Meet the parrot man of Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Many people may have seen Jim Moe, of Grand Junction, strolling through town with a cart full of parrots.

He has owned the colorful birds for more than 15 years, taking them to the park, hardware store and even out for lunch.

"They're my feather babies,” said Moe.

For Moe, one bird wasn’t enough, so now he has four.

"The first one I ever got, I was working and a guy came in and says 'would you like a parrot?' And he just hooked me, hook line and sinker. And I just kept increasing and increasing so we went from one to two, to three and now to four,” said Moe.

He has two Macaws, 8-year-old Max and 16-year-old Rosie; a 9-year old African Gray called Nikki; and a 16-year-old yellow and green Amazon called Chuckles.

Each have their own tricks and talents.

"Oh he will do high fours, sometimes he will stick his wings out, he dances…they are the most fascinating creatures that you can ever think,” said Moe.

Moe says he tries to get them out of the house at least once a day, whether that be on a walk to the park, or for some retail therapy at Lowes, Home Depot or pet shops.

He says their favorite place is Sonic.

"We come so he can have a corn dog, he loves his Sonic corn dogs,” said Moe.

Parrots are omnivores meaning they can eat both meat and vegetation, their strong beak allows them to break through hard nutshells, even lollipops.

"We try and get them out every day and go somewhere,” said Moe.

He says the employees at Sonic know him well, but not to worry. Moe says these special meals are all in moderation, as these birds can live up to 100 years.

For now, he says he's reached his limit of feathered friends, but he will never turn away a bird in need.

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