Jeb Stuart

“What do you mean I have fungus? Yuck!”

Poor Jeb didn’t know that a fungus called aspergillosis had taken over his body. In fact, nobody knew, which is common with this fungus. Often a bird shows no symptoms until it’s too late, and they suddenly die.

But, thank goodness Jeb’s was caught. And thank goodness he came to Best Friends, where thanks to Guardian Angels, the lengthy and expensive treatment is something we can provide.

Jeb originally had a loving home. But his person needed surgery, and the powder down on his feathers became dangerous to her respiratory health. As a side note, some parrots, especially cockatoos and greys, have powder down feathers. These are little fluffy feathers underneath the feathers you see. The purpose of these feathers is to disintegrate into a powder (very similar to talcum powder). The bird uses the powder to groom and keep his feathers in top condition. But the powder is also hard on the respiratory system — especially for humans. So Jeb went to a parrot rescue group, and the group discovered his fungus problem. They felt they could help more birds if they didn’t use all their resources on one, so they asked Best Friends if we could save this fellow’s life.

And thanks to you, that’s just what we’re trying to do.

So as he gets his treatment over the next year with nebulizers and medications, and we try to remove all the fungus spores from his lungs, please hold him in your hearts and wish this intelligent Congo African grey as speedy a recovery as possible!

JEB STUART'S PROGRESS JOURNAL
Worth the wait June 20, 2016

After two years and an extra hour, staffer enjoys some interaction with Jeb Stuart.

Improvement September 21, 2015

Enjoy a quick summer update on Jeb Stuart.

Steady February 6, 2015

Jeb Stuart’s condition remains stable and doesn’t affect his ability to charm everyone he meets.

Keeping busy January 30, 2015

Enrichment toys and foraging opportunities are necessary for the mental health of smarties like Jeb Stuart.

Holiday treats December 24, 2014

Jeb Stuart and the other Parrot Garden residents look forward to their Christmas Day goodies.

Less noise December 15, 2014

In addition to the healthier air, Jeb Stuart’s new temporary housing is a bit more tranquil for all the birds.

Expert opinion December 4, 2014

An avian veterinary specialist sees Jeb Stuart and offers an ongoing treatment plan.

Moving day November 13, 2014

Good news for Jeb Stuart and all the birds in Parrot Garden — they’re getting a new headquarters.

Tucked in October 30, 2014

It looks like there’s a new baby at Parrot Garden. Hey, It’s Jeb Stuart!

Unchanged October 15, 2014

After his recent check-up, Jeb Stuart’s lungs and airsacs remain pretty much the same.

New job September 30, 2014

Parrot Garden has a new tour guide who’s perfect for the job — Jeb Stuart.

Honeymoon’s over September 17, 2014

Now comfortable at Parrot Garden, Jeb Stuart becomes quite the chatterbox.

Taste tester September 9, 2014

Jeb Stuart feels the Parrot Garden kitchen deserves three Michelin stars for exceptional, and nutritious, cuisine.

Chatterbox September 2, 2014

An unlikely friend makes Jeb happy and animated.

Recipe for health August 18, 2014

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but for Jeb Stuart, it’s birdie bread.

Distraction August 11, 2014

Toys make the perfect diversions to keep Jeb Stuart from becoming bored during his nebulizer treatments.

Splish splash August 6, 2014

One cure for the summer heat is a nice cool shower and Jeb Stuart loves them!

Amazing July 29, 2014

Volunteers and staff are all captivated by Jeb Stuart’s good looks and internal clock.

The great outdoors July 22, 2014

Now that Jeb Stuart is out of quarantine and at Parrot Garden, he enjoys some time outside.

Watching his diet July 14, 2014

To keep his hydration up and infections down, Jeb Stuart eats plenty of fruits and veggies.

Big move July 3, 2014

His quarantine now complete, Jeb Stuart can now join the other birds.

New nebulizer June 26, 2014

A little purple dinosaur comes to Jeb Stuart’s rescue.

The right spot June 18, 2014

Jeb Stuart fits right in at the Sanctuary and already has staff trained on just where to scratch.

Meet Jeb Stuart June 6, 2014

Recent arrival Jeb Stuart begins his long road to recovery at Best Friends.