Lucy & desi- Blue Fronted Amazon Pair

September 2nd, 2009


These birds came to us as a pair who were once breeders. When the breeder was told that they probably would not breed I was asked to euthanize, but refused. Now they need a home. Desi arrived with a respiratory infection that has been resolved and he is now in good health. Lucy has a plucked chest but is otherwise healthy. She seems to have a blockage of her oviduct and probably wont lay. This pair would be happy an outdoor aviary where they could live happily together and give their new owner lots of enjoyment watching them interact. Take this delightful pair of amazons home with you.

ADOPTION FEE: $200 for the pair

Terry Timberlake is helping us find homes for birds

August 16th, 2009


Sadly, many exotics loose their homes when their beloved owner’s life takes an unexpected change. To us, this is heartbreaking and we have decided to offer our help to those who must give up a pet(s) and to those who may have a good home and love to offer.

The cost of an adoption is usually much less than the price of a newly weaned baby of the same species and basically covers our clinic cost for exams and tests to insure your new companion is healthy.

Please read through the following list and look at the photos. To place a pet for adoption, please contact the clinic. For further re-homing information, questions, or to make an appointment to meet our adoption candidates, please contact Terry Timberlake at 561-635-0676.

Mrs Chicken Pickles, Adult female Peach faced Lovebird

August 16th, 2009


What a cutie Mrs. C Pickles is but like many female lovebirds she lays eggs and becomes very protective of them. She’s somewhat territorial and although she’s just darling to look at, she can be nippy, particularly with women. This girl definitely prefers men. Mrs. C Pickles is in perfect feather and a bird that just makes you say “Awwwww”! Take her home and enjoy watching her antics or give her a mate and watch her raise babies.


Tequila- Orange Winged Amazon for adoption

August 16th, 2009


Tequila is a very special bird and would make a great pet for a family.
He responds quickly, wants attention and talks well. This guy is Mister personality in a small, beautiful, perfectly feathered package. He’s definitely looking for love and a forever home. To meet him is to fall in love.
Is there room in your heart for Tequila?


Beckett- Male Umbrella Cockatoo

August 16th, 2009


Beckett is a real ham and very friendly but can be can be unpredictable. He dances, shakes hands, steps up, loves his red Kong ball and is extremely smart. He lost his home when he bit his owner (after 27 years) but we know he’ll thrive with lots of stimulation and enrichment as long as his new owner pays attention to his mood and hormone level, which is important with many mature male cockatoos! He came to me quickly, talking up a storm (“What are you doing?” “Pretty Bird” “ How are you?” and more), then bent his head down to be preened. Beckett would be easy to love and could learn tricks with the right teacher. He is in rough feather but his personality makes up for that. What a wonderful, outgoing bird for the right person. Are you in his future?


tattoos for identification in Squirrel Monkeys

August 2nd, 2009

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The Squirrel Monkey is anesthetized with ketamine and a human tattoo gun is used to tattoo an ID number on it's abdomenbr

We decided to tattoo the squirrel monkeys at Jungle Island in Miami because they seemed to loose their microcips. Or maybe they were able to work them back out of their skin after insertion of the microchip. They certainly are smart and very nimble animals.

Melanocytoma on the nose of an opossum

August 2nd, 2009

Here she is prior to surgery with the very large raised black lesion on the bridge of her nose.Here she is post op with a long incision on her nose.  It healed well and she is feeling great.
This opossum, a favorite of a local wildlife center developed a large black mass on her nose. Fearing that it would be a deadly melanoma we decided to remove it. Pathology revealed it was actually a benign melanocytoma, but could be a precusor to melanoma.

She is recovering nicely and soon will back to her job of meeting the public, with a much prettier nose.

I thought for sure this would be a uniques case until I look into the loiterature and apparently melanocytomas are quite common in opossums. Who would have thought?

Splay leg deformities

July 13th, 2009

Splay leg deformities occur in baby birds when the legs slip out to the side and the chicks cannot get the legs back under themselves. Over time the bones become deformed and once they are calcified the deformity is permanent. This may occur if there is not enough nest material in the box, or it is theorized that some parents sit too heavily on the chicks which could also cause this to occur.
If found early enough these deformities are easily corrected by hobbeling the chicks and placing them in deep bedding, or propping them with towels until the bones start to calcify. We usually supplement with additional calcium as well.
In these deformities, the problem is usually because of rotation of the affected bones, typically the femur in parrot chicks. To repair this deformity in a mature chick is quite expensive because it requires fracturing the bones, placing a pin and allowing them to heal.
We are developing a new techniques by which (hopefully) we can repair this rotational deformity economically.

Falling can cause injuries in birds

July 6th, 2009


Sick Rooster

July 6th, 2009

Chick Pea, a very large, black, pet rooster, became ill during our very wet June weather. This is the time of year when parasites often bloom. He had a heavy infestation with protozoal parasites in his intestines. I expect him to do well on treatment. If you have back yard poultry it is important to deworm them frequently to avoid health problems. Despite regular deworming some parasites can still be problematic, such as these intestinal protozoa.