No empty nest for man helping birds in the cold

Published On: Feb 06 2014 09:51:47 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 06 2014 10:07:23 PM CST

Normally birds are only on dining room tables if they are baked or fried. But right now, they are one Sedgwick County man's houseguests.

Ken Lockwood of the Eagle Valley Raptor Center is opening his home to three birds in this cold snap. An African owl, and a falcon from Peru flew the coup for a warm crate inside.

"When you've got sub-zero with the snow and the wind, it's just not worth the risk so they just share our house with us," Lockwood said.

The Raptor Center uses the birds for educational programs. Lockwood said his feathered friends are pretty good guests.

"I've got a lot of towel or diapers," Lockwood said. "I've got to clean every day, but the main thing, it's their safety."