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I got 1130 votes for BOTM in September 2012...THANKS SO VERY MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT DURING MY CAMPAIGN...

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Mom and dad found me as a baby at my breeders house and it was love at first sight...I am the only planned fid at our house...hehe
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Hi! My name is TAZ-.INDEPENDENCE DAY

I am a Citron-Crested Cockatoo from Pasco, WA.

My newest one from Uncle Chuck...Chain Saw

Tazmon
Tazzie


18 years old   M

Citron-Crested Cockatoo

I love almonds, grapes, squash, and bananas

I love to be on or in others cages, when they are not home. I also love to be on dad's shoulder when he is cleaning our cages. I like to be with mom in the evening and get scritches...

I hate baths or showers of any kind, water is not my friend...and that's all I got to say about that!

They treat me great, I have lots of friends, good food to eat, lots of toys to play with and unconditional love even when I am bad...

I love to instigate trouble....

Chew wood whenever possible and treasure friends....

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  Hi Taz!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are visiting Atlanta, Georgia. The first place we are going to visit is the GA State Capitol. Let’s head over there now.” They arrive at the building, and once inside, take a guided tour. During their tour they see the rooms inside the building, and learn Georgia History. After their tour, they visit the GA State Capitol Museum. Next they head to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The first thing they see is the Dinosaur Plaza outside. Grey Bird and Oki mimic dinosaur noises, while stomping around like dinosaurs. Inside, they visit the Walk Through Time in GA exhibition, the World of Shells collection, the Reflections of Culture exhibition, and some other cool things. Next they visit the Georgia Aquarium. Inside, they see tons of beautiful fish. They see Discus, Clown Anemonefish, Crimson Snapper, King Angel Fish, and many others. They see Beluga Whales, which Laka and Chyna think are adorable. They also see really cool Giant Pacific Octopus. When they are done in the Aquarium, they head to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. They stroll the Garden, and see gorgeous flowers. After the garden, they visit the High Museum of Art, and then the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. After the museums, they head to Fox Theatre, and see the Sound of Music Sing-A-Long. They very much enjoy it. After, they get dinner, and head to a hotel. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

Come visit me, Dobby, Grey Bird, Angel Devynn (RIP), Peatree~ Vote 4 Panther #245623!, Bella, King Jester Bean ~ Thank you so much!, Honey, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Pressie & Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP).

06/23/2015 12:18.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
I am happy to announce that the Milonga page is all ready for voting, as many of you have already discovered. Thank you to the hearty souls who made the effort yesterday. I eggspect everybirdy to make it over to page #165848 to cast all your votes every day right up until midnight on the 25th to support your favorite pics. They are arranged in order by category and numbered for your convenience. (Thank you, Taz!)

I did not get a sunbath today, and it is nobirdy's fault but my own. Mom had a dentist appointment this morning at 10, so she tried really hard to get me outside before she went. I was having none of it. Fortunately her cavity was so tiny it didn't require Novocain or much drilling, and she was out of there in 30 minutes. So she tried again as soon as she got home, since today's high should be 90. Once again (even with a cookie as a lure) I refused to let me handle me or climb into the carrier. So in my room I sit staring out the window. I think I screwed up, don't you?

Kiddo

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06/17/2015 12:16.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
My dad is convinced that the reason I was so resistant to getting into my carrier for a sunbath yesterday and Saturday is because he was home for the weekend. Mom disagreed, but then today he is at work and I was totally cooperative and climbed right in. We had a nice sunbath, although Mom spent most of the time under Ms Gardenia for shade. It is only 85 here today, but it's a bit humid and we are just not used to that. Call us spoiled. And it is heating up each day this week....ick!

Now voting starts tomorrow for the Ren Faire contest, and that means any last minute entries must be in by midnight tonight. I am thinking we are pretty much done though. When your flock votes, you will vote as a unit. However the flock gets a vote in each category: Ladies & wenches; Knights & gents; Couples; Warriors(both genders); Entertainers; Groups; and finally an optional vote: if there is a pic you think is outstanding you can vote for it in Best Overall if you wish. Even though you have voted for that pic in another category, this is separate. You do not have to vote for a best overall if you don't wish to. There will be numbers on the pics grouped by categories, plus you can go to their pages to look at the originals if you need to since their page numbers are listed.

So, Taz, can your mom put the numbers on the pics for voting, but do it by category? For instance, there are 9 pics in the ladies and wenches category, so they would be 1 thru 9. There are 7 birds in the knights and gents cat so they would be 10 thru 16, and so on. I have included the page numbers on the milonga page listing, but if it would be helpful for me to email the list to your mom, just let me know. If she could do that tonight to be ready for voting tomorrow that would be greyt. I am pretty sure all the entries are done with, because nobirdy new has submitted a pic in a couple of days.

Kiddo

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06/15/2015 01:42.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are leaving the US, and heading to London, England! I think that we are going to have a lot of fun there. I know we can fly, but it would be a long flight for us, so let’s go catch a plane!” Jester and his friends head to the airport, and take a long plane ride to England. They arrive at night, and eat dinner and check into a hotel. When they wake up the next morning, they eat breakfast, and are ready to start their adventures. “I hope you got good sleep last night, because we are going to have a long and fun day! Our first stop is going to be to see the Big Ben, let’s go!” They arrive at the famous clock tower, and Picabo suggests that they should fly up and sit on the hands of the clock. They all agree that it would be fun, and fly up! They perch up on the clock hands for a few minutes before heading off to their next destination. Their next stop is Buckingham Palace. They take a tour of the state rooms, and they think that they are gorgeous. Next, they head over to the British Museum. They see lots of interesting things while touring the museum, like Greek statues and medals of the sun king. When they are done at the museum, Panther and Oki ask if they could get fish and chips for lunch. The birds all agree that fish and chips sound good, and head to a little restaurant. After a delicious lunch, they head over to the London Eye Ferris Wheel. They take a ride on it, and enjoy the lovely view from the top. After, they head over to the Globe Theatre, and see Shakespeare’s King John. It is a wonderful performance, and they all enjoy it. When they are done, they head back to their hotel. They all talk about what a great day they had, and what their favorite things were. Jolie says that her favorite was the London Eye, Hulk really enjoyed Big Ben, and Cookie really liked the museum. After awhile, they all fall asleep. They wake up early the next morning and take a plane back to the US. – Thanks for voting for me! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

Come visit me, Dobby, Grey Bird, Angel Devynn (RIP), Peatree~ Vote 4 Panther #245623!, Bella, King Jester Bean ~ Thank you so much!, Honey, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Pressie & Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP).

06/09/2015 11:05.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are headed to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts! This is a place that mom and her family used to go to a lot when she was younger, and she said it is wonderful. (: Our first stop is going to be the Gingerbread Cottages, so let’s go!!” They arrive, and all love cute colorful cottages! Zippy asks if they are really made of gingerbread, but Jester tells her that they are just called that. They stroll down the street, all picking out their favorite houses. Hulk’s favorite is a bright blue one, Picabo likes a yellow one, and Queen Sweetie loves a cute pink one. When they are done looking at the cottages, they head to the Gay Head Cliffs. When on the cliffs, the birds have a lovely view. They snap some photos and enjoy the view, before heading to their next stop. Their next stop is Mad Martha’s Ice Cream. The birds get their favorite ice cream, and sit and enjoy it. When they finish their ice cream, they head over to Oak Bluffs, to visit The Flying Horses Carousel. They get there, and learn that it is the oldest operating platform carousel in America. They birds all get on the carousel, and have a very fun time, going round and round, and trying to grab the rings. They had so much fun, that they decide to ride it again! After their second ride, they head off to their last destination. They arrive at The Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs, to hear Vineyard Sound, a male vocal group. They all enjoy the performance, and have a lot of fun. After that, they head to the cottage they rented, and relax and play games until bed. – Thanks so much for voting for me! Peatree, Honey, Pressie and I came home today, and we are all super happy to be home! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

Come visit me, Dobby, Grey Bird, Angel Devynn (RIP), Peatree~ Vote 4 Panther #245623!, Bella, King Jester Bean ~ Thank you so much!, Honey, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Pressie & Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP).

06/07/2015 09:39.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are going to Lancaster Pennsylvania. We are going to start with an Amish Farm and House tour. Let’s go!” They arrive at their destination, and pay admission and enter the historic 1805 farmhouse. As they tour the house, the tour guide tells them of Amish history in each room. After their house tour is done, they head out to the farm. They explore a bit, and Pearl and Silver excitedly find some goats. After they are done at the farm, they visit the One Room School House. When they are done, they go on a private buggy ride tour. They are taken around the area, and get to see lots of cool things. Next they go to Lancaster Central Market at Penn Square. They walk through the market, some of them buy things. Cori and Boo Boo buy some fresh fruits, and Angel and Pepper get something from a craft stand. After they are finished at the market, they head over to the Demuth Museum. They have fun looking around, and see lots of great paintings. After the museum, they eat dinner, and head to a hotel. – Thanks so much for voting! I’m excited, because mom is picking me and the conures up tomorrow morning, yay! Goodnight, see you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

Come visit me, Dobby, Grey Bird, Angel Devynn (RIP), Peatree~ Vote 4 Panther #245623!, Bella, King Jester Bean ~ Thank you so much!, Honey, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Pressie & Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP).

06/06/2015 10:20.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz!
Jester and his friends arrive in Williamsburg, Virginia and check into their hotel. “Good morning everybody! I hope you are all excited to begin our vacation adventures! Today, we are going to The Revolutionary City, Colonial Williamsburg! Come on, let go!” Jester and his friends arrive at the city, and are all very excited when they see all the beautiful historical looking buildings. “Our first stop is a museum!” They all enter, and are taken on a tour of the museum. After their tour is over, they all head back outside. “In in a little bit, I have something very fun planned! But until then, we can all explore and go in the building we want to visit. Let’s all meet back here in one hour!” An hour later, all the birds meet back in front of the museum. “I hope that everybirdie had fun exploring! Now, we are going to attend ‘Cry Witch’ in the Capitol Building. It is a reenactment trial of Grace Sherwood being charged of witchcraft in 1706. Mom saw this, and said it was amazing!” The all head over to the Capitol, and wait on the benches outside to be let in the building. Jester and 11 other birdies get to sit up front by the Governor, and the rest of them sit in the benches facing the front. The trial starts, and they bring out the accused. They watch and listen as they tell of her charges, and bring out witnesses to testify against her. After a recap of the evidence against her, and for her, they are all asked to vote. The Governor asked that all those who think that Grace is not guilty to raise their wing. Many raise their wing, including Jester. The Governor then asks all those who think that she is guilty to raise their wing, and there are few. The verdict was not guilty, and the trial was over. “Wow, wasn’t that great? There was so much drama! Hey, after that, I’m really hungry! How about we visit one of the taverns for dinner?” They all agree about being hungry, and head over to a tavern. They go inside and are seated together at a long table. “It smells amazing in here!” Everyone agrees. They sit and chat about the day as they wait for their food. When the food comes out, it looks and tastes amazing. After desert, they head back to their hotel. -I hope you all had fun today! I sure did! Thank you so much for the vote! I’ll see you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

Come visit me, Dobby, Grey Bird, Angel Devynn (RIP), Peatree~ Vote 4 Panther #245623!, Bella, King Jester Bean ~ Thank you so much!, Honey, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Pressie & Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP).

06/02/2015 08:51.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz!
I am very excited to be running for Bird of the Month, and would love if you could help support me by stopping by with a vote if you can! In the spirit of summer (and thanks to my buddy Picabo for the great idea), we are going to be talking about fun vacation spots this month! And not only that, but I’m going to be taking you guys to all the vacation spots and we will be doing fun activities at each place! I know that we are all going to have a lot of fun! Mom and her family are still on vacation until Wednesday, which means I am still at Uncle Charlie’s house and I won’t be picked up until the weekend, but we will all start our birdie vacation adventures tomorrow. Get some rest tonight, because tomorrow, we are headed to Virginia, to go to Colonial Williamsburg! (Mom and her family were just there, and they said it was great!) See you all tomorrow! (: Hugs, Jester Bean

Come visit me, Dobby, Grey Bird, Angel Devynn (RIP), Peatree~ Vote 4 Panther #245623!, Bella, King Jester Bean ~ Thank you so much!, Honey, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Pressie & Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP).

06/01/2015 08:42.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this first day of June. I have greatly enjoyed sharing with all my friend this past month. It has been mind provoking and educational for me and I have gained some awesome insight too. Sharing is after all what Flockcall.com is all about. The Advocate writers share from their daily life with Parrots. It offers the opportunity for everyone to share, express their thoughts, ideas and insights in a safe, nonjudgmental and encouraging form.
I am the last of the Sky Flock to run for BOTM. I follow a long line of worthy predecessors, King SKY, King Amando, King Casey, King Jesse, Queen Little Angel, Queen Angel Girl and Queen Zeena. I must say it has been a fun month and a great privilege to get to know each of you better in the process. The current Companion Parrot Crisis is far from over, and there are, as we revealed, no hard- fast rules or ways to resolve the issue. Too many Parrots, too few good, forever homes is at an epidemic level. If I venture to say, "all we can do is our best to share what life is truly like with a Companion Parrot." Perhaps one person at a time we can make an impact and make change for the better. If we do nothing, the problem won't just away.
I am one of the fortunate ones, I ended up in a safe place, and received the emergency medical care I required. The story often has a sad ending for many others who disappear never mourned or missed. Their life from start to tragic end a story of misunderstanding, neglect and sometimes intentional abuse. It is heart-breaking but none the less a reality for many Parrots.
I want to thank everyone for their daily votes and participation this past month. You have made my month purposeful. I hope that the sharing of information which once was Bird Channel will continue as we head into the future. I am now off to finish chewing my wooden blocks. It's a rainy day and perfect for some serious Parrot recreation.
Thank-you all for the honor bestowed on me, as receiving the title Queen Sweetie this morning. I tried to visit you all yesterday but BC would not let me post any blogs. Geesh. I would not have got here today without each and every one of you.
with love and hugs
Sweetie

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06/01/2015 07:26.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Short blog today, because Mom has one of her headaches. However I did want to tell everybirdy about the lovely sugar snap peas I had for breakfast: 6 of them! I usually get 3 per day, but Mom accidentally bought an extra 3 last Saturday! She let me have them all this morning, and I still finished them in nothing flat. And when Mom and Dad went on the grocery run, the snaps for today were superior. Of course, I won't get to sample them till tomorrow, but Mom says they are greyt!

And I a got a very nice, although very warm (82 degrees)sunbath when they finished shopping. Mom had to sit in the shade, but since Miss Gardenia has started blooming, and she sat right next to blossom she was happy. I enjoyed beating up my toys in the outside carrier cage, so a fine time was had by all.

Kiddo

P.S. Chipper brought up a good point about the Ren Faire pic contest. If your bird is in a group pic, he or she can also enter an individual one in the contest

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05/30/2015 04:27.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with our Saturday blog. This month sure has flown by quickly. It seems like just yesterday I wrote my very first words, and now I an coming to a month's conclusion. I wish to thank everyone of you for your votes towards my quest for the Throne. Although it is not my ultimate goal, it is part of it. My main goal was to start some serious sharing and that goal has been far surpassed. Your input and comments are encouraging, and inspiring. We are but, one small group for Parrot lovers. Can you imagine what impact we could have if every Companion Parrot owner united the World over?
There is a sad trend among humans to disagree and even fight over what in fact equals nothing vital nor important to us Companion Parrots. All one has to do is view a photo on FB of a Parrot and dog to see the level of anger and opinions. No one asks if someone was supervising the interaction, or about the past relationship of the two. I am not referring to obvious dangerous situations were the bird could be in danger of injury or worse. Post a photo of a Parrot climbing into a cupboard, then read the comments left by others. There is obviously someone close by supervising, after all who took the photos? Instead of fighting over such non-essentials why not focus on what really matters?
Parrots are individuals. We have such singular personalities that there is no hard-fast rules that can work for every bird, in every home, with every owner. While one owner snuggles their fid, and another one believes that you should only scritch the head and upper neck area, neither is wrong. One owner might feel you should keep wings trimmed for safety and another that fully flighted Parrots are the happiest, both are right, in their own personal Parront-Parrot relationships. Every situation is unique. What works for one, may not work for another. It does not make one person right or wrong, it just equals the truth about living with a Companion Parrot. There are no straight forward, fits-all answers when it comes to Parrontship.
The important point is that sharing is not criticism. Sharing is openness to new ideas, and views. If all the Parrot Rescues would learn to live peacefully together rather then back biting they would accomplish so much more. That does not mean turning our backs on obvious wrong treatment, misuse of funds donated and outright abuse and neglect. Rather accepting that every Rescue, like every owner (yuck, there's that word again) is a separate unique situation. As long as there is mankind there will be good and bad. that is a sad given reality. Support those who are doing their best to help the Parrot Crisis.
Tell yourself each and every day that, "I AM a Companion Parrot Ambassador" and use your power to spread the word " ADOPT! DON'T SHOP!" and make a change one person at a time. YOU have the power.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/30/2015 08:53.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
At the suggestion of Panther, I am adding one more category to the Ren Faire Picture Contest, and I am calling it "Groups". It is for groups of three or more birdies who are buddies or perhaps cavaliers who travel together like the Three Musketeers (who were really 4!) Which is not to imply that lady birds can't be in your group. Just any three or more birds with some sort of theme that is appropriate to the Ren Faire idea.

I got a very nice sunbath at 12:25, just as soon as Mom got home from the gym. She didn't even make me wait while she showered, because it was already 81 degrees out there with a prediction of 86 for the high. As it was Mom had to move to the shade after about 20 minutes, because she got too warm. I just soaked up the rays! The nutriberries didn't hurt either.

Then we had the last of the enchilada pie for lunch. Mom put extra sauce and cheese on top before she microwaved it, so it was even tastier. Needless to say I am now Mr. Enchilada Breath.

The rest of the day is mine though. Other than when Dad gets home. I will never understand why my mom feels it is necessary to spend some time with him each afternoon or evening. I am much better looking!

Kiddo

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05/29/2015 03:01.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/29/2015 01:39.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz buddy
Happy Thursday to all my friends. Sweetie here once more with our BOTM blog. I did miss yesterday as momma Deb was called upon at a moments notice to help out with a rather difficult birdie related situation. All went well, and it has a happy, satisfactory ending. Today we get all Momma's attention and she promises extra treats for everybirdie who was so well behaved yesterday when our friend King Mikey D's Momma helped get us ready for bed.
Our month is quickly coming to an end. We have shared some very timely and sensitive issues and discussion and I truly hope each of us has learned a little or a lot from one another's experiences. A life with a Companion Parrot is never dull, never ordinary and certainly never boring. No two species are alike, and among like species we each have our own extraordinary individuality and quirks. Some of us are as bold as a lion, others as shy as a mouse, yet we all possess the inherit ability to melt our Parront's heart, worm our way into their every thought and garner their love and respect. I wish that this description was universal, and it grieves my little Blue-Fronted Amazon heart that at this very moment, Parrots are suffering untold neglect, abuse or worse death at the hands of mankind. Never did my Momma Deb in her wildest thoughts think she would ever be writing as a Companion Parrot Advocate. That she would be one of the ones to stand up against our mistreatment and to put up the fight for our rights. Life has a way of changing suddenly, and if we allow it, it can transform a one time breeder into a Parrot Spokesperson.
I am only one Parrot, but I want to encourage each of you to take the challenge to become a Companion Parrot Ambassador. Never doubt your ability to bring about change. Whether you are a "get in your face" type, or a "quiet, shier one at a time" personality type we ALL can make a difference. Just imagine if every bird loving Parront spoke to just one person about life with a Parrot, about proper care, feeding or even shared what it is like to be owned by one of us, the impact would be fantastic. We could make change, stop improper selection of species for first time would be Parronts, change how one Parrot is treated, or how it is viewed within it's own family situation. We might open a cage door closed for years, allow a Parrot to begin to enjoy better food, have room to move in it's cage at last, find out how much fun a toy can be, or receive the Veterinarian care it needs and deserves. You would be shocked at how many do not know that their Parrot should be seen by a Veterinarian regularly. The number who feel a Parrot only needs peanuts and sunflower seeds. We need YOUR voice to make change happen.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: It is not a question at all. Please continue to share YOUR special MOMENT(S) with your fids with us. They are interesting, educational and encouraging to read. Your experience might make a difference for someone else too.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/28/2015 07:54.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz buddy
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 06:54.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Remember Our Heroes!!
Hi Taz,


Well, this Memorial Day has been a good one for food. After two days of prep, Dad put two enchilada pies in the oven to bake. Fresh roasted chile peppers and fresh ground dried chiles, fresh cilantro, Mexican cheese, corn tortillas and best of all the meat: Pastor (Mexican BBQ) from the Valley Market butcher's shop. Lots more stuff, but it is all Dad's secret recipe. Mom and I shared a bowl, and Mom's mouth wanted more even when her tummy said enough.

However there are much more important things to think about today. Mom's dad served in WWI, but he got sent over right as things ended and never had to fight. Her brother served a tour in Viet Nam, but he was in the Signal Corps and never had to shoot anyone. Over the years many others were not so lucky, and many others never came home at all. Let's take a minute to remember their sacrifices. And if you haven't read the Memorial Day Program on the Calendar page, you will want to get on over there and check it out. Great job Director Popeye!

Head bowed in gratitude,
Kiddo

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05/25/2015 03:03.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz buddy
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 02:01.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 06:48.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz buddy
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 09:46.06 AM Report This Comment  
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05/21/2015 04:26.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 08:59.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz buddy
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?

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05/19/2015 08:46.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Love your profile pic!

Well, no sunbath today, not even a short one. Mom went outside at 12:30 to do a sun and temp check. She had a jacket on, and it was still just a bit too cool. So no way was she taking me out there. Supposed to be a few degrees warmer tomorrow and Wednesday so maybe, then a possible chance of more rain on Friday. Very unusual to see rain here in May, but we will take every drop we can get.

Mom keeps reading the blogs of my friends whose moms are planting their spring flowers. Mom is not putting in any at all this year, because she can't water them properly and they would die. The only watering is being saved for Miss Gardenia Tree, and even the roses are having to make it on their own...but they have very deep roots being over 20 years old. So please post pics of all your flower beds, my friends, so we can enjoy them vicariously.

We have a new candidate for BOTM, my buddy Panther! He will run right after Jester Bean, and he was nominated by Falco, seconded by Chyna, thirded by Kaji, and fourthed by Pearl & Silver. (I know those aren't real words, but they work for me.) Here's hoping we will have more candidates soon, but I sure am pleased about this one!

Kiddo

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05/18/2015 01:43.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz buddy
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?

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05/16/2015 10:47.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz buddy
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.

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05/15/2015 09:37.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz buddy
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 09:09.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz buddy
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 12:52.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 01:20.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz buddy
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this Milonga Saturday with today's BOTM blog. The questions are tough ones, but ones that every responsible Parrot owner needs to ask themselves. The Companion Parrot crisis is growing at an alarming rate. All one need do is go onto any on-line site that sells Parrots to see the mass number of unwanted adults for sale, or visit any credible Rescues site to view the "for Adoption" profiles to get an idea of the numbers available in need of loving, forever homes.
The ideas shared by your Parronts are greyt. Filled with lots of helpful ideas, and insights. We all can contribute in one way or another. The variety is endless. Those who can speak to groups can arrange visits to schools, community groups, church groups where ever people gather togetehr to talk about their Parrots, their care and what is truly involved with having a Companion Parrot. You'd be surprised how easy it is once you start to talk about the love of your life, US!
As Finnegan's Momma has said, many Parrot Clubs already do visitations & social information displays. If you are a member of a club that doesn't, suggest it, and volunteer to help by attending with your Fids. There are a lot of areas in the USA, Canada and abroad where Parrot Clubs do not exist. Perhaps you could begin one, by posting notes at Pet Food Stores, Bird Stores, Veterinarian offices and other places people will see them. Finnegan's Momma has offered to assist anyone wishing to start up a club and it is an awesome way to connect not only with fellow bird-lovers but to out-reach into the community.
Cori and Boo Boo's Mom, as well an many others have the more direct approach of one to one information sharing, taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves to educate others in proper care and feeding. This is one opportunity we all can take part in. My Momma uses every chance she gets. Sometimes the information is not happily received but often times the listener will go away with a gem of insight they might never have received in any other way.
For the very creative and talented, Dixie and his flock have until recently both educated and enlightened audiences with their tricks and antics that catch the attention of all, leaving a wondrous opportunity to educate listeners to the care, training, and requirements of Companion Parrot Parronting. What better way to keep someone's interest then to show them what us Parrots are capable of? I am certain Dixie's Momma Rose would gladly help with some pointers for someone interested in starting to train their own fids to perform. Not only do the Parrots have fun, but you can reach a large mixed group of people this way!
Do you enjoy writing? Offer to write an article or more for your local newspaper, Parrot Club as a hand-out that can be left in Pet Food Stores etc willing to give them to new potential owners, the possibilities are endless.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/09/2015 08:52.18 AM Report This Comment  
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I think the whole country is warmer than we are! Very bizarre!

Well, I not only didn't get a sunbath, but Mom didn't get her rainstorm. Oh, there were a few drops here and there, but nothing to really make a difference to the drought. However those clouds up there are really dark, and Mom is still hopeful.

Mom went to the gym as usual this morning, and Becky worked her to within an inch of her life. (Mom's words, I am sure Becky wouldn't agree!) Then zumba was Jolene subbing for Daniela which is a good thing, because she is Mom's 2nd favorite. AND Mom asked her if she is available to take over that Wednesday evening class, and she said Yes! So Mom once again is emailing the fitness director. Wonder if she even reads them, because she sure doesn't respond. Very frustrating.

And after she got home, Mom had a lunch she didn't even bother to share with me: cottage cheese and steamed spinach on the side! Yikes! I don't even call that food! What is wrong with that woman?

The voting is over in the Derby Hat Contest, and we have our winners. Be sure to attend the Milonga Derby tomorrow evening to see who they are. It will be an eggciting event from post to party.

Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote 4 Panther #245623 for BOTM!.

05/08/2015 03:13.14 PM Report This Comment  
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Hi everyone, Sweetie here once more with our BOTM blog for this hot, sunny Friday. Your responses have been very enlightening, informative and up-front. The subject of unwanted Parrots and euthanasia is a sensitive, and loaded subject. Like all other questions I have asked, this one too has no wrong or right answer. Regardless of the answer one gives, the truth is we are in the midst of an unwanted Companion Parrot Epidemic. In 1990, The USA passed a Wild Bird Conservation Act - Banning imports of CITES listed birds, eliminating the world’s largest market. This seems to have been the catalyst for breeders to grab up all available Parrots and force them into for-profit breeding programs. What is it that causes mankind to crave to dominate everything within reach?
A great number of Companion Parrots found in rescues are by-products of this influx in captive bred birds. The ban on importation has done very little to curb the capture of Wild Parrots both in Central and South America, Africa and other continents through out the World. Wild Caught Parrots arrive in the USA and Canada via Europe. The European Union is the greatest importer/exporter of Wild Captured Parrots. That "imported" Congo Grey in the store is likely a bird stolen from it's flock in the wild. In many nations there are still legal "capture-limits" in place, allowing Parrots to be caught for the pet-trade market. A very high percentage of these still end up in the USA. All this adds to the pressing problem of an already over-loaded market filled with unwanted Parrots needing new homes.
Some have suggested building extensive free-flight aviaries where these Parrots could live out their lives as closely as possible to being free. However, there arises a question of potential risks to native Parrots or wild-birds species from avian diseases such as PDD, PBFD and others. Many of the deadliest diseases are also very difficult to diagnosis in living specimens. Although it would be ideal if the unwanted Parrots could be housed safely in aviaries that afforded freedom, there again arises the question of finances, both for the building of these flights,and for maintenance, staff to care for and protect them from harm. and on-going medical care.
No matter how we look at the situation there are no definitive answers to the growing problem. No matter how many laws were imposed, there will be people who go around them. In every area of society there are those who live above the laws. The answers lie within us, the bird-loving populous, to educate potential owners every chance we get, to mentor new owners if possible, and to refuse to be quietly on the side-lines when issues of abuse or neglect comes up.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION; what can YOU do to help the UNWANTED Parrots? How can YOU start to educate others in proper care and training of a Companion Parrot?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/08/2015 05:20.08 AM Report This Comment  
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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?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/07/2015 08:49.22 AM Report This Comment  
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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?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/06/2015 08:57.21 AM Report This Comment  
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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 & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/05/2015 07:20.26 AM Report This Comment  
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Good Monday morning to all my BC friends and their awesome Parronts. Your blogs are amazing, they bring tears and smiles of joy as you share your thoughts and opinions with everyone. I love reading them and I am keeping them on file as they are that inspiring. I truly hope everyone is taking the time to read the blogs. They are so filled with honesty, open thoughts and powerful ideas. Certainly in the end we all will be empowered to become Ambassadors for Companion Parrots. Some very intense facts are being brought up that can help bring about a change. Most agree that the weight of responsibility should fall upon the shoulders of the breeders who produce the innocent chicks who may one day be abandoned on the doorstep of a Parrot Rescue.
As many as there are involved in the breeding of Parrots, we must not loose sight of the truth that there are some really great, very knowledgeable and devoted individuals selling baby Parrots. As with anything that involves the potential to make money, the bad often takes the lime-light over the good. Research has revealed that some of the worse offenders are not "back-yard" breeders but facilities owned by Nationally known Parrot food producers. My research has shown that the average "breeder" becomes involved as a hobbyist and remains involved for an average of five to seven years. There remainder make up two very different groups. Group one, a smaller group are those who are devoted to their Parrots, spending money on quality foods, correct caging and Veterinarian care. They make little if any profit and are motivated by their love of the birds, and a desire to create awesome companions. The educate buyers,and will take back any unwanted bird at any point in their lives. Sadly, the second Group makes up the "commercial" breeders. Budgies are often reared in large pens where babies are netted out at predetermined periods. Large Parrots are kept in pens with little to do besides reproduce. Cockatoo males often become so stressed they maul or kill their mates, something unheard of in the wild. To stop this, beak mutilation is used to remove the powerful bite potential. When someone is willing to keep their Parrots in these conditions how willing will they be to educate owners? Stiffer control laws employed by Governments may correct the over-breeding and abuse, but they must be enforced to do anything to help the problem.
Stores should be required to provide "per-purchase" classes for new owners. How many Pet Store staffers actually know much about the birds they sell?
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; Do you think making and enforcing laws for "breeder-facilities" would help the problem of unwanted Parrots? Would it be " feasible" to require ALL PET STORES that sell Companion Parrots to HAVE to provide MANDATORY per-purchase educational classes? Should those involved with the sale of Companion Parrots be required by law to take classes or do a written test to show they are knowledgeable about them?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/04/2015 08:26.38 AM Report This Comment  
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Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this warm, bright Sunday. I want to begin by thanking you all for sharing your past histories, in your birdographies you tell the sad and happy events that have led you to be where you at this moment in time. I ask that every parront take the time to really read each one, for within each is a wealth of information and hope for someone else who may be facing or in the future may face a similar obstacle to Companion Parrot ownership. I hate that term ownership; signifying possession because no one truly "owns' a Parrot. We are not domesticated like a companion cat or dog. It is for these reasons that so many of us end for unwanted, neglected, abused or worse. We hatch from eggs will all the instincts of our wild cousins, except the ability to be free to exercise them.
As Falco's Mom and others noted dealing with hormones has been the most difficult challenge. That factor alone shows that we differ from all other commonly kept "pets". Where dogs or cats can be sterilized thereby removing that obstacle, Parrots, except under very unique circumstances are not. That fluffy bundle of down will one day be a fully mature, hormonal-driven adult with one desire; to reproduce their kind. Frustrated Parrots can become extremely aggressive, biting and lunging at those they once adored. The need to chew can wreck havoc on furniture, wood work and other humanly valued objects.
It is a tragic fact that over 70 % of baby Parrots will live in no less then two homes. Many will live in ten or more and some will be forever bounced from place to place. Many of the largest Parrot rescues in the USA have very large populations of Macaws and larger species Cockatoos. The Iowa Parrot Rescue has no less then 60 % population of these two species. Of these most are adult males five or older. After countless conversations with different rescue owners ( all USA/Canada based and with larger rescue populations) most of these 60% are surrendered due to aggression, screaming or other hormonal behaviors.
After reading every one of your comments, it is clear that many of us on BC have had previous homes. We were either rescues or re-homes due to necessity. Sadly some, Like Sam I Am suffered the most common Parrot/Owner scenario. A once adored baby becomes a problem to be dealt with. Stuck in solitary confinement due to our own natural behaviors we develop unwanted behaviors that cause us to be "given-up."
NOW TODAY'S QUESTION--who do YOU feel is to BLAME for this problem of Parrots being rehomed so often? IS it the breeder? Where do the stores fit into this? Are they responsible for finding suitable homes? Are sellers of babies failing to educate the potential buyer thereby setting up a high potential for failure of new owners keeping their Parrot for it's lifetime? What ideas do you think might help stop this sad situation of buyers of babies giving them up? How can we start to help end this problem?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/03/2015 10:08.15 AM Report This Comment  
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Hello everybirdie, Sweetie once more with today's BOTM blog. I want to thank everyone who stopped by, especially those who have shared their past with us.I hope every parront will take the time to read these interesting and heart-moving accounts of how their fid(s) joined their lives. We Parrots are all so unique and individual both in our personalities and in our relationships to our human caregivers. What I hope to do this month, as the days pass is to begin an active, open discussion about s wonderful, fascinating and sometimes difficult Parrots.
Whatever means we took to join our now forever homes, as varied and interesting as they all are, the one factor that remains common is, "none of us were born to live within the human environment." Sharing our days with humans was not a consideration when we were first created, and often times this factor brings with it untold challenges, conflicts and joys for both the owner and their wonderful, independent and awesome companion Parrot. My hope is that dialogue we can share these moments, thereby helping one another grow, over-come and expand in our relationships with one another.
We will look at, and talk about various Parrots and their loving Parronts, how they came together and how they have over-come problems; road-bumps along the way to developing that mutual trusting relationship. Even those who arrived into their families as weanling babies had obstacles that had to be faced and worked through. Since no parront has arrived yet at that place where never a new challenge or problem shall come along, we can help one another to forge through these birdie-barriers with renewed confidence.
My Momma Deb has over forty years of bird-related involvement, yet daily things come up that are a "first" for her. As a writer Advocate for Flockcall.com she is able to share her day to day observations with others in the hopes that someone will gain a tiny morsel of wisdom that will help them with their own Companion Parrots. I have been a challenge to her. Although only two years old there was and still is a communication problem; a language barrier that has slowed my transition to my new home. The problem is not my failure to learn English, but her lack of knowledge of another language which I grew-up with. Momma Deb has had to re-think her approach to these several times, and after many hit-miss attempts has worked out a solution to our understanding. It is this sort of thing that I want to have us share with one another. What works for you might just work for someone else.
Please, feel free to continue to write about how you came to be in your current Companion Parrot home. TODAY'S QUESTION: is simple but important: WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGE YOU, the PARRONT, had to overcome with YOUR new fid? and HOW did you OVERCOME IT?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/02/2015 08:50.47 AM Report This Comment  
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Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here. I am May's BOTM candidate and wish to ask for your participation in this month. I want to talk about US. The BC birdies, our flockilies and our homes, and most of all how we got to be there. Now, before you decide that isn't fun, just wait and see. There are so many BC birdies, and each of us have our very own past history. We all began somewhere, but today we live and are loved exactly where we are at this very moment. The question is "How did you end up where you are?"
This is my story which many of you already will recall. I was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2013. I was purchased as a birthday gift for my former owner who was turning sixteen at the time. She had exact requirements she wanted in her new friend. She wanted a girl, and it had to be a blue-Crowned Amazon. The search was on for a baby to fit these requirements and after extensive on-line hunting her Mom found me and my sister for sale from a breeder several provinces away.
At three months old I arrived in Toronto, Ontario and met my new owner and her family for the very first time. It was instant love and I moved into their home and hearts right away. I was like a little sister in this family of three.
Because I am a rescue, My new forever Momma Deb does not know all that took place beyond here, except for the information that was shared when I was surrendered to my Momma Deb. I was obviously well loved, and spoiled. I would lay for hours on my back in their hands, snuggled and kissed and I loved it. My hatchday is April 13th, so on that day we had a party, and there are photos of me with a birthday cake and hat on. Sadly on April 23 of 2014 I fell or some how broke my leg while my owners were away at work and school. When they arrived home they found me laying on the cage floor, with a clean break. I had broken my leg bone in half, and was unable to climb or stand.
I was taken to a Vet who examined my leg and confirmed it was severely injured and would require surgery to put pins in to aid in healing. Unfortunately due to communication problems and lack of finances they were unable to do this operation then, when it would have fixed my broken leg. They tried to help me, as best they could, by taping in with Vet wrap but unfortunately did more harm then they realized. In desperation I was given to my Momma Deb who promised to do everything she could to help me. My parents gave Momma Dr "Z"'s name and number, where I had gone that first evening. He agreed to see me, and do what he could. When Momma Deb removed the wraps at his advice, she knew it was not good. My leg was dying because of incorrect wrapping. Dr "Z" operated on my leg and was forced to amputate it at the hip. THANKS to all our BC friends who helped pay for this surgery I am alive and healthy today.
"HOW did you get to be in your home?

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05/01/2015 08:12.41 AM Report This Comment  
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Howdy partners; Mikey D once more hittin' the old Trail to California. It sure has been an adventure, dealin' with Black Bart and that band of varmints. Now we can be California Dreamin' , I HOPE!
Mr. Kiddo looks at Sam, "Let's sing Rawhide one more time but THIS time leave off that whip! I'm missing a few feathers from that thing!" Sam's eyes grow big not meaning to have caused any harm. Mr. Kiddo stops his horse as Sam rides over to join him on the trail. Sam rolls up his whip & hangs it off his saddle horn. He & Mr. Kiddo begin singing once again." Keep rollin', rollin', rollin'.." soon they are joined by all the rest of the BC Team as the ole' wagons one by one move into place to be reloaded. Sky & BB ride double into town. "No, Sky"s horse did not run out of hay!!!" Sundancer is tied at a post so BB mounts up & they head back to reload the wagons to resume the trip with the much needed supplies. As the wagons disappears from view of the town a Burro with a cactus on it rides into town & stops in front of the jail. The cactus falls off & The Bird wiggles out,folds the costume up & puts it in a travel case. The Bird saunters into the jail to check on Black Barts gang & to wait with the others till the Beakerton Security officers get there to take the gang to the big house. TB gets a mug & pours a cup of joe out of the big pot on the potbelly stove. "We sure have had a wonderful adventure and we all made it out safely and got those bad birdies back where they belong! Now to get some of that sizzling roast beast and some hot strong black coffee would be the perfect ending to the perfect day we just had." Dixie tells Little Angel as they throw the last bag back up onto their wagon.
With full bellies, they drive down the rutted dirt road. Everybirdie's spirits are light, after such a tough go in the ole' Ghost Town. As night falls Porcupine Crossing lurks on the horizon. "It's been one long day" Mikey D says out loud to Moggie as they drive their team into the open clearing by the swift moving waters. As they unhitch their teams, the riders rejoin them after their cross country gallop.
"The Agents have Bart and his birds in custody. I think that's the last we'll hear from them for a while." Cappy exclaims gulping down a mug of Lizzie's hot coffee. With the mules corralled, and the remuda quietly grazing, the tired Team relaxes by the warm fire.
Kiddo rides in to camp with the rest of the cowbirds and takes a minute to visit with Lizzie by the cook fire. "Lizzie? You can see birds at the Bridge? Is Ms Chuey looking down on us as we continue the trail ride? Does she know that Jesse and Falco have been rescued and are safe again?" Lizzie smiles softly. " She knows!" is all she says.
"We better get us some shut-eye, we'll move out before dawn." Everybirdie is glad to roll into their night rolls. The night watch rides out to keep an eye on the animals, and soon the camp is at rest.

Come visit me, MIKEY D, Steppin' back in history for BOTM April, birdie haven park, ANGEL CHUEY--April 26/15, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

04/30/2015 07:25.03 AM Report This Comment  
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We are working on an amazing on-line auction for 2015. We will have lots of cool Parrot related items including toys from Chuey"s Chewable Bird Toy Creations, Art work prints and portraits and much more.
We are looking for businesses and individuals who would like to donate a new or GENTLY USED and LOVED item for our auction to help the Parrots at New Wings Bird Rescue and Sanctuary.
If you have an item(s) you'd like to donate please PM us.
We will require the size, quantity of the item, whether it is new or Gently used. Also if you will pay the shipping or the winning bidder is responsible to pay it.
Stay tuned for more details and an upcoming list of available items to bid on. The list will be updated as donations come in!

Come visit me, MIKEY D, Steppin' back in history for BOTM April, birdie haven park, ANGEL CHUEY--April 26/15, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

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