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Friday, June 22, 2012 I am Bird of the Day!
Saturday, June 22, 2013 - BOTD!
June 22, 2014 - BOTD!
Saturday, February 21, 2015 Milonga -2nd Place Most Festive with Miss Cookie Stark
Third Place - Gent's Derby Hat Contest - May 2013
Third Place - Gent's Derby Hat Contest - May 2014
Third Place - St. Patricks' Day Hat Contest - March 2015
Second Place - Gent's Derby Hat Contest - May 2015

WINNER- 2015 Fifth Annual Derby Race with my horse Nicanor

My girlfriend is Miss Cookie Stark!





My mom's good friend had several cockatoos and when they laid an egg and I hatched, they gave me to my mom and dad. Even the vet said I was the ugliest bird she'd ever seen since my bird mom plucked me when I was 3 months old! But see, the Ugly Duckling story is really true!!! hehehe
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Hi! My name is Picabo- Vote Sweetie 269943 for BOTM!

I am an Umbrella Cockatoo from Chuburna Puerto, Intl.

BooBoo, Big Guy, Picabooey

9 years old   M

Umbrella Cockatoo

peanuts; chicken, nutriberries, ribs, ice cream, whipped cream from the can squirted directly into the beak, cheese, eggs, toast, strawberry yogurt, baby cereal

his ceiling hanger; anyplace with his dad, top of his cage; back edge of the couch; inside mom's pj top; his parronts' bed - lays his head on the pillow

getting left in his cage or left alone in a room or outside - I want to be involved and part of whatever activity is going on!

they play with me and laugh with me and cuddle me; I am one spoiled 'too!

screams & flaps wings while riding on the door of another parrot's cage; opened cage to let out his girlfriend Alfie before she went to the RB; tells a long story in Picabo language and then laughs and laughs! Likes to swing upside down from his ceiling hanger and flap his wings, twirling in a circle! Likes to play catch and peekaboo..

I work for peanuts!.

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  Oz, Picabo, Doo & Cookie join Cookie & Apache in the Pool. Here comes Mom with some Tea Sandwiches & fresh Fruit & refreshing Drinks. They all say Thank You and tell her that she's the best! After they finish eating they will apply more Sunscreen because it's a hot & sunny day here in Philly. Here's a vote for all of you.

P.S. Congrat's in winning in the Milonga, Picabo.

Come visit me, PARKER, SILVER, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ (MY MOMMY'S DREAM BIRD) & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

05/26/2015 02:19.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
Happy Tuesday everybirdie, Sweetie here with your BOTM blog for the day. I so enjoy the blogs, I read them each and sometimes twice in case I missed anything. Such great information is available right here among our BC friends. It's been a rather eventual few days. Momma Deb was called on to take in an older Cockatoo, but through many conversations was able to keep him safely in his own home. This poor M-Too was severely plucked and sported a rather nasty hole ( self-inflicted) on his neck. His past owners moved suddenly and gave up him, and an Amazon to a fellow local rescue who deals with small species only. Hola, as he is named was fostered into a home of experienced Companion Parrot owners with no Too experience. After Momma told them about the need for blood work to test for diseases, need to have the wound treated by the Vet and to discover, if possible the reason he is plucking, Hola is now at an Avian Vet under-going treatment.
We, BC Companion Parrot Ambassadors have so much we can share, so much to give to the Avian World. So many of you have done so much to help others learn about life shared with a feathered Fid. Everytime you suggest a good food to someone eying various foods for their Parrot at home you are making a World of difference both to their Bird and also to those whom speak with. It does matter. A few shared words of wisdom can save an innocent Parrot years of neglect, or re-homing. It is better to dissuade someone getting a bird, then remaining silent. From experience I see it often here, in my forever home. People visit, and OH I LOVE THAT ONE! I always wanted one of those? What is it? Can IT talk!? Oh they certainly are told the facts no holds barred. We are loud, messy beyond words, destructive sometimes, expensive, eat only the best out-of-season fruits and can be down right nasty when upset, hormonal or angry. People leave with a new understanding of life with a Parrot. It is not all that TV version of the Macaw on the shoulder talking in cognitive sentences, or a small, flitting bird singing happily in its barred prison.
Mom says she is going to keep close tabs on Hola, so he doesn't fall through the cracks, and disappear forever. She has arranged with the very BEST Cockatoo Sanctuary she knows of in Canada to take him there to live forever. There he will be safe, cared for and loved dearly by the owner, and volunteers.
I want to encourage everyone to get involved in some small way. Some of you have done quite a lot to education people about Companion Parrots. Not everyone has that ability, but we can all offer to be an advisory, to offer help to owners through animal shelters, or a Vet office. You might be surprised how willing they are for someone to refer people to with bird problems.
PLEASE keep sharing your stories they are fabulous.

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

05/26/2015 01:28.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Picabo~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! The pool is finally filled up but it was a bit of a disappointment. There is a room across from the pool which mom says is the control room. They just turned on the faucets and filled it up! Sort of like a bathtub but bigger. Not very exciting at all.
Mom made me some macaroni and peas to cheer me up! Mandy just loves macaroni and cheese so mom baked a pan to give her a treat also. She is a very happy dog! She spent the morning ripping up the wee wee pads and tossing the pieces side to side. Since I do that with the newspaper at the bottom of my cage, I can't say a thing! Mom didn't seem too happy that she ripped them up. They were unused by the way!
I'm off to supervise kitchen cleaning! Mom says if you cook you gotta clean! I didn't cook so I'll just supervise! In mom's case, she cooked and went to the movies yesterday so she has to pay the price!hahahahahaha She saw Tomorrowland and enjoyed it so she says it was worth it!
I hope your day is spectacular! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/26/2015 01:25.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo
My mommy had an awesome time spending Memorial day at Kevin's base with him.
She say's when the military cooks a meal they cook a meal !!!
She brought me home lots of bags of food.
Here's a bag of ribs and corn for you enjoy !!!

Love your buddy
Panther

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 !!!.

05/26/2015 09:11.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Gang
You are very welcome.
Hugs,
Popeye

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05/26/2015 08:11.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo and Squeaky
Happy Memorial day !!!
Today my mommy's going to Kevin's base for a Memorial day BBQ and a free tour of the base. She say's the best part of it is she get's to spend the day with Kevin. Kevin got to read my blogs today and he thanks you so much for remembering him...
He loves you so much !!!

Love your buddy
Panther

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 !!!.

05/25/2015 10:22.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo and flock
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 07:53.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo,
"HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!"

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

Your friend,
Chipper

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

05/25/2015 07:29.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning sweet Picabo- from Angel Christy
We want to wish all our dear BC friends a happy and safe Memorial Day! We had tornado watches and warning all around us, and several touched down just across the Mississippi River, but very little damage or so we are lead to believe! Our rain was minimal at best, so no worry about flooding! We have more coming today but hopefully not to much of anything! Give our love to all in your Holiday home, and may peace reign supreme at your home today! Cherish your fond memories, and don't forget to love each other, love and happiness starts at home ya know, see ya all tomorrow...

Holiday love from Angel Christine & our Dallas family

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.

05/25/2015 05:39.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Picabo!
Holy moley, the Castle is so much fun when you are King of the Day, that is for sure! And have some cake, too! Lizzie had a cake ready for me in no time--I think I am gonna be waddling for a few days, cuz I ate to my hearts content!

More cake, you say? Comin' right up!

Have a super rest of the day! Wing hugs comin' atcha!

Your buddy,
Kaji

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote SWEETIE #269943 for BOTM in JUNE!.

05/24/2015 09:16.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo!
Picabo, mom and I LOVE that idea! It is perfect for summer, and I am totally going to go for that! Thank you! Mom was really stressing on trying to find a good one, but you fixed her problem, LOL. Pavarotti sounds like he will be fun to have around! And how cool that he speaks English and Spanish! Mom said that she loves the voices of amazons, and a Spanish speaking one has to be really cute. Mom's parents have decided that they are going to Colonial Williamsburg and Sesame Place while they are in PA, sounds fun! The trip to PA is really for business, but that will only take a few hours of one day, and then the rest of the time will be for fun! I got dropped off at my Uncle Charlie's earlier... I will miss mom! Hugs, Jester

Come visit me, Dobby, Grey Bird, Angel Devynn (RIP), Peatree, Bella, Jester Bean, Honey, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Pressie & Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP).

05/24/2015 07:56.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo,
Did you make that ice fishing picture? Do you think you can make another one with me and we will give you a picture of to use! The pictures are so adorable!! Please let me know! Thanks!!!

Have a blessed Sunday. Leaving a vote for you.

Your friend,
Chipper

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05/24/2015 12:12.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this Memorial Day long weekend. I again must say I am sorry for missing yesterday but Momma Deb had to visit a very talented Indian Ringneck named Max to clip his nails for his Momma. Problem is to get there was a very long drive across country. Needless to say Max looks great, and to make up for the nail grooming he received a Chuey's Chewable Bird Toy Creations, round peg boards to play with.
Max's Mom had contemplated adding another fid to the household. However after talking to my Momma she has decided to keep on loving Max and an pass on adopting another Parrot. Max is quite spoiled, and very well cared for and love. I doubt he would have been any to happy to see another Companion Parrot moving in on his home territory.
The conversation over lunch drifted to the topic of Parrots of course. Max's Mom had recently watched a television commercial telling people to Adopt! Don't Shop! for a Companion Parrot. She had never seen the commercial before and it caught her off guard, but also made her begin to think. She does not recall the name of the Rescue other then it was in the USA. How wonderful it would be if Rescues could come together to finance, through donations and Corporate sponsors television advertisements or magazine advertisements encouraging Adoption of Parrots over buying from a store/breeder/bird Mart etc. Companies advertise to cause consumers to purchase brand "A" over brand "B". I am certain it would work on potential owners of Companion Parrots in like manner. If even one Parrot was adopted from each Rescue what a difference it could begin to make.
Parrot ownership ( ugh, I dislike that term) is a privilege, not a right. When the World begins to realize this truth, we Parrots will begin to gain the respect we rightfully deserve. Our friendship can not be purchased, forced from us or bullied out of us. We are wild flying Creations that were meant to spend our days being Parrots, not a cage ornament or room accent. While on FB today I saw someone's cool off-handed comment to a Parront who has just lost a fid. Suggesting she buy another to replace her baby. It is sad to think this person is someone who has a bird. Love from a Companion Parrot can not be purchased with all the money in the World. You have to earn it, on our terms.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; Please share with us one or two of the hurls you encountered when first bringing home your fid(s). Also how about some of the best, most touching moments as well. The greatest over-coming moment when you just knew you and your Fid were happily bonded for life!

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

05/24/2015 11:46.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Picabo and Squeaky!
Thanks for stopping by to wish me a Happy Hatchday! 25 years ago today Mom walked into the store looking for a companion bird...and the rest is history!!!

Here, have some of this wonderful cake Lizzie made for me! It is just so good--no calories either! YUM!!

Nice day with Mom today, too. She brought me some raspberries, along with my sugar snap peas, carrots and fresh papaya. She got some watermelon (no seeds yet, what is up with that?) and corn on the cob! Oh I am sooooo full right now! I have had some goodies today, and now am struggling to dictate this to Mom cuz full crop=sleepy Kaji!

Wing hugs from your buddy,
Kaji

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote SWEETIE #269943 for BOTM in JUNE!.

05/23/2015 08:27.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo,

Oh I'm so happy to see you and so glad you can spend the Holiday weekend with us. Please say Thank You to your Mom & Dad again for their Service. We all appreciate it especially my Mom. When she sees either a Police / Fire / or Service Man or Woman, Mom always says Thank You to them. So many don't give them the respect that is due them and that really turns Mom off. Okay, anyway my Pool was a little chilly today but at least the Sun was out & we could float away. Tomorrow & Monday it's gonna be in the 80's & Tuesday & Wed. it's gonna hit 90 or so!! It's about time. Mother Nature has been so confused this last few months LOL. Don't forget we can go to my Sister, Cheyenne (& Jedi) & my Brother, Apache's (& Snowflake) home which is right around the corner from us. They have an Indoor Pool & a Basketball Court "Too". We can ride bikes, watch Movies, play games or just chat & relax. Oh next time you come over bring Cookie with you. I know her & Doo & Crew and they come from a great Family. Did you like the Pizza's Mom & I ordered for dinner tonight? We have some snacks and drinks for later. My Brother's Best Friend, Cookie may come by with the rest of my Family and hang out with us. Okay, here's a vote for you, handsome! Let's go have a Pina Colado on the Patio.

Winghugs,
Oz (Your Pink Friend)
P.S. So how long can you stay here, Picabo? Also, please say Hello to your Mom for my Mom.

Come visit me, PARKER, SILVER, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ (MY MOMMY'S DREAM BIRD) & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

05/23/2015 04:06.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo,
Thanks for liking my Memorial Day pic!!

We're having another nice cool day! Hope you're having a good weekend. Enjoy your day!!! Left a vote for you.

Your friend,
Chipper

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05/23/2015 10:42.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning dear Picabo, from Jenny & Christy
The weather guessers are saying we are in for a week long warm up with temps in the high 70's and low 80's, yippee! Chyna, pack your bags and get over here, we'll leave a light on for ya! We are planing a peaceful stay at home W/E, it is so dangerous out on the roads on this Holiday! Take time to love each other, we never know when it might be to late, enjoy your ribs, chops, steaks, and chicken, as it comes off the outside grille! We will always love you guys, so sorry our BC is not delivering as it should! Have a great day and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love on this Holiday W/E, from Jenny. Christy, & my family--------BE SAFE!!!

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.

05/23/2015 07:44.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Picabo~
I hope you had a great day too! It got cloudy and cooler here today so I don't think anyone is missing the pool. They painted it today and then put the lights and the filter covers back on. It is now ready for water when it dries.
Mom has to drive Jennifer down to her dads house tomorrow. The doctors have been checking him ever since he has the heart attack and found he has a leaky heart valve. He is going to have to have surgery to fix it and Jennifer is worried. Mom thinks it will be okay since they do so many of those kinds of surgeries. They haven't scheduled it yet but we keep him in our prayers everyday.
Mom went over to Costco today and it was very crowded. They had all the registers open so it really didn't take long to get out of there. She brought back some lovely blueberry muffins and Mandy, Merlin and I shared one! Yes, the cat likes blueberry muffins!
I am so very sorry that you lost 2 flockmates at once. I know you are all so very sad. They are up on the bridge now with Scion and he will take excellent care of them. It still hurts but I hope it won't be too long before you remember the happy times with them! I didn't know that budgies could get into such serious fights! I am sure they did not mean to harm Ice.
I hope your evening is just wonderful! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/22/2015 08:24.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo
Thanks for sneaking by and dropping me a vote...I'll be back on BC Monday...

Have an awesome weekend
Love your buddy
Panther

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 !!!.

05/22/2015 11:43.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo and flock
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 08:23.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo,
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

*Thanks for supporting our team! We have an avatar to make it easy for you to get to the team page. Left you a vote. Enjoy your day!!

Your friend,
Chipper

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05/22/2015 07:57.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Thank you!!!
Thanks for stopping by the Warriors page with a vote. Hope you will be able to continue to support our team! We appreciate all of your votes. We have an avatar you can use to make it easy to get to our team page! Thanks again!!!

Have a good day!! Leaving a vote for you from the team!

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05/21/2015 10:43.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo!
Jester here! I hope you are doing well, I am doing pretty good myself! It is very warm here, so I have been going outside for some sunshine! I love going outside. (: Mom and her family are traveling to Pennsylvania next week, which I am not too excited about. But mom is excited, so I guess I am happy for her. They still don't know what they are doing there (Procrastination much?), but they have narrowed down to a few things. I am very excited that is is almost time for me to run for Bird of the Month! I can't wait! Mom is still trying to come up with an awesome campaign, but I know she will find an awesome one for me! (: Hugs, Jester Bean

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05/21/2015 10:31.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
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 08:40.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi handsome Picabo from, Angel Christy & dad
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 Angel Christy & my loving flock---WE CARE

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05/21/2015 07:07.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Picabo~
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 11:36.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo 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 08:31.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Picabo, from Jen & Christy
We woke up in the middle of the night to chilly temps, dad had to get up and shut the doors, brrr! It did however feel so good having a warm breeze blowing through our home when he got back from his errands! I know I saw some sliced watermelon for me, I mostly love the rind, and maybe a little of the red! Have a happy ToosDay dear friend, our love to all in your family, CYA tomorrow...

Much love always from Jenny, Angel Chrity, & our Dallas family

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.

05/19/2015 08:11.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo
Thank's for the midnight vote buddy heehee !!! Here's a box of cool weather and rain. We are getting cooler weather and lot's of rain.
I hope this helps you...

Love your buddy
Panther

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05/18/2015 09:09.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Picabo
Cookie here to let you know your jukebox is ready and waiting on NAME THAT TUNE page - you can pick it up anytime now !

Come visit me, Pepper & Jamaica, Butterball, Apollo, Annie, NAME THAT TUNE ! !, Chardonnay, Rico & Paulie - the Ninja Budgies, Buddy Beak, Sally - In Loving Memory & Valentine.

05/18/2015 04:08.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo,
First I want to congratulate you on winning the horse race, the hat contest, and the NTT! You did a great job on all three of them! Thanks for the compliment on my profile pic and my derby hat. Yes, the derby was so much fun. I had a great time riding! The derby milonga is so awesome!!

Yes, I would love to spend a night out with the girls. I would first have to see when it is and the time but if I don't have the computer, maybe someone can drop me off early! Please keep me posted! Thanks for the invite!!

Hope you had a nice weekend! Leaving a vote for you.
Enjoy your evening. Hope to hear from you soon!

Your friend,
Chipper

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05/17/2015 05:47.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Picabo~
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 12:15.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo 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 10:23.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picaboo
Today is Friday
Iam eggcited because today
is my Hatchday #12
I had a delicious coconut cake
Thank U 4 flying by my page
Have a greyt week
be a good birdie
beaky kisses and Votie 4U
Your friend, Baby

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05/15/2015 09:54.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo 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 09:18.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo
Long time no hear from buddy !!! We are finally getting temps in the 60's with lot's of rain !!! It's nice and cold and we are loving it...
Do you want some of our cold weather ??? I'll send you some !!!

Love your buddy
Panther

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05/15/2015 08:59.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Picabo~
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 08:28.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo 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 06:48.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo 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 12:32.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo !
At least you guys had enough internet to get to Milonga so you could win the race ! !

It's HOT here - seems we went right from winter into summer - by the end of the week though, spring is supposed to return :) Over Mother's Day weekend, mom got the back patio set - all the furniture is cleaned and flowers are in the planters :) I supervised !

The folks are hoping to get upstate to open up the house next weekend so it's ready for Memorial Day - mom has off Friday and Monday that weekend ! I can't wait to get back on my porch there !

Have a great Tuesday buddy ! love to you mama Too ! Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for summer fun, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

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