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I met Snowflake next door to me.We bonded so fast that my neighbor gave her to me.She has been part of our family for 10 years.And we love every thing about her.She is a girl with an attitude!!!

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Hi! My name is Snowflake luvs her Apache...V4 PANTHER 10K

I am a Pied Mutation Cockatiel from Perris, CA.

Snowball,Snow girl.

13 years old   F

Pied Mutation Cockatiel

My favorite treats are spray millets,seed sticks and cherrios.

My favorite hang out spots are on top of my cage.And the bird farm.And my mommies makeup box.

I love to dance and rock and rule the dance floor.I model for my family,I LOVE LOTS OF KISSES.I also love road trips.

My family takes good care of me and they love, me for who I am.And I love them too.Im the only girl tiel,and thats a big plus!!!

I do not like sitting on fingers because I have a broken wing and I have a hard time staying in balance..

Spoil your self.You deserve it !!!.

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

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

05/28/2015 07:59.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,

Don't forget that you're going to be taking me away for a long weekend for my 5th Hatchday that was last Friday, 05/22/15(you Cougar you LOL). I already took care of it with my Mom & Oz taking care of Busy. Just let me know when you want to go. We can go from a Thurs. thru Sunday. Are you ever going to tell me where we are going LOL???? I know, I know it's a surprise. Okay, I'll give Busy a nice warm bath and get her ready for bed. Thanks again for allowing my Best Friend, Cookie to spend time here with us as well as at my Mom's. I was also happy to spend a few days with your Family. Okay, here's a vote for you, Babe.

Love Ya,
Apache

Come visit me, PARKER, SILVER, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ (MY MOMMY'S DREAM BIRD) & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

05/27/2015 04:04.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake and flock
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, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, Let's talk Parrot for May's BOTM.

05/26/2015 07:03.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake and flock
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this damp, dull Monday herein Napanee, Ontariot. With less then a week left in this month, I wanted to take a brief look at a few of the blogs you left on my page to share with everyone. I have enjoyed reading all of your comments, and encourage everybirdie to share in the discussion. I was reading this morning and came across Miss Chyna's blog. It brought back many memories to me about my beginnings here in the Sky Flock. Chyna was very blessed indeed that her Momma and Daddy found her when they did. Dirty, hungry and sick she was being sold to whoever had the money to take her away. What a shame some people look at us and only see a value sign written in dollars. My story as you all know was different, but in a sense was also based on money.
Sometimes birds arrive into home with hidden illnesses, but there are a lot that were sold or given away because they were sick and their former owners did not or could not afford the money to have them treated by a Veterinarian. I am asking to see how many of you were outwardly ill when re-homed? How many were being housed in sub-standard, dirty conditions? How many of you were without food, or being given poor, low quality or incorrect foods?
My Momma Deb feels there should be standards set for those who retail Companion Parrots whether a private owner or as a business (Pet Stores, Breeders etc). In general the animal welfare laws of our countries are behind the times, lack sufficient depth to make necessary changes, and fall short in the juridical system. Laws set to protect us many times lead to fines, or a probational period of "owning or possessing an animal." Many of you may recall the tragic murder of Ozzie an CAG in Alberta Canada. Stolen from her front porch and brutally abused her murderers, three teens got away with a crime that united the Parrot World to fight for stiffer sentences,and more explicit laws to be written to protect ALL animals.
Many have shared this month that they have seen sick Companion Parrots sold in Pet Stores. Often when this fact is brought to staffs attention, they shrug it off and do nothing. Few chain stores will spend the money to take an ill bird to a Veterinarian for treatment. After all it effects their profit margin. Many times when an ill bird is pointed out it is removed from the display cage to die alone in the back of the store. Some stores even have made it their "policy" that sick animals, birds included be "humanely" killed by placing it into a box in their freezer. That is not humane, freezing to death, alone in the dark. Some stores have admitted that they are told by "head-office" that this is how they are to treat sick animals in the store.
Bird Channel members are a small group, but we have a voice to cry out for changes. We are not a commodity. We are loving, feeling, sensitive Creatures that deserve respect, care and to be loved for who we are!

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

05/25/2015 02:08.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake and flock
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!

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

05/24/2015 06:52.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,

How are you doing, Babe? Where's Busy? Playing with his Cousin, Jet? I'm so happy that my Buddy, Cookie is staying here with us. It's so nice that he likes to go see my Mom while he's here. I know he likes her but do you think he really likes to go there because she's always buying him Jelly Donuts LOL? We're gonna have a great couple of days coming up with the Cook Outs. Tomorrow we'll all be at my Mom's and Monday we'll celebrate Memorial Day here at our beautiful home. Did you hear that Picabo flew in today to spend time with Oz? She hasn't seen him since last Summer. Oz loved having Pool Parties after their games but like she said it has changed. Her Friends Casper & Snowy have gone to the Rainbow Bridge and there are no more Baseball Games. So I'm so happy that Picabo is here for her. He does have a Girlfriend & Oz knows her. Her name is Cookie (Too) & it's Doo's Sister. She told him he better bring her the next time he comes. Okay, here's your vote, Sweetheart.

Love Always,
Apache

Come visit me, PARKER, SILVER, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ (MY MOMMY'S DREAM BIRD) & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

05/23/2015 04:26.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake and flock
Happy, healthy Friday to everybirdie. It's looking to be a great long-weekend for all my BC friends in the US. I am very delighted by the responses you are sharing with us. I hope everybirdie takes the time to read them too. There is a lot to consider when it comes to sharing your home with a Companion Parrot. When my Momma Deb started with birds, there was so little written about them it was a hit or miss situation when it came to care, housing and health. Today, with the internet at our finger tips, and countless books on various species, self-educating is a joyous and necessary component to be availed by all. We never know it all, and learning is a life time effort. Everyday with a Companion Parrot offers opportunities to observe or learn something new and valuable.
Many of us wish to adopt a new fid into our homes, hearts and flocks but there are so many considerations beyond species to work through. I must say this topic was brought to me by our dear friend Eva Kline of the famed K K Koral. It is something we need to look at when thinking of the addition of a brand new flock member in an established flock. That is the dreaded "quarantine" .
It would be the very rare home that can provide us with "IDEAL" conditions to quarantine an incoming bird. So with this knowledge what can we do? and what is not ok to do? To correctly quarantine a new Parrot you need a room, that is supplied with it's own source of air, preferably filtered intake and exhaust. Many Avian diseases are air-borne. Simply separating a new Parrot from the flock within the same household does not prevent contamination and disease spread through the air, air vents and whenever the door is opened to care for the new comer. The false belief that changing your clothing, shoes etc after caring for the new comer WILL NOT prevent the spread of disease.
By definition all quarantine of Avians is to be done in a building separate from ALL other birds in a flock. It must have it's own air filtration system to prevent spread of airborne disease particles and be tended by someone who does not come into contact with other Parrots during the quarantine period. Separation of the flock and new comer by floors within the same home is not considered fully quarantined. Although changing clothes, shoes and showering before entering and after being in contact with the new fid will work greatly to help stop cross infection.
The recommended method of quarantine suggests that all incoming new flock members have TWO sets of blood testing done at intervals advised by your Veterinarian to screen for Avian diseases. However, unless the Parrot is shedding a virus, a false negative can occur.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: what other suggestion do you have for bringing home that new flock member?

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

05/22/2015 09:50.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake and flock
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here this cool, but sunny Thursday. I apologize for not getting this blog out to you yesterday but we care having serious problems with BC right now.
It is definitely a good sign that so many have made long-term arrangements for us fids. It is something humans don't like to think about, death and being away from us, but since so many of us are very long-lived it is vital we all are provided for. A recent incident set this fact out from all othrs when one of our own BC friends was rushed to the hospital unconscious. There was talk prior to this eventful day about having contact numbers but the other person delayed to provide them. When the situation happened there was no one to call to care for the two fids left int he apartment alone. This could have been all avoided with proper per-planning.
At the very least everyone should take the time to list all their fids in a notebook. Including their ages, sexes, and every important fact about each one including foods, care facts and anything else that would matter should we be unable to provide for them. This notebook should be placed in a safe location; easily found by someone in a stressful situation. Tell family, friends etc where to find the book, or if you have a "care-provider" designated make certain they are aware of it and where to find the notes. Have contact numbers included for any family, friends etc and your Veterinarian.
In this situation mentioned we were able to work from Canada in behalf of our American friend. The birds were cared for by a close friend. The whole situation could have been smoother, and less stressful on our part with the necessary information in advance. Stop to imagine if things were different and no one was notified to care for the bird for the week their owner was hospitalized. Not a pretty thought. Sometimes we figure that family knows how to care for our fids. But in an emergency do they really know everything they should? In the event of our death, who will take care of the fids? Do these individuals know this in advance? Many times Companion Parrots are left to people who do not really want them and they end up sold, given away or handed over to a rescue to "deal with". As a Parrot lover and Parront we are responsible for their welfare even in our absence.
Having a living will, or a notarized paper telling all the details relevant to our flock will save alot of guess work later on for those responsible for our estates. We will have the peace-of-mind knowing we have placed our baby's into caring, informed hands and provided for their future without us. No one likes to dwell on death, but once we take care of this most important part of "ownership" of a Companion Parrot(s) we will be able to continue to enjoy every day we have here on Earth with them. Up dates to the notebook are important. Noting any behavior changes, issues or medical problems as they occur is also helpful for their future care-giver.

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

05/21/2015 09:03.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Check out this dress ... I'm wearing a macaw print ... LOL!

Today was gloomy and only in the high 30's. Mom went shopping and dad cleaned up most of that broken tree mess. I took a greyt nap and was ready to go crazy after dinner. Should be a little warmer tomorrow.
Hugs
Chyna

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

05/19/2015 10:01.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Panther
This morning was a dark cold morning with the highs being 62 and the lows of 55,its 57 right now.The morning didn't start off good for Mom at all.She got a call from her insurance company and they told her that her neighbor's insurance company said that her neighbor is blaming Mom for the accident that happened last week.Mom is so upset because that is not what happened,it was the neighbor who drove into Mom,Mom's whole passenger side door is banged in and dented,and the neighbor's bumper has damage.How can that be?So its been a morning of phone calls back and forth,between the insurance company and the agent.Now Mom has to fill out an accident form for her insurance company and send that in while they send someone out to survey the scene of where the accident happened.Mom is so upset.Then on top of all that we lost our power and Mom had to reset everything including the computer,which she had lost the blogs she had already done for us.Then it started raining here ,downright pouring.Mom got us all fed and cleaned and our room done,and then my dad called Mom and he was none too happy about the insurance mess and he called the insurance company which in turn called Mom back again.Dad is furious with the neighbor now!Mom is so upset and doesn't want to start a war.This is such a mess,but if Mom gets blamed for this her insurance premiums will go up higher and she'll get the bad driver credit points against her for the next seven years.
Mom has lost all desire to do much after this rude awakening this morning.She'll just try and keep her mind off this mess and clean up the house and get more of her chores done.
Between my Nana and her surgery and skin sis with her surgery,Mom's been running between the two places and towns and then coming home to try and take care of us and our home and our dad.Mom hasn't had a day off in months now and she's hoping to have this coming Sunday off.Then with BC acting up Mom has no idea where most of her blogs have been going,maybe to Cyber Space somewhere?
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses for my sweet Buddy,and a vote 3,556 too!Loving you always and forever,your buddy Dixie

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

05/19/2015 11:12.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake and flock
Good morning to everybirdie. Sweetie here with our first blog of the week. I have been enjoying this Canadian long weekend to the max. Warm weather, sunny skies, what more could a bird hope for? Maybe anew toy to chew perhaps?
Your responses have been very interesting and informative. Information sharing is after all what BC is all about. When a group of devoted bird lovers get together for any cause, things just have to happen for the better. Bird Channel consists of a wide mix of people and birds from around the world with many common interests but our passion for Companion Parrots is the foremost. The coined phrase crazy-bird ladies/men couldn't be more true then for those on BC.
I have always believed that the Bird Channel members have the power to bring change in the Parrot owning community. We can impact others through our one to one education. Even telling a stranger not to buy "brand A" for their own Parrot is sharing our knowledge and could make a life-changing benefit to even one more Parrot. It has been very encouraging to read the many ways each of you have helped spread the word. It is unfortunate that many have no Parrot Club close by or Rescues in their close vicinity. That does not lessen our ability to be true Parrot Ambassadors right in our own home towns. It is surprisingly easy to strike-up a conversation about Parrots with almost everyone.
It has made me one happily little bird to read how many have spoken to someone in a store about Parrots, even when you got "the-look" for it. When we share exactly what it means to be a Parront, it gives others something to consider before spending their hard earned money. You might just save a Parrots life too. Something we must all remember though. Not all re-homed Parrots are unwanted. Sometimes it becomes in the bird's best interest to re-home them. Not all Companion Parrots found in rescues are there because they are unwanted, sometimes it is quite to the opposite. They were loved so much that the former owner knew they could not keep their beloved friend for various reasons. It is easy to loose sight of this truth in light of the vast numbers found in Rescues and shelters.
In a perfect World all Parrots could remain in their first home forever, or until their owners go to the Rainbow Bridge. In the real World life changes, sometimes quite quickly, almost over-night forcing surrender of pets that are dearly loved. It becomes a heart-breaking situation when owners have no options left, and no where to turn but to a rescue to take in their best buddy.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: what permanent plans do YOU have in place for your fids, should something happen to you? What advice would you give someone in this respect?

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

05/19/2015 08:51.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Thanks for the beautiful bracelet, I love it! You have really good taste. Oh yes, let's look for some cute sundresses and flip flops.
I bet that was fun babysitting. Did you get to see the baby too? How old is she now?
We had an eggciting day! The half dead tree that cause a power outage before, broke again and took the power lines down and cause a fire. We had fire trucks, tree crew, power crew here today. It was a long afternoon of 7 hours with no power. I didn't like the dark house at all. When the lights came back on, I started running around and playing. Glad it was only 73 today.
Hugs
Chyna

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

05/18/2015 10:42.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Well, you know I love to shop ... just like my mom! This silver beachy jewelry is so pretty. We have to get something special!
It was another all day rain for us. I spent the day chewing up some wood blocks. I sure hope to get outside this weekend.
Hugs
Chyna

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

05/15/2015 10:24.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
That sounds like fun! I love beachy things! Do they have a shop that sells beachy silver jewelry ... like starfish or shell pendants etc???
The BC was acting up last night. Hope it's working better tonight. It was a nice sunny day. But, rain is coming thru the night until afternoon and only 53 degrees. Mom has to help out at the garage sale in town. I think I'll get some rest and be ready to play when she gets back home. It's the morel festival in town this weekend.
Hugs
Chyna

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

05/14/2015 09:30.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,

Oh no did I just hear that your Mom needs another Shoulder Surgery???? Your poor Mother! Did the first one NOT take or something? Boy oh boy to have one surgery is hard enough but two?? Mom will keep saying lots of prayers for her. You can stay over with Oz at Mom's house since Chyna, Sugar and Cheyenne are there. I hear you all had a great time shopping at the Mall today and dinner was good??? I think you or Oz said that Chyna and Sugar may be leaving tomorrow so stay and enjoy yourself, Babe. I know I'll see you tomorrow. Good night, I'm getting ready to put Busy to bed, I let her stay up later. Jedi is putting Jet to bed now "Too". Here's your vote, Snowflake.

Love Always & Forever,
Your Apache

Come visit me, PARKER, SILVER, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ (MY MOMMY'S DREAM BIRD) & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

05/14/2015 06:15.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake and flock
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?

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

05/14/2015 09:14.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Oh, I'm so ready!!!! I can't wait for the beach, pier, shopping and roller skating. We will have so much fun ...yay! I'm so happy to see some sunshine again!!
Another cold and rainy day up here, only 42 for the high and tonight's low is 33. I want a beach day. Can anybird spare some sun? I'll give you rain.
Have a good night.
Hugs
Chyna

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

05/12/2015 10:03.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake and flock
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.

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

05/12/2015 12:40.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Well, I do like my vet but not the appointment. He likes to chat with mom too. They have known each other for 24 years.
That beach idea sounds really good to me. We lost our warm temps and have been in the cold, gloomy, rainy days.
I made it thru my vet check-up. Everyone says I was a good girl. I fooled them, LOL! I did get a treat so, that part was good.
It rained all day today. Looks like we are having a gloomy week of 52F to 66F degrees. Was that summer those 3 nice days a week ago? Did I miss it?
Hugs
Chyna

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

05/11/2015 10:42.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Snowflake
Snowflake
Thank you
We are speechless over the attention our little flock is getting this week
Thank you
Tahoe

Come visit me, Sunny(RIP) and Haley, Romeo and Julie(loving memory of Maxi ) & Tahoe and Pearl.

05/11/2015 05:02.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake and flock
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.

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

05/11/2015 01:24.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning Sunshine,

Did you enjoy your Chocolate Chip Pancakes that I made you for Breakfast In Bed yesterday for Mother's Day? And the beautiful Flowers from Busy. Busy & I love you very much and hope you are so happy with us. We don't know what we would do without you. I'm gonna do some work around the house while your cleaning with Cheyenne & taking care of our Baby Girl. Would you like to go out to dinner tonight since we didn't get there yesterday because it was just so crowded? Wherever you want to go is fine with me, Babe. Here's your vote.

Love You Always,
Apache
P.S. Mom still feels pretty good considering and she's hoping your Mom is doing the same. She keeps praying for your Mom.

Come visit me, PARKER, SILVER, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ (MY MOMMY'S DREAM BIRD) & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

05/11/2015 09:03.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Hope you had a good time at the derby. Try again next year, the jockey lottery is in February, I will post it on the calendar page.
Thanks for liking my pic. Hope your Mom had a wonderful day.
Hope all the moms had a greyt day. It was a dark and rainy day of 59 up here. Not looking forward to Monday ... dreaded vet appointment. Goodbye awesome hawk claws.
Hugs
Chyna

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

05/10/2015 10:34.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Wow Snowflake
I gotta say, that ride on Brilliant Speed was the most amazing experience! It was like bein' able to actually fly. That's not something I'll ever be able t'do in real life so gettin' to experience on B-Speed's back was ethereal, magical. Thanks for that. He's an amazing animal and I hope you both do fantastic in t'night's race.

Be safe, okay?

Hug?? (((HUG)))

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

05/09/2015 08:11.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Snowflake!
Good luck tonight in the Derby sweetie! I'm betting on you!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffikki,Cydney, PumBaa & Max say Happy Springtime.

05/09/2015 07:13.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
It worked! Yay, I see you race pic is up and looking good.
Glad your frother Panther made it to the 5K. Working a few others too.
It seems that the whole country is getting scary weather soon. Please be careful ... quakes are so scary and no warning.
Today was sunny and 85 degrees! The trees now have green leaves! This is looking good, finally.
Don't forget Milonga Derby 5 on Saturday night. The race part starts at 8:15pm EDT. See you there.
Hugs
Chyna

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

05/08/2015 09:16.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake & flock
V4U today. Thanks so much for flying by to congratulate me for winning Bird Of The Day. :) I sure am enjoying every minute of it, and I even got some more blueberries and blackberries today to celebrate. It's a hot and sunny day here today. The heatwave won't last long though, more rain is on the way so that will help to cool the weather down. Have a good day. From, Mayo

Come visit me, Mayo, Dandy & Marigold.

05/08/2015 02:51.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
That used to happen to me too. Then, I found out that I had to click on the photo (on the derby page at the bottom) so it got big. Then save to my pics. If I didn't and just saved from the bottom group, it was a thumb print. I hope that helps.
Oh no, you are having those scary quakes. My mom was in one in LA area. She fell on her tail feathers in a parking lot! There was damage to some buildings.
Thanks, mom is doing much better with the new meds.
It's 83 today with sun! But, at 4pm it got really dark and then rained for 3 minutes and back to sun. This has happened 3 times so far, what's with that? I have my flip flops and shades on ... feels so good. The trees are starting to pop some leaves ... finally.
Hugs
Chyna

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

05/07/2015 08:24.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Good to see you again. Don't forget to put up your race pic asap. It was suppose to be up all this week. It's on the Derby farms page.
My mom still has her asthmatic bronchitis and has 3 new meds, hope they work. I see that there's a note to call the vet for a check up and grooming. I hope I can get to the calendar and chew that part off. I love my awesome hawk claws!
We had a cloudy day of low 70's. Tomorrow should be our warmest ... maybe 77 with sun! That calls for my shades and beach chair on the patio!
Hugs
Chyna

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

05/06/2015 09:03.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Okay You
... I'm here for that ride you said you wanted t'give me on Brilliant Speed. I hope this is a brilliant idea, me gettin' on some super fast thoroughbred. I need t'be able to remember how t'count money and write stuff down when I get done with this ride so I can't be bouncin' my head on the ground.

*RB looks over at Brilliant Speed and sees a perfectly calm and well-mannered horse. He has to assume the peace in this animal's eyes comes from bond between him and the lovely Miss Snowflake. Suddenly RaneBeau's not worried about running with the wind on this beautiful animal.*

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

05/03/2015 06:13.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hiya KFC
I thought it sorta smelled like well-cooke bird in here!!! Temps in the mid 90s don't sound exciting t'me at all. I'm expectin' a nice 76° here t'day which sounds about perfect. Maybe you and Brilliant Speed could come practice in the field out behind my house. If he can plow his way through that soft dirt, he'll just fly on the Derby's racetrack. That's pretty cool how you've gone about bonding with Speed. I saw the two of your beak t'nose over at Derby Farms the other and thought it looked sweet how ya seemed t'be communicating with each other. Very cool. Definitely very cool.

Okay, so I'm out of the loop on what's been happenin' in your life so I'm gonna ask Who's the darling little baby in your gallery pictures? And oh! Thanks for scarin' the beegeebees out of me with your "I broke my wing again." on April 1st. Funny. You made my heart just sink in my chest. And then I heard ya laughin' and couldn't help but shake my head 'cause ya got me good. You little imp, you!

Okay, well I'm gonna hit the road again and leave you and Brilliant t'continue gettin' ready for next week's big race. Catch ya again soon!

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

05/02/2015 08:31.17 AM Report This Comment  
  VOTE SWEETIE PG#269943 FOR MAY BOTM
HI SNOWFLAKE. YOU SURE WORKED HARD TODAY. GO HOME AND GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP. TOMORROW IS OUR GRAND OPENING.

KACEY

Come visit me, MAY 9,2009 THE WEDDING OF SWEETPEPPER & KIDDO, KACEY & MIKEY'S WEDDING PAGE MARCH 3, 2012, Digger Sept 29, 1998 - June 11, 2005, MAXIMILLIAN AUG 25,1992-MARCH 14,2010 R.I.P., THE PROUD BIRD PIE SHOP, KACEY LUVS HER MIKEY, TIEL TERRORS BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE FIELD & SWEETPEPPER LUVS KIDDO.

05/01/2015 10:20.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Mornin' SNOWFLAKE!!
Rise'n'shine!! Okay, you've probably been awake for hours. I know how you cockatiels are, twitterin' like crazy as soon as you see any sign of the sun. I live with a few who are downright excited about daybreak.

So, how's it goin' with BRILLIANT SPEED?? I bet the two of you are gettin' on just fine and have every intention of takin' the big trophy home next Saturday. I can see it already, you leanin' forward whisperin' in Speed's ear about givin' it all he's got so the wreath of roses can be around HIS neck. Yeah!

And what's this about you workin' at the Pie Shops as a baker!??!! Well, ain't that cool! I'll have t'come by and sample some of the goodies. Ya know, I used t'work at the Pie Shop, years ago. I was there every week day from 11 t'noon, takin' orders, scramblin' eggs, servin' up fresh-baked scones and muffins and what not. Those were the good ol' days, that's for sure. Congrats to you for gettin'a job there. You're gonna do great!

Your buddy —
R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

05/01/2015 08:14.37 AM Report This Comment  
  H SNOWFLAKE
AS ONE OF 5 ASSOC BAKERS WORKING UNDER MASTER BAKER LIZZIE DRAGON; I NEED YOU TO BE AT THE PIE SHOP BY 8AM. WE NEED TO GET THINGS MADE AND READY TO OPEN THIS SATURDAY.

KACEY & MIKEY

Come visit me, MAY 9,2009 THE WEDDING OF SWEETPEPPER & KIDDO, KACEY & MIKEY'S WEDDING PAGE MARCH 3, 2012, Digger Sept 29, 1998 - June 11, 2005, MAXIMILLIAN AUG 25,1992-MARCH 14,2010 R.I.P., THE PROUD BIRD PIE SHOP, KACEY LUVS HER MIKEY, TIEL TERRORS BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE FIELD & SWEETPEPPER LUVS KIDDO.

04/30/2015 09:50.17 PM Report This Comment  
  VOTE MIKEY D PG #247164 FOR BOTM
HI SNOWFLAKE, MIKEY AND I HAVE REVIEWED YOUR APPLICATION AND HAVE ACCEPTED YOU AS THE CAKE, PIE, COOKIE, DONUT DECORATOR.

YOU WILL BE WORKING WITH PANTHER. COME TO THE PIE SHOP TOMORROW TO HELP GET SUPPLIES PUT AWAY. THEN ONCE THOSE ARE PUT AWAY WE WILL BEGIN BAKING TO GET READY FOR OPENING HOPEFULLY THIS WEEKEND. WE WILL HAVE A BUSY 2 DAYS OF WORK TO BE READY.

KACEY & MIKEY

Come visit me, MAY 9,2009 THE WEDDING OF SWEETPEPPER & KIDDO, KACEY & MIKEY'S WEDDING PAGE MARCH 3, 2012, Digger Sept 29, 1998 - June 11, 2005, MAXIMILLIAN AUG 25,1992-MARCH 14,2010 R.I.P., THE PROUD BIRD PIE SHOP, KACEY LUVS HER MIKEY, TIEL TERRORS BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE FIELD & SWEETPEPPER LUVS KIDDO.

04/29/2015 04:56.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
I hope you are entering the hat contest too!
Your horse that you are riding is one of my mom's favorites!
Once Panther gets his 5k votes, we girls can have our girl talk ... hehehe.
Hugs
Chyna

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

04/16/2015 09:11.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,

So what do you want to do today, Babe? It's another beautiful day in Philly & may reach a high of 70! I think it's a great day to take our precious Busy out for a walk & maybe hit the playground! Unless of course you want to just hang out at our InDoor Pool! Whatever you want to do is fine with me. Did you enjoy your breakfast in bed while I watched after Busy today? I love you, Snowflake and can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you & Busy. Here's a vote for you, gorgeous!

Love Always,
Apache
P.S. How is your Mom doing? I hope much better. My Mommy is feeling good since her last shot & she's also doing Physical Therapy which is really helping! YES!!!
She's praying to God that she NEVER needs that surgery!

Come visit me, PARKER, SILVER, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ (MY MOMMY'S DREAM BIRD) & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

04/12/2015 08:37.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Please ignore the blog below!!!
I can't edit anything and can barely blog!!!!

Your pic is on the Derby Farms page #275677.

Hugs
Chyna

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

04/09/2015 11:38.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
You should have yours this week. Please leave a message with RaneBeau (his mom is the official photographer for the derby). Tell her you are riding Brilliant Speed.
This is the pre-race pic and you will get one for the race too.
Hugs
Chyna

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

04/09/2015 09:32.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,

How are you, Babe? My Mommy is feeling so much better right now. She thinks between the 2nd shot, Physical Therapy, Med's, Hot Showers & Bio Freeze that that's what is really helping her. Mom is so happy right now & so are we LOL! Hope your Mommy & Family have a Happy Easter. That Indian Grand Baby is gorgeous & we love her name "Too". Of course, I just love our beautiful Chick also! Okay, lets do some Easter shopping. Here's your vote, my stunning Wife.

Love Always,
Apache
P.S. We hope your Mommy is feeling better???
P.S.S. I just love our new "Family Picture".

Come visit me, PARKER, SILVER, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ (MY MOMMY'S DREAM BIRD) & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

04/04/2015 12:42.26 PM Report This Comment  
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