My name is Rivkah Biderman. For 4 years I've been privately funding and operating Galilee Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary. Over the years I've volunteered my time treating, educating, training and advocating for parrots. I also owned and raised two Amazon parrots while living in Panamá giving me a total of 15 years of experience with parrots.
There are other groups and individuals who rescue parrots and may change the terrible living environments the parrots existed in but this rescue location is the only one that focuses on healing the parrot from the inside (emotions and trust) to the outside (feathers and health). I have had a lot of success with healing problems of aggression and feather plucking in more than one breed of parrot. Because of the growing demand I'm expanding the facility to include a small aviary attached to the outside parrot room which resides inside of our home.
Parrots without feathers cannot regulate their body temperatures and should not live outside. But these parrots still need sunshine and fresh air. The aviary will allow the easy movement of the birds from the protection of the house to the outdoor area during the cool hours of the day, cool hours is very important in the Middle East if they are to have the fresh air and sun they need. Injured parrots that are recovering also need to be somewhat protected in their healing process.
The aviary will be attached by a boot or entryway in the window of the bird's room as an exit to the outside area. In addition to the construction costs there has already been a screen door recently installed ($345) on the door exiting the bird's room into the main house. The screen door now allows me to see into the room which now serves as an open bird cage of 8 x 9 ft, allowing parrots to be free as parrots is part of the healing process. Climbing ropes, perches, toys, feeding stands etc are part of the cost. These things will need to be built and the materials to build them will need to be delivered. In Israel, it's not the labor or the materials that are expensive, it's the delivery of the materials that drives the cost up to a ridiculous amount.
I'm asking you to join me to make this renovation happen so that I can continue to do this important work of healing broken parrots. As I continue to advocate for those who have no human voice to speak for themselves. As I work to change the welfare of the parrots one owner and one parrot at a time.
Feel free to ask questions or to arrange to visit if you're visiting Israel.