Our facility consists of a 2300 sq ft building on just under two acres of land in a rural area near Raleigh, NC. The lower level houses the main housing areas, known as the “Main Bird Room” or “B1” and the “Linda Shapin Little Birds Haven” or “B2”.
The upper level houses our Isolation Wards, and temporary quarantine area. The lower and upper levels have separate air handling systems for better bio-security.
There is also a kitchen area for food preparation, and a bird-safe free-flight room we affectionately call “The Playroom”. This is where the birds get to spend time out of their cages and socialize in groups.
A 12′ x 44′ aviary is under construction just to the south of the main building. It consists of a Carolina Carport structure on top of a 2′ foundation wall that sits on a 2′ deep concrete footer. It will be a hybrid of greenhouse and aviary, with the greenhouse portion enclosed in polycarbonate walls and heated in inclement weather. The portion shown with the roof above it is the 20′ that will be enclosed in polycarbonate. The remaining 24′ with no roof will be enclosed in 0.5″ x 0.5″ wire mesh. The floor in both areas will be natural ground covered in natural and untreated chipped hardwood mulch, so that trees and plants can grow. This design was developed by Matt Smith of Project Perry (The Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary) and has proved to be a safe and natural environment for the birds to thrive year-round as a flighted flock.
We also have a large storage building where we house extra cages, building materials and tools that are used to make bird toys. A small 8′ x 10′ detached building houses our dry food making workshop. Future plans include expansion to that building, with wiring and plumbing to allow food prep away from the bird area for bio-safety.
Future plans include a full building for off-site food prep, additions to house African Grey parrots without cages, an outdoor flight connected to the Littles indoor flight, and a separate quarantine building.