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I am a Blue-and-Gold Macaw from Imperial, MO.

Big Bird. Hay you. Brat! Bird!!! Stuped Bird, Loud mouth, Beak with feet!!

28 years old   F

Blue-and-Gold Macaw

A jug of ice cold Little Bits Best rootbeer !!!!

On my play stand!!

Not being able to be in the front room on my playstand any more.

He gives me cardboard boxes to tear up.

Hanging upside down and ringing my bells..

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  Hi, Ms. BB
Thanks for flying in. Both our gpas were in the service.

The parronts didn't BBQ (kinda windy out) but they did have the hot dogs, burgers, potato salad, baked beans, etc.

Have a great day, wing hugs, beak kisses and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

05/26/2015 04:45.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Tuesday
Hello from Flitzer.

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

05/26/2015 03:35.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this damp, dull Monday herein Napanee, Ontariot. With less then a week left in this month, I wanted to take a brief look at a few of the blogs you left on my page to share with everyone. I have enjoyed reading all of your comments, and encourage everybirdie to share in the discussion. I was reading this morning and came across Miss Chyna's blog. It brought back many memories to me about my beginnings here in the Sky Flock. Chyna was very blessed indeed that her Momma and Daddy found her when they did. Dirty, hungry and sick she was being sold to whoever had the money to take her away. What a shame some people look at us and only see a value sign written in dollars. My story as you all know was different, but in a sense was also based on money.
Sometimes birds arrive into home with hidden illnesses, but there are a lot that were sold or given away because they were sick and their former owners did not or could not afford the money to have them treated by a Veterinarian. I am asking to see how many of you were outwardly ill when re-homed? How many were being housed in sub-standard, dirty conditions? How many of you were without food, or being given poor, low quality or incorrect foods?
My Momma Deb feels there should be standards set for those who retail Companion Parrots whether a private owner or as a business (Pet Stores, Breeders etc). In general the animal welfare laws of our countries are behind the times, lack sufficient depth to make necessary changes, and fall short in the juridical system. Laws set to protect us many times lead to fines, or a probational period of "owning or possessing an animal." Many of you may recall the tragic murder of Ozzie an CAG in Alberta Canada. Stolen from her front porch and brutally abused her murderers, three teens got away with a crime that united the Parrot World to fight for stiffer sentences,and more explicit laws to be written to protect ALL animals.
Many have shared this month that they have seen sick Companion Parrots sold in Pet Stores. Often when this fact is brought to staffs attention, they shrug it off and do nothing. Few chain stores will spend the money to take an ill bird to a Veterinarian for treatment. After all it effects their profit margin. Many times when an ill bird is pointed out it is removed from the display cage to die alone in the back of the store. Some stores even have made it their "policy" that sick animals, birds included be "humanely" killed by placing it into a box in their freezer. That is not humane, freezing to death, alone in the dark. Some stores have admitted that they are told by "head-office" that this is how they are to treat sick animals in the store.
Bird Channel members are a small group, but we have a voice to cry out for changes. We are not a commodity. We are loving, feeling, sensitive Creatures that deserve respect, care and to be loved for who we are!

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, Let's talk Parrot for May's BOTM.

05/25/2015 01:53.31 PM Report This Comment  
  BB waddles in,stops,and stands at attention faceing Old Red White & Blue. She rases her right wing swiftly in a smart salute.
This is for all curently serving,and all who have served the great US of A!!
Now lets throw some meat on the grill, make some tator salad & apple pies, watch some baze ball & drink some Little Bits root beer!!!!

Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BBs page. My Derby hat, TPB&G., Micky D running the castle for May, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Its CARNIVAL TIME WITH ANGEL AT THE KB & Buba, ready for the race.

05/25/2015 10:55.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello
BB waddles in,stops,and stands at attention. She rases her right wing swiftly in a smart salute.
This is for all curently serving,and all who have served the great US of A!!
Now lets throw some meat on the grill, make some tator salad & apple pies, watch some baze ball & drink some Little Bits root beer!!!!

Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BBs page. My Derby hat, TPB&G., Micky D running the castle for May, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Its CARNIVAL TIME WITH ANGEL AT THE KB & Buba, ready for the race.

05/25/2015 09:41.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi BB,
"HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!"

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday!!
Leaving a vote for you. Enjoy your day!!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, ***Chipper--VOTE WARRIORS FOR 10K***.

05/25/2015 07:45.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Memorial Day Flitzer
Happy Memorial Day.
Not sure what's going on today, but it will be warm - near 80 degrees.
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Saturday, Dad helped friends celebrate their friend's 98th Birthday.
I can't count that high - 98 is such a big number.

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Dad and Uncle Geno took a day trip Sunday in the sunshine -driving a couple hours away.
Nice day for a drive.
~Wings Up~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

05/25/2015 04:18.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this Memorial Day long weekend. I again must say I am sorry for missing yesterday but Momma Deb had to visit a very talented Indian Ringneck named Max to clip his nails for his Momma. Problem is to get there was a very long drive across country. Needless to say Max looks great, and to make up for the nail grooming he received a Chuey's Chewable Bird Toy Creations, round peg boards to play with.
Max's Mom had contemplated adding another fid to the household. However after talking to my Momma she has decided to keep on loving Max and an pass on adopting another Parrot. Max is quite spoiled, and very well cared for and love. I doubt he would have been any to happy to see another Companion Parrot moving in on his home territory.
The conversation over lunch drifted to the topic of Parrots of course. Max's Mom had recently watched a television commercial telling people to Adopt! Don't Shop! for a Companion Parrot. She had never seen the commercial before and it caught her off guard, but also made her begin to think. She does not recall the name of the Rescue other then it was in the USA. How wonderful it would be if Rescues could come together to finance, through donations and Corporate sponsors television advertisements or magazine advertisements encouraging Adoption of Parrots over buying from a store/breeder/bird Mart etc. Companies advertise to cause consumers to purchase brand "A" over brand "B". I am certain it would work on potential owners of Companion Parrots in like manner. If even one Parrot was adopted from each Rescue what a difference it could begin to make.
Parrot ownership ( ugh, I dislike that term) is a privilege, not a right. When the World begins to realize this truth, we Parrots will begin to gain the respect we rightfully deserve. Our friendship can not be purchased, forced from us or bullied out of us. We are wild flying Creations that were meant to spend our days being Parrots, not a cage ornament or room accent. While on FB today I saw someone's cool off-handed comment to a Parront who has just lost a fid. Suggesting she buy another to replace her baby. It is sad to think this person is someone who has a bird. Love from a Companion Parrot can not be purchased with all the money in the World. You have to earn it, on our terms.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; Please share with us one or two of the hurls you encountered when first bringing home your fid(s). Also how about some of the best, most touching moments as well. The greatest over-coming moment when you just knew you and your Fid were happily bonded for life!

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, Let's talk Parrot for May's BOTM.

05/24/2015 01:10.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB,
Sorry mom got busy and forgot.

She will be sending pictures to your dad.

Thanks for the reminder. :)

Hugs and a vote.

Pookie

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05/24/2015 11:04.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB
Lovely hat. We are fine here in NM. Getting much needed rain and hasn't warmed up yet. Moocher ducks are fine and awaiting the arrival of the geese. Go American Pharaoh. Bye bye

Come visit me, The Moocher Ducks,Thanks Everybirdie, Norman, St Francis Chapel, Say a prayer today, Phoenix Base Fliers:Home of the 2013 World Champs & Jude.

05/24/2015 09:34.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Sunday
a quick Fly-By today

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

05/24/2015 03:01.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Saturday
Frost-warnings overnight. It's going to be nice the rest of the weekend, but -my, the nights have been cold for May.

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I love this photo. I'm sitting in the berry bowl in the kitchen, giving Dad a happy squawk.
[This is to make sure Dad doesn't mistaken me for a berry].
~Wings Up~

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05/23/2015 03:10.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope you had a great day too! It got cloudy and cooler here today so I don't think anyone is missing the pool. They painted it today and then put the lights and the filter covers back on. It is now ready for water when it dries.
Mom has to drive Jennifer down to her dads house tomorrow. The doctors have been checking him ever since he has the heart attack and found he has a leaky heart valve. He is going to have to have surgery to fix it and Jennifer is worried. Mom thinks it will be okay since they do so many of those kinds of surgeries. They haven't scheduled it yet but we keep him in our prayers everyday.
Mom went over to Costco today and it was very crowded. They had all the registers open so it really didn't take long to get out of there. She brought back some lovely blueberry muffins and Mandy, Merlin and I shared one! Yes, the cat likes blueberry muffins!
I hope your evening is just wonderful! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar,Pippo, Mei Mei-Vote 4 Sweetie 269943 & The Calendar Page~Cherries for May.

05/22/2015 08:43.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB
Happy, healthy Friday to everybirdie. It's looking to be a great long-weekend for all my BC friends in the US. I am very delighted by the responses you are sharing with us. I hope everybirdie takes the time to read them too. There is a lot to consider when it comes to sharing your home with a Companion Parrot. When my Momma Deb started with birds, there was so little written about them it was a hit or miss situation when it came to care, housing and health. Today, with the internet at our finger tips, and countless books on various species, self-educating is a joyous and necessary component to be availed by all. We never know it all, and learning is a life time effort. Everyday with a Companion Parrot offers opportunities to observe or learn something new and valuable.
Many of us wish to adopt a new fid into our homes, hearts and flocks but there are so many considerations beyond species to work through. I must say this topic was brought to me by our dear friend Eva Kline of the famed K K Koral. It is something we need to look at when thinking of the addition of a brand new flock member in an established flock. That is the dreaded "quarantine" .
It would be the very rare home that can provide us with "IDEAL" conditions to quarantine an incoming bird. So with this knowledge what can we do? and what is not ok to do? To correctly quarantine a new Parrot you need a room, that is supplied with it's own source of air, preferably filtered intake and exhaust. Many Avian diseases are air-borne. Simply separating a new Parrot from the flock within the same household does not prevent contamination and disease spread through the air, air vents and whenever the door is opened to care for the new comer. The false belief that changing your clothing, shoes etc after caring for the new comer WILL NOT prevent the spread of disease.
By definition all quarantine of Avians is to be done in a building separate from ALL other birds in a flock. It must have it's own air filtration system to prevent spread of airborne disease particles and be tended by someone who does not come into contact with other Parrots during the quarantine period. Separation of the flock and new comer by floors within the same home is not considered fully quarantined. Although changing clothes, shoes and showering before entering and after being in contact with the new fid will work greatly to help stop cross infection.
The recommended method of quarantine suggests that all incoming new flock members have TWO sets of blood testing done at intervals advised by your Veterinarian to screen for Avian diseases. However, unless the Parrot is shedding a virus, a false negative can occur.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: what other suggestion do you have for bringing home that new flock member?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, Let's talk Parrot for May's BOTM.

05/22/2015 09:41.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope you had a great day. Mine was pretty good. Mom was busy with chores and spent some time looking for recipes for veggies. She found some really great ones so it as time well spent.
The pool is still empty. The lights from the bottom are sitting along side it. They plastered it so I think now they have to smooth it out again and then paint it blue again. It was warm here today so I think everyone is anxious for that pool to be open!
I hope your evening is just perfect!
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/21/2015 09:51.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sweetheart
That sounds like a plan. We have to wait for Spot and his Mom to return. She is starting to feel better. So won't be too long.
Today is cool, but sunny. A nice day to go for a hike by the lake. We could take a picnic basket for lunch and our warm fluffy basket to sit on.
Sky grins widely as he watches BB picking up the basket.
"we can't forget the pickles
"you and your pickles" BB scolds him with a little swat of her wing." yeah, pickles too."
Sky helps BB make sandwiches, and they pack some pie for dessert."
Ok, I'll grab our blanket and a sweater, and we're off for the day together. Sky thinks back of his daughter Chirps and how she'd follow them everywhere, and smiles softly, taking BB's wing in his as they head down the board walk.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, Let's talk Parrot for May's BOTM.

05/21/2015 09:43.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here this cool, but sunny Thursday. I apologize for not getting this blog out to you yesterday but we care having serious problems with BC right now.
It is definitely a good sign that so many have made long-term arrangements for us fids. It is something humans don't like to think about, death and being away from us, but since so many of us are very long-lived it is vital we all are provided for. A recent incident set this fact out from all othrs when one of our own BC friends was rushed to the hospital unconscious. There was talk prior to this eventful day about having contact numbers but the other person delayed to provide them. When the situation happened there was no one to call to care for the two fids left int he apartment alone. This could have been all avoided with proper per-planning.
At the very least everyone should take the time to list all their fids in a notebook. Including their ages, sexes, and every important fact about each one including foods, care facts and anything else that would matter should we be unable to provide for them. This notebook should be placed in a safe location; easily found by someone in a stressful situation. Tell family, friends etc where to find the book, or if you have a "care-provider" designated make certain they are aware of it and where to find the notes. Have contact numbers included for any family, friends etc and your Veterinarian.
In this situation mentioned we were able to work from Canada in behalf of our American friend. The birds were cared for by a close friend. The whole situation could have been smoother, and less stressful on our part with the necessary information in advance. Stop to imagine if things were different and no one was notified to care for the bird for the week their owner was hospitalized. Not a pretty thought. Sometimes we figure that family knows how to care for our fids. But in an emergency do they really know everything they should? In the event of our death, who will take care of the fids? Do these individuals know this in advance? Many times Companion Parrots are left to people who do not really want them and they end up sold, given away or handed over to a rescue to "deal with". As a Parrot lover and Parront we are responsible for their welfare even in our absence.
Having a living will, or a notarized paper telling all the details relevant to our flock will save alot of guess work later on for those responsible for our estates. We will have the peace-of-mind knowing we have placed our baby's into caring, informed hands and provided for their future without us. No one likes to dwell on death, but once we take care of this most important part of "ownership" of a Companion Parrot(s) we will be able to continue to enjoy every day we have here on Earth with them. Up dates to the notebook are important. Noting any behavior changes, issues or medical problems as they occur is also helpful for their future care-giver.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, Let's talk Parrot for May's BOTM.

05/21/2015 08:49.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Wednesday
Flying By With Mischief In My Eye
~Wings Up~

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05/20/2015 03:29.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello ??
All my blogs & pictures are gone !!!!!

Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BBs page. My Derby hat, TPB&G., Micky D running the castle for May, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Its CARNIVAL TIME WITH ANGEL AT THE KB & Buba, ready for the race.

05/19/2015 04:38.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope you are having a fun day!
The guys are still over there fixing the pool so I still don't know how they are going to fill it. I hope they do it soon because I really want to know! It's funny how we never really paid attention to it before. You can tell that no one here goes swimming! It wasn't a selling point when we rented our apartment. They allowed big dogs and had dog parks so they were a winner as far as we were concerned. The rules have changed since we moved in. They still allow big dogs but I guess they have to okay it first. Same with exotics, which is me! They said we are grandfathered in so it doesn't affect us!
I hope you have the most wonderful day ever!! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/19/2015 11:35.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB
Good morning to everybirdie. Sweetie here with our first blog of the week. I have been enjoying this Canadian long weekend to the max. Warm weather, sunny skies, what more could a bird hope for? Maybe anew toy to chew perhaps?
Your responses have been very interesting and informative. Information sharing is after all what BC is all about. When a group of devoted bird lovers get together for any cause, things just have to happen for the better. Bird Channel consists of a wide mix of people and birds from around the world with many common interests but our passion for Companion Parrots is the foremost. The coined phrase crazy-bird ladies/men couldn't be more true then for those on BC.
I have always believed that the Bird Channel members have the power to bring change in the Parrot owning community. We can impact others through our one to one education. Even telling a stranger not to buy "brand A" for their own Parrot is sharing our knowledge and could make a life-changing benefit to even one more Parrot. It has been very encouraging to read the many ways each of you have helped spread the word. It is unfortunate that many have no Parrot Club close by or Rescues in their close vicinity. That does not lessen our ability to be true Parrot Ambassadors right in our own home towns. It is surprisingly easy to strike-up a conversation about Parrots with almost everyone.
It has made me one happily little bird to read how many have spoken to someone in a store about Parrots, even when you got "the-look" for it. When we share exactly what it means to be a Parront, it gives others something to consider before spending their hard earned money. You might just save a Parrots life too. Something we must all remember though. Not all re-homed Parrots are unwanted. Sometimes it becomes in the bird's best interest to re-home them. Not all Companion Parrots found in rescues are there because they are unwanted, sometimes it is quite to the opposite. They were loved so much that the former owner knew they could not keep their beloved friend for various reasons. It is easy to loose sight of this truth in light of the vast numbers found in Rescues and shelters.
In a perfect World all Parrots could remain in their first home forever, or until their owners go to the Rainbow Bridge. In the real World life changes, sometimes quite quickly, almost over-night forcing surrender of pets that are dearly loved. It becomes a heart-breaking situation when owners have no options left, and no where to turn but to a rescue to take in their best buddy.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: what permanent plans do YOU have in place for your fids, should something happen to you? What advice would you give someone in this respect?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, Let's talk Parrot for May's BOTM.

05/19/2015 08:40.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Tuesday
A hot and muggy Monday here.
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Dad and a friend went to see the film "The Clouds of Sils Maria" starring Juliette Binoche.
Directed by Olivier Assayas.

They liked the movie very much.
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Hope your day is terrific. ~Wings Up~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

05/19/2015 01:11.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Yes, you may bring your own guns for the shooting gallery. It would be nice if you bring a lockable carrying case with you to store your gun & ammo in a safe way. Of course, you may concealed carry if you choose to. All gun safety rules will be observed and our birdie friends with military & security experience will be making sure things are safe.

Angel

Come visit me, ANGEL LOVES CORI & PEPPER LOVES ZIPPY.

05/18/2015 08:08.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB
I would love to be in the kissing booth but I don't think momma has the time right now ... they are trying to get our aviary usable and I am beginning to wonder if I need to hire help ... they are taking forever!!!

Thanks for celebrating with me for my BOTD at the castle .... I love Lizzy and the food ... don't you ... lol. Have a great day. V4U. Hugs.
Love Rudy

Come visit me, Captain (Cappy), Rudy, Dory & Dixie.

05/18/2015 05:59.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Monday
Another hot weekend in Buffalo. 80's.
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Dad's been very busy, but I do hope he can get me outside in my travel cage soon.
I do love to see outdoors.
~Wings Up~

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05/18/2015 03:51.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB,
We've been havng troubles like yourself with the site,or it not likely that we could be in the KB.We have trouble with the little we blog to a very few Bird Buddies.We do understand you need birdies to step up but we don't have the patience for the challenge.Brutally truthful.

Love, Strawberry and Bilou.

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05/17/2015 12:49.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB,
I have thought about it but haven't decided yet.Sorry.

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05/17/2015 12:35.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope you are having a great Sunday! Isn't it exciting that there may be a triple crown winner this year! Hasn't been one for a very long time!
My Governor declared a Drought Emergency for the entire state this weekend. I'm not having a drought but over on the other side of the mountain they are. Not enough snow this year to fill up the lakes and rivers over there!
They have already decided to use the water on the crops that would be too hard to replant, like pears and apple groves. They are even talking about catching the salmon, putting them in tank trucks and driving them to the spawning grounds! I'd love to see that! At least they are planning ahead. We are going to figure out how we can conserve around the house. Mom found out that using the dishwasher is more efficient than hand washing and that paper plate are not recyclable! Bummer!
I hope you enjoy the day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/17/2015 12:13.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Sunday Flitzer
Happy Sunday.
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Dad, Uncle Geno and I watched the movie "The Sweet Hereafter"
(1997, Dir: Atom Egoyan) yesterday - beautiful and sad film. One of Dad's favorites
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Hope you have a blessed day.
~Wings Up~

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05/17/2015 03:00.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sweetheart
I am back my dear. I have been very busy with working at Public appearances for Parrot Advocacy. I have been thinking of you always. I think once Rev Spot is back on BC we should get married in a simple ceremony at the KB? It will be a little while but not too long. Sadly Jake is no longer on BC to do it.
Momma Deb is working on the on-line auction but FB removed her pages on her so she has to remake all of them again. She is nearly got them finished. Does your Dad still have the donated sweater? She will start to post the items soon.
It's a lovely day for a ride. Let's saddle up and walk down by the lake. Maybe our horses will run out of hay today?
love
Mr Sky

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, Let's talk Parrot for May's BOTM.

05/16/2015 12:05.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB
Happy Saturday everybirdie. Sweetie here with our sixteenth blog for BOTM. The input you have shared is like a precious gem. Filled with your heart-felt thoughts and opinions. Through open communication we learn, we grow, we bring about much needed change. I am happy to hear that some Parronts are researching to locate a rescue close to their own homes. Rescues need donations. That is a given fact since none are Government funded in the USA or Canada. There are however multiple ways to give to a rescue of your choice.
Falco and Willie mentioned San Diego's Parrot Education and Adoption Cente. They as do several other larger registered rescues (including Hurlin's Parrot Rescue in Michigan, & Oasis Sanctuary) have "sponsorship" programs that allow individuals to make a monthly donation in the name of a specific resident. You receive updates, a certificate of sponsorship with your bird(s) photo on it and other awesome mementos plus the knowledge you have helped one or more Parrots. Sponsorship is just one way to help out an Unwanted Parrot when we are unable to adopt one.
Many Rescues have auctions, yard sales and other Fund-raising venues where someone that is artistic, or creative might help by donating an item they have made. This option is especially helpful when the rescue is some distance away where personal hands-on assistance would be difficult or impossible.
My Momma Deb assists with a rescue in Rochester NY by answering emails from their on-line Website, and making calls to prospective adopters and donors. She is able to help without actually being physically close to help in person. In fact we are in a different country but the help is appreciated by the over-worked owners and volunteers. Expect to be thoroughly screened before allowed access to their website.
It is imperative that anyone wishing to donate to a rescue they are unfamiliar with ask how the funds will be used. The rescue should be willing to tell you whether for feeding, Vet care, caging etc. Most larger rescues, and registered non-profit rescues have an open-book policy that allows anyone to see exactly where the donations are used. Their financial statements are available on-line at their web sites or by request.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: IF you were interested in adopting another Companion Parrot from a rescue what sort of questions would YOU expect to be asked? IF the rescue did not have a pre-adoption application would that effect YOUR decision to adopt from them? If so how? Positively? Negatively? Do you feel the pre-adoption applications are important? If so why? Do you agree with pre-adoption home visits by the Rescue?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, Let's talk Parrot for May's BOTM.

05/16/2015 10:40.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Saturday
Happy Saturday
Hope everyone has a good weekend - no plans here yet.
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Dad slept in, which is uncommon for himi.

He'll be getting my apples soon. I am great at making apples disappear.
~Wings Up~

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05/16/2015 03:16.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope you had a wonderful day! Mom decided we would be lazy this morning so we had snacks while mom sat on the bed and talked to Aunt Theresa for a while. It was fun! I had some pizza crust and Mandy and Merlin had their cookies! We had breakfast later on.
Mom had to go out to the market today and it took a long time. There were lots of people out today! She got me some lovely fruit and veggies so I suppose it was okay that she left.
We got the living room cleaned and some chicken cooked and now it's time for me to get some notes out! We are watching an interesting show about the Science of Dr. Who. It's a lecture by Brian Cox who is a British Physicist. It's very interesting and mom can actually understand it.
Mom is driving Jennifer back down to her dad's house tomorrow. Her dad is doing better so that is good!
There is a fair at the St. Martin's University down there and Jennifer is going with her dad and Maddie too. I hope they have fun.
Have a wonderful evening!! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/15/2015 08:19.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with your Friday BOTM blog. I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their votes of support this month. Your witty, informative, and often very touching shared stories have been wonderful. I certainly hope you will continue to take a moment to read them daily.
Yesterday I asked about Rescues and Sanctuaries for Parrots located near each of you. Most of the replies stated there was none, or that your Parront did not know how to begin to find one. There are far too many to list on this blog, but I have composed a few ideas that will aid you in your searching for a rescue close to your home.
The following sites are only given as examples and we do not endorse anyone or recommend anyone specifically;
beautyofbirds.com/rescue.htm--has an extensive list by state and province of rescues with contact information as provided.

birdchannel.com/bird-adoption/bird-rescues has a list of rescues but you need to check them out to find the location etc

www.rescueshelter.com--has lists by state--however you have to sift through the rescues by species--there is a change species option that you can click--pet birds to limit the search down.

You can also do an on-line google search by typing in Parrot rescues in (your state or province). A call to a local Avian Veterinarian Clinic can often result in good referrals to rescues within a reasonable distance. Also Face Book can provide names and links to Rescues and Sanctuaries within your state.
Regardless of how you locate a rescue it is up to each individual to check them out. Remember that the fact a Rescue has a non-profit status does not make it a good rescue, nor does lack of one make it a bad one. Ask for references if you have not heard of them through friends or your Veterinarian. They should be willing to give you the name and number of the Veterinarian they deal with. Most good rescues have an on-line adoption pre-application that you will need to fill out. This will help both them and you in finding the perfect home and fid to share your life with. Ask whether the Parrots have been Vet checked before adoption. Good Rescues will provide copies of these reports to new owners. They will ask a lot of questions and will require reference, normally a home visit and that you visit a couple times or more before adopting one of their Parrots.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, Let's talk Parrot for May's BOTM.

05/15/2015 09:28.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Friday Flitzer
Happy Friday!
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Dad and friends took a Road-Trip to Rochester, NY on Thursday.
It was a beautiful day for a drive. Shopping, Visiting a Friend and dinner for the Best Thai Food in Western New York. ['The King and I' in Henrietta, NY]
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At Daddy's request, one of the stops was 'Birds Unlimited' - a wonderful huge bird store.
[although Dad did let a beautiful turquoise green-cheek flirt with him, he knows that I'm the Bird, and always comes home to me]

Uncle Jim, Uncle JJ and Uncle Geno all bought me something special - as well as Dad.

I haven't seen all of my surprises as yet. I'm grateful to have such thoughtful friends.

~Wings Up~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

05/15/2015 03:44.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope your day was perfect! Yesterday I was not able to get on BC when mom had time to do my notes! She cleaned in the morning and said we could get notes done when she was done! Well, that turned out to be a bad idea!!!hahahahaha
We had rain this morning but it cleared up and turned out to be a very nice day. We even opened the window! Mom got a pizza for dinner and I had 2 pieces of crust!
Mandy has been moving around more the last 2 days and seems to enjoy hanging out in front of my cage. That's good news!
Tonight we are watching a movie and getting my notes done before I hit the night cage. It's our weekend and we are going to enjoy every minute of it!!
Enjoy your evening! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/14/2015 08:27.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB
Good morning BC buddies, Sweetie here with today's BOTM blog. ( I hope, we had weird problems on BC yesterday). It is awesome to read the replies and ideas from all your Parronts. We Companion Parrots sure get a bad rap at times and too many unrealistic expectations placed upon us. As Falco's wonderful Momma wrote, "we( us Birds) can't be expected to be like dogs or cats. That being said, though, they all have a personality of their own, and their own needs and quirks, so they need to be accepted for who they are." I couldn't have put it any better. Those few words wrap up our problem in a nut-shell. We are all individuals, with our own minds, behaviorism's and needs. For anyone to assume all African Greys are awesome talkers, and every Cockatoo a screamer is as truthful as thinking all humans are created the same.
It is clearly apparent that we all, as a group both understand and agree, we are in the midst of an unwanted Companion Parrot crisis. Too many Parrots for the available suitable forever homes. The true problem lies not in the hands of breeders, but in the heart and mind-set of owners who feel that we are disposable. Susan expresses it wonderfully, "I think that the bottom line is that owners aren't committed to their pet, and this is the main reason that most people probably have for giving up any pet. If it doesn't fit into their lifestyle, then they want to get rid of it.....like an old shoe or an unwanted piece of furniture. Birds are highly intelligent and re-homing a bird is extremely stressful for it.....unless it is moving into a better situation, which can also be the case."
Sam's Momma Robin speaks of chatting with a Father and daughter about learning before buying a young Conure in a Petsmart display cage. How fortunate for all involved that she was there that day to re-direct them to education before purchasing. Sadly, most areas do not have a Parrot University but Rescuers can do much to educate potential new families if they have the time and volunteers to do so. Most rescues are pushed to the limits and setting up classes is often an impossible desire for them. Volunteers can step in and offer to help out with this, sharing their knowledge, and hands on experience with would-be adopters. Credible rescues need volunteers to help clean, and feed residents, to socialize Parrots and to work at on-going fund-raising. There is a lot of correspondence involved and someone with computer knowledge could be a great asset to a Rescue. If you drive you you can offer to pick up Parrots to transport to the Rescue and these cases do arise. If you enjoy writing you could offer to write a newsletter for a rescue to mail out to supporters and others. There are as many possible ways to help as there are people with different talents.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: Is there a Rescue near you? What is it's name? What can you share with us about It? How can or do you help them with their mission to help Unwanted Parrots?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, Let's talk Parrot for May's BOTM.

05/14/2015 09:05.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Midweek
Happy Humpday.
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Dad had a stomach-thing yesterday and spent most of the day in bed.
I don't usually go to his bedroom. He did stop out a couple times to see me and spend time with me.
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Feeling better in the evening, he went to see the movie "EX MACHINA" which he found interesting.
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Today we'll have plenty of Dad-n-Bird Time. ~Wings Up~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

05/13/2015 03:29.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Tuesday Flitzer Blog
Yesterday was hot n muggy. Today is hot n muggy.
By Thursday it will be cold with possible frost. Wow.
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The eye glasses Dad broke were bought in 2006 and cannot be repaired. Sadly they were his favorite pair.
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Hope you have a wonderful day. ~Wings Up~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

05/12/2015 04:41.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB
HAPPY Monday to everyone. I trust all the Mommas had a fabulous day yesterday. My Momma Deb had her much deserved day free from blogging, but today we hit the campaign trail once more. The awesome notes you have shared are very positive and inspiring. Oz's Mom takes on the bold approach, as does Momma Rea, Spot and Bon Bon's Momma. You, as Companion Parrot owners, yuck, that word again, are the Parrot World Ambassadors. Taking every possible opportunity to enlighten and educate is paramount to curbing the growing Unwanted Parrot Crisis. Every time you speak to someone looking and admiring a Parrot you are educating them. Telling potential owners the truth is our greatest protection. Macaws look beautiful, noble and powerful. Cockatoo babies are snuggle-bugs, so soft and cuddly looking. You Parronts need to tell others just how much work we can be. How destructive our beaks can be, how messy your home will become,and oh that noise.
My Momma Deb bred small Parrots for almost 40 years before making the life-changing decision that she wanted to help us, not produce more of us. Throughout her many years of involvement she always made the point of telling potential owners ALL the bad, difficult and nasty about us. She was always honest about the mess, noise, biting potential and then told the good points. Some people were put-off by it, but she always was thankful for it. Any babies left with a life-time support agreement and on-going assistance and help at a phone-call. She worked very hard to match babies to families, and today she hears from many who have a HeavenSent Aviary baby, now adult, or senior in their lives.
Momma's decision to open our doors for a rescue came about through my frother Mr. Sky. Prior to meeting Sky and his rescuer Cindy, Momma did not, like many of us, know the extent of abuse inflicted upon Companion Parrots. Hearing the horrific abuse Sky suffered being thrown against a wall; breaking countless leg, talon and wing bones, then never being treated by a Veterinarian was eye-opening and life-altering. She does not regret her past years as a breeder, having made many wonderful friends along the journey, and through her involvement she had the desire, out of necessity all she could to help the new owners have the best possible relationship with their new family member .All this has enabled her to be where she is today in her avian experience.
There are so many possible ways to help out the Unwanted Parrot Crisis, as outlined Saturday.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; what have you done in the past to help educate others? Is there something suggested by another Parront that you might like to learn more about for yourself? If there is no Parrot Club near you, would you consider starting one in your area?
Come on birdies, let's just see how creative we really can be, at bringing about change, even one person at a time.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, Let's talk Parrot for May's BOTM.

05/11/2015 01:16.56 PM Report This Comment  
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