Meet our staff, 11 Macaws! All rescue birds who have suffered varying degrees of abuse and neglect, all have had at least 3 previous owners, some many more. A bird is a lifelong commitment, and people just don`t realise that.
Now they are with us in their forever homes where we will love and care for them for the rest of their lives. They have to earn their keep of course, we pay them peanuts...but they don`t mind!
Oliver is the reason our business was started, hence his iconic face heading our website.
Oliver was a 16 year old Greenwing Macaw, we bought him from a garden centre with a story of how he was a tame pet bird but his cage had been knocked over by a young boy and he`d become afraid. We were naive and we fell for it, however it wasn`t long before the Parrot Society helped trace his ring details back to find he was a wild caught bird and on sexing they`d noted white plaques in his air sacks which wasn`t taken any further. Sadly Oliver now has Aspergillosis and respiratory Disease, along with severe scarring in his air sacks, All his ribs had been broken down one side of his body when he was very young, and had already healed but badly.
Nobody knew how long we will have Oliver due to the scarring in his lungs, our vet was amazed he was able to breathe at all. Having said that Oliver was a huge bird full of kisses for everyone and with the help of Metacam and F10 fogging he enjoyed life to the full.
Oliver was semi tame, he still didn`t like to be touched but enjoyed both bird and human company. Everyone loved Oliver, River was the love of his life, Diesel wanted to be his love and Molly flirted from the cage alongside them!
He loved to hang upside down and play, he liked all toys, loved the fresh air in Summer and his spray baths.
Olivers condition deteriorated over the years, he wheezed more noticeably at all times and wasn`t quite as well as he used to be. This was very worrying for us and we were in touch with our vets over it, though was nothing more anyone could really do for him. We just hope he knew how much we loved him and hope his life was happy for him.
Tragically Oliver lost his fight in the late Summer of 2013. He was talking, eating and playing right up until a few days before his passing, and he died at home with both Tristan and I at his side, River and Diesel watching over him. His end was fast.Oliver will live on in 'Scarletts', he was the reason we started the business, it is his legacy and it is through him we ended up with our family.
River is not employed for her intelligence bless her! As much as we love her she is clumsy and always the last to catch on!! We give her the puzzle toys to test and if River can solve it we know any bird can!! Still young she is 9 years old. She was not very well bred but is growing into a beautiful young lady with a lovely tangerine coloured chest and the prettiest colours. Sadly since we lost Oliver she misses him so much she has plucked all her beautiful feathers out.
She is semi tame, mostly too daft to consider biting anyone and has a half hearted attempt if you do something she doesn`t agree with, she was at her happiest with Oliver, but since his passing has taken a shine to Spartan our other Greenwing
As she is maturing she`s a stubborn stroppy madam who takes no nonsense from any bird. She had plucked Olivers head as she became hormonal and her own chest feathers to some degree too. She is feisty and although the smallest can really stand up for herself! She lives with all the rest of the flock but it seems no bird can steal her heart like Oliver did and she will miss him for the rest of her days. We hope she is happy, she preens with Spartan and Archie and spends the day bossing everyone around, perhaps she`s trying to fill Olivers shoes!
In the last year River has started to speak more and more, she mimics all the other birds, picks up their most annoying habits and can get them into trouble making us think it`s them!
Unfortunately for us her ability to count has stuck at 1, and after an hour of 1,1,1,1, we will be glad of the day when she reaches 2!!!
Spartan is just 7 years old and has joined our flock. He loves to remove toys, fastenings, nuts, bolts, he`ll test them all. Spartan is quite a large Greenwing and his huge beak doesn`t take much effort to destroy things. He has found a friend in Dylan and within 10 minutes of meeting eachother they were feeding and preening eachother which we thought was extremely fast! They have shared a cage together ever since as Spartan is not happy to sleep away from Dylan.
Spartan is of the age where he`s liking to test the boundaries a bit and needs a confident owner. He was much loved by his former owners but due to personal circumstances they could no longer care for him.
Spartan has also confirmed that if you squeeze tight enough 2 large Macaws can sleep on the Pollys Swings together!!!!!!
He flies well, he nodds his head and does a Mutley laugh when you ask him, he loves most food, he`s a very good eater and of course, has to share the same bowl as Dylan! His favourite thing ever is to flap his huge wings!!
His nickname is Spartie and it`s difficult to find any pictures of him without his buddy Dylan in there somewhere!
Spartan hated a bath for years, but in the last year has decided it`s the most wonderful thing ever, it`s such a pleasure to see him upside down flapping enjoying a soaking.
He`s always removing the quicklinks from toys, sometimes from the swings while the other birds are sat on them!! Crafty boy!