enrichment and compassion for such projects, educate, and encourage adapted replication for parrots and other animals.
Peaches approves the expansion.
Expansion Now Opened
Thanks to Steve, Debbie, and Patty for coming out and lending a hand today to get the last sections closed in.
The panel over the far edge and transplanting the face left to complete the enclosure. Then interior decorating.
Pebbles versus That Birdie in the Mirror
This argument persisted for an hour. Then she did a victory dance.
Frame is ready for the mesh arriving Wednesday.
It's not too bad if you start at a reasonable hour of the day BEFORE it starts to get hot. That means 10 am is lunch break. ;)
The hard part is being in two places about 20' apart and 10' up in the air at the same time. Around this time it is discovered the lag bolts are about half an inch short...
Not to mention the paint that allegedly works with metal fails to mention it wants a primer. So before I can go any further, I need to strip the paint off, and buy paint with primer and swap bolts. Not only do I need to be in two local places simultaneously, I need to be in town also. :/
Roof Frame Prep
$200.10 for these seven 1-1/2"x24' tubes and ten caps. The mesh was another $300, arriving Wednesday, and other materials have so far run another $100, not to mention fuel etc.
Your donations to help with the aviary expansion are deeply appreciated. I wish I had a way to individually thank the donors so far.
Drill the holes we can, cover the ends we can, bend, clean, paint. The bends are... interesting with 110F gusts of wind. So I resorted to brute-force bending. The centers should be fairly easy. The bends toward the ends will be challenging.
Ball in a Box
Timmie had a box full of toys he would spend most of his day playing in. This box is Dexter's carrier. Parrots are spelunkers. They love exploring and playing in anything vaguely resembling a cave.
Peaches put on a show for the cockatiels and Pebbles.
Put on Hold
The expansion will double the flight area. It is put on hold for two reason: we need to raise $500 for roof materials, and for the dove chicks to mature (about 1 month). They are doing well.
The heat has been a punishing 120+F despite reports of it only being 103F. That is what we get in the shade. The rabbit isn't dead. He's just wiped out. A tap on the window and an ear rotated. Opened the window and he got up and started grazing.
As the video shows, these two are very happy having recently been fed. After a failed attempt inside this morning, I decided to take them out to warm up naturally with the day. I set them under a tree near the construction and carried on.
Yesterday, in an effort to attract at least some family member, I restored most of the tree to its original location using bungee cords. I put the babies there but no luck.
As I worked this morning, I heard a dove, looked up and saw one clearly searching. I put the trey on the pillar and shortly thereafter she/he fed them. When I pointed a camera that way, the adult fled. But the babies started grooming and looking very contented.
This is a day and a half later with two babies from separate nests. And both were very dirty from our failed attempts to feed. We didn't give up on the parents and now they stand their best chance..
Cheyenne and Peaches don't generally see eye-to-eye... except when they are glaring each other down.... They agree these babies need sitting.
The dove chicks ate a little this morning. They need to eat better if they are going to survive. If Max didn't have his girl friends, he'd be all over this job.
Doubling Flight Aviary Size
We have panels for walling in and doubling the flight area of our original aviary. We need about $500 to put the roof on and open it.
A pair of African sumacs were in our way. One was transplanted. The other could not. It had a couple dove nests in it, so we inadvertently created a pair of refugees. Both had full crops and are coming into their feathers.
We set them up with treys where their unsettled parents (one pair was watching) can hopefully find them. As night fell they were moved into the tree above them and will be checked on again tomorrow to be sure the parents are tending to them.
This tour begins with the budgie and small bird aviary then ends in the (African) grey aviary.
Both aviaries share the same air conditioned (with heat) hen house with TV, toys and mirrors. The hen house is divided internally with conures, cockatiels, etc. to one side and budgies to the other.
Regular water and feeding and foraging dishes are in the hen house. Water in the hen house is filtered. The only place anyone can nest is in a food dish, which doesn't work well since they are cleared daily.
Both are irrigated foraging aviaries with solid barriers and sally ports (double doored entry ways). Both aviaries and the hen house are filled with branches arranged for perching, toys, dishes etc.
The key differences between the aviaries are the mesh, structural materials, the turtle pond with fountain and gazebo in the grey aviary.
The budgie aviary is wood-framed with 1/2" mesh and plastic currogated sheilding reinforced by concrete blocks around the base.
The grey aviary is 1" mesh, steel framed with steel currogated sheilding buried with mesh over a foot beneath the surface. African greys dig and are hard on their environment. The interior of the hen house, for example, is sheets of concrete with steel shielding around any edges etc.
We are looking to build a big bird aviary for our Veteran's Project. The project aims to unite cockatoos and veterans for lifelong PTSD emotional support. It will need to be significantly larger than both of these aviaries combined, and all steel.
While building a sally port for the budgie aviary, we came across this descendant of one of the first animals to walk on land 470 million years ago.
Less than two centimeters even with the tail extended,this nearly invisible scorpion packs a punch... several in a row if you try your luck. Can't imagine what the sea scorpion ancestor at 2.5 meters (8.2 ft. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurypterid) was like. Big difference from gills in the sea to hiding in the parched desert.
Figured he'd be best to find his own way out of this mess so we just worked around him. We couldn't find him later when we went to clean out this trench, so we used a shovel and proceeded with caution. It is unwise to kill predators of any size.
Angel is a white-crowned pionus ~22 years old. It took him a couple years, but eventually he got comfortable coming off the perch and now does so fairly regularly. He's hard to video because he is a ham for cameras.
He and Peaches like terrorizing each other. He will hide under the coffee table and come charging out at her. She will try to be intimidating while he is under the couch or a perch stand.
His loudest noise sounds like an electronic buzzer. Otherwise it is mostly low volume squeaks, chirps, the mocking laugh, sneeze, or cough. For some reason he thinks I'm a chew toy and can incidentally draw blood just being silly with my fingers. He's not rough like this with the ladies or with my toes.He did sneak up and get my nose once while I was cleaning his perch (where Jewel is in the video).
Blaze Needs Friends
Blaze needs a herd and transportation from Casa Grande, AZ to that herd. He was raised with a horse so the herd doesn't need to be goats and goats have lots of health benefits for horses. He has several bails of hay, a feeder, this ball toy.
Blaze's friends died from copper toxicity. He is 10, neutered, no horns, friendly, and well behaved for a goat. I've never seen him lean on fences, knock over young trees, or charge humans or dogs. He's always been laid back.
He has the congestive heart failure cough but is otherwise very healthy. He could live months or years, but to be sure he doesn't suffer as his friends did, no medicated salt licks or processed foods.
If you are a rescue and cannot take him in but have someone we can take in as foster care to keep him company, that would work too.
Yesterday we lost Suzie (age ~10), and today doesn't look well for her mother, Bebe (pictured, ~14 years old). The cause of this poisoning is accumulation of copper acquired from manufactured feeds, medicated salt licks, etc.
We've always provided the stock animals with a medicated salt lick. This last few months our hay supply ran out and we switched to All Stock for at least part of the feeding. Our animals are also significantly advanced in age, so the toxins have had a lot of time to simply accumulate.
Unfortunately, the prognosis is not good. It doesn't go away easily, especially when it has already accumulated to acute terminal levels. If her condition declines further, there is no reasonable future quality of life. https://www.merckvetmanual.com/toxicology/copper-poisoning/overview-of-copper-poisoning
So far the vet bill is at $455.55. We are fundraising to maintain our medical emergency funds.
You’re having another….
He loves the aviary. It is one big buffet, but not big enough and certainly not suited to being burrowed into by a growing Sulcata. Later he was in the corner near his burrow. I went to pick him up and he grabbed on to resist and hissed in protest. Those spurs make great brakes. I left him. We're systematically seeding and irrigating his entire pen. It will be like this only many times larger.
Squeaks (far right) had a traumatic day yesterday. This morning she finally came home to try and recover.
Yesterday got off wrong when Pebbles pulled a clutch of Squeaks' tail feathers out. Her sister Pops (far left) joined her flying circles around the room and protesting the injury.
Max (center) sat between the two Moluccan cockatoos like nothing happened. Pebbles doesn't seem to mind him. He generally steers clear of her and close to Peaches. Hopefully the cockatiels now all know better than to trust Pebbles.
Perhaps Max's nonplussed attitude was the insult leading to the nasty argument that happened later on this very doorstep... followed by an overnight estrangement. Cockatiel arguments often occur apart from obvious causes, suggesting cognitive causes like the insult added to her injury.
This level of cognition suggests awareness of cognition in others. With language we are given the illusion of being able to know what is on each other's minds. These illusions often backfire, but at least give us a chance to smooth over rough edges like this. All too often we find ourselves in similar scenarios unable to adequately express the injury compelling our feelings.
Take that to the next level with animals who cannot even come close and can't be assured the message was actually delivered, or given therapy to get over either injury or insult. She is sitting aside again, clearly mulling it all: the injury and cause she can only avoid, her husband's insult she must accept.... So much is going on in that little brain.
As I type, Squeaks has positioned herself a couple feet above Pebbles' perch. Peaches is sitting there now. I sense a revenge plot....
Max joined me, then Squeaks joined him and Peaches is always game for a party.
Peaches inspected the new aviary today. The budgies for unknown reasons stayed in. When the thunder came, Peaches went into the hen house scaring the wits out of the budgies.
Cheyenne decided the tena fig tree makes a great perch today. And Manguito bombed Dexter
New Budgie Aviary Open
Budgie Aviary Done
The window was installed today and they are already out and loving their new space.
I've been saving this dead tree for an occasion like this. Cut it down at exactly the right height to fit in. Still a tad wide.
Tuesday was epic fail day. Today we made some adjustments to our roof meshing strategy that paid off.
We first remove the intended framing. Instead of arguing with a frame on the end, we folded 48" wide 1/2" welded mesh folded over it. To get the mesh to stay in place we used bungee cords.
The next runs went fairly smooth. Each run we first cut the mesh 6" longer than needed, fold over the structure frame, then unroll backwards (to keep control) down two planks. We overlap the mesh by 1-1/2", lay a plank over the overlap, then staple and screw up the seam from one end to the next. Finally climb atop and finish fixing to the structural frame.
Seems easy while we're doing it, but evidently more time consuming than it felt. There are lots of extra ad hoc steps along the way to adjust and make sure there are no ripples or loose parts.
The wall was much easier. We started from the folded over end adding another 4' wide segment attached to the structure. Then 3' of 1" chicken wire covered by corrugated and both partially buried. And of course a board over each seam stapled and screwed tight.
In theory we should be done with all the mesh and walls tomorrow, and have large branches brought in for building perches. We will begin seeding and watering immediately. Friday we should be finishing the perches and working out a window for the south side of the hen house with a door for the budgies to access this aviary.
Installed door then proceeded to use an auger bit to bore the post holes one at a time. Each was dummy framed as I went along to assure everything was level. Had all the posts in by noon (first picture). Took the rest of the afternoon to frame the roof, finalized the door, and lastly trenched the perimeter.
We need some sort of window, preferably sliding and not too large, that I can add to the hen house so the budgies can come and go, and we can close as needed in degrees for the weather.
Since this is an attachment, it is essentially all dead reckoning.
We only expect to make 3 cuts. 2 for the door and 1 to compensate for 1-7/8" discrepancy. So the project starts real simple.
1. Coat anything buried or touching the ground.
2. With those same pieces, provide a leveling screw 72" from the top.
3. Attach what hardware can reasonably be attached.
4. Establish the starter frame against the existing. Everything else is relative to that frame... and it can't be fully attached. We will be back to it for finishing the netting.
Had planned to get as far as digging today. Didn't get that far. The trench for the corrugated will be done after the frame is complete so we are absolutely clear where it goes.
The tortoise picture is Nigel in duck pen 2.
Anyone wanting exercise or wanting to come play?... We're adding 288 sq. feet to the existing aviary (into the part of duck pen 1 shown) so the materials will enclose double the area than if we did a stand-alone.
It should take 2-3 days to build and enclose. Today will involve a lot of digging for six post holes, the threshold, partially submerging corrugated panels... maybe relocating a tree. If we can get a good roll on, maybe the main framing of 4x4s will be up.
Time for shopping. Once I get started, I may not have a clue where my phone is, but you can try or just show up.
Donations to help cover the costs are appreciated. We're doing this one on the cheap for about $1,000. We're saving a fortune not having to build a separate hen house, sally port, or use indestructible materials for bigger birds.
What every sanctuary should aspire to.... We certainly do.
Project Perry is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and sanctuary of parrots living in captivity. Their primary mission is to provide exceptional natural environments for bird residents where they can enjoy the enrichment of flight and the togetherness of flock with excellent care provided by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Project Perry's impact extends beyond the bird residents through outreach and education - helping to improve the lives of birds everywhere. www.projectperry.com
Pebbles Rocking the Doorstep
Parrots for Patriots, Vancouver, WA
A Washington veteran is helping other vets by adopting out birds.
Wanted: Guard Bird(s)
The sanctuary has attracted some cats. Not a surprise or the first time. Short of trapping and turning them over to animal control, we would rather simply discourage their presence.
To that end, we have a job opening for an able-bodied female turkey. She simply needs to be able to jump 6' fences to navigate all our pens and yards. She needs to get along with everything except cats.
Older bird surrenders are okay, they just won't be able to navigate so well. A couple geese housed with the ducks could also do the job.
17985 W Hopi Dr
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