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CYDNEY "THANKS FOR MAKING ME BOTD 04/21/15"

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The neighbor had a grey pair of birds and they of course mated and had 9 eggs. When hatched, I picked one of the Lutino babies out..

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Hi! My name is CYDNEY "THANKS FOR MAKING ME BOTD 04/21/15"

I am a Cockatiel from Dingmans Ferry, PA.

Sidwick,Fat Bird,

15 years old   F

Cockatiel

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top of his cage and the back of the living room sofa

strangers touching him

She spoils me rotten and leaves my cage door opened almost all the time except for when I go to bed

flying on someones head when you do not pay attention to him.

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  Hi Cydney
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 08:24.16 AM Report This Comment  
  P.S.
Remember, we also have an avatar you can use to get to the team page! It will make it so much easier for you.

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05/22/2015 07:32.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cyndey,
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

I blogged back yesterday with the team page number. Just in case, it's # 263181 We appreciate any votes you can give us. Thanks for supporting our team! Left you a vote. Enjoy your day!!

Your friend,
Chipper

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05/22/2015 07:30.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

05/21/2015 10:01.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cyndey,
Page # 263181

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05/21/2015 09:53.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Cydney~
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 09:52.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney
Mom loved the movie, and Aunt Gin brought Chinese food, so it was a good evening.
It's really cold again today, high of 56, but we don't think it's anywhere near there yet. Mom took lots of flower pics, so will post them on all 3 pages. There are 19 or so new pics. It's a good thing she took the azalea pics yesterday, because it rained overnight and with the cool weather and rain, many of the flowers have dropped off the bushes already.
Today mom had 2 tours, both from the same school district, and both in Dinosaurs. The kids were 4th graders, which is the grade mom likes best. So her time at the museum was lots of fun this morning. Later we will get our cages cleaned, and mom will go to dinner with Aunt Renee. Aunt Renee is leaving next week to go to Texas and celebrate her namesake's 90th birthday. Mom will have a card ready for her to take to Aunt Lorene when she goes.
Not much new, enjoy the flowers! Hope you are having a good day with sunshine, cuddles, and scritches. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Peppino, Divo & Falco.

05/21/2015 11:14.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cyndey,
Flying by to leave a vote for you! Hope you're having a good day!!

*Hope you will support our team! Remember, we have an avatar to make it easy for you to get to the team page. We appreciate all of your votes. Thanks!!

Your friend,
Chipper

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05/21/2015 09:55.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney and flock
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 08:41.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi again dear Cyd kid, from your pal Jenny Lynn
Today is, as many of you already know, 'Red Nose Day', a universal day to give generously to all the hungry children of the world! Dig deep dear BC friends, we have never heard of anybody's ship sinking by donating 5 or 10 dollars, but the good it does for our less fortunate fellow human beings is remarkable, and it will make your heart feel good, it does ours!! Love to all in your happy Thursday home, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love from Jenny & my loving flock---WE CARE

Come visit me, Ziggy~Jen & I at the McAviary-good times!!, Jenny Lynn~Remember our Vets on Memorial Day!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~Summer with my sister Jenny love her, Ms LaLo~Friesan Fire & I, racing for the Roses!.. & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

05/21/2015 06:19.27 AM Report This Comment  
  My sweet Cydney!
Will your mom have to stay in the hospital when she has her stent put in, or will that be an out patient procedure? Wish it was a month from now and all of this would be behind her. Glad to hear she is feeling some better now . We will keep sending lots and lots of prayers her way until she is all better!
Hmmmmmm....looks like storms today....so let's check moms garden then go and sit in the dock until the rain comes!
Much love to my girl,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffikki,Cydney, PumBaa & Max say Happy Springtime.

05/21/2015 05:38.53 AM Report This Comment  
  My sweet Cydney!
Will your mom have to stay in the hospital when she has her stent put in, or will that be an out patient procedure? Wish it was a month from now and all of this would be behind her. Glad to hear she is feeling some better now . We will keep sending lots and lots of prayers her way until she is all better!
Hmmmmmm....looks like storms today....so let's check moms garden then go and sit in the dock until the rain comes!
Much love to my girl,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffikki,Cydney, PumBaa & Max say Happy Springtime.

05/21/2015 05:38.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

05/20/2015 11:16.26 PM Report This Comment  
  My sweet Cydney!
We will keep your mom is our prayers. We will be glad when this is all over for her!
I love having you here with me sweetie! Raffi gives Cydney a big hug! It was another hot day today......nice to sit in the sun! Tomorrow we are going to go tubing on the lake! WooooHoooo!
Much love to my beautiful girl,
Raffikki

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05/20/2015 03:43.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney
Oh no, hope mom gets better really soon. That's dangerous, we're glad they caught it before that clot could harm her.
Today we're in the middle of a cool spell. It's around 50, if that, and breezy. Mom is okay with the cool weather, as long as it warms up by Saturday, which is opening day for the pool.
Today mom had 2 tours, one at 10:10 and one at 12:30, so she had over an hour between. She took a book to the museum to read, so it wasn't so bad. The first tour was PA Natural History, so that was fun with third graders. They had a museum quest after the tour, so mom handed out materials for that when she got done. A quest is like a scavenger hunt in the hall on the sheet. This group stayed in North American and Botany Halls to complete their quest. The second group was another 3rd grade but it was the World of Dinosaurs. We all know how much mom loves doing dinos, so that was a fun tour.
Tonight Aunt Gin is bringing dinner with her, and she and mom will watch a movie here. It's called This is where I leave you, I think, and it should be good.
I hope you are having good weather there, not as cool as it is here, and that you are getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Peppino, Divo & Falco.

05/20/2015 12:15.19 PM Report This Comment  
  ATTENTION!!!
THE BC WARRIORS ARE NOW GOING FOR THE 10K!! PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TEAM BY STOPPING BY THE STADIUM EACH DAY TO GIVE US A VOTE, IF YOU CAN. WE APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!

HAVE A GOOD DAY!! SEE YOU AT THE STADIUM!

CHIPPER AND THE BC WARRIORS

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05/20/2015 06:06.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney & Princess
We would be happy to see AP win the Triple Crown. It's been way too long! That was a good race but sad to see Firing Line slip in the mud coming out of the gate ... that ruined his chanced of doing good.
Today was gloomy and only in the high 30's. Mom went shopping and dad cleaned up most of that broken tree mess. I took a greyt nap and was ready to go crazy after dinner. Should be a little warmer tomorrow.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

05/19/2015 10:44.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Cydney~
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 11:36.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cyndey,
Flying by to leave a vote for you!
Hope you're having a good day!!

Your friend,
Chipper

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05/19/2015 10:44.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney and flock
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 08:32.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Cydney~
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 12:03.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney & Princess
No, no fawns yet ... maybe in a few weeks. We usually see them in June.
My dad mowed the lawn today, first time.
That Preakness was a good race but, that nasty downpour was horrid! They really got soaked!
It was nice today and I was able to sit in the sun by the patio screen door. I spoke with some chipmunks and other birdies. I hope we have another nice day on Sunday. Mom says we might sit out on the patio ... yay!
I'm still having a lot of problems on the BC. So many things have vanished! Do we have a BC ghost?
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

05/16/2015 10:32.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney and flock
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 10:24.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney & Princess
We are getting a lot of rain too. But, it's been in the 40's here ... cold and damp! We might have one day that will be in the high 60's. This isn't what I'm waiting for ... need some patio time! I don't mind the rain if the temps are a lot higher.
It was another all day rain for us. I spent the day chewing up some wood blocks. I sure hope to get outside this weekend.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

05/15/2015 10:31.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Cydney~
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 07:49.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney and flock
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 09:19.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Cydney~
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 08:33.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney and flock
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 08:54.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Moring Lady Cyd kid, love from your Jen Lynn
Daddy was born 71 years ago today, and has never stopped learning and loving life! We are going to have a rainy, overcast day, but what the heck, it is May, so bring it, it can't hurt us! We don't have a lot planned for our day, but we are pleased to say all of dad's vital numbers where at very acceptable levels, he tries SO hard, and he has lost another 8 pounds, that makes him happy! Have a great day dear friend, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Thursday love from your Jenny & my Dallas flock

Come visit me, Ziggy~Jen & I at the McAviary-good times!!, Jenny Lynn~Remember our Vets on Memorial Day!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~Summer with my sister Jenny love her, Ms LaLo~Friesan Fire & I, racing for the Roses!.. & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

05/14/2015 06:55.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

05/13/2015 10:59.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Cydney!
We sure will be happy when your mom gets her stent put in and starts feeling better. We will keep her in our prayers.
Come on sweetie! Let's sit on the porch in the sunshine! It feels so good!
Much love to my sweet girl,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffikki,Cydney, PumBaa & Max say Happy Springtime.

05/12/2015 03:53.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney and flock
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with the Tuesday BOTM blog. We have come up with some seriously great game-strategies to help spread the word about Companion Parrot stewardship. Sharing ones home and heart with any Parrot takes a devotion and patience that not all possess. Our greatest birdie downfall is our beauty and ability of many of speak human words. How many times my Momma has had to correct individuals who inquire, "do you have any birds that talk?"
That is never a good conversation opener with Momma Deb when asking about the possibility to become a caregiver to any avian fid. Sadly it is the one most common requirement, next comes, and " one that doesn't bite." Geesh, what are these misinformed persons thinking? That is on par to wanting a human baby that doesn't cry, or ever need a diaper changed. I think Momma has a long line of crazy questions that people have asked over the years. The one area that upsets her, and no doubt many of you is this one;
The reasons why I am giving up my Parrot 101: in random order
1) we're moving and can't take the bird with us
2) we're just bought a puppy and it doesn't get along with the bird
3) we're planning on having a baby sometime and don't want it to get bit? Which one? The baby bite the Parrot?
4) we're allergic to the bird. (we have owned it for 5 years though)
5) We had a baby and the bird might wake up the baby. ( and the baby's crying won't wake anyone or the bird?)
6) We got a kitten and it isn't good with our bird. ( so the bird we had for years goes and we keep the new kitten)
7) The bird hates my new girl/boy friend
8) we decided to boy a bigger bird so want to find a home for this one.
9) we changed the room decor and the bird and cage don't match the new decor
10) I didn't know the bird was going to make so much mess, noise, demand my attention etc

The list goes on, and I want you to add any funny or annoying excuses you have heard to it. These I've added came from actual ads on-line for birds for sale. No doubt you will have some totally outrageous ones to share, and some really doubt excuses too.
I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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

05/12/2015 12:33.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

05/11/2015 11:25.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney and flock
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 01:10.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cydney & Princess
I hope your mom had a wonderful Mom Day. I'm sorry, I didn't know that she was still in the hospital. That clot thing is very scary. I'm so happy to hear that she will be fine. Take good care of her. Sending lots of hugs and prayers.
Oh yes, the meds are working for my mom. She has 3 more days of lots of pills and then, another week of the special inhaler. At least she feels good now.
Hope all the moms had a greyt day. It was a dark and rainy day of 59 up here. Not looking forward to Monday ... dreaded vet appointment. Goodbye awesome hawk claws.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

05/10/2015 10:39.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Mother's Day!
Thank you for the Vote! I hope you had a wonderful Birdy Mother's Day .... Hugs from Kiwi!

Come visit me, Kiwi.

05/10/2015 09:14.17 PM Report This Comment  
  PS from Raffi
Happy Mothers Day to your mom!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffikki,Cydney, PumBaa & Max say Happy Springtime.

05/10/2015 02:23.00 PM Report This Comment  
  My sweet Cydney!
Oh my goodness sweetie! We have been really worried about you and your family! We are so sorry to hear about your mom.....but very happy she had the filter out in.....and soon a stent! Thank goodness she is alright. That must have been so scary!
Please tell your mom not t9 worry about blogging sweetie. Just make sure your mom takes it easy. I know you will !
We will keep you mom...and all of you in our prayers!
Sending warm hugs and healing prayers to you,
Raffikki and momma Erin

Come visit me, Raffikki,Cydney, PumBaa & Max say Happy Springtime.

05/10/2015 02:08.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cyd, much love from Jenny
We want to congratulate all the winners and hat contest winners also, everything was presented so well, as usual Chyna did a great job, as did SP, Kiddo, Sam, and all involved! We want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all lucky enough to have one of those precious Angels, love her, cherish her, and honor the memory of those who have passed! Have a great day dear BC friends, and give our love to all in your happy home, from Jenny, and our Dallas family...

Love on Mother's Day from Jenny & the Dallas family

Come visit me, Ziggy~Jen & I at the McAviary-good times!!, Jenny Lynn~Remember our Vets on Memorial Day!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~Summer with my sister Jenny love her, Ms LaLo~Friesan Fire & I, racing for the Roses!.. & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

05/10/2015 09:27.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cyndey,
"HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY" TO ALL THE MOMS!

We had another great milonga last night! Everybirdie had such a good time. It was nice to see so many come out. Congratulations to all the winners!!!

Enjoy your day!! Leaving a vote for you.

Your friend,
Chipper

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05/10/2015 07:14.06 AM Report This Comment  
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