Hi my name is Elwood Wells. My wife and I live in SW Florida with two
children and several animals. We raise sun conures, and moustache parakeets.
We have a pair of African Greys. We hope to one day raise them as well. We
also have a Jack Russell Terror named "Data".
We both have taken vows of poverty and become public school teachers. Since
we are in SW FL we at least are not cold and poor. Our two teen-age kids manage
to fill our time quite well. Presently I teach math in a high school. Yes I do
get paid (sort of) to work with kids, computers and animals and last I
checked, my wife admits to loving me greatly, so aside from money we do have
most everything. The pictures of sun conures, greencheek conures, ringnecks,
greys and lizards are all our own animals.
My wife and I both share a love of animals. We stopped trying to save
everything, so we could do more for a few species. We just raise the two
species and of course hope for greys someday. I no longer raise ringnecks or
greencheeks. I had open heart surgery this summer and decided to reduce my
pairs to just a few really tame pairs. I don't know how much longer I will
have moustache as my pair are 18 years old.
We have some birds DNA sexed every year to sell or keep as pairs so the
next generation may enjoy exotic pets. We do not hybridize any birds and are
philosophically opposed to the practice. All our breeders were handfed from
domestic stock and are all fairly tame. When my wife, my kids or I go outside
we are greeted by birds coming towards us with expectations of food, attention,
food, play, and of course food.
Neither my adult birds or babies are exposed to mosquitoes, wild birds, or wild
animals. They are away from chemical spray as much as possible. We have geckos,
anoles, and tree frogs in the aviary to control insects. All cages have toys,
plus wooden, and cement perches. We feed a seed mix, plus a variety of
fruits, vegetables, flowers, and some pellets.
All my babies are pulled when the youngest bird in the clutch is 14 days old.
They are hand fed by us in our home.