Why a SilverSage Baby?
Healthy Parents, Healthy Babies
The foundations for a healthy baby is the health of the parents. We focus on a well balanced, fresh, and species-appropriate diet for our parent birds along with space to fly, sunshine, and preventative veterinary care. Our parent birds are deeply loved and we know them each by name and personality. Their health and wellbeing is of utmost importance to us, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well. Here at SilverSage we believe that raising a family should add to the enrichment of our birds, not detract from it. Our parent birds need toys and other enrichment just as much as our tame babies, and they are every bit as deserving!
Fully Fledged Makes the Difference
The process of learning to fly is a complex and important step in the mental, emotional, and physical development of a young parrot. This is when they learn not only the crucial physicals skills that will allow them to safely navigate their environment, but also the skills that allow them to respond appropriately to new sights, sounds, and experiences. It is crucial to their confidence as they explore and grow. A confident bird is able to play with new toys, meet new people, try new foods, and in general develop into the happy bird they were meant to be. By contrast, a bird deprived of flight as a baby cannot retreat to a safe distance to examine a threat and decide how to respond, and is forced to face everything almost as if they are backed into a corner and trapped. Is it any wonder so many respond to new experiences by biting? At SilverSage we firmly believe that allowing young parrots to develop naturally, flight feathers intact, is important to producing mentally and emotionally healthy parrots who are ready to enjoy life to the fullest. We have also observed that IRN babies allowed to fully fledge are much less likely to experience a “bluffing” phase and when they do it is much less severe and doesn’t last as long as those babies who are clipped at an early age.
Always Abundance Weaned, Never Forced
In aviculture we are always learning new things and improving. We now know that “force weaning” (the process of gradually reducing formula so that the baby will eat more solid foods) actually negatively impacts the development of the young parrot. Once the baby is ABLE to eat solid foods they still need to emotional security provided by having the formula still offered regularly. With the assurance that their formula (or a feeding from their parents) will arrive on time, the baby is free to taste, try, and experiment with new foods without worrying about their next meal. Babies who are “abundance weaned” (fed formula until they refuse several days in a row) are usually better eaters, and more confident and secure in general.
Harness Trained, Ready for Adventure
Harness training a parrot after they are weaned can take months and is not always successful. It can be incredibly frustrating for parront and parrot alike. At SilverSage we have discovered that introducing the harness at the right time while the babies are still hand feeding allows them to adjust to the harness rapidly and go to their new homes already wearing a high quality harness and ready to safely join their new families on hiking trips, shopping, and other adventures.
Highly Socialized, Friendly Babies
We introduce our babies to the widest range of humanity we can find; Every color, size, gender, and age that we can. People with glasses, braces, hats, painted nails, piercings, etc. Our goal is to teach our babies to love and interact with any human they meet without developing the prejudices that parrots often exhibit.
Personal Support for Life
Once you have one of our babies, you are part of our family. We will support you in your journey no matter what! We are here to help you problem shoot, learn, and grow. If ever your life changes unexpectedly, we are here as a safe place for your bird if you cannot care for him or her any longer.