Cricket is an umbrella cockatoo that has been in care since November 2017. He was a former resident of the World Parrot Refuge up until it shut down. When the doors closed for the final time Cricket was taken in by one of the staff that used to volunteer at the refuge. He lived with that family for over a year until they were no longer able to care for him. From there Night Owl Bird Hospital took him in until he was able to get transfered to Meika's. Cricket seems to have a preference to women. He has the capability of being very loud (as all cockatoos are) and he can bite if he is forced to do things he doesn't want to do. He is very mechanical so you need to be able to outsmart him on a day to day basis as he is capable of escaping certain cages and carriers. Cricket does love to cuddle, dance, play with toys and hang out on a play stand.
All white zebra finches, 17 in total. ages unknown. some pick on other and are missing some feathers. all mite treated
Chewy is a nice umbrella cockatoo. As will all cockatoos she can be noisy and dusty. She tends to prefer females, but has stepped up for a few males that interact with her. She's quite comical, energetic and has a cute vocabulary.
He will step up for you if you have a nice calm personality. Very nice little bird! Cannot be separated from Newton.
Most of these guys have been found outside and brought to us. The English budgie was abandoned in a rental property and was left alone for an unknown amount of days. It requires medical care right now and possibly a surgery due to a severely impacted/infected preen gland, it is not available to adopt just yet, but will be once she gets the ok from our vet.
This is Newton, Figgy is pictured below. They are a bonded pair of skin showing Senegals from the World Parrot Refuge in BC. Figgy is really nice, Newton is fearful but has never bitten, she would rather fly away than to attack. With time and patience we believe she will warm up to her new parronts, she just needs to understand that noone is there to hurt her.
Peeko is an incredibly sweet conure looking for a home. He loves to cuddle, steps up nicely, loves head scritches and is just an all around sweet bird.
He loves to play with his toys and hang around with his person. He bonds readily with a variety of people and is very social.
Clyde is a special case. We don't have very much information on his past other than he was a former World Parrot Refuge resident. Clyde is extremely fearful of anything and everything. He has been in care since December 2017 and has not made any major progress with regards to trusting people. He thrashes around the cage if you just happen to walk by. When he is let out, he runs and hides in every small awkward hard to reach place he can find. There is definitely some kind of trauma he has suffered in his past, it is very clear. He is (or was - i haven't seen him pull any out since he's been here) a feather plucker, we don't believe his feathers will ever come back as there is follicle damage. He responds well to playing peek a boo of all things...but he is mostly comfortable watching people interact with other birds in the house and not him. He does love his toys.
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Periodically, we are asked to hand raise baby birds. When old enough, these are also available for adoption. To see birds that may be available, click here.
A bird rehabilitation and re-homing center based in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Meika’s Safehouse provides a safe and loving environment for birds in need. We work primarily with parrots but all species of companion or pet birds are welcomed.
When birds are surrendered into our care, we fully assess the bird’s overall health and start some training as appropriate. Most of the birds have not been abused, but because of the level of intelligence they possess, they are often under significant emotional stress when they are relinquished. Birds that have been mistreated emotionally or physically require more rehabilitation and may never be suitable for re-homing.
When we determine a bird is ready to be rehomed, much care and consideration is put into selecting an appropriate home. When we are able to match a bird with a new family, in most cases, he or she will be adopted out with a cage suitable, as well as the toys and favourite items the bird has grown accustomed to. We will also provide a current health certificate.
Our desire is to see the birds that leave our care succeed in their new home, and we are always here to provide advice and assistance. To see the birds we currently have available for adoption, please see below.
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Bright, energetic, fun loving bird that loves to play and take baths. Likes to explore everything and loves bright shiny jewelry.
Feizi was adopted a few months ago, however she did come back into care due to only getting along with the females in the household.
Special considerations: special dietary needs, much messier than a typical parrot, can produce a high pitched noise at times.
S2 and S3 are a lovely pair of Senegals that came from the World Parrot Refuge in BC, They both step up (one more redily that the other, but the other does step up.) They are quiet parrots although they do make some noise as all birds do. The "male" tolerates head scritches once he has developed trust with you. Aoption fee includes a non refundable donation to Greyhaven.
Matilda is a chatty African Grey who has a beautiful female voice that speaks with an Eastern European accent. She is fairly nice for an African Grey. Will step up most of the time, however she can bite if you try and take her out of the cage if she is not ready.
Beaky is an extremely talkative amazon that will have you in stitches laughing at what she comes up with. She is not friendly but we have been working with her on and off and she is to the point where she will step on a stick, and sometimes a hand. She is target trained, but only works when she feels like it and only for the exact right treats she wants at that given moment. She is a beautiful amazon in full feather.
Update, Beaky now steps up more often than not, she is better at stepping up while she is out of the cage.
These two are very bonded, the male (pied) gets very stressed when his female is not in sight. They are both tame and would like to stay together.
Weather is a very nice little bird provided you respect her body language and that she trusts you. She does like scritches and cuddles on her terms and she will even let you get at those hard pin feathers! We can hold her, turn her on her back and pet her head, ears and back of the neck. That being said, she is a hard headed conure and can nip quite hard if you're not paying attention.
Zuri came to us a few years ago as a surrender from a veterinary clinic who contacted us as her original owner had asked them to euthanize her because she was leaving the country. Zuri is in perfect health and did not deserve to be euthanized for that reason so we took her in. She was adopted by a young family who kept her for about 2 years and recently got surrendered again as they were no longer able to care for her. She prefers males, and we would lean towards saying Zuri is a one person bird, meaning she will be more tactile and "loving" to one person over any other family members.
This conure trio have been in foster care for 6 years. Jimmy came first in 2011 and the Peach fronts not long after. They did not start off liking each other, in fact Jimmy was a lone bird for the better part of his life and did not want any other birds in his bubble. The peach fronts came into care looking for a partner and found that in Jimmy. They were extremely persistent in getting him to like them. They constantly flew to his cage despite being chased off. One day Jimmy let his guard down and now they are inseparable. Jimmy has been feather challenged since before he came into care, we believe it started when his previous owner went through a bit of a rough patch in their life. The trio was previously adopted, but less than a year into being adopted they needed to come back since their adoptive family moved out of the country.
Jasmine needs time and patience and you need to earn her trust slowly. Jasmine just arrived a few short days ago and we are just getting to know her. She does step up on a stick most times, we are working with her to get her to step up voluntarily. She is capable of having affectionate relationships however she needs to make the decision to like you.
Mango has the typical perfect Green Wing Macaw temperament, very social, loves people, steps up, gives high fives, tells us she loves us, chatty and just a phenomenal parrot. She came from the World Parrot Refuge in BC and there was no information about her past life or her age. We believe she is over 20 years old. She was housed with a Severe Macaw but with that arrangement Mango would not stop laying eggs and she stayed at the bottom of the cage for entire days/weeks at a time. She was getting pooped on by her buddy and not eating the way she should (she expected her buddy to feed her, which he wasn't doing enough of and she was losing weight). Because of this we have decided her best chance at staying healthy and finding a home was to separate them and work with them individually.
Here's what we know:
These two were paired up in the place where they came from. They were from an estate we took in a bunch of birds from summer 2017. The female is a mixture between a yellow and blue indian ringneck and the grey is a solid grey.
They are wild birds who were set to be bred in their previous home. We do not know if they ever had babies in the past.