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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!!!

MY HATCHDAY IS DECEMBER 24TH.

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Hi! My name is Snowflake luvs her Apache...

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
That was some race at the KB.

Those sharks did not stand a chance. They should have known better than to mess with a bunch of birds.

I wonder if shark tastes like chicken???

Still Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BB 4th of July, TPB&G., The castle is now hosting Sweeeettttyyyyy, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Army Games with Cookie and Tweety... & Buba, ready for the race.

06/23/2015 06:42.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Kahlua~
Long time no chat!!! I hope all is well. Your picture is just beautiful! Isn't this fun??
Not much exciting news to report from here but I did want to get by and say hello.
Been very busy around the house because of the dog being ill. She is hanging in there but can't walk anymore. She is still eating and spending time with me though!
I hope your night is just wonderful! We hope your mom is well and happy too!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar,Pippo, Mei Mei & Dolph~vote 4 Panther 245623 & The Calendar Page~Wonderful Kiwi for July.

06/17/2015 08:04.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Droping of a reminder about the KB. You start on Mon around noon.

If you have a picture for the booth have your Mom send it to my Dad at lfpavairy@aol.com. Put KB in the header please.

Still Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BB 4th of July, TPB&G., The castle is now hosting Sweeeettttyyyyy, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Army Games with Cookie and Tweety... & Buba, ready for the race.

06/13/2015 06:26.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,
If mom is on the computer this weekend, please let her know that your KB pic is finished and posted in my gallery. It is the one of just you alone. Have her come and check it out! I hope you all like it!

Have a good night!!! Left you a vote.

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, ***Chipper--VOTE WARRIORS FOR 10K***.

06/13/2015 05:19.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Snowflake
I will remind you on sat night.
Can you get Auntie Denise to make you up a KB picture? She dos them so good & my Dad is shall I say, not that good at it. I say he has no inmagination!

Dad has been going to a bunch of the first birds who were in the booth. Lots of them have gone to the Rainbow bridge or are have not been on BC in a long time.

There seams to be a small core of birds that have stayed on BC. Lots went to FB when it was said BC would be closeing down last year.

Still Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BB 4th of July, TPB&G., The castle is now hosting Sweeeettttyyyyy, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Army Games with Cookie and Tweety... & Buba, ready for the race.

06/09/2015 07:05.24 PM Report This Comment  
  I forgot to ask. How do you get your feathers to curl like that??

Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BB 4th of July, TPB&G., The castle is now hosting Sweeeettttyyyyy, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Army Games with Cookie and Tweety... & Buba, ready for the race.

06/08/2015 06:52.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
If its not to quick can you be in the booth next Mon? It would be 6-15 to 6-29 -15. I will do the picture or get some one to do it for me.

I put Tweety down for 6-29 to 7-13. That will cover the 4th of July. I also put Tweety down for 9-21 to 10-5 to cover Halloween. Hope BC is still up then.

Thank you for going into the booth, still Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BB 4th of July, TPB&G., The castle is now hosting Sweeeettttyyyyy, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Army Games with Cookie and Tweety... & Buba, ready for the race.

06/08/2015 06:46.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,

I must say my Sister cooked a great dinner. Those Steaks were delicious and of course our sweets. You are just like my Mom with her Sweets. She calls herself a Chocoholic LOL! I guess Cheyenne told you that Oz, Parker & Silver are coming over to spend the day. Not just to go swimming in our Indoor Pool (weather sucks today for her Outdoor) but "Too" spend some time with her Niece & Nephew. Don't worry hon you won't have to cook, you know my Sister, she'll be bringing all kinds of food LOL. Okay, here's a vote for you, Snowflake.

Love Ya,
Apache
P.S. How is my Mother In Law doing? Please let me know IF there is anything that she needs or what we can do for her besides keeping her in our prayers.

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.

06/06/2015 09:19.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Hmmm, that is tempting but, I really can't get involve with anything until I'm settled with all this moving thing. We have 1 1/2 weeks to get this all done. Then the sign goes up. They will not show it until we have it done and it's a lot to go thru.
You can still be a cheerleader.
Another dark gloomy day ... where is the sun? I want some beach weather! I think the chipmunks are wearing jackets too.
Hugs
Chyna
Saturday, June 6th ... Belmont on NBC @ 4:30pm EDT to 7pm EDT Will we have a Triple Crown????

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna ~ Happy 4th of July & Bailey ♥ RIP.

06/05/2015 10:29.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,

Well, that was some rather good news. Our Daughter, Busy is as healthy as an Ox. She's where she should be, the right size & weight. I do like her Doctor also & she seems comfortable with her.

Cheyenne invited us for dinner (I know we're in the same house but you know sometimes we eat at different times) as soon as Jedi picks out what he wants LOL! I'll run to the Bakery for some goodies to have after dinner.

Okay, Snowflake here's your vote.

Love Always & Forever,
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.

06/04/2015 12:04.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Thanks for helping me get a lot of packing done. Mom says this weekend will be a big packing time. Dad is making room to store all the boxes.
Hey, it was 72 with sun today! I sat by the screen patio door while my parronts were busy. I had 3 chipmunks to keep me entertained ...hehehe. Hope it's nice tomorrow too.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna ~ Happy 4th of July & Bailey ♥ RIP.

06/03/2015 09:43.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
I do need help packing! We did get a lot of nice stuff, didn't we? It looks like we will be packing forever!
Well, it was nice today and hit a sunny 70 for a minute. I not getting enough attention ... just half of the day instead of the whole day! Still no dinner on the patio yet. This is June! What is wrong with the weather ... doesn't it know to be warm for BBQ dinner al fresco now?
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna ~ Happy 4th of July & Bailey ♥ RIP.

06/02/2015 10:14.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,

Well, home sweet home. But that's okay, I love my life here with you & Busy. It's a plus that we have my Sister, Cheyenne and your Brother, Jedi here with us "Too". You go back to sleep & I'll take care of our precious Baby. Here's a vote for you, Babe.

Love You,
Apache
P.S. When does my poor Mother In Law go in for her 2nd Surgery?? I hope this is her last & it works for her. Mom's keeping her in her prayers.

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.

06/02/2015 06:13.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Babe,

I can't believe this is our last day here. I'm having so much fun with my beautiful Wife. You are so right this place is breathe taking. I mean everything, the views, sunsets, sunrises and even the food is great. Okay, lets go enjoy our last day on the beach. We still have the whole day to enjoy. Our flight doesn't leave until 9:00 tonight. I love you so much, Snowflake. Here's your vote.

Love Always,
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.

05/31/2015 08:15.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake and flock
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with our Saturday blog. This month sure has flown by quickly. It seems like just yesterday I wrote my very first words, and now I an coming to a month's conclusion. I wish to thank everyone of you for your votes towards my quest for the Throne. Although it is not my ultimate goal, it is part of it. My main goal was to start some serious sharing and that goal has been far surpassed. Your input and comments are encouraging, and inspiring. We are but, one small group for Parrot lovers. Can you imagine what impact we could have if every Companion Parrot owner united the World over?
There is a sad trend among humans to disagree and even fight over what in fact equals nothing vital nor important to us Companion Parrots. All one has to do is view a photo on FB of a Parrot and dog to see the level of anger and opinions. No one asks if someone was supervising the interaction, or about the past relationship of the two. I am not referring to obvious dangerous situations were the bird could be in danger of injury or worse. Post a photo of a Parrot climbing into a cupboard, then read the comments left by others. There is obviously someone close by supervising, after all who took the photos? Instead of fighting over such non-essentials why not focus on what really matters?
Parrots are individuals. We have such singular personalities that there is no hard-fast rules that can work for every bird, in every home, with every owner. While one owner snuggles their fid, and another one believes that you should only scritch the head and upper neck area, neither is wrong. One owner might feel you should keep wings trimmed for safety and another that fully flighted Parrots are the happiest, both are right, in their own personal Parront-Parrot relationships. Every situation is unique. What works for one, may not work for another. It does not make one person right or wrong, it just equals the truth about living with a Companion Parrot. There are no straight forward, fits-all answers when it comes to Parrontship.
The important point is that sharing is not criticism. Sharing is openness to new ideas, and views. If all the Parrot Rescues would learn to live peacefully together rather then back biting they would accomplish so much more. That does not mean turning our backs on obvious wrong treatment, misuse of funds donated and outright abuse and neglect. Rather accepting that every Rescue, like every owner (yuck, there's that word again) is a separate unique situation. As long as there is mankind there will be good and bad. that is a sad given reality. Support those who are doing their best to help the Parrot Crisis.
Tell yourself each and every day that, "I AM a Companion Parrot Ambassador" and use your power to spread the word " ADOPT! DON'T SHOP!" and make a change one person at a time. YOU have the power.

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

05/30/2015 08:59.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Oh yes! We will have a beach party and then a pool party! It will be so nice ... we can't wait. The sign goes up next week, then we hope to sell soon.
What a day ... every time we tried to go outside, it started raining! It's pouring tonight!
I'm already tired of this packing and getting rid of stuff. I hope I have some say with my stuff!
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna ~ Happy 4th of July & Bailey ♥ RIP.

05/29/2015 11:53.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,

You are so right Babe, this place is beautiful. I could actually live here. Thanks for this mini vacation. It's nice to get away once in a while, just the two of us. Love the Family picture "Too". We are a good looking Family, if I may say so LOL. Okay, sounds like some great music coming out of that Club, lets go dancing. I know you like to dance as much as my Sister, Oz. Lets go party the night away because we can sleep late since we don't have to get up early for our Baby. I'm sure she's having fun with my Mom & Oz. Okay, Snowflake what would you like to have to drink? Here's a vote for you before I forget.

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.

05/29/2015 05:34.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake and flock
Hello everybirdie. It's the weekend again and also the end of the month draws ever closer. I have had a wonderful month sharing and reading all your awesome thoughts, ideas and suggestions. The Companion Parrot Crisis is huge, far more then one small blue-fronted Amazon can tackle on her own but together with each of you we can and will make a difference. The general populous needs education and enlightenment about sharing their lives with one of us feathered wonders. As you all have so eloquently pointed out, we ARE NOT at all like owning a dog or cat. No one can own a Parrot. While dogs and cats are domesticated, Parrots are not, and never will be truly humanized. There is a problem when humans begin to rationalize our behaviors in humanistic terms. Our behaviors and responses are based on instinctive and learned responses just as those of our wild cousins. We can be trained to do tricks through positive re -enforcement but we can not be controlled or expected to obey commands as a dog will.
One point I have observed in my short 2 years of life is that people tend to judge us by our species not by our individual personalities. Not all Macaws lunge, not all Cockatoos bite and scream, not all Amazons are aggressive and unpredictable. The list goes on and on. We are singular beings, and although certain traits are inheritable we are also influenced by our past experiences. Companion Parrots can not be generalized into "types" any more then all humans are the same.
My hope and desire is that one day there will be no need for Parrot Rescues, and every Parrot will have a loving forever home of its own. The abuse and neglect will be in the past and every Parrot will know happiness and never experience fear or terror. Will that world ever come? No, but if even one Parrot can be freed from pain, released from it's caged prison, and receive it's very first spark of hope my life will be rewarded, and my purpose on Earth fulfilled. Momma Deb says she will not rest until she knows changes have come, until Rescues are not forced to turn away unwanted Parrots from lack of space and funds. Her goal is awareness, education and to make a change even one person, one Parrot at a time. She has no magic formula for making it happen, but as long as she has a voice she has the power to see it happen. One voice can start a war, so many voices speaking up for us can surely start a Worldwide movement to better the lives of ALL Companion Parrots, end Poaching and legalized trapping of Wild Parrots for profit.
The logo for our Rescue is ADOPT! DON'T SHOP! a universal phrase that says it all. It is spring and countless thousands of babies will hatch from eggs. Ten years from now where will they be? Will they be in loving homes? Will they be in Rescues? Their fourth homes? How many will have died from abuse, neglect at the hands of mankind?

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

05/29/2015 01:42.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
We have to do a lot more shopping ... ok?
I'm moving to a warmer climate!
This is my 20th day of BC problems ... getting really tired of it! It takes me an extra hour!!!

Our internet crashed last night, so now I play catch-up! I just found out that we are moving! Yes, the house will be up for sale next week. We are moving to Port Charlotte Florida. Dad hopes we will be there by Christmas. I will have to get more swimsuits and fancy flip flops! Soon, you will find me next to the pool-perch getting sun on my feathers.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna ~ Happy 4th of July & Bailey ♥ RIP.

05/28/2015 11:23.39 PM Report This Comment  
  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 & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for 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 & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for 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 & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for 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 & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for 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 & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for 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 & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for 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 ~ Happy 4th of July & 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 & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for 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 ~ Happy 4th of July & 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 ~ Happy 4th of July & 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 ~ Happy 4th of July & 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 & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for 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 ~ Happy 4th of July & 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 & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for 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 ~ Happy 4th of July & 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 & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/11/2015 01:24.01 PM Report This Comment  
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