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After we lost our precious, little Daisy, I was at the Bird store and saw him in one of the cages. I had wanted an ekkie for quite awhile. So I asked about him and learned that he needed to be rehomed. His previous owner had two seriously ill children and had to give him and his flockmates up. He was only two years old and just starting to talk. He was very scared the first time he was taken out of his cage. However, I visited him almost everyday for a month. He soon began to look forward to our visits. He also began to recognize me when I came into the store, and wanted to come out and visit me. One day my husband was with me and asked me when I was going to bring him home. So I wrote out a check, ordered his cage and made arrangements as to when I'd pick him up. It was an excellent decision. He's a delightful, wonderful bird and is very happy in his forever home. He said about three phrases at first. Now, 5 years later, he says about 3 dozen different things, including telling our ringneck, Princess, to "Stop it!" when she's shrieking. He loves to talk and has the cutest little voice! My favorite is, "I go poopy, Mama. I'm a GOOD BOY!" He does, too, and he is!! He's potty-trained..

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Hi! My name is Finnegan - Thanks for your votes!

I am a Solomon Islands Eclectus from White Lake, MI.

Finny, Finny-Guinny Mr. Finnegan, Buddy, Mama's Boy

8 years old   M

Solomon Islands Eclectus

CHEESE, pecans, CHEESE, grape juice, CHEESE, apples, eggs and just about ANY FOOD Mama and Daddy are eating! Did I mention CHEESE? Oh, and I almost forgot, blueberry yogurt, yummm!

My boing, the baker's rack out on the sun porch (when the weather's warm) and my playstand. I also like to hang out on the fold-down door of my cage, and of course, my fav...on Mama and Daddy.

Touching my head or my back with your hands.

Mommy and Daddy love me SO much that they share their food with me. I get to try so many new and delicious things. What bird wouldn't love that? I LOVE to eat, so that's really high on my priority list. I love to take showers with Mommy, and she and I constantly talk to each other. She's taught me many new words and phrases. I love to talk to Mommy, but not Daddy, although I'm getting better about that. Mommy gives me lots of kissies, too, and I say "Kissy" and make the kissy sound. In all, I say about 30 different things now.

I LOVE being blown dry with the hair dryer after my shower with Mama. I talk a lot, but stop talking when my Daddy enters the room. Best of all, I am potty trained and tell Mama when I have to poopy. I don't happen to think that's quirky, do you?.

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  Hi Mr. Finnegan and flock
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.

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05/30/2015 08:48.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Finn~
I hope you had a great day!
We got up to 82 and there were lots of people in the pool! We had our fire alarm inspection this morning and it lasted all of 30 seconds! The guy walked through the hall into mom's room and said thank you and left! They had the outside alarms going for a very long time. The gardeners were here too trimming the bushes outside my kitchen window so it was even louder! I tried to out scream them both but I just wasn't loud enough! Mom says she is very thankful that the inspection is only once a year!
Have a great night! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/29/2015 08:12.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finny
Hello everybirdie. It's the weekend again and also the end of the month draws ever closer. I have had a wonderful month sharing and reading all your awesome thoughts, ideas and suggestions. The Companion Parrot Crisis is huge, far more then one small blue-fronted Amazon can tackle on her own but together with each of you we can and will make a difference. The general populous needs education and enlightenment about sharing their lives with one of us feathered wonders. As you all have so eloquently pointed out, we ARE NOT at all like owning a dog or cat. No one can own a Parrot. While dogs and cats are domesticated, Parrots are not, and never will be truly humanized. There is a problem when humans begin to rationalize our behaviors in humanistic terms. Our behaviors and responses are based on instinctive and learned responses just as those of our wild cousins. We can be trained to do tricks through positive re -enforcement but we can not be controlled or expected to obey commands as a dog will.
One point I have observed in my short 2 years of life is that people tend to judge us by our species not by our individual personalities. Not all Macaws lunge, not all Cockatoos bite and scream, not all Amazons are aggressive and unpredictable. The list goes on and on. We are singular beings, and although certain traits are inheritable we are also influenced by our past experiences. Companion Parrots can not be generalized into "types" any more then all humans are the same.
My hope and desire is that one day there will be no need for Parrot Rescues, and every Parrot will have a loving forever home of its own. The abuse and neglect will be in the past and every Parrot will know happiness and never experience fear or terror. Will that world ever come? No, but if even one Parrot can be freed from pain, released from it's caged prison, and receive it's very first spark of hope my life will be rewarded, and my purpose on Earth fulfilled. Momma Deb says she will not rest until she knows changes have come, until Rescues are not forced to turn away unwanted Parrots from lack of space and funds. Her goal is awareness, education and to make a change even one person, one Parrot at a time. She has no magic formula for making it happen, but as long as she has a voice she has the power to see it happen. One voice can start a war, so many voices speaking up for us can surely start a Worldwide movement to better the lives of ALL Companion Parrots, end Poaching and legalized trapping of Wild Parrots for profit.
The logo for our Rescue is ADOPT! DON'T SHOP! a universal phrase that says it all. It is spring and countless thousands of babies will hatch from eggs. Ten years from now where will they be? Will they be in loving homes? Will they be in Rescues? Their fourth homes? How many will have died from abuse, neglect at the hands of mankind?

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05/29/2015 01:35.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
#3483
It's just another dark and rainy day for me.
Hugs
Chyna

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05/29/2015 10:01.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
Q: what do you call a bee who is having a bad hair day?
A: A Frizbee



love Boo Boo the Bee

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05/28/2015 10:43.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
#3481
It's a good thing that our mom's got to meet. I will be moving farther away.
Our internet crashed last night, so now I play catch-up! I just found out that we are moving! Yes, the house will be up for sale next week. We are moving to Port Charlotte Florida. Dad hopes we will be there by Christmas. I will have to get more swimsuits and fancy flip flops! Soon, you will find me next to the pool-perch getting sun on my feathers.
Hugs
Chyna

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05/28/2015 08:22.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Finn~
I hope you are having a great day too!!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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05/28/2015 04:22.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mr. Finnegan and flock
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.

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05/28/2015 07:46.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
Thanks for stopping by and helping us to celebrate my day in the castle spotlight. Always fun to be there and see everybirdy. Have a great day. V4U. Hugs.
Love Dory

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05/28/2015 05:39.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
Oslo the Norwegian capital has inaugurated the world's first 'bumble bee highway' a corridor through the city with pollen stations every 250 meters.
“The idea is to create a route through the city with enough feeding stations for the bumblebees all the way,” ”Enough food will also help the bumblebees withstand manmade environmental stress better.” Bumblebees and other pollinating insects struggle in urban environments where there are few flowers rich in nectar, effectively starving them. flowerpots were placed on rooftops and balconies along a route from east to west through the city.

During the last few years, bees, bumblebees and other insects have suffered, with many colonies dying out, causing damage to agriculture that depends on the insects. Although Norway is not as hard hit as the US, six out of 35 Norwegian bumblebee species are close to extinction.

Oslo's municipality is co-operating with environmental organisations, the public, and and companies, who are asked to plant bumblebee friendly flowers on their property.To help the insects along, the organisation BiBy (Bee Town) has created an app, where the public can see the “grey areas”, long stretches with no food for bees, in order to encourage the planting of flowers in areas that don’t have nearby parks.
“It will be easy to see barriers and obstacles on the map. The goal is to inspire people to fill these gaps.”The public will also be able to upload pictures of their projects to improve the situation for bees and bumblebees, such as flowerpots and bee hotels.”Some bee species like to live in solitary rooms. They need small hollows like a crack in an old tree trunk. It’s very important to have some old wood lying around,”
love Boo Boo the Bee
ps HAPPY HUMPDAY

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05/27/2015 10:17.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Sugar was here!! ♥

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05/27/2015 02:15.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
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.

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05/26/2015 06:49.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
I was going to ask for pics of the cygnets when I got to your page, and there they were. Very cute!

Well, when Mom got home from zumba at the gym, she thought she was going to take me out for a sunbath. In fact, she actually did. However after we were out there for less than 5 minutes, Mom decided it was definitely not warm enough, even though it was 1:30 and the warmest part of the day. A cool breeze was blowing, and Mom didn't want to take a chance on my getting chilled. So in we came. Seemed pretty silly to me.

However right after that Mom heated up some enchilada pie for us to share, so I was a happy boy.....till she called me enchilada breath, that is. A guy can't help it if he smells like what he eats, now can he?

And then we tried to blog, but obviously the working out I have been doing has my beak just too darned strong. I was opening the desk drawers even with Mom trying to hold them closed. So she is telling you my story, but I am back in my room. Phooey!

Kiddo

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05/26/2015 03:30.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
#3473
It's a warm day but dark outside ... just waiting for the rain to start up again :(
Hugs
Chyna

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05/26/2015 01:34.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Finn~
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 12:11.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
We've been having that same problem, but mom solves it by voting last. Then we've seen the gallery, made our comments, and can vote and leave. It sounds like mom will be busy pretty much all summer, which is good!
Mom got a shot this morning and her eyes are still dilated. The left one is scratchy as well, but that happens with the shots. Anyway, it's a warm cloudy day here today, and we're expecting rain on and off. When mom's eyes clear up, she's going for a manicure. Hope you are having a good day, filled with cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

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05/26/2015 09:23.28 AM Report This Comment  
  VOTE SWEETIE PG#269943 BOTM
HEY FINNEGAN, ITS GREAT TO SEE YOU. HOPE YOU CAN COME BY AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH TO SAY YOU ARE OKAY.

OH WOULD LOVE TO SEE PICS OF TEH BABY SWANS. TELL YOUR MOM TO TAKE SOME PICTURES. SHE CAN PUT THEM ON THE FB/BC PAGE FOR ALL TO SEE.

NOW AS FOR THE BC TROUBLES? YES WE ARE ALL HAVING GRETA DIFFICULTY WITH BLOGGING. ONCE YOU HITTHE VOTE BUTTON YOU LOOSE THE BLOGS AND PICTURES. THEN AT TIMES YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE MAIN BC PAGE THEN TO YOUR ACCOUNT PAGE THEN TO YOUR PAGE TO CONTINUE YOUR BLOGS. IT TAKES MUCH LONGER TO GET BLOGGING DONE THESE DAYS. E-MAILS HAVE BEEN SENT BUT THEY DONT SEEM TO BE FIXING ANYTHING.

I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER. PLEASE STOP BY WHEN YOU CAN.

SWEETPEPPER

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05/25/2015 10:09.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
Oh, I knew you were around but busy. Glad all is going well at your house.
Did you take any pics of the babies? Little cygnets are so cute!
Oh yes, I've had daily BC problems since the 9th!!!
The rain stopped in time for the BBQ today ... YAY ... my tummy is full! A lot of t-storms coming on Tuesday 11am to 11pm. But, Thursday and Friday will be greyt patio weather. Hope every bird enjoyed their weekend.
Hugs
Chyna

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05/25/2015 09:45.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Finney (and Miss Lucy)!
Oh, yes, this has been a real problem on the BC with disappearing family pictures and blogs and gallery pictures. The blogs come back after you 'add comment'. Everything disappears when you click the vote button, though. Who knows?

Sounds like you had a great visit with Skin Bro! And it is awesome that you have family to come visit--that means a lot more work for your Mom but the visit makes it worthwhile. We are glad to hear that Dolly is doing better--has she gotten any more attached to your Dad? We know she had been before he got sick, and then after she was velcroed to your Mom.

We had rain off and on in the morning, and then the sun came out and it sure was humid here. Mom broke down and turned on the air cuz she was all sweaty. Of course, that was after she brought out the ironing board and ironed some of the clothes she washed. Oh, I was so happy to see that iron. Got to sit on her shoulder, too, for a while, but when I wanted to crawl down on the clothes, she put me on the playgym. Drats!

Wing hugs from your buddy,
Kaji

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05/25/2015 08:51.44 PM Report This Comment  
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05/25/2015 07:02.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
Glad that Dolly is doing so well but that quite a trip to the vets. The vet I have just moved so we havent been there yet but its a good hour probably away so guess that isnt bad compared to yours. That is nice there is baby swans at your place again.
I hope you had a nice enjoyable Memorial Day no matter what you did or where you went. Ours was pretty relaxing and we sat out side and I got a little bath before going out. It was very warm and I dried off quickly too. There was some traffic though not as much as yesterday. I guess people are always wanting to be somewhere else no matter where they are LOL. We were happy to be on Porchville and enjoyed the nice weather though. “All you need is love, but a little millet now and then sure doesn’t hurt.“ Leaving a vote for you~ hugs., Gus (RIP Chi chi)

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05/25/2015 06:35.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mr. Finnegan 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!

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05/25/2015 01:52.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
#3463
It was nice here until around 2pm. Then it got dark and cold. The rain didn't start until 10pm. Looks like the t-storms will be from 1am thru 1pm ... oh joy! No patio time for me! Hurry summer!
Hugs
Chyna

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05/24/2015 09:04.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
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!

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05/24/2015 01:09.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
#3461
Hope you are having a greyt weekend.
Today was awesome. We had sun and warm temps, I sat by the screen door watching flowers get planted. Looks like most of Sunday will be greyt too. Better grill out early as the rain comes at dinner time.
Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day!
Hugs
Chyna

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05/23/2015 08:30.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
a TGIF day vote4u

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05/22/2015 10:25.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Finn~
I hope you had a great day too! It got cloudy and cooler here today so I don't think anyone is missing the pool. They painted it today and then put the lights and the filter covers back on. It is now ready for water when it dries.
Mom has to drive Jennifer down to her dads house tomorrow. The doctors have been checking him ever since he has the heart attack and found he has a leaky heart valve. He is going to have to have surgery to fix it and Jennifer is worried. Mom thinks it will be okay since they do so many of those kinds of surgeries. They haven't scheduled it yet but we keep him in our prayers everyday.
Mom went over to Costco today and it was very crowded. They had all the registers open so it really didn't take long to get out of there. She brought back some lovely blueberry muffins and Mandy, Merlin and I shared one! Yes, the cat likes blueberry muffins!
I hope your evening is just wonderful! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/22/2015 08:50.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finny and flockily
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?

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05/22/2015 09:41.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
#3457
Have a wonderful weekend ... hope the weather is good.
Hugs
Chyna

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05/22/2015 07:08.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Finn~
I hope you had a great day. Mine was pretty good. Mom was busy with chores and spent some time looking for recipes for veggies. She found some really great ones so it as time well spent.
The pool is still empty. The lights from the bottom are sitting along side it. They plastered it so I think now they have to smooth it out again and then paint it blue again. It was warm here today so I think everyone is anxious for that pool to be open!
I hope your evening is just perfect!
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/21/2015 10:33.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
vote4u

love Boo Boo

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05/21/2015 09:02.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
#3454
We had another cold damp day. The cherry farmers are worried about the trees as we have frost again tonight. It needs to warm up for the cherries and me!
Hugs
Chyna

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05/21/2015 05:14.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mr. Finnegan and flock
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here this cool, but sunny Thursday. I apologize for not getting this blog out to you yesterday but we care having serious problems with BC right now.
It is definitely a good sign that so many have made long-term arrangements for us fids. It is something humans don't like to think about, death and being away from us, but since so many of us are very long-lived it is vital we all are provided for. A recent incident set this fact out from all othrs when one of our own BC friends was rushed to the hospital unconscious. There was talk prior to this eventful day about having contact numbers but the other person delayed to provide them. When the situation happened there was no one to call to care for the two fids left int he apartment alone. This could have been all avoided with proper per-planning.
At the very least everyone should take the time to list all their fids in a notebook. Including their ages, sexes, and every important fact about each one including foods, care facts and anything else that would matter should we be unable to provide for them. This notebook should be placed in a safe location; easily found by someone in a stressful situation. Tell family, friends etc where to find the book, or if you have a "care-provider" designated make certain they are aware of it and where to find the notes. Have contact numbers included for any family, friends etc and your Veterinarian.
In this situation mentioned we were able to work from Canada in behalf of our American friend. The birds were cared for by a close friend. The whole situation could have been smoother, and less stressful on our part with the necessary information in advance. Stop to imagine if things were different and no one was notified to care for the bird for the week their owner was hospitalized. Not a pretty thought. Sometimes we figure that family knows how to care for our fids. But in an emergency do they really know everything they should? In the event of our death, who will take care of the fids? Do these individuals know this in advance? Many times Companion Parrots are left to people who do not really want them and they end up sold, given away or handed over to a rescue to "deal with". As a Parrot lover and Parront we are responsible for their welfare even in our absence.
Having a living will, or a notarized paper telling all the details relevant to our flock will save alot of guess work later on for those responsible for our estates. We will have the peace-of-mind knowing we have placed our baby's into caring, informed hands and provided for their future without us. No one likes to dwell on death, but once we take care of this most important part of "ownership" of a Companion Parrot(s) we will be able to continue to enjoy every day we have here on Earth with them. Up dates to the notebook are important. Noting any behavior changes, issues or medical problems as they occur is also helpful for their future care-giver.

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05/21/2015 08:47.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
a humpday vote4u

love Boo Boo

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05/20/2015 10:29.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Finn~
I hope you had a great day! Still no water in the pool but I am keeping a close eye on it! They plastered it yesterday so maybe it has to sit for a while before they fill it back up!
Have a great night!
love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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05/20/2015 09:59.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
#3449
Just another cold and damp day up here with a big frost coming tonight.
Hugs
Chyna

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05/20/2015 06:46.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
flying by with a vote 4u

love Boo Boo

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05/19/2015 10:15.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Finnegan
#3446
Today was gloomy and only in the high 30's. Mom went shopping and dad cleaned up most of that broken tree mess. I took a greyt nap and was ready to go crazy after dinner. Should be a little warmer tomorrow.
Hugs
Chyna

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05/19/2015 08:52.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Finn~
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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