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Hi! My name is Sam & Miranda on a Picnic

I am a Timneh African Grey from Waxhaw, NC.

Sammie, SamIAm

10 years old   M

Timneh African Grey

Cinnamon Toast(no sugar!), cashews, peanuts, apples, grapes, lettuce, peppers, oatmeal & CORNBREAD although I request it, she doesn't always comply! Hmph!!

On top of my cage when inside the house & when she takes me outside on the back deck getting my suntan!,

Getting misted. Hey, buddy, let me tell ya what I'd like to do with that bottle!!!

Something about her scritches that I just can't get enough of!

Sam likes to swing from his piñata & tear it up with his feet as well as his beak. I had to move his piñata because Sam broke most of his tail feathers off acting like Tarzan!.

When you're happy & you know it, stomp your feet!!.

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  Hi Sam I Am
Happy, healthy Friday to everybirdie. It's looking to be a great long-weekend for all my BC friends in the US. I am very delighted by the responses you are sharing with us. I hope everybirdie takes the time to read them too. There is a lot to consider when it comes to sharing your home with a Companion Parrot. When my Momma Deb started with birds, there was so little written about them it was a hit or miss situation when it came to care, housing and health. Today, with the internet at our finger tips, and countless books on various species, self-educating is a joyous and necessary component to be availed by all. We never know it all, and learning is a life time effort. Everyday with a Companion Parrot offers opportunities to observe or learn something new and valuable.
Many of us wish to adopt a new fid into our homes, hearts and flocks but there are so many considerations beyond species to work through. I must say this topic was brought to me by our dear friend Eva Kline of the famed K K Koral. It is something we need to look at when thinking of the addition of a brand new flock member in an established flock. That is the dreaded "quarantine" .
It would be the very rare home that can provide us with "IDEAL" conditions to quarantine an incoming bird. So with this knowledge what can we do? and what is not ok to do? To correctly quarantine a new Parrot you need a room, that is supplied with it's own source of air, preferably filtered intake and exhaust. Many Avian diseases are air-borne. Simply separating a new Parrot from the flock within the same household does not prevent contamination and disease spread through the air, air vents and whenever the door is opened to care for the new comer. The false belief that changing your clothing, shoes etc after caring for the new comer WILL NOT prevent the spread of disease.
By definition all quarantine of Avians is to be done in a building separate from ALL other birds in a flock. It must have it's own air filtration system to prevent spread of airborne disease particles and be tended by someone who does not come into contact with other Parrots during the quarantine period. Separation of the flock and new comer by floors within the same home is not considered fully quarantined. Although changing clothes, shoes and showering before entering and after being in contact with the new fid will work greatly to help stop cross infection.
The recommended method of quarantine suggests that all incoming new flock members have TWO sets of blood testing done at intervals advised by your Veterinarian to screen for Avian diseases. However, unless the Parrot is shedding a virus, a false negative can occur.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: what other suggestion do you have for bringing home that new flock member?

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

05/22/2015 08:44.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
I hope your mom's eye is better today. Mom wants to call her later.
Mom has a booboo on her leg that she didn't even know happened. Yesterday when she left the museum, the car door slammed into her shin (because she's clumsy sometimes) and it hurt, but mom didn't think anything of it. Last night when she was getting ready for bed, she saw that she had bled on her khaki pants! There was a huge wound on her leg as well. It doesn't hurt, but it will take awhile to heal.
Today mom worked in the avian nursery, and she had the 20 minute timer as well. Every 20 minutes she had to feed the smallest babies in the incubator, and of course, clean their nests and paper underneath, too, because what's going in one end seems to push out what's at the other end. She managed, between 20 and 45 minute feedings, to clean only 6 other cages. The avian nursery is pretty full right now, with robins, sparrows, starlings, mourning doves, pigeons, a cedar waxwing, a woodpecker, a little screech owl, crows, etc. The 6b ducklings in one of the cages got a fake mom today. Mom found the decoys they use for moms, and popped one in there on the heating pad. The babies will gather round it for comfort once it heats up a little.
After the center, she went shopping for fruits and veggies for us. Now she's home, and after doing our blogs, will plant the strawberry, gooseberry, and peppers that our neighbor left for us. We are under a frost advisory for tonight, so mom will have to look for some sheets for the tender stuff she is planting today. Everything else should be okay.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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

05/22/2015 12:04.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
How's mom's eye? We hope it's getting better.
Mom and Aunt Ginny both liked the movie! It was funny, sad, and a lot of things in between. The Chinese food was tasty too, but we only got to eat the fortune cookie, because mom thought there were onions and garlic in the sauces.
It's really cold again today, high of 56, but we don't think it's anywhere near there yet. Mom took lots of flower pics, so will post them on all 3 pages. There are 19 or so new pics. It's a good thing she took the azalea pics yesterday, because it rained overnight and with the cool weather and rain, many of the flowers have dropped off the bushes already.
Today mom had 2 tours, both from the same school district, and both in Dinosaurs. The kids were 4th graders, which is the grade mom likes best. So her time at the museum was lots of fun this morning. Later we will get our cages cleaned, and mom will go to dinner with Aunt Renee. Aunt Renee is leaving next week to go to Texas and celebrate her namesake's 90th birthday. Mom will have a card ready for her to take to Aunt Lorene when she goes.
Not much new, enjoy the flowers! Hope you are having a good day with sunshine, cuddles, and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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

05/21/2015 11:46.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here this cool, but sunny Thursday. I apologize for not getting this blog out to you yesterday but we care having serious problems with BC right now.
It is definitely a good sign that so many have made long-term arrangements for us fids. It is something humans don't like to think about, death and being away from us, but since so many of us are very long-lived it is vital we all are provided for. A recent incident set this fact out from all othrs when one of our own BC friends was rushed to the hospital unconscious. There was talk prior to this eventful day about having contact numbers but the other person delayed to provide them. When the situation happened there was no one to call to care for the two fids left int he apartment alone. This could have been all avoided with proper per-planning.
At the very least everyone should take the time to list all their fids in a notebook. Including their ages, sexes, and every important fact about each one including foods, care facts and anything else that would matter should we be unable to provide for them. This notebook should be placed in a safe location; easily found by someone in a stressful situation. Tell family, friends etc where to find the book, or if you have a "care-provider" designated make certain they are aware of it and where to find the notes. Have contact numbers included for any family, friends etc and your Veterinarian.
In this situation mentioned we were able to work from Canada in behalf of our American friend. The birds were cared for by a close friend. The whole situation could have been smoother, and less stressful on our part with the necessary information in advance. Stop to imagine if things were different and no one was notified to care for the bird for the week their owner was hospitalized. Not a pretty thought. Sometimes we figure that family knows how to care for our fids. But in an emergency do they really know everything they should? In the event of our death, who will take care of the fids? Do these individuals know this in advance? Many times Companion Parrots are left to people who do not really want them and they end up sold, given away or handed over to a rescue to "deal with". As a Parrot lover and Parront we are responsible for their welfare even in our absence.
Having a living will, or a notarized paper telling all the details relevant to our flock will save alot of guess work later on for those responsible for our estates. We will have the peace-of-mind knowing we have placed our baby's into caring, informed hands and provided for their future without us. No one likes to dwell on death, but once we take care of this most important part of "ownership" of a Companion Parrot(s) we will be able to continue to enjoy every day we have here on Earth with them. Up dates to the notebook are important. Noting any behavior changes, issues or medical problems as they occur is also helpful for their future care-giver.

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

05/21/2015 09:25.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Today we're in the middle of a cool spell. It's around 50, if that, and breezy. Mom is okay with the cool weather, as long as it warms up by Saturday, which is opening day for the pool.
Today mom had 2 tours, one at 10:10 and one at 12:30, so she had over an hour between. She took a book to the museum to read, so it wasn't so bad. The first tour was PA Natural History, so that was fun with third graders. They had a museum quest after the tour, so mom handed out materials for that when she got done. A quest is like a scavenger hunt in the hall on the sheet. This group stayed in North American and Botany Halls to complete their quest. The second group was another 3rd grade but it was the World of Dinosaurs. We all know how much mom loves doing dinos, so that was a fun tour.
Tonight Aunt Gin is bringing dinner with her, and she and mom will watch a movie here. It's called This is where I leave you, I think, and it should be good.
I hope you are having good weather there, not as cool as it is here, and that you are getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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

05/20/2015 12:36.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Oops, I forgot!
Mom is having some of the same issues, but it seems like if she blogs first, then votes, the pages show up in their entirety. Willie

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

05/19/2015 12:59.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
3 pf the pics are owlets, one with Martha the foster mom. The other one is a baby fox who came into the center with some serious damage to the pelvic and genital areas. They actually took him to a vet for xrays. Mom doesn't think he will recover, though, since he's very young and the injuries are so serious.
So, Ashlynn is done with dance for now, I hope that doesn't mean that mom won't get to see her at all. That eye thing sounds serious, mom doesn't know what flew into or scratched her eyeball? Hopefully the ointment will help, even if things are blurry right now.
Last night mom worked a special event at the museum and showed lots of folks around dinosaur hall. It's funny, because at some of the special events, the people invited just want to go to the balcony to eat and drink, while at others, like last night, they are happy to see something special before they go to the balcony. There was live music as well as food and drink for everyone.
Today mom went shopping for flowers again, she says for the last time this year, hahaha. She got her peace rose, her pink clematis, and some scented geraniums with a couple of miniature coral salvia and some streptocarpella for the porch planter. She also bought a new planter, it's a tiny wheelbarrow. She got geraniums, dianthus, and vinca for that. She also moved all the house plants outside for their summer vacation. Our little citrus tree has something green on it. Mom thinks it might be a little orange! So that should take care of the plantings in containers for this year. Now to get the tomatoes and peppers in the ground, and we're ready to take pics to share with you.
I hope you are having a great day. After a quick storm last evening, it's been beautiful here, sunny and warm. I also hope you get lots of cuddles and scritches today. Hugs, Willie

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

05/19/2015 12:58.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sam~
I hope you are having a fun day!
The guys are still over there fixing the pool so I still don't know how they are going to fill it. I hope they do it soon because I really want to know! It's funny how we never really paid attention to it before. You can tell that no one here goes swimming! It wasn't a selling point when we rented our apartment. They allowed big dogs and had dog parks so they were a winner as far as we were concerned. The rules have changed since we moved in. They still allow big dogs but I guess they have to okay it first. Same with exotics, which is me! They said we are grandfathered in so it doesn't affect us!
I hope you have the most wonderful day ever!! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/19/2015 11:54.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
Good morning to everybirdie. Sweetie here with our first blog of the week. I have been enjoying this Canadian long weekend to the max. Warm weather, sunny skies, what more could a bird hope for? Maybe anew toy to chew perhaps?
Your responses have been very interesting and informative. Information sharing is after all what BC is all about. When a group of devoted bird lovers get together for any cause, things just have to happen for the better. Bird Channel consists of a wide mix of people and birds from around the world with many common interests but our passion for Companion Parrots is the foremost. The coined phrase crazy-bird ladies/men couldn't be more true then for those on BC.
I have always believed that the Bird Channel members have the power to bring change in the Parrot owning community. We can impact others through our one to one education. Even telling a stranger not to buy "brand A" for their own Parrot is sharing our knowledge and could make a life-changing benefit to even one more Parrot. It has been very encouraging to read the many ways each of you have helped spread the word. It is unfortunate that many have no Parrot Club close by or Rescues in their close vicinity. That does not lessen our ability to be true Parrot Ambassadors right in our own home towns. It is surprisingly easy to strike-up a conversation about Parrots with almost everyone.
It has made me one happily little bird to read how many have spoken to someone in a store about Parrots, even when you got "the-look" for it. When we share exactly what it means to be a Parront, it gives others something to consider before spending their hard earned money. You might just save a Parrots life too. Something we must all remember though. Not all re-homed Parrots are unwanted. Sometimes it becomes in the bird's best interest to re-home them. Not all Companion Parrots found in rescues are there because they are unwanted, sometimes it is quite to the opposite. They were loved so much that the former owner knew they could not keep their beloved friend for various reasons. It is easy to loose sight of this truth in light of the vast numbers found in Rescues and shelters.
In a perfect World all Parrots could remain in their first home forever, or until their owners go to the Rainbow Bridge. In the real World life changes, sometimes quite quickly, almost over-night forcing surrender of pets that are dearly loved. It becomes a heart-breaking situation when owners have no options left, and no where to turn but to a rescue to take in their best buddy.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: what permanent plans do YOU have in place for your fids, should something happen to you? What advice would you give someone in this respect?

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

05/19/2015 09:13.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Well, you know about best laid plans, right? So mom didn't get to that new Mexican place, as they are closed on Sunday. Instead, they went to Ali Baba's in Oakland for some Middle Eastern food. It was really good, too. There were a couple of graduations and a baccalaureate Mass going on, though, so there was a lot of traffic to contend with.
Today at the center mom had the bunny room again, and she got to release 6 bunnies! She is always happy when it's time to let the animals go home, and they release bunnies on their property because they get too stressed being moved by car anywhere else. Before you ask, there are about 16 acres there so the bunnies have good homes.
After her shift, she went to the nail salon to get a cracked nail repaired. She will be ready for a manicure soon, but not today since she is working a special event at the museum tonight. Mom will be in Dinosaur Hall for 3 hours this evening, showing adults the place and talking about the great collection we have at the Carnegie.
Tomorrow mom and Aunt Renee are going flower shopping again. Hopefully she will find the pink clematis she's looking for, as well as the peace rose. There's only one more long planter to fill, and the porch/patio/yard will be done for this year. All that's left is putting out the fountain.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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

05/18/2015 12:15.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sam~
I hope you are having a great Sunday! Isn't it exciting that there may be a triple crown winner this year! Hasn't been one for a very long time!
My Governor declared a Drought Emergency for the entire state this weekend. I'm not having a drought but over on the other side of the mountain they are. Not enough snow this year to fill up the lakes and rivers over there!
They have already decided to use the water on the crops that would be too hard to replant, like pears and apple groves. They are even talking about catching the salmon, putting them in tank trucks and driving them to the spawning grounds! I'd love to see that! At least they are planning ahead. We are going to figure out how we can conserve around the house. Mom found out that using the dishwasher is more efficient than hand washing and that paper plate are not recyclable! Bummer!
I hope you enjoy the day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/17/2015 12:06.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Mom didn't find the clematis or the rose she wanted, so no big holes were dug yesterday.
Mom went flower shopping yesterday, but since she was with her sister, she still didn't get enough. (There is only so much room in her car.) There is one long planter on the porch that's still empty. She did buy 2 more hanging baskets, though, and enough flowers to finish the patio. She was fortunate enough to find 3 different colors of osteospermum, or African Daisy. She loves the colors on those guys! It's a good thing she got it all planted yesterday, though, because we're supposed to get rain all day today.
Mom will get laundry done, and later she and her daughter and son in law will celebrate Mother's Day with a dinner out at a new Mexican Restaurant they haven't tried yet.
I hope you are having a great day, filled with spring weather, cuddles, and scritches all for you. Hugs, Willie

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

05/17/2015 08:42.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
Happy Saturday everybirdie. Sweetie here with our sixteenth blog for BOTM. The input you have shared is like a precious gem. Filled with your heart-felt thoughts and opinions. Through open communication we learn, we grow, we bring about much needed change. I am happy to hear that some Parronts are researching to locate a rescue close to their own homes. Rescues need donations. That is a given fact since none are Government funded in the USA or Canada. There are however multiple ways to give to a rescue of your choice.
Falco and Willie mentioned San Diego's Parrot Education and Adoption Cente. They as do several other larger registered rescues (including Hurlin's Parrot Rescue in Michigan, & Oasis Sanctuary) have "sponsorship" programs that allow individuals to make a monthly donation in the name of a specific resident. You receive updates, a certificate of sponsorship with your bird(s) photo on it and other awesome mementos plus the knowledge you have helped one or more Parrots. Sponsorship is just one way to help out an Unwanted Parrot when we are unable to adopt one.
Many Rescues have auctions, yard sales and other Fund-raising venues where someone that is artistic, or creative might help by donating an item they have made. This option is especially helpful when the rescue is some distance away where personal hands-on assistance would be difficult or impossible.
My Momma Deb assists with a rescue in Rochester NY by answering emails from their on-line Website, and making calls to prospective adopters and donors. She is able to help without actually being physically close to help in person. In fact we are in a different country but the help is appreciated by the over-worked owners and volunteers. Expect to be thoroughly screened before allowed access to their website.
It is imperative that anyone wishing to donate to a rescue they are unfamiliar with ask how the funds will be used. The rescue should be willing to tell you whether for feeding, Vet care, caging etc. Most larger rescues, and registered non-profit rescues have an open-book policy that allows anyone to see exactly where the donations are used. Their financial statements are available on-line at their web sites or by request.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: IF you were interested in adopting another Companion Parrot from a rescue what sort of questions would YOU expect to be asked? IF the rescue did not have a pre-adoption application would that effect YOUR decision to adopt from them? If so how? Positively? Negatively? Do you feel the pre-adoption applications are important? If so why? Do you agree with pre-adoption home visits by the Rescue?

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

05/16/2015 11:23.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam we are just glad to be back on BC-Ms LaLo
It sounds like we have wide spread rain and thunder showers from the Mid-West to the East Coast. hopefully nothing to severe! We all have our fresh food, seeds, veggies, and water, parrots rule in this home! We are hoping for Ms Chyna's sake the Preakness comes off without a hitch, it is in Baltimore, that concerns us, some of those folks are lawless it seems! We plan to have a great weekend filled with love and caring as usual, WE WILL NOT BE CHEATED out of what is rightfully ours, we are a very loving family, and even tolerate with respect all those folks to the left of us! This is still America, is it not! Love to all in your sweet home, see ya all tomorrow...

God Bless America, from Ms LaLo & my Dallas family

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05/16/2015 10:36.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Today and tomorrow mom is off! What a good break for her. (They are short handed at the center tomorrow, so she might break down and go up there for an hour or so.) She did this deliberately to give herself time to plant. This afternoon she is going out with her sister to a local nursery to finish buying annuals for the planters that aren't done yet. She is thinking of buying a pink clematis if one is available, as well as a new rose, maybe a peace rose. She has always loved the colors of the peace rose.
We just saw Kiddo's announcement on the calendar page about the Renaissance Faire for the June Milonga, how exciting that's going to be! I can't wait to see the costumes. I hope you are having a great spring day with lots of sun, cuddles, and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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

05/16/2015 08:31.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Mom had the bunny room to clean at the center today, YAY! Except that there are about 75 bunnies in there, that is. That's a lot of cleaning and feeding. The staff took care of intubating and feeding the littlest ones, so mom just had to feed ones who were eating bunny salad. Litters share the same cage, so there were only about 15 or so cages. One litter had 10 little ones in it! When mom finished in there, she told the staff they would need more apples, carrots, and greens for the bunnies eating salad, so they sent her to the store. She bought a few pounds of each, as well as some berries for the birds, and some distilled water to wash everything in for the bunnies. By that time, her shift was well over, so she came home and sat in the sun for an hour. Now we are getting our blogs done, and later we will get to go out, too. Mom doesn't like us in the noonday sun, but after 3 it's still pretty nice here.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of fresh air, sunshine, cuddles, and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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

05/15/2015 12:25.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with your Friday BOTM blog. I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their votes of support this month. Your witty, informative, and often very touching shared stories have been wonderful. I certainly hope you will continue to take a moment to read them daily.
Yesterday I asked about Rescues and Sanctuaries for Parrots located near each of you. Most of the replies stated there was none, or that your Parront did not know how to begin to find one. There are far too many to list on this blog, but I have composed a few ideas that will aid you in your searching for a rescue close to your home.
The following sites are only given as examples and we do not endorse anyone or recommend anyone specifically;
beautyofbirds.com/rescue.htm--has an extensive list by state and province of rescues with contact information as provided.

birdchannel.com/bird-adoption/bird-rescues has a list of rescues but you need to check them out to find the location etc

www.rescueshelter.com--has lists by state--however you have to sift through the rescues by species--there is a change species option that you can click--pet birds to limit the search down.

You can also do an on-line google search by typing in Parrot rescues in (your state or province). A call to a local Avian Veterinarian Clinic can often result in good referrals to rescues within a reasonable distance. Also Face Book can provide names and links to Rescues and Sanctuaries within your state.
Regardless of how you locate a rescue it is up to each individual to check them out. Remember that the fact a Rescue has a non-profit status does not make it a good rescue, nor does lack of one make it a bad one. Ask for references if you have not heard of them through friends or your Veterinarian. They should be willing to give you the name and number of the Veterinarian they deal with. Most good rescues have an on-line adoption pre-application that you will need to fill out. This will help both them and you in finding the perfect home and fid to share your life with. Ask whether the Parrots have been Vet checked before adoption. Good Rescues will provide copies of these reports to new owners. They will ask a lot of questions and will require reference, normally a home visit and that you visit a couple times or more before adopting one of their Parrots.

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

05/15/2015 10:14.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Sam
I'm running for 10k... My friends encouraged me to do it so here I am doing it !!!
We have been getting a lot of much needed rain and cooler temps. We love it !!!

Have an awesome TGIF
Love your buddy
Panther

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05/15/2015 09:13.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sam~
I hope your day was perfect! Yesterday I was not able to get on BC when mom had time to do my notes! She cleaned in the morning and said we could get notes done when she was done! Well, that turned out to be a bad idea!!!hahahahaha
We had rain this morning but it cleared up and turned out to be a very nice day. We even opened the window! Mom got a pizza for dinner and I had 2 pieces of crust!
Mandy has been moving around more the last 2 days and seems to enjoy hanging out in front of my cage. That's good news!
Tonight we are watching a movie and getting my notes done before I hit the night cage. It's our weekend and we are going to enjoy every minute of it!!
Fabulous picture! What a great picnic!
Enjoy your evening! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/14/2015 08:17.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Mom had 2 tours again today, and she liked both groups even though they were first and second grades. They had enough chaperones to herd them and keep them focused, which made it easier.
After a stop at Trader Joe's on the way home, she got back to us and our blogs. She will walk the dogs when she finishes the blogs, we think. Tonight is cage cleaning night again. I know, she just pressure washed the cages, but you know how we all are, they all need wiped down again.
We posted the pics of the fox and the owlets with Martha on our pages, so everyone can see them. Hope you like them.
I hope also that you are having a good day there, and getting springlike temps. It's in the mid 60s here, which is good for walking and working outside, but not good enough for us to go out. Get lots of loving today! Hugs, Willie

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05/14/2015 12:00.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
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?

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05/14/2015 09:37.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Tell your mom to be extra careful out there in the sun. Are you in that travel cage yet? If you are, you could supervise her when she goes outside, you know. I bet you'd even get a strawberry treat for that, too. Martha fosters every year, and she's such a good mom. Her kids are learning to be great horned owls right from her.
Today mom had 2 tours at the museum, one about animals, and one 3 cultures tour in the anthropology section. It was a fun day, and she didn't have to think about if she had already said something to the group, since the topics were so different. Tonight mom went to a baby bird class at the center. The volunteers have to attend classes every year for the baby care, because sometimes things change from year to year, and it never hurts to have a refresher. Some of the diets have changed recently. This year they are also using different nests for baby birds. Mom is going to crochet some as soon as she has a free moment or 2. They used to use those plastic tomato or strawberry baskets, stuff them with tissue, and make nests, but the knitted and crocheted ones are so much nicer. They are soft, round, and come in a variety of sizes from hummingbird to crow.
It was really cool here today, didn't get above 50, and we had clouds all day long. Tomorrow it's supposed to be near 70 again, though. I hope you had a good day and got lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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05/13/2015 07:46.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
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.

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05/12/2015 01:18.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Aww, what a sweet new pic! YOu and Miranda on a picnic look so cute together.
You're right, I don't think jungle birdies light torches. It could scare potential mates!
Thanks, Aunt Rose, for our new pics! We all love the trees and flowers!
We seem to have the copy function back today. Mom checked it yesterday and it was only BC, so we know it wasn't our computer. Anyway, we have pics of the fox and the owlets, so as soon as mom remembers to bring the cell phone cord up here to the computer, we'll load them for all to see. Martha is taking care of 3 babies this year.
Today was mom's monthly docent meeting and spring luncheon. The meeting was boring, with everyone breaking into small groups to discuss something or other. They do this nearly every month, but today's paper had an advice space on the bottom. Mom's group put in there (completely off topic) that the meeting time would be better spent with some educational training instead of small group discussions of things they already know. There was kind of a collective gasp, but after the meeting, many of the docents told mom they felt the same and were glad she articulated the thought. Maybe she'll get fired, but I don't think that will happen.
The pot luck luncheon was pretty good. Lots of nice spring salads, fruit, and a few great entrees. Mom took cupcakes, since she didn't feel like making fudge last night and it was too hot to cook anything.
Tomorrow and Thursday mom has 2 tours, so we will be late getting online again. We'll let you know how they turn out, though.
I hope you are having a great day, getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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05/12/2015 12:12.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
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.

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05/11/2015 01:42.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Thanks to all those who made another memorable milonga last night, especially Chyna, Kiddo, Taz, Ranebeau, and Sammy. It sure was a fun evening. Congrats to all the winners of the race and the hat contest, too.
Happy Mother's Day to all the bird moms and human moms out there.
Yesterday mom planted 3 flats of assorted flowers, 1 hanging basket, and bought 2 other hanging baskets. We still don't have all the planters full, but it's a good start. She decided to put all the herbs in one of the large planters, so there are about 8 basil plants, some oregano, parsley, thyme, and rosemary all in a convenient planter close to the house. The sage and chives have been coming up for years in the garden, and that's where they are staying.
Mom is working the dinosaur cart with touchable objects on it at the museum today, and later her family is coming over here with dinner. They will go out to dinner next week, when restaurants are not so crowded. They call it the Julian calendar mother's day, hahaha.
I hope you are having a beautiful spring day and getting lots of extra cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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05/10/2015 08:02.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam,
"HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY" TO ALL THE MOMS!

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

Enjoy your day!! Leaving a vote for you.

Your friend,
Chipper

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05/10/2015 07:16.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
and the Scruffy Bird Band ... just want to say thanks for all the greyt work you did tonight. I had BC problems too ... and boy was I tired after the Milonga. I don't know how you can do it month after month.
Anyway, many thanks for all your help.
After those lovely sunny days of 85, we are back to cold. It's 60 and cloudy and the same for Sunday. We were ready to plant flowers early, not now.
Have a good night.
Hugs
Chyna

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05/09/2015 10:21.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
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.

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05/09/2015 09:19.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
It's another one of those days today: mom has a meeting at 11, then she's going to buy flowers and come home to do the planters. Tonight is the milonga, though, so we hope to see you all there! I hope also that you are having a great day and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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05/09/2015 07:27.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Tell mom she needs to get away, if not to Nanny's house, come here! She can fly in and mom will pick her up at the airport. There's absolutely no reason at all to get involved with dinner and movie plans for the bedridden sociopath. Oh, that's a book your mom should read, it's called the Sociopath Next Door. Tell her to check it out.
Wow, maybe if mom is expected to do all that driving next week, Ashlynn could stay with her and her mate at their house. That should cut down on the miles, at least. It would be a shame if the little girl did all this work and wasn't able to do the recital, after all. There's no reason to take it out on her, although we're sure her mom would!
We haven't seen any of the Dallas clan yet, but it's supposed to be around the 18th, we think. Uncle Chuck accused mom of throwing him under the bus, and we're not sure why, so we're not really expecting to see them when they do come back.
Mom is just itching to go buy flowers to put in all the planters. The ground isn't ready yet, because mom has fallen behind on the weeding, but the planters? No problem! A little wash, some fresh soil, and they are ready to go. She hasd a meeting in the morning, so maybe after the meeting she will go to the closest nursery.
This morning mom did 3 rooms at the center; the main aviary, which is currently housing 5 adorable screech owls, the small flight aviary, where Martha and her three foster owlets are living, and the recovery room, which is currently housing 2 pigeons, a crow, 3 snapping turtles, a red eared slider, and 3 box turtles. It was challenging but fun, especially in the small flight room where mom had to wear that gillie suit to clean and water the owls. It was sure hot in that suit. Don't tell anyone, but she did not put the pants on, just wore her jeans. The owlets grow so fast! Mom took some pics on her phone, and if the cord is up here, she'll post them on our pages for all to see. In the main aviary, mom spotted 4 of the owls, but couldn't for the life of her find the fifth one! One of the staff came in and looked, but couldn't find it either. A little later, another staff person came in, spotted it, and showed mom where it was. She was relieved to see it. They have to do a head count every day, and she hates when she can't find everyone.
When she got home, mom sat in the sun to read for a little while, and pulled a few weeds, then came in for a shower and our blog time.
We will probably get out a little later today, when the sun is on the other side of the house.
I hope you are having a wonderful day, spring weather, and lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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05/08/2015 12:19.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sam~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's very pretty up here. We have lots of chores to get done today so I will be supervising. I am very good at supervising.
Mom has to work for 3 hours tonight for a Mother's Day sale. I'll be sleeping when she is gone and she will still be able to get some sleep when she is done, so it's all good.
It's movie night so I am looking forward to some popcorn and something interesting to watch!!
Enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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05/08/2015 11:20.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
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?

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05/08/2015 05:50.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this awesome sunshiny Thursday. As there are no "right or wrong answers," they are all amazing and honest. Clearly Government involvement with us bird's lives will spell MESS. Somehow when the law-makers get togetehr to "fix' a problem they tend to create a whole pile of new ones, often worse then the original problem ever was. We are of a common agreement that hoarding is a secretive and often undetected situation. It occurs in every community across the globe.
As Pearl and Silver said the number of Companion Parrots is less important then whether they are well cared for, feed and cleaned. Whether one has one or one hundred fids to care for, the bottom line is "how well are they cared for? How many care-givers are looking after them?" Sad as it might be there are great homes with one Parrot and awful "house's of horror" with one. Just as human parents come in bad and good, so too do Companion Parrot owners. A stay at home Parront can easily look after a large flock, giving each time, cleaning, feeding and loving them all. It must remain a personal decision where to draw that line as far as numbers go. One person can become over-whelmed by one Parrot, where someone else can handle the ins and outs of daily life with fifty. We all need to be honest with ourselves, being truthful about how much we truly can handle on an on-going daily bases. Face it, all Parrots can become a handful at times, just like human children.
The general consensus is that placing regulations on Parrot ownership at best will be a band-aid approach to a difficult to manage situation. Cori and Boo Boo brought up a generalized truth, " many hoarders take in the animals and birds in the first place because they don't want them to be killed or abused. For some reason just keeping them alive they feel they are doing a good job without any thought to the quality of life of the animals.Then what happens, these people may become ill and no longer able to care for the animals and no one helps them because no one knows they have so many and then the animals start dying and at this point the people won't accept what they have done."
Parrot Rescues are busting at the seams with unwanted Parrots being surrendered. Some have been forced to turn away Parrots for lack of place. This problem continues to grow as our present "throw-away" society dumps off anything they deem, "difficult, too much money or work" without any clear solution. Many of these displaced Parrots are sold or given away to anyone who will take them. The former owner doing no screening, no educating, rather just glad to be rid of the "problem."
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: With many credible Rescues over-filled should they CONSIDER euthanizing sick, overly-aggressive Parrots to make room for others to enter their facilities? What other possible solutions could be employed to protect the unwanted?

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05/07/2015 09:28.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sam, you handsome bird you~
I hope you are having a great day! Absolutely nothing interesting going on here but I did want to stop by to say hello.
Enjoy your day and I do hope it's just perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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05/06/2015 12:12.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
Happy, healthy Hump-day to everybirdie. Sweetie here with today's BOTM blog. I am hopeful that everyone has read the comments posted on my page about the need for education and laws to restrict and control Parrot over-breeding and one day end the need for rescues. Your insight and shared comments are greyt and very down-to-Earth factual. I must agree that the ideas are great but the how-to is getting into the way. The need for and application of Owner educational classes was commonly agreed,but where would one begin to make this thought a reality? The fact that there are definitely many very qualified educators on Common Parrot behavior makes it a possibility, but to make the need obvious to those in change of our laws and by-laws would be a difficult task to under-take. The current animal welfare act seems to fall short where Parrots and domestic exotics come in. Unless the "animals" are in definite distress from abuse, obvious neglect of care MOST if not ALL investigators know very little to nothing about Companion Parrots.
A point at hand; was the case a while back when someone visiting saw our frother SKY who has a damaged wing that was broken years ago but due to his abuser's lack of care it was left to mend on it's own: thus it is deformed, and Little Angel my plucked, but very happy and healthy fister who has almost no feathers. The visitor reported them and investigators visited. They were going to pressure to have both Sky and Little Angel removed from our flock and euthanized. Heck, killed more correctly. When word went out to our BC family, the OSPCA was bombarded with texts, emails, and calls. These same investigators did not know a Cockatiel from a Budgie, but made the assumed decision that both Parrots were unable to enjoy a quality of life. Point being these two persons were responsible for deciding the welfare for two Companion Parrots, yet made very incorrect assumptions. So, before any new laws to protect us could be implemented, those currently responsible for enforcing them would need extensive training on what is and isn't acceptable behavior and husbandry for hundreds of very differing species of Parrots.
As Dixie's Mom Rose brought up, when someone must spend the whole day just cleaning and feeding the Fids, then it is obvious the number is too many to properly keep. As others also pointed out, there is a fine line between keeper and hoarder. The only difference being the keeper does their best to care for, clean, feed and water everyone everyday, and is willing to pay for Veterinarian care, while the hoarder becomes over-whelmed with sheer numbers, the cost of food, amount of work involved and burns-out leaving no one to care for the suffering Parrots.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: what types of regulations should be put into effect to prevent the hoarder-syndrome? Besides limiting numbers kept, is there a way to prevent it in the first place? Would anyone with more then a specified number having inspections help?

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05/06/2015 09:26.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Last night mom had Jessica and her mom, Aunt Ginny, here for dinner and a movie. They had a lovely pork tenderloin that mom cooked in the crock pot, as well as carrots, snap peas with sesame seeds, and roasted Brussels sprouts. For dessert, mom had bought some lemon cookies, but Jess brought filled chocolate cupcakes. Guess which one mom chose? Yep, the chocolate. The all enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was a fun movie to watch.
Today is beautiful outside, so maybe when mom gets done with our blogs she'll get us out for awhile. If Falco is cooperative today, she'll get to be out with the rest of us. Mom really needs to power wash our cages after the winter, but needs help getting them outside and back into the house.
Don't forget to vote on the milonga page today and tomorrow, it's the last 2 days of voting.
I hope you are having a great day today and getting lots of good springtime weather, cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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05/06/2015 08:50.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
It's called prosciutto (pronounced pro shoot oh), and it's made from boar meat in Italy, but probably pork if it's domestic. It's usually sliced thin and is pretty tasty. In Italy they also serve it with cantaloupe, called proscuitto e melone. It's pretty tasty like that too. Glad Alan found something at least for a little, maybe that will tide them over for a little until he finds a job.
Those fresh fruits and veggies sound so good, and the grilled asparagus will be delicious, I bet.
Today we are going to lose mom for awhile because she's going to lunch with Lena, then run a few errands. It seems the wild birds need more food, and mom needs something called moisturizer. Tonight Jessica and Aunt Gin are coming over to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel with mom. Mom has a pork roast and some carrots in the crock pot, and the house already smells good.
I hope you are having better weather than we are today, it's cool and rainy here. May you get lots of springtime weather, cuddles and scritches today. Hugs, Willie

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

05/05/2015 08:25.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
Hello everyone, Sweetie here with today's BOTM blog. I musts ay that your responses are very educational, thought-provoking and hitting that old nail right on the head. We, Companion Parrots are definitely at the mercy of humans once we enter the world of captivity. It is so sad to think of the horrors many Parrots suffer from hatching to an early death in the name of profits. Sam shared a very compelling account of just such cruelty and suffering, and was an eye-opener to the realities around the Parrot Breeding Industry. Sadder still is that one of the USA's leading Parrot food producers has one of the worst kept breeding facilities. Parrots of all sizes, cramped into dirty, dark and over-crowded buildings. Bred and kept solely for testers of their newest pellets, and profits from their offspring. Just like our dog and cat foods, all products are tested on living creatures for quality, effectiveness for what it was made for, i.e. breeding formulas, maintenance etc. and over-all health after specific periods of usage.
We all agree that something needs to be implemented to control the breeding and mass production of Companion Parrots. Parrots seem to be brushed under the table when laws are debated for "Companion pets" with the focus on dogs, cats and livestock taking the forefront. It is shocking to learn the number of Companion Parrots from Budgies to Macaws that are abused, neglected and abandoned nationwide annually. Most of the better well-managed Parrot Rescues are at capacity, some being able to add facilities to handle the overflow of the unwanted being surrendered. Most are struggling to take care of those in their care as finances are slow at coming, but the Parrots keep arriving, many needing extensive Veterinarian care due to neglect or blatant abuse by former owners.
If Bird-only stores were licensed to sell Parrots, and General Pet Stores were no longer allowed to do so with the addition of mandatory staff attendance of seminars and proper training that they passed on to potential buyers some control might begin to arrive on the breeding of mass numbers of birds yearly. However it is erroneous to believe that all birds sold in Pet Stores come from "Parrot-mills". Many are purchased from reputable breeders who produce carefully planned clutches.There are both good and bad Pet Stores, including Bird Only stores.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; If the governments of your country were to impose laws for keeping Parrots would you willing attend classes on Parrot husbandry and training? If the new law(s) were made for ALL OWNERS not just new owners would you support these laws willingly?
Dog and Cat by-laws normally limit the numbers per household. Those above these limits needing to apply for a "Kennel-License", do YOU think owners of Companion Parrots should also have limits and require special permits to own above that limited numbers? DO YOU think licensing ownership could improve the situation for unwanted Parrots?

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

05/05/2015 07:44.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
I don't think I like the name of those flowers, snapdragons. They sound dangerous. Mom likes to plant them too, though, those and monkey flowers, also known as tourenia. She thinks they are cute, and they do attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Today mom was supposed to have a trainee at the center, but she never showed up, so mom did the RVS room again. There were about 8 baby raccoons in there, the adult raccoon and ground hog, 8 bats, and a baby red fox. It was so cute, but really scared, too. Mom was extra gentle with it, and after she had fed it, one of the staff came in to get it for a trip to the vet. Usually at the center, the staff handles all the animals' needs, so this little one must have had something wrong to require a trip to the vet. Anyway, the RVS room is an old story by now.
Mom stopped at the grocery store to pick up some fresh veggies and fruits for us on the way home, then the lazy slug sat out in the warm weather for about an hour. She did not take us out, said it was already too warm, but she sat there and read!
I hope you are having a fabulous day and getting lots of sun, cuddles, and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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

05/04/2015 12:07.23 PM Report This Comment  
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