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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..

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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.

12 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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  Happy Monday from Flitzer
"There's Nothin' in the Bowl, Dad"
........................
Dad says that bowl was for mixing our Quadruple-Berry Muffins. We love those!
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Hope you had a great weekend. Nice here -Dad was busy in and out, but we got some time together. Cool mornings but warm afternoons here. Dad never knows which jacket to grab.

= = =
Today I'm visiting Aunt Maria for my "Day of Beauty" aka wings and claws day.
Dad holds me without the towel [hate the towel], so it's not so bad.
.
~Wings Up~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer w Uncle Geno.

04/25/2016 03:23.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
Good to see you again. CONGRATS on winning BOTD! I hope you are having a wonderful day.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna ~ KY Derby week! & Bailey ♥ RIP.

04/24/2016 09:08.40 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 & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

04/24/2016 06:46.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
congratulations on being honored as our BOTD hope you are having a blast celebrating your special honor at the birdy castle today

love Cori and Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl vote LAKA BOTM 259145, CORI vote LAKA BOTM 259145 & BOO BOO vote LAKA BOTM 259145.

04/24/2016 06:38.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Congrats, King Caden!
Wow! Another day of partying! Wishing you more treats and head scritches! Have fun!
High 4- Picabo

Come visit me, Bud, Modelo, Patito, Malt & Pilsner, Squeaky- Vote for Laka for BOTM 259145, Kiwi & Button & Ivy, Scion (RIP)- Love Forever, Limon & Lima, Angel Alfie (RIP), Domingo-Loving Golf! & Picabo.

04/24/2016 06:33.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Caden!
WooooHooo! A two day celebration! Congrats on winning BOTD! Have a great day at the castle today!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffi is ready to ride!.

04/24/2016 06:12.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi King Caden
Congratulations on being BOTD! You make a very handsome King!

Hugs,

Angel & Pepper

Come visit me, ANGEL LOVES CORI & PEPPER LOVES ZIPPY--BOTD 9/2/15.

04/24/2016 04:53.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Caden~
Congratulations! I am very happy for you and do hope you enjoy your 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, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar~VOTE GREY BIRD BOTM 275918 & The Calendar Page.

04/24/2016 03:53.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden,
Congrats on being BOTD.

Here's a vote for you.

Hugs,

Laka

Come visit me, Angel Sallykins with her pretty red hat on, Angel Pookie says on guard you scoundrel !!! & Laka with her pink Lehua flower hat on.

04/24/2016 03:13.34 PM Report This Comment  
  well now . . .
can't think of anything better than a two day celebration ! Congratulations Caden !

Come visit me, Cookie is ready to win !, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

04/24/2016 02:29.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
Congratulations on your BOTD. Bye bye

Come visit me, The Moocher Ducks, Norman, St Francis Chapel, Say a prayer today, Phoenix Base Fliers:Home of the 2013 World Champs & Jude.

04/24/2016 02:09.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Congrats!
So glad to see a bird who is active win BOTD. Hope you enjoy your day in the spotlight!!

Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote 4 Grey Bird #275918 for BOTM!!.

04/24/2016 01:44.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations
Hey Caden, what a great way to stretch your hatchday celebration! Becoming BOTD gives you an extra day of fun and treats! Way to go! Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Vote Laka for BOTM, Peppino, vote Laka for BOTM & Falco, vote Laka, 259145, BOTM.

04/24/2016 12:09.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Congrats Caden
It is greyt to see you in the spotlight.
Polly

Come visit me, Polly; Spring has SPRUNG & Zippy; Grey Bird #275918 for BOTM!!..

04/24/2016 11:40.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Congrats for BOTD Mr Caden old buddy-from Ms LaLo
...also please give our love to your beautiful momma! We are in for another gorgeous day starting with temps in the 50's and climbing into the mid-eighties! Unfortunately it won't matter much to us, dad is still not quite ready to venture out of our home by himself, but his time will be coming soon, dad said he will NEVER AGAIN complain about having to run an errand! For us in Rock Island, things are going swell as can be expected, we just wish our dad would stop pushing the envelope to quickly! Have a great Sunday dear BC friends, and give our love to all in your happy peaceful home, see ya all tomorrow...

Eternal love & thanks from Jenny, Ms Lady Love, Angel Christy, & our daddy Chuck

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy-Chyna dear I am trying to be a good YCM, Jenny Lynn & Cannonade~Stand back we're coming, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Love from Christy~Ready for the BC Derby!, Ms LaLo Lee~Ready for the Derby & Easter... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/24/2016 10:24.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations
On BOTD!And we wish you a very Happy HatchDay!We do hope that you get some special treats,new toys and those wonderful scritches and HatchDay cake and of course lots of Mom time!You look just like our cousin Bella who's 22!What a pretty bird you are!

We are all flying by to wish you a greyt day in the Castle with Queen Kacey and King Mikey!for a day filled with fun,food,friends and family!
Wishing you a greyt day and we're sending you all our love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses!Love always,Dixie and Peepers

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

04/24/2016 07:49.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi little brother
Happy hatch day and congrats on BOTD little brother. Monty Mae

Come visit me, Caden - is my name, exploring is my game & Monty Mae - I'm queen of this household!.

04/24/2016 06:27.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, King Caden
Congratulations on BOTD. Here's a vote in celebration. So awesome when hatchday festivities becomes a day as royalty. Have a wonderful day at the Castle with King Mikey and Queen Kacey. Wing hugs and high 4s, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

04/24/2016 04:21.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Sunday Flitzer
Happy Bird-of-the-Day from Flitzer and Dad

Have a blessed day

~Wings Up~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer w Uncle Geno.

04/24/2016 02:28.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Caden!
Stopping by with a vote for ya, and to wish you a Happy Hatchday! Hope that where ever you are, you are being spoiled with lots of toys!

Wing hugs from Kaji

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote MISS LAKA #259145 BOTM! DO IT!.

04/23/2016 10:25.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
flying by to wish you a most happy hatchday. hoe you are having a ball celebrating on your special day.

love Cori and Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl vote LAKA BOTM 259145, CORI vote LAKA BOTM 259145 & BOO BOO vote LAKA BOTM 259145.

04/23/2016 06:48.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden
OOoppps I messed up LOL

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 & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

04/23/2016 05:26.05 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 & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

04/23/2016 05:24.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Caden!
Happy Hatch Day to youuuuuuu! Have a great day!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffi is ready to ride!.

04/23/2016 04:31.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Caden~
A very Happy Hatchday from me to you!! And Many Mooooore~~
Hatchday Hugs ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar~VOTE GREY BIRD BOTM 275918 & The Calendar Page.

04/23/2016 01:37.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday, Caden!
Wishing you the most wonderful hatch day possible with lots of treats and toys! Enjoy!
High 4- Picabo & flock

Come visit me, Bud, Modelo, Patito, Malt & Pilsner, Squeaky- Vote for Laka for BOTM 259145, Kiwi & Button & Ivy, Scion (RIP)- Love Forever, Limon & Lima, Angel Alfie (RIP), Domingo-Loving Golf! & Picabo.

04/23/2016 08:47.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday
Hey Caden, we all hope you have a wonderful hatchday today, and get lots of attention, toys, and treats just for you. Say hi to mom and Monty Mae for us, please, and enjoy your special day. Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Vote Laka for BOTM, Peppino, vote Laka for BOTM & Falco, vote Laka, 259145, BOTM.

04/23/2016 07:43.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Caden
Happy 12th hatchday. Hope its your best ever. Here's a vote in celebration. May you have lots of treats, toys and attention. Wing hugs, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

04/23/2016 05:29.26 AM Report This Comment  
  happy hatchday !
I know it'll be great and your mom will give you all kinds of toys and treats and love today !

Come visit me, Cookie is ready to win !, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

04/23/2016 03:07.38 AM Report This Comment  
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Come visit me, Caden - is my name, exploring is my game & Monty Mae - I'm queen of this household!.

12/01/2015 02:10.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Caden!
Thank you so much for congratulating me for BOTD!

-Harriet

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

Come visit me, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD, Little Angel, 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, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD, 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, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD, 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, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD, 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, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD, 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, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD, 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, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD, 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, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD, 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, SKY, thank you for Jan 17th, 2016 BOTD, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/06/2015 09:27.09 AM Report This Comment  
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