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I met my mom when she came to meet my African Grey flockmate who, like me, was in need of a new home, our first family having grown too old to care for us. It is with pride that I tell you that I think I made more of an impression than the sulky grey did 'cause I waved and said "HELLO!". Saber said nothing and did nothing but glare. I owe that bird though because after he was adopted, he put in a good word for me, mentioning my name often in the days after he moved in. That had mom thinkin' the grey bird missed me after eight years of bein' together. Truth be told, Saber didn't miss me but I sure love being a part of this family.
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Hi! My name is RaneBeau ('>

I am a Macaw from Monmouth, IL.

'Bo', BoMan, RaneBeau, BIRDBRAIN (according to CocoPuff)******- *
I joined the BC 1.2007. **** ******* ***** My Hatchday is Feb. 10!


19 years old   M

Macaw

Pistachios and hazelnuts in the shell. I love cheese but so rarely get any, it's like the ultimate treat.

It used to be a laundry basket with a collection of mismatched socks or the top of Saber's cage but that's all changed now. I love to have a big cardboard box on the floor behind the door of my room where I can hide and no one can see me. Except for my tail that is. I also hang out on my grapevine perch on the side of my cage or in the closet if I happen to catch the door left ajar.

When Reba is invited out of the bird room and I'm not, it gives me cause to holler at the rude human that didn't take ME too. Other than that, I'm rather unruffled about most everything else in life.

My mom sticks up for me when I'm noisy, reminding the family that I'm just excited and want to be in on the action! She tries to keep life interesting for me by including me in most everything she does, whether inside the house or outdoors. I appreciate that I'm allowed out of my cage most of the day...until those guys come home...

I have to float almost everything I eat in water first; Birdie Bread, granola bars, Walnut loaf, fruit, you name it, it's goes in there. (Update; I don't do this much anymore. It's just dried apricots I put in my water bowl now. Can you believe that flat things becomes a plump apricot after a long soak? Me neither!) I prefer to play on the floor, unless that's the norm for all macaws. I don't know.

Wherever my Mom is,that's where I wanna be. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~- ~~~~~~If you'd like to see me 'In Action'... YouTube. com/kelybrd.

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  Hello dear RaneBeau, from Jenny & Angel Christy
I must say our day started out every nice with gorgeous weather, but right after noon, our MediaCom internet, phone, and TV cable service went down for 4 hours, bummer! After talking to a Mongolian, who could barely speak the language, we are up and running, at least for now, and we will do the best we can to send friendship notes to all our best friends! Love to all in your happy home, you are all very loved by this flock, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love from Jenny, Angel Christine, & our Dallas family

PS~Our dear pal Mr Cookie is in his countdown to Summer vacation, let's all help him (22days and counting), we love you Cookie & aunt Mary...

Come visit me, Ziggy~Jen & I at the McAviary-good times!!, Jenny Genie~Go ahead, make a wish, I will help you, 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.

05/26/2015 10:33.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ranebeau
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 02:29.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau,
"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 08:52.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ranebeau
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.

05/25/2015 07:09.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ranebeau
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 08:36.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau, from Jenny & Christy
...you already know we love ya don't you! You are still just as handsome as ever! 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, Angel Christy, & my loving flock---WE CARE

Come visit me, Ziggy~Jen & I at the McAviary-good times!!, Jenny Genie~Go ahead, make a wish, I will help you, 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 09:29.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ranebeau
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 09:23.14 AM Report This Comment  
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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!! LEAVING YOU A VOTE.

SEE YOU AT THE STADIUM!

CHIPPER AND THE BC WARRIORS

Come visit me, Tweety and Cookie at the Stadium-BC LA Lakers, ***THE BC WARRIORS--GOING FOR THE 10K!***, Basketball team page & BC SanAntonio Spurs.

05/19/2015 01:25.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ranebeau
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 09:11.00 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~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

05/18/2015 03:52.36 AM Report This Comment  
  ♥ for your Sunday~

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

05/17/2015 02:00.21 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~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

05/17/2015 03:13.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau,
Just stopping by to say hello and to give you a vote from the team! Hope you're having a good weekend. Enjoy your evening!!

Chipper and the BC Warriors

Come visit me, Tweety and Cookie at the Stadium-BC LA Lakers, ***THE BC WARRIORS--GOING FOR THE 10K!***, Basketball team page & BC SanAntonio Spurs.

05/16/2015 07:30.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ranebeau
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 11:20.53 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~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

05/16/2015 03:24.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ranebeau
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 10:12.09 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 03:55.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ranebeau
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 09:35.13 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 03:47.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ranebeau
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 01:16.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Morning sweet RaneBeau, from Jenny & Christy
We are having an unusually chilly morning, but not for long hopefully! It looks to be another busy day for us, but they all are! We are all doing reasonably well, and dad's visiting nurse comes tomorrow for his physical check-up! We are hoping all his numbers are good, have a great day BC friend, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love always from Jenny, Angel Christy, & the Dallas family

PS~We love you big guy.......

Come visit me, Ziggy~Jen & I at the McAviary-good times!!, Jenny Genie~Go ahead, make a wish, I will help you, 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.

05/12/2015 08:02.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ranebeau
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 01:40.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya RaneBeau~
I hope you are all having a wonderful day! Mom and I both hope your mom had a wonderful Mother's Day! Did the boys do something nice for her???

Ian decided that he should take mom out to lunch. Jennifer was at her dad's house and dad is somewhere in Illinois so it was just the 2 of them!
They went to the Mexican place down the street. Mom didn't really know where she wanted to go but Ian mentioned the Mexican place like 10 times so she told him she wanted to go there! Actually she didn't want to go at all but it was important to Ian.
When they got there they realized that the entire town was there also!hahahahahaha They ended up eating in the bar since it was just the 2 of them and they had groups of 18 and 20 waiting for a table!(must have big tables there)
The food was good and the watched the Mariner's game while they ate. Ian said next year they should probably pick another day to go!(I wanted to shout "YOU THNK?" but kept my beak closed) It was nice of him to take her out! He is a good kid!

Not much else going on except the regular daily cleaning. I made a lovely mess in the play cage but that won't be cleaned until I am out of the room. I just don't like the woman touching my stuff! Know what I mean???

Enjoy the day and thanks for the note! I hope it gets nice and warm and bug free for you very soon!

Amazing Amazon Hugs from me to you!

Love ya ~ Sugar ♥

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05/11/2015 12:44.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Monday Monday
Hello. Another busy week ahead.
Hope all of you have a good start to the week.

Dad sat on his glasses, so hopefully he can get them fixed today - he couldn't see where he put them - lol. He is a silly man.
~Wings Up~

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05/11/2015 03:45.58 AM Report This Comment  
  VOTE SWEETIE PG#269943 FOR MAY BOTM
THANK YOU RANEBEAU. NOT ONLY AM I BOTD BUT I SHARE IT WITH MY HUSBIRD KIDDO AS ITS OUR 6TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. WE HAD A SPLENDID NIGHT LAST NIGHT.

I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT MONDAY

SWEETPEPPER

Come visit me, MAY 9,2009 THE WEDDING OF SWEETPEPPER & KIDDO, KACEY & MIKEY'S WEDDING PAGE MARCH 3, 2012, Digger Sept 29, 1998 - June 11, 2005, MAXIMILLIAN AUG 25,1992-MARCH 14,2010 R.I.P., THE PROUD BIRD PIE SHOP, KACEY LUVS HER MIKEY, TIEL TERRORS BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE FIELD & SWEETPEPPER LUVS KIDDO.

05/10/2015 08:57.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau!
Mom knows their hiding spots in the aviary and is usually good at spotting them, but this one just didn't want to be found. The staff person who found him showed mom where to look, though. There are 4 grey phase and one red phase owls in there, and the red one was the hard one to find. Go figure!
Thanks to all those who made another memorable milonga last night, especially Chyna, Kiddo, Taz, Ranebeau, and Sammy. It sure was a fun evening. Congrats to all the winners of the race and the hat contest, too.
Happy Mother's Day to all the bird moms and human moms out there.
Yesterday mom planted 3 flats of assorted flowers, 1 hanging basket, and bought 2 other hanging baskets. We still don't have all the planters full, but it's a good start. She decided to put all the herbs in one of the large planters, so there are about 8 basil plants, some oregano, parsley, thyme, and rosemary all in a convenient planter close to the house. The sage and chives have been coming up for years in the garden, and that's where they are staying.
Mom is working the dinosaur cart with touchable objects on it at the museum today, and later her family is coming over here with dinner. They will go out to dinner next week, when restaurants are not so crowded. They call it the Julian calendar mother's day, hahaha.
I hope you are having a beautiful spring day and getting lots of extra cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

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

05/10/2015 07:41.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau,
"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 07:39.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
You did a wonderful job, thanks. Rest up for another year. I have the horses for the 2016 derby and will list them soon on derby farms page.
I sure hope that it went well tonight. Hard to read when you do a lot of posting.
Hey, watch that sno_ word! We don't want to hear that up here! My good weather is gone, so sad.
How is your bug bite face doing? I hope you are well cause you looked good tonight. Glad to hear we had some winners on the bets. Do they get one of those money pages to post?
After those lovely sunny days of 85, we are back to cold. It's 60 and cloudy and the same for Sunday. We were ready to plant flowers early, not now.
Have a good night.
YCM Huggies
Chyna

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05/09/2015 09:29.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ranebeau
Thanks for the BOTD wishes!! Love From the Rainbow Bridge..Angel Chi ♥ chi

Come visit me, Gus--Chi chi ♥ RIP & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

05/09/2015 06:43.24 PM Report This Comment  
  THE WAGERING WINDOW IS CLOSED
R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

05/09/2015 04:58.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey RB shhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!
Here's another bet for the following
Snowflake and Brilliant Speed... win
Cookie and Goldencents... place
Hulk and Union Rags...show

I'm giving you three hundred dollars on each bet. Slip me the receipt...

Come visit me, Jedi luvs Cheyenne forever...V4 PANTHER TO 10K.., Snowflake luvs her Apache...V4 PANTHER 10K, Tweety Luvs Princess...Support our US troops !!! & PANTHER...I'M GOING FOR 10K...VOTE FOR ME !!!.

05/09/2015 12:41.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Peepers
is so happy to see RaneBeau come by with his betting receipt!He's so hoping to be a winner tonight and that his choices were the right ones!He doesn't care really cause they're all just so wonderful horses and jockeys!Peepers gives RaneBeau a warm hug for taking the time to come over and bring him his betting receipts.Thanks RaneBeau!I so hope that I'm a winner too!
Love,Peepers

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

05/09/2015 10:59.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Kallie
smiles happily when RaneBeau tells him how good he looks in his new Derby Hat!He is so relieved to get his betting receipt from RaneBeau!You're right RaneBeau,what if I did get lucky and win,without this I'd have no proof!Thank you so much for bringing it by to me! Kallie gives RaneBeau a warm hug,thanks so much for coming by to see me!We were all so happy to come and see you,you look so dashing yourself!Do you know that Dixie almost chose the same Derby hat as you have?It looks so much better on you than it would on him!You can be sure to be seeing all of us at the track later on!We all just can't wait!Its going to be an eggciting evening thats for sure!
Love,Kallie

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

05/09/2015 10:13.46 AM Report This Comment  
  highs will be 64,the lows being 55.
Oh how awful those pesky gnats came and bit you all over your sweet face like that!Why can't they just leave you alone and let you enjoy your time outside?I would love to come and zap them with my Mom's bug zapper and teach them a lesson for attacking my sweet buddy!Then we could both watch some fireworks made out of gnats!I love to hear them pop and sizzle when they hit the zapper!Mom does that to all the moths we get in the house!You should be able to enjoy your time outside without having to be bothered by some stupid gnats!They better leave your beautiful handsome face alone!
Dixie takes the betting receipt from RaneBeau and hangs on tight to it,he's hoping that he will be a winner this time!Dixie hugs RaneBeau so tight and tells him how happy and wonderful he just made his day!
I'll be there tonight to see you at the Milonga my awesome buddy!
Love always,Dixie One last hug and Dixie watches RaneBeau take his leave!

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

05/09/2015 09:57.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
is so excited to see RaneBeau on his page again!Oh how I've really missed you alot!Dixie tells RaneBeau that he can understand how that goes!His Mom has been so busy with helping Nana and now that she lost all her VNA's and PT people Mom is going to try to help her when she needs her too.Nana is doing everything on her own right now again but has to remember to stop and sit down and put her feet up.She is in a lot of pain whenever she does too much or even goes out with Mom on errands.She has graduated to using a cane but that is still painful to walk with after a while.Skin sis is still using a walker and is still working with her PT and VNA's who she will be losing by next week.Mom has been busy trying to help her out also by coming to get her bills and paying them for her and doing her banking business so she can get her rent paid.Mom has to climb up 17 steps to get to her apartment and then back down again.So between skin sis and Nana and then trying to keep up with our house and all of us,its been quite trying for Mom and she comes home exhausted!Oh and then on Wednesday the neighbor across the street smacked into Mom's car and made a mess of it.Mom was on her way to take Nana to the surgeons office for her six week visit and had just pulled out from the driveway and was getting ready to put the car in Drive when she felt a huge bang!She looked up and saw the neighbors car in her window.Now Mom has to wait for the accident report to be sent out to her from the insurance company and then after she fills that out she has to wait for the adjustor to come and check out the cars damage,the whole passenger side of Mom's car is scraped and dented,the neighbor suffered bumper damage on her car.Mom is so hoping not to be blamed for this accident as it will raise her insurance rates for the next 7 years!And all this in one day that skin sis wanted Mom to come and pick her up and take her with them.Mom doesn't want to get her down all those stairs,even though she says she can get down them,Mom doesn't want the responsibility if she should fall,she's still walking with the walker.Mom had told her if she was staying here with us it might not be a problem but her VNA told Mom that if she goes with Mom she would need to sit in the front seat pushed all the way back,Nana has to sit in the front seat and there's only one front seat besides the drivers seat.So both Mom and Nana told her to wait until she can walk without a walker and will be able to sit in the car in the back seat.Mom only wishes she could split herself in two sometimes!LOL!We are beginning to get some of this nice warm weather and Mom has taken us all outside for some sunshine and soaking showers and we just loved it!She even began to open all the windows up in the house to let some fresh air in and the stale air outside from the winter!Today is a grey day here though,the sun was starting to show itself but then disappeared again!Its not all that warm either only 54 degrees right now and the

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

05/09/2015 09:55.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau,
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I checked some of the other birdies pages and they are a little smaller than the first horse pic you sent. I guess Chipper is such a little bird that it looked so much smaller than the others. I guess I saw your profile pic too, last night and this morning, and it looked so much bigger than the one I put up. I even downloaded it again and it still came smaller.

I really do appreciate your help!! Thanks sooo much!!!

See you tonight at the milonga.

Your friend,
Chipper

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

05/09/2015 09:35.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ranebeau
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this Milonga Saturday with today's BOTM blog. The questions are tough ones, but ones that every responsible Parrot owner needs to ask themselves. The Companion Parrot crisis is growing at an alarming rate. All one need do is go onto any on-line site that sells Parrots to see the mass number of unwanted adults for sale, or visit any credible Rescues site to view the "for Adoption" profiles to get an idea of the numbers available in need of loving, forever homes.
The ideas shared by your Parronts are greyt. Filled with lots of helpful ideas, and insights. We all can contribute in one way or another. The variety is endless. Those who can speak to groups can arrange visits to schools, community groups, church groups where ever people gather togetehr to talk about their Parrots, their care and what is truly involved with having a Companion Parrot. You'd be surprised how easy it is once you start to talk about the love of your life, US!
As Finnegan's Momma has said, many Parrot Clubs already do visitations & social information displays. If you are a member of a club that doesn't, suggest it, and volunteer to help by attending with your Fids. There are a lot of areas in the USA, Canada and abroad where Parrot Clubs do not exist. Perhaps you could begin one, by posting notes at Pet Food Stores, Bird Stores, Veterinarian offices and other places people will see them. Finnegan's Momma has offered to assist anyone wishing to start up a club and it is an awesome way to connect not only with fellow bird-lovers but to out-reach into the community.
Cori and Boo Boo's Mom, as well an many others have the more direct approach of one to one information sharing, taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves to educate others in proper care and feeding. This is one opportunity we all can take part in. My Momma uses every chance she gets. Sometimes the information is not happily received but often times the listener will go away with a gem of insight they might never have received in any other way.
For the very creative and talented, Dixie and his flock have until recently both educated and enlightened audiences with their tricks and antics that catch the attention of all, leaving a wondrous opportunity to educate listeners to the care, training, and requirements of Companion Parrot Parronting. What better way to keep someone's interest then to show them what us Parrots are capable of? I am certain Dixie's Momma Rose would gladly help with some pointers for someone interested in starting to train their own fids to perform. Not only do the Parrots have fun, but you can reach a large mixed group of people this way!
Do you enjoy writing? Offer to write an article or more for your local newspaper, Parrot Club as a hand-out that can be left in Pet Food Stores etc willing to give them to new potential owners, the possibilities are endless.

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

05/09/2015 09:16.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau,
Are you ready for the Derby tonight??

?? I put up my horse racing picture a few minutes ago as my profile pic but it came out very small. I used the one you downloaded and those pictures usually do come out big. I noticed that every birdie that had their picture up has a bigger one. I even pizapped Chipper and put it over the smaller one pic just to make her look bigger. She is so small anyway and now the picture came out small. Do you know how I can make it bigger. I would have you e-mail it again but this is the one you e-mailed the first time.

Would you please get back to me as soon as you can? I would appreciate it. Thanks so much!

Have a good day!! Leaving a vote for you!

Your friend,
Chipper

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05/09/2015 08:35.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Saturday Flitzer
Flying by with a squawk
~Wings Up~

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05/09/2015 02:36.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Raffi's bets
Win......Snowflake riding..... Brilliant Speed

Place.......Hulk riding ......Union Rags

Show......Cookie riding......Goldensence

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

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