This entire process has been a complete nightmare, but it has been made easier by some lovely people who were very patient and understanding. And it’s over now!
I have to thank Leslie at Animal Couriers, who made sure they got here after everything was said and done (and for all her advice); Howard Haas, for putting me on the right path; Dr Koopman and staff at the quarantine centre for answering my myriad of questions; the birds’ caretaker, Rena, who kept them fat and happy and supplied with entertainment; H.W. Castaneda and Margarita, who helped us an incredible amount; my mum, for making the massive trip to New York to get the birds; and finally, my friends, family, and readers, who made this entire journey a little bit easier through both their donations, and simply being there.
The birds were supposed to exit quarantine last Friday; however, the weather refused to cooperate. For safety’s sake, they could not fly via an airline. The best way to ensure their health was to drive up – six hours each way – and collect them. We left just before 8:00, and arrived home somewhere after 20:00.
It was all utterly worth it, all of this stress and trouble, when the staff brought the birds out in their carrier crates, and they spotted me. Both blew me kisses, while Ptak whispered, ‘Baby bird!’
The trip was somewhat hard on them. Parrotlet Ptak did better at first, but was extremely exhausted yesterday. He did insist on coming out for cuddles multiple times, and was typically refusing to go to bed that night. Glad to know some things never change. Today he is doing much better.
Maverick, our Senegal, perked up more the first day, wanting to play and sit on my knee. I made both birds some fresh chop (kale, broccoli, red pepper, zucchini, and half a coarsely-chopped strawberry), which – shock of all shocks – Mavi ate and enjoyed, despite never having done liked it before. We got the birds a UV lamp, which made an instant difference. One gets the full-spectrum lamp during the first half of the day, and the other, the second half.
Throughout the day yesterday, Ptak was very drowsy – I’m still watching him closely, but I think this is just from the travelling stress – and Maverick has been more aggressive, probably wanting to know why I took him away from his lovely caretaker at the ‘spa.’
You read that right! They had a blast at quarantine and were very well cared for. Their caretaker brought them treats, branches, and toys, and gave them attention where she could. She said she was sad to see them go. It was practically a holiday for Ptak and Mavi, as they were actually living in 8 square foot glass isolets with unique air systems. The fee for quarantine is $400 per bird, so this makes sense.
It is wonderful to have them back again. They are settling in nicely. The family likes them too! I woke up this morning and was filled with contentment knowing my flock are near. I don’t mind their noisiness. I don’t mind that they’ll probably chew something up soon, and that they’ve already coated the walls in strawberry.
I’m just glad to have them home and safe. Perfection.
P.S. You should definitely like Students with Birds on Facebook. 😀