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I found Caden at a bird fair. He was very distressed by all the noise and people moving around. I talked to the person selling him and he could give very little information on him. He had obtained him at another bird fair so I am probably his 3rd or 4th 'home'. The seller said he was a very nervous bird but very nice and he wanted to find the right home for him. Somewhere calm and with a person who would treat him well. After we talked a bit more we both felt that my home was just the place. Caden is very fearful but must of at one time had a very good and loving home as you could not have asked for a sweeter tempered bird.. Awards
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Hi! My name is Caden - is my name, exploring is my game

I am a Congo African Grey from Reunion, FL.

Cadee Caden and Caden bird or Cadee bird. Caden is Welsh and means spirit of battle, in America in means fighter.

11 years old   M

Congo African Grey

unsalted peanuts, apples, cooked sweat potato, grapes, pine nuts.

As close to Mom as I can get. On my stand.

Monty Mae getting more attention then me!

That even though she could see I was fearful of everything, would not step up, would not come out of my cage and it will take a lot of time and effort to help me trust people again she has given me a forever home and will love me for who I am even if I never learn to trust again.

I like to hang upside down from the top of my cage and spin my head round like a too. I love it when Mom dances and sings. Monty Mae and I join in..

If you can eat it, shred it, tear it, chew it, destroy it, fling it or plaster it on the wall it's mine. Unless it's Monty Mae's in which case I wouldn't dare to touch it..

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  Hi Caden!
Thank you so much for congratulating me for BOTD!


Come visit me, Harriet & Peppy.

08/12/2015 05:59.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
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 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

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

06/01/2015 08:00.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
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, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/30/2015 09:25.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
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, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/28/2015 08:23.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
Happy Tuesday everybirdie, Sweetie here with your BOTM blog for the day. I so enjoy the blogs, I read them each and sometimes twice in case I missed anything. Such great information is available right here among our BC friends. It's been a rather eventual few days. Momma Deb was called on to take in an older Cockatoo, but through many conversations was able to keep him safely in his own home. This poor M-Too was severely plucked and sported a rather nasty hole ( self-inflicted) on his neck. His past owners moved suddenly and gave up him, and an Amazon to a fellow local rescue who deals with small species only. Hola, as he is named was fostered into a home of experienced Companion Parrot owners with no Too experience. After Momma told them about the need for blood work to test for diseases, need to have the wound treated by the Vet and to discover, if possible the reason he is plucking, Hola is now at an Avian Vet under-going treatment.
We, BC Companion Parrot Ambassadors have so much we can share, so much to give to the Avian World. So many of you have done so much to help others learn about life shared with a feathered Fid. Everytime you suggest a good food to someone eying various foods for their Parrot at home you are making a World of difference both to their Bird and also to those whom speak with. It does matter. A few shared words of wisdom can save an innocent Parrot years of neglect, or re-homing. It is better to dissuade someone getting a bird, then remaining silent. From experience I see it often here, in my forever home. People visit, and OH I LOVE THAT ONE! I always wanted one of those? What is it? Can IT talk!? Oh they certainly are told the facts no holds barred. We are loud, messy beyond words, destructive sometimes, expensive, eat only the best out-of-season fruits and can be down right nasty when upset, hormonal or angry. People leave with a new understanding of life with a Parrot. It is not all that TV version of the Macaw on the shoulder talking in cognitive sentences, or a small, flitting bird singing happily in its barred prison.
Mom says she is going to keep close tabs on Hola, so he doesn't fall through the cracks, and disappear forever. She has arranged with the very BEST Cockatoo Sanctuary she knows of in Canada to take him there to live forever. There he will be safe, cared for and loved dearly by the owner, and volunteers.
I want to encourage everyone to get involved in some small way. Some of you have done quite a lot to education people about Companion Parrots. Not everyone has that ability, but we can all offer to be an advisory, to offer help to owners through animal shelters, or a Vet office. You might be surprised how willing they are for someone to refer people to with bird problems.
PLEASE keep sharing your stories they are fabulous.

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/26/2015 07:24.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden--thanks for your insight!
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this damp, dull Monday herein Napanee, Ontariot. With less then a week left in this month, I wanted to take a brief look at a few of the blogs you left on my page to share with everyone. I have enjoyed reading all of your comments, and encourage everybirdie to share in the discussion. I was reading this morning and came across Miss Chyna's blog. It brought back many memories to me about my beginnings here in the Sky Flock. Chyna was very blessed indeed that her Momma and Daddy found her when they did. Dirty, hungry and sick she was being sold to whoever had the money to take her away. What a shame some people look at us and only see a value sign written in dollars. My story as you all know was different, but in a sense was also based on money.
Sometimes birds arrive into home with hidden illnesses, but there are a lot that were sold or given away because they were sick and their former owners did not or could not afford the money to have them treated by a Veterinarian. I am asking to see how many of you were outwardly ill when re-homed? How many were being housed in sub-standard, dirty conditions? How many of you were without food, or being given poor, low quality or incorrect foods?
My Momma Deb feels there should be standards set for those who retail Companion Parrots whether a private owner or as a business (Pet Stores, Breeders etc). In general the animal welfare laws of our countries are behind the times, lack sufficient depth to make necessary changes, and fall short in the juridical system. Laws set to protect us many times lead to fines, or a probational period of "owning or possessing an animal." Many of you may recall the tragic murder of Ozzie an CAG in Alberta Canada. Stolen from her front porch and brutally abused her murderers, three teens got away with a crime that united the Parrot World to fight for stiffer sentences,and more explicit laws to be written to protect ALL animals.
Many have shared this month that they have seen sick Companion Parrots sold in Pet Stores. Often when this fact is brought to staffs attention, they shrug it off and do nothing. Few chain stores will spend the money to take an ill bird to a Veterinarian for treatment. After all it effects their profit margin. Many times when an ill bird is pointed out it is removed from the display cage to die alone in the back of the store. Some stores even have made it their "policy" that sick animals, birds included be "humanely" killed by placing it into a box in their freezer. That is not humane, freezing to death, alone in the dark. Some stores have admitted that they are told by "head-office" that this is how they are to treat sick animals in the store.
Bird Channel members are a small group, but we have a voice to cry out for changes. We are not a commodity. We are loving, feeling, sensitive Creatures that deserve respect, care and to be loved for who we are!

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/25/2015 02:38.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
Happy, healthy Friday to everybirdie. It's looking to be a great long-weekend for all my BC friends in the US. I am very delighted by the responses you are sharing with us. I hope everybirdie takes the time to read them too. There is a lot to consider when it comes to sharing your home with a Companion Parrot. When my Momma Deb started with birds, there was so little written about them it was a hit or miss situation when it came to care, housing and health. Today, with the internet at our finger tips, and countless books on various species, self-educating is a joyous and necessary component to be availed by all. We never know it all, and learning is a life time effort. Everyday with a Companion Parrot offers opportunities to observe or learn something new and valuable.
Many of us wish to adopt a new fid into our homes, hearts and flocks but there are so many considerations beyond species to work through. I must say this topic was brought to me by our dear friend Eva Kline of the famed K K Koral. It is something we need to look at when thinking of the addition of a brand new flock member in an established flock. That is the dreaded "quarantine" .
It would be the very rare home that can provide us with "IDEAL" conditions to quarantine an incoming bird. So with this knowledge what can we do? and what is not ok to do? To correctly quarantine a new Parrot you need a room, that is supplied with it's own source of air, preferably filtered intake and exhaust. Many Avian diseases are air-borne. Simply separating a new Parrot from the flock within the same household does not prevent contamination and disease spread through the air, air vents and whenever the door is opened to care for the new comer. The false belief that changing your clothing, shoes etc after caring for the new comer WILL NOT prevent the spread of disease.
By definition all quarantine of Avians is to be done in a building separate from ALL other birds in a flock. It must have it's own air filtration system to prevent spread of airborne disease particles and be tended by someone who does not come into contact with other Parrots during the quarantine period. Separation of the flock and new comer by floors within the same home is not considered fully quarantined. Although changing clothes, shoes and showering before entering and after being in contact with the new fid will work greatly to help stop cross infection.
The recommended method of quarantine suggests that all incoming new flock members have TWO sets of blood testing done at intervals advised by your Veterinarian to screen for Avian diseases. However, unless the Parrot is shedding a virus, a false negative can occur.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: what other suggestion do you have for bringing home that new flock member?

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/22/2015 08:46.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
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, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/09/2015 09:20.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
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, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/08/2015 05:51.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
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, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/06/2015 09:27.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
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, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/05/2015 07:45.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
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, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/04/2015 08:54.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
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 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, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/02/2015 09:55.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
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?

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/01/2015 08:36.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
We are all so happy that you had fun in the castle and a great hatchday. We love happy stories. Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Stormy for BOTM, Peppino, vote forStormy & Falco, vote Stormy for BOTM.

04/28/2015 08:00.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Camden!
You are most welcome! Hope you had a great day!

Come visit me, Raffi and PumBaa.

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04/24/2015 09:06.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
Congratulations on winning botd and enjoy it to the fullest
For the day at the castle sure goes fast for some reason!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

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

04/24/2015 05:44.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi King Caden
Happy belated hatch day and congratulations on botd.I hope your having a great time at the castle and in the spotlight. Have a good night.

Come visit me, Hulk Vote Stormy For BOTM.

04/24/2015 05:33.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
congratulations on winning BOTD. hope you are having super fun time celebrating your special honor at the birdy castle with me.

love Queen Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI vote STORMY BOTM 212678 & BOO BOO vote STORMY BOTM 212678.

04/24/2015 05:11.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Caden!
Glad to hear that you are having two days of celebrations! And you are most welcome buddy!

Come visit me, Raffi and PumBaa.

04/24/2015 02:20.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations King Caden !
What a perfectly delightful day with our lovely Queen BOO BOO ! You'll love it !

Come visit me, Cookie ready for Halloween, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

04/24/2015 01:55.29 PM Report This Comment  
  King Caden
Congratulations on winning BOTD! I was voted it yesterday and I had a lovely day flying around the castle! You are a very handom king and i hope you have a great day!

Joey :)

Come visit me, Angel Archie & Joey.

04/24/2015 12:40.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
Today is Friday
I'm flying by your page
to stamp U a votie
and to congratulate U
4 winning BOTD!
Have a greyt weekend
be a good birdie
wing's hugs
Your Pal, Oki

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K BCWarriors263181/mou- rningChiper257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTM Stormy212678/Mournin- g Gizmo.

04/24/2015 11:47.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Congrats King Caden!
So greyt to see you in the spotlight today! Enjoy!
High 4- Picabo

Come visit me, Scion Angel- RIP-We will always love you!, Budgie Boyz- Budweiser & Modelo, Kiwi & Button, Limon & Lima, Squeaky-Vote for Stormy- BOTM 212678, Picabo- Day of the Dead 'Boo! & Angel Alfie (RIP).

04/24/2015 11:45.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Caden~~~
Congratulations! I am so very happy for you! I know you are going to love having a day in the spotlight!
Your royal portrait is now hanging in the gallery on the calendar page for all to admire!!
Royal hugs ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame~THANK YOU FOR THE BOTD HONOR, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~VOTE STORMY 212678 BOTM & The Calendar Page~Some Figs for October.

04/24/2015 11:36.48 AM Report This Comment  
Hi Caden, it's great to see you in the spotlight today! We all hope you love your day with Queen Booboo in the castle. Hugs, Peppino, Falco and Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Stormy for BOTM, Peppino, vote forStormy & Falco, vote Stormy for BOTM.

04/24/2015 10:19.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden,

Congrat's on being BOTD and a Happy Belated Hatchday to you. It's Oz. Hope you have as much fun in the Castle as my Flock and I did when we were there. Here's a vote for you, handsome. Bye for now.

Oz (The Pink Too)


04/24/2015 08:07.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
CONGRATS on winning BOTD! I hope you are enjoying your special day.

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

04/24/2015 07:45.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Caden!
Congrats on winning BOTD! You are a handsome King buddy! Have a great day at the castle today!

Come visit me, Raffi and PumBaa.

04/24/2015 06:38.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, King Caden
Congratulations on BOTD. Here's a vote in celebration. So awesome when the hatchay festivities becomes a day as royalty. Have a wonderful day at the Castle with Queen Boo Boo. Wing hugs, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

04/24/2015 04:57.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy BOTD from Flitzer and Dad
Wow - HatchDay, then BOTD. Party-Time!
Have a wonderful day.
~Wings Up~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

04/24/2015 04:18.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi King
Congrats on BOTD.

Come visit me, JeTTa.

04/24/2015 02:58.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden!
What a handsome boy you are! Congratulations on being chosen as BOTD! I hope you have a special day!

Susan, Boiling Springs, SC.

04/24/2015 12:42.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Caden~
and a very Happy Hatchday! I hope the day is just perfect!
Hatchday Hugs ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame~THANK YOU FOR THE BOTD HONOR, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~VOTE STORMY 212678 BOTM & The Calendar Page~Some Figs for October.

04/23/2015 10:11.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Caden!
Stopping by with this very delicious and very large Hatchday cake made just for you by the lovely Lizzie herself! Plenty big for everyone of your flockily and friends to share in celebration on your special day! And it comes with big wishes for everything you could ever want and even more! Head scritches, treats, toys, and most important...lotsa love!

Happy Hatchday!
Kaji and Lizzie

Come visit me, Kaji ~VOTE STORMY #212678 FOR BOTM During Oct.!.

04/23/2015 09:30.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatch Day, Caden!
Congrats on your special day! I know your mom is giving you special attention and treats today! My mom was at the bird fair when your mom adopted you and she got to meet you there! You are one lucky guy to be in an amazing forever home!
Enjoy your special day!
High 4- Picabo

Come visit me, Scion Angel- RIP-We will always love you!, Budgie Boyz- Budweiser & Modelo, Kiwi & Button, Limon & Lima, Squeaky-Vote for Stormy- BOTM 212678, Picabo- Day of the Dead 'Boo! & Angel Alfie (RIP).

04/23/2015 07:43.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
Sending lots of hatch day wishes your way
On your special day. Hope you have the best one yet and many more!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

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

04/23/2015 05:17.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday!!
Hi Caden,

We had not met before, so I made a point of reading your entire story. What a journey, and what a happy ending! It is my pleasure to bring you a vote and many wishes for your special day to include lots of treats and some new toys to destroy.


Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote Stormy #212678 for BOTM!!.

04/23/2015 10:51.00 AM Report This Comment  
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