Parrot farmer loses feathered friends
MICK Blake will lay to rest more than 100 feathered friends following Tropical Cyclone Marcia's wrath.
The Central Queensland parrot farmer's Karmic Aviaries of Baree was devastated when the storm swept through the region two weeks ago.
Mick's wife and part-owner of Karmic Aviaries, Karin Blake, said the cyclone and its aftermath claimed the lives of 23 parrots and 107 finches, quails, lovebirds and budgies.
Ms Blake said her husband was absolutely gutted.
"After TC Marcia we have lost Mick's most beloved pair of black-headed caiques to stress and injuries from the horrific winds over 200kmh," Ms Blake said.
"They have been hiding in their box and acting strange and refusing to come to Mick and being very quiet, which is very unusual.
"These two caiques are also the two that star on our business logo; that's what these guys mean to Mick.
"I'm hoping that this is not the straw that breaks the camel's back. I have not seen Mick cry like this since he lost his dad."
Ms Blake said the loss of 130 birds plus supplies meant Karmic Aviaries' losses exceeded $75,000.
"We also lost half a tonne of seed, 10 bags of Hagen's baby formula and over 350 cobs of frozen corn," she said. "We've lost over $75,000 not including future income in the hundreds of thousands of dollars now lost.
"All of these losses were not insurable due to the ridiculous price of insurance and the high-risk nature of livestock farming."