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Well...one of my mom's old college friends told my mom about my situation. I lived in a house with a lot of smoke (cough!)and drugs,and was being neglected. Whew! I really hit the jackpot, my mom now REALLY loves me and I get anything that I ever wanted. Thank you all for voting for me for Bird Of The Day 2/22/10!!! OMG! I REALLY hit the jackpot! All this love and all of you. I never realized there were so many nice people who cared about birds. My God bless you all!.

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Hi! My name is Sky Pilot

I am a Green-Winged Macaw from San Tan Valley, AZ.

Sky, Baby, Love, Silly Bird

12 years old   M

Green-Winged Macaw

I prefer nuts in the shell. My real favorite is pistachio's, walnuts, macadamia's and Brazil nuts.

I love to help mom pick tomato's. I have a cage for outdoors and love to let the world know how happy I am.

I don't like to go into my cage when my mom goes to work.

She gives me lots of toys and such a variety of food. I have clean air and she even takes me with her sometimes when she goes shopping at the bird store. I want to be with her forever.

I am just crazy about showers! In fact I carry on so much that my mom had to get the shower rod reinforced to accommodate my weight! I also love to laugh and talk really loud when mom is on the phone or trying to watch TV. Whenever she tries to take a video of me, I will suddenly stop and be as quiet as a church mouse..

I can take all the kisses you can give me..

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  Sky Sky
Momma loves you!!!

Come visit me, Cielito Lindo, Jalapeno & Sky Pilot.

04/19/2016 09:42.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
How are you sweetie? It's great to be back on BC, I've missed all my friends! I did support Kaji's BOTM campaign & give congrats to BOTD winners, but mom has been promising me for weeks that we would again blog ALL my friends! I have REALLY missed you all!

Mom's STEELERS won the playoff game last night but mom is still fuming over the game! These two teams are arch rivals & we expected a physical game, but one player on the opposing team took it way to far! He made a dirty, illegal hit on our star receiver and almost took his head off! Fans kept throwing debris onto the field at our players! Our QB had to be escorted off the field by the dozen security guards! Mom prays that Antonio Brown is OK & is able to play next week in the AFC Championship game!
Have a great day sweetie!
Love & a vote.
Your long lost friend
TiaMaria

Come visit me, TiaMaria.

01/10/2016 10:10.29 PM Report This Comment  
  DRAFT KAJI PG #43005 FOR BOTM
HEY SKY, CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING BOTD.

HAPPY NEW YEARS. BET YOU ARE CELEBRATING BIG TIME.

SWEETPEPPER & KACEY

Teri, Joliet, IL.

12/31/2015 09:06.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Congrats, King Sky Pilot!
Wishing y a greyt day as our BC King on the last day of this year! Wow! You sure are lucky! Happy New Year!
High 4- Picabo

Come visit me, Bud, Modelo, Patito, Malt & Pilsner, Squeaky- I will miss my BC friends! Love to all!, Kiwi & Button & Ivy, Scion (RIP)- Love Forever, Limon & Lima, Angel Alfie (RIP), Domingo & Picabo-Fond Memories of Fishing with Friends.

12/31/2015 06:57.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi King Sky Pilot
Congratulations on botd so nice to see you in the spotlight today. Hope your having fun at the castle. Say hi to Jalapeno for me and happy new year to you

Come visit me, Hulk GoodBye BC Thanks For The Memories.

12/31/2015 05:27.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
Congratulations on winning botd and enjoy it to the fullest
For the day at the castle sure goes fast for some reason!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

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

12/31/2015 04:33.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Sky Pilot!
How totally awesome to see your handsome beak in the Winner's spot t'day. I don't get t'sign on to the BC much these days but lucky me, managing a visit on the very day you're in the spotlight. Havin' a macaw in the castle is a fine way for the BC t'finish out the year, don't ya think?

Congrats and Happy New Year to you!

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('> Thank You, Friends!!.

12/31/2015 03:47.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi King Sky
Congratulations on BOTD & Happy New Year!

Hugs,

Angel & Pepper

Come visit me, ANGEL LOVES CORI & PEPPER LOVES ZIPPY--BOTD 9/2/16!.

12/31/2015 03:04.28 PM Report This Comment  
  hello Mr Pilot
Are you enjoying your day in the castle? Maybe Tweety will let you drop that big glittery ball at midnight.

Mrs BB Thrift

Come visit me, Mrs BB 4 th of July 2016, TPB&G. & The Kissing Booth is open for all !!!.

12/31/2015 02:19.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sky Pilot~
Congratulations! I am so very happy for you! Our last BOTD for 2015! That is awesome! I hope you enjoy the day in the spotlight!
Your royal portrait is now hanging in the gallery on the calendar page for all to admire!
Royal Hugs ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, Sugar ~ Thanks for all the AWESOME Memories.

12/31/2015 01:58.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot,

Congrat's on being BOTD. My name is Oz and I'm a Rose Breasted Cockatoo. Mommy is my 3rd owner and she says that I'm now in my Forever Home. Life is good. Here's a vote for you, Handsome. Bye for now. See you next year!

Winghugs,
Oz (The Pink Too)

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.

12/31/2015 01:36.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
congratulations on winning BOTD. hope you are having a blast celebrating your special honor at the birdy castle today.

love Cori and Boo Boo

Come visit me, PaddyCake & PiddyGirl, CORI & BOO BOO.

12/31/2015 01:35.46 PM Report This Comment  
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12/31/2015 12:39.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Long time no squawk! We thought y'all retired from BC! Greyt to see your handsome face in the spotlight today! Happy New year and beaucoup d' congratulations! Love and winghugs Joshua

Come visit me, Carter-Justice For Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 8/28/15, Doo Diligence-Justice for Ozzi TY 4 BOTD!, Kookie-Bird -Justice For Ozzi-ty 4 BOTD 8/2/2016, Charlie-Justice 4 Ozzy-TY for BOTD 10/29/15, Tricky D- RIP 12/12/12-Thank you BOTD 12/12/15, Teal'c-Thank you for BOTD 10-14-15 Justice for Ozz, Elvis Thank you for BOTD 2/22/15, Joshua Chico Justice for Ozzi, Blue-Justice for Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 1/29/16, Moggie -Justice for Ozzi TY 4 BOTD 7/31/16, George (Gen George Hammond)RIP Gen 12/13/08, Cu-Bird -Thank You BOTD 6/28/16-Justice for Ozzi, Nanday Security Services, LLC, Miranda -Justice for Ozzi-ty 4 botd 5/13/16, Captain Darling-RIP 5/19/2014 ty 4 BOTD 9/19/15 & Baldrick Thank you for BOTD 3/20/14.

12/31/2015 11:58.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Sky
Congrats on BOTD...Come by to the castle to party with me...

Love and Happy New Years Eve
Love King chief
Tweety

Come visit me, Jedi says Happy Spring, Snowflake says...Happy Spring, Tweety says Happy Spring & PANTHER SAYS HELP ME GET TO 10K. ALMOST THERE !.

12/31/2015 11:26.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
Thanks God today is Thursday
Im flying by
your page to stamp U
a votie and to
congratulate U
4 winning BOTD!
Be a good birdie
Have a greyt week
beaky kisses
Your friend, Baby

PS; We wont be able to blog tomorrow because Public Library will be closed.

Happy New Year 2016!

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K BCWarriors263181/mou- rningChiper257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTM K&Mikey229611/Mourni- ng Gizmo.

12/31/2015 10:05.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations
on BOTD!We are all flying by to wish you a greyt day in the Castle with King Chief Tweety for a day filled with fun,food and friends!Love Dixie and Peepers

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

12/31/2015 07:21.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Sky Pilot!
12/31/2015 07:12.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Sky Pilot!
12/31/2015 07:12.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
12/31/2015 06:53.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, King Sky Pilot
Congratulations on BOTD. Here's a vote in celebration. Have a wonderful day at the Castle with King Chief Tweety. Wing hugs, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

12/31/2015 04:24.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Sky,
Congrats on being BOTD! :)

Hope you have a great day at the Castle.

Here's a vote for you.

Hugs,

Laka

Come visit me, Angel Sallykins says I Luv-U-Always-N-4 ever! :), Tweetie-kins, Polu Kai says I will go down with the BC Ship ...., Angel Pookie says Let's play ball !!! & Laka says we're still here!!!.

12/31/2015 04:22.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Bird-of-the-Day from Flitzer and Dad
How wonderful to see you in the spotlight today.

Enjoy your Special Day, surrounded by love.

~Wings Up~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

12/31/2015 02:35.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations SkyPilot !
What a great time you'll have in the castle ringing in the New Year tonight ! Enjoy and say hi to the flock and your family !

Come visit me, Cookie loves his friends !, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/31/2015 02:26.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this first day of June. I have greatly enjoyed sharing with all my friend this past month. It has been mind provoking and educational for me and I have gained some awesome insight too. Sharing is after all what Flockcall.com is all about. The Advocate writers share from their daily life with Parrots. It offers the opportunity for everyone to share, express their thoughts, ideas and insights in a safe, nonjudgmental and encouraging form.
I am the last of the Sky Flock to run for BOTM. I follow a long line of worthy predecessors, King SKY, King Amando, King Casey, King Jesse, Queen Little Angel, Queen Angel Girl and Queen Zeena. I must say it has been a fun month and a great privilege to get to know each of you better in the process. The current Companion Parrot Crisis is far from over, and there are, as we revealed, no hard- fast rules or ways to resolve the issue. Too many Parrots, too few good, forever homes is at an epidemic level. If I venture to say, "all we can do is our best to share what life is truly like with a Companion Parrot." Perhaps one person at a time we can make an impact and make change for the better. If we do nothing, the problem won't just away.
I am one of the fortunate ones, I ended up in a safe place, and received the emergency medical care I required. The story often has a sad ending for many others who disappear never mourned or missed. Their life from start to tragic end a story of misunderstanding, neglect and sometimes intentional abuse. It is heart-breaking but none the less a reality for many Parrots.
I want to thank everyone for their daily votes and participation this past month. You have made my month purposeful. I hope that the sharing of information which once was Bird Channel will continue as we head into the future. I am now off to finish chewing my wooden blocks. It's a rainy day and perfect for some serious Parrot recreation.
Thank-you all for the honor bestowed on me, as receiving the title Queen Sweetie this morning. I tried to visit you all yesterday but BC would not let me post any blogs. Geesh. I would not have got here today without each and every one of you.
with love and hugs
Sweetie

Come visit me, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

06/01/2015 08:01.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with our Saturday blog. This month sure has flown by quickly. It seems like just yesterday I wrote my very first words, and now I an coming to a month's conclusion. I wish to thank everyone of you for your votes towards my quest for the Throne. Although it is not my ultimate goal, it is part of it. My main goal was to start some serious sharing and that goal has been far surpassed. Your input and comments are encouraging, and inspiring. We are but, one small group for Parrot lovers. Can you imagine what impact we could have if every Companion Parrot owner united the World over?
There is a sad trend among humans to disagree and even fight over what in fact equals nothing vital nor important to us Companion Parrots. All one has to do is view a photo on FB of a Parrot and dog to see the level of anger and opinions. No one asks if someone was supervising the interaction, or about the past relationship of the two. I am not referring to obvious dangerous situations were the bird could be in danger of injury or worse. Post a photo of a Parrot climbing into a cupboard, then read the comments left by others. There is obviously someone close by supervising, after all who took the photos? Instead of fighting over such non-essentials why not focus on what really matters?
Parrots are individuals. We have such singular personalities that there is no hard-fast rules that can work for every bird, in every home, with every owner. While one owner snuggles their fid, and another one believes that you should only scritch the head and upper neck area, neither is wrong. One owner might feel you should keep wings trimmed for safety and another that fully flighted Parrots are the happiest, both are right, in their own personal Parront-Parrot relationships. Every situation is unique. What works for one, may not work for another. It does not make one person right or wrong, it just equals the truth about living with a Companion Parrot. There are no straight forward, fits-all answers when it comes to Parrontship.
The important point is that sharing is not criticism. Sharing is openness to new ideas, and views. If all the Parrot Rescues would learn to live peacefully together rather then back biting they would accomplish so much more. That does not mean turning our backs on obvious wrong treatment, misuse of funds donated and outright abuse and neglect. Rather accepting that every Rescue, like every owner (yuck, there's that word again) is a separate unique situation. As long as there is mankind there will be good and bad. that is a sad given reality. Support those who are doing their best to help the Parrot Crisis.
Tell yourself each and every day that, "I AM a Companion Parrot Ambassador" and use your power to spread the word " ADOPT! DON'T SHOP!" and make a change one person at a time. YOU have the power.

Come visit me, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/30/2015 09:26.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
Happy Thursday to all my friends. Sweetie here once more with our BOTM blog. I did miss yesterday as momma Deb was called upon at a moments notice to help out with a rather difficult birdie related situation. All went well, and it has a happy, satisfactory ending. Today we get all Momma's attention and she promises extra treats for everybirdie who was so well behaved yesterday when our friend King Mikey D's Momma helped get us ready for bed.
Our month is quickly coming to an end. We have shared some very timely and sensitive issues and discussion and I truly hope each of us has learned a little or a lot from one another's experiences. A life with a Companion Parrot is never dull, never ordinary and certainly never boring. No two species are alike, and among like species we each have our own extraordinary individuality and quirks. Some of us are as bold as a lion, others as shy as a mouse, yet we all possess the inherit ability to melt our Parront's heart, worm our way into their every thought and garner their love and respect. I wish that this description was universal, and it grieves my little Blue-Fronted Amazon heart that at this very moment, Parrots are suffering untold neglect, abuse or worse death at the hands of mankind. Never did my Momma Deb in her wildest thoughts think she would ever be writing as a Companion Parrot Advocate. That she would be one of the ones to stand up against our mistreatment and to put up the fight for our rights. Life has a way of changing suddenly, and if we allow it, it can transform a one time breeder into a Parrot Spokesperson.
I am only one Parrot, but I want to encourage each of you to take the challenge to become a Companion Parrot Ambassador. Never doubt your ability to bring about change. Whether you are a "get in your face" type, or a "quiet, shier one at a time" personality type we ALL can make a difference. Just imagine if every bird loving Parront spoke to just one person about life with a Parrot, about proper care, feeding or even shared what it is like to be owned by one of us, the impact would be fantastic. We could make change, stop improper selection of species for first time would be Parronts, change how one Parrot is treated, or how it is viewed within it's own family situation. We might open a cage door closed for years, allow a Parrot to begin to enjoy better food, have room to move in it's cage at last, find out how much fun a toy can be, or receive the Veterinarian care it needs and deserves. You would be shocked at how many do not know that their Parrot should be seen by a Veterinarian regularly. The number who feel a Parrot only needs peanuts and sunflower seeds. We need YOUR voice to make change happen.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: It is not a question at all. Please continue to share YOUR special MOMENT(S) with your fids with us. They are interesting, educational and encouraging to read. Your experience might make a difference for someone else too.

Come visit me, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/28/2015 08:24.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
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, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/26/2015 07:25.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
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, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/25/2015 02:34.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
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, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/25/2015 07:13.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
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, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/22/2015 08:48.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
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, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/21/2015 09:26.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
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, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/19/2015 09:15.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
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, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/16/2015 11:24.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
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, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/15/2015 10:15.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
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, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/14/2015 09:38.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
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, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/12/2015 01:19.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
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, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/11/2015 01:42.47 PM Report This Comment  
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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, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

05/09/2015 09:22.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky Pilot
Hi everyone, Sweetie here once more with our BOTM blog for this hot, sunny Friday. Your responses have been very enlightening, informative and up-front. The subject of unwanted Parrots and euthanasia is a sensitive, and loaded subject. Like all other questions I have asked, this one too has no wrong or right answer. Regardless of the answer one gives, the truth is we are in the midst of an unwanted Companion Parrot Epidemic. In 1990, The USA passed a Wild Bird Conservation Act - Banning imports of CITES listed birds, eliminating the world’s largest market. This seems to have been the catalyst for breeders to grab up all available Parrots and force them into for-profit breeding programs. What is it that causes mankind to crave to dominate everything within reach?
A great number of Companion Parrots found in rescues are by-products of this influx in captive bred birds. The ban on importation has done very little to curb the capture of Wild Parrots both in Central and South America, Africa and other continents through out the World. Wild Caught Parrots arrive in the USA and Canada via Europe. The European Union is the greatest importer/exporter of Wild Captured Parrots. That "imported" Congo Grey in the store is likely a bird stolen from it's flock in the wild. In many nations there are still legal "capture-limits" in place, allowing Parrots to be caught for the pet-trade market. A very high percentage of these still end up in the USA. All this adds to the pressing problem of an already over-loaded market filled with unwanted Parrots needing new homes.
Some have suggested building extensive free-flight aviaries where these Parrots could live out their lives as closely as possible to being free. However, there arises a question of potential risks to native Parrots or wild-birds species from avian diseases such as PDD, PBFD and others. Many of the deadliest diseases are also very difficult to diagnosis in living specimens. Although it would be ideal if the unwanted Parrots could be housed safely in aviaries that afforded freedom, there again arises the question of finances, both for the building of these flights,and for maintenance, staff to care for and protect them from harm. and on-going medical care.
No matter how we look at the situation there are no definitive answers to the growing problem. No matter how many laws were imposed, there will be people who go around them. In every area of society there are those who live above the laws. The answers lie within us, the bird-loving populous, to educate potential owners every chance we get, to mentor new owners if possible, and to refuse to be quietly on the side-lines when issues of abuse or neglect comes up.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION; what can YOU do to help the UNWANTED Parrots? How can YOU start to educate others in proper care and training of a Companion Parrot?

Come visit me, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD & Little Angel.

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