Six years have gone by now since he lost his wife, but Michael still tears up when talking about her. In that time, four birds she'd left to him have passed away from old age. Still, he's heartened to share his golden years with the remaining four senior birds under his care — creatures whom his wife had loved so dearly.
"They are my family now," he says. "I have found peace with my flock."
Michael's flock has found peace with him as well, thanks to his understanding of how these pets should be treated and loved. He hopes others might take note.
"Birds are supposed to be free," Michael says. "Don't get one and put it in a cage in the corner. Interact and play with them. They are social animals. If you are young, expect to have a friend for many years. They will be your friend for life."