My name is Karen. I grew up around birds. In fact, my nickname was 'birdgirl' as a child.
My parents started raising parakeets before I was born, then cockatiels when I was around 9 years old. I assisted in the process with them- changing flight papers, feeding, care of babies, etc. I also grew up with a crazy (and moody!) Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot, Mary. She was a part of our family and definitely taught me to respect the wild nature of birds.
As a young adult my path led me to volunteering at a wildlife rescue for a short time. I was put in the nursery because they felt my calm demeanor was well suited for it. I almost went the path of a vet assistant when I was unexpectedly offered a job at a no-kill shelter, but my path eventually led me to a different kind of adventure...marriage and motherhood. Our life is full of family fun and everyone gets to contribute to the raising of our baby parrots.
After becoming acquainted with the Eclectus Parrot, I fell in love. Currently I breed Aru Red-Sided subspecies. I very much want to keep the subspecies as pure as possible, so I am very selective in the breeder pairs I keep. I have selected my species to breed very carefully, as I want those who fit in with my current family needs and situation. I encourage everyone that inquires about my babies to do heavy research before selecting a companion bird.
Our birds are raised with care and introduced to normal household settings. They are exposed to young children, dogs, car rides, showering on a shower perch, etc. We feed Roudybush pellets and a variety of fresh foods, mainly sprouts. Babies are "abundance weaned" and are allowed to master flying.
Kansas City, Missouri area was our home for many years.
In the summer of 2019, we moved to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and are enchanted with the new landscape!