Alaska Bird Club volunteer Chelsea Farner is looking to house 300 cockatiels whose owner recently died. The process began Monday when she and a colleague visited the home where the birds currently reside.
Farner was shocked when a family member of the deceased ornithophile called to ask for her help.
“The woman said, ‘There’s about 300,’ ” Farner told the Anchorage Daily news . “That was not what I was expecting. I thought she was going to say three or four.”
According to Farner, the largest number of birds her organization had been asked to find a home for was a dozen.
It’s not known who formerly owned the birds. Farner said the family has asked that she protect the identity of the deceased. But whoever it was appeared to take good care of the birds, which resided in an ornate aviary that was built into the man’s house.
“The birds’ feathers seem shiny and nice. They have nice perches, to fly around and be free,” Farner said.
While Alaska places a maximum on how many dogs or cats can live in one household, there is no rule governing birds. Farner said owning 300 birds is not something she recommends, but in this case, “It seems like the way he did it was the right way.”
Whomever, or how many ever people take in these birds, are in for a commitment. Cockatiels can live upward of 25 years in captivity.