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I had gone to the airport to pick up 2 AG babies with a friend.I opened the carrier and looked at the 2 5 week old babies-and Stated-"I have got to Have this bird" There was something about Him-And I have Not for One second regretted that decision:).

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Hi! My name is GrizzleBird

I am an African Grey from Fuquay Varina, NC.

The Grizz and GrizzleButt

23 years old   M

African Grey

Anything He can steal from anothers cage!

On top of anybirdie else's cage:)

Grizz hates to be ignored!

My Mommy is the bestest,she is always trying to keep Me out of trouble.You would think that after all these years(He-He) that she would have caught on to the fact that I get in trouble on purpose-just so I get to spend more one on one time with Her in the bedroom--But SHHHHHH-Its our secret:)

Everything Grizzlebird does is Quirky(LOL).

If something is in My house-its Mine:).

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  Hi Grizzle
Spotlightlight on Caring--February 6th-Cappy
February 6th SPOTLIGHT on CARING-Cappy part 3
Hello BC friends, Sky here with the conclusion to our interview with my good friend Cappy & his Mom Terri. I wish to take this opportunity to THANK all our dear friends who have stopped by with condolences and floral gifts for our sweet fister RUBY, a Blue Crown Conure who left us last Thursday evening. Your love has helped us through this most difficult time. Now back to the "REST OF THE STORY"
SKY: tell us you did when your where faced with all these health issues on a newly adopted bird?
Terri: We did call the guy we bought him from to let him know that Cappy was very sick and the guy had the gall to ask me why I had taken him to the vet. He did offer to have us return him but I was already committed to Cappy and knew this guy would NOT do what was right by Cappy or his other birds. He wouldn’t entertain the idea of helping with the vet bill. I was so mad I ended up calling the Oklahoma City bird mart and sent out the alarm that I had purchased a very sick bird there. I believe they have since closed the Oklahoma City Bird Marts! I have tried to contact head office about this dealer but never got a response. I sent out the alarm also to local bird clubs that I found online. I was so upset that people out there don’t care one lick for the health and happiness of these beautiful creatures nor do they care about anything other than the almighty dollar. I suspect this dealer continues to sell sick birds but I have sent out messages to everyone I can think of to not buy from him.
Sky: can you give us a few ideas what other problems you then had to work through?
Terri: After Cappy became healthy he started attacking my husband at what seemed like every turn and he had melt down when Rudy would fly by him which resulted in bad bites to my husband. My husband has had his ears pierced twice, his nose pierced once, his eyebrow pierced once and his fingers pretty near shredded on numerous occasions. Please note that we do not generally allow him on the shoulder … he typically launches himself from the arm or lap to your face or just chews away at the fingers. As we watched and tried to figure out what caused these attacks we learned a few things.
Sky: please continue. I know we all are interested in your observations:
Terri: Cappy is a daddy’s boy, he is very attached to my husband and looks for and to him. Cappy had been known to attack women but I have been very lucky in that he hasn’t attacked or hurt me to the extent he has my husband. The old axiom of hurting the one you love the most seems to fit here

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02/06/2013 03:31.31 PM Report This Comment  
  conclusion
2) Cappy didn’t like people talking with their hands (he would go into meltdown screaming and attack mode) – We are still working to de-sensitize him to moving hands … we suspect he has been hit in the past and that is the cause for his overreaction.I have tried to make a game with my hand movements so he understands that I am not going to hurt him and now he may even get a little playful with regards to hand movements. Playing peek-a-boo with larger hand movement is one method I have used
3)Cappy doesn’t like to be put in his cage – My husband would get bitten nightly at Cappy’s bedtime …. He just never wanted to be put to bed no matter what time it was. We have to towel him every night and put him in his cage inside the towel and then close the door and reach in and get the towel. That prevents Cappy from biting and he doesn’t get near as worked up about going to bed.
4) Cappy LOVES towels …. Strange as it seems he loves to be toweled and hugged and snuggled. When Cappy starts into a meltdown a towel can calm him down rather quickly, we just towel him, hug him and tell him he is ok and we love him and he settles down …. most of the time we can release him and he will remain calm but sometimes he may not and then we have to put him in his cage for timeout.
As we have learned and implemented the things above Cappy has become much calmer and the bites have subsided a lot …. We still have them now and then but they are not as intense and they are becoming less frequent. Another thing we have learned is that when he is in a meltdown we must remain calm and patient and to reduce our energy as well and that makes a huge difference in how Cappy responds to us.
SKY;Please tell us one or more things you feel are important to share with other bird owners?
Terri: Patience, Love, Understanding, the ability to put yourself in their feathers can go a long way to solving many problems. Bites can be the most difficult thing to endure, because as humans we do take it personally, and bites HURT. But we can learn to understand, respect and prevent future bites to a certain extent. Every bird has their own unique personality and as such they all present different body language that we as humans must learn to read and understand. It can be summed up in the words of my husband’s two co-workers. One said I had to be totally committed to the welfare of our birds and the other said I just needed to be totally committed. One thing that seemed to help my husband deal with Cappy’s biting is the way he viewed it. He used the analogy of getting a 4 year old human child that had been bounced around 4 or 5 different homes in a short period of time and how would that child react and how would you respond.
Sky: Cappy, Mom Terri thank you so much for this very informative interview. I hope we all can gain something from it.
with my heart filled with love,
SKY 224183

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02/06/2013 03:07.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grizzle
Here's a vote 4 you. We just wanted to stop by and say hi.

Come visit me, Mica & Mariah.

01/09/2013 05:34.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grizzle
Hello, and Happy New Year to all my birdie friends and their parronts. Today, as promised I will continue part 2 of the interview with Tanya Stark and Joshua.
Sky: I understand that after Hurricane Katrina in 2008, you rescued a Cockatoo about to be evicted from it's home due to noise?
Joshua: Yes, Momma Tanya received a call from her Vet ( DR Karen Dashfield) about a large Cockatoo owned by an elderly lady that was making so much noise the owner faced eviction. So right after work Momma drove over to get it. She didn't even know what species it was until she got home. It was so dark in the apartment.
Sky: That was Doo Doo was it not?
Joshua: Yes but Momma and Dad changed it to DOO Diligence. He is Mom's lovable feather ball, and very sweet. Doo was wild caught too.
SKY: I understand that sadly an accident occurred in that same year?
Joshua: Yes, Elvis escaped from his cage when the food door port lock was accidiently left open. Momma went downstairs for only a minute and when she returned, Elvis had George by the throat. Momma tried CPD but George's neck was broken. She took it hard and blamed herself for a long time. She had researched inter-bird aggression but Elvis seemed to have it in for George from the start.
Sky: What did your Momma Tanya learn from all this?
Joshua: How to understand and read flock aggression and social behavior.
Sky: When did your fister Miranda join the flockily?
Joshua: In 2009, when Momma Tanya had Elvis on her shoulder at the Vets a lady asked her to take her. The owner raised Borzi dogs and she felt she needed a better quality of life. Miranda was Mom's dream bird but she chose our Dad Steve. She's a daddy's girl.
SKY: IS there any more you'd like to share with us Josh?
Joshua: A number of Cockatiels joined us as did a Goffin Cockatoo. The most upsetting rescue came about when Mom was told of a Conure whose male parront threatened to throw him against the wall. That's STARBUCK. HE is on BC with his new adoptive Mom Jeanne.
Sky: That leave you buddy. Tell us about yourself.
Joshua: I came to the Stark flock in September 2012 when my Mom couldn't keep me any longer. She wanted me to get more attention then she was able to offer. My name was CHICO but my new Dad thought JOSHUA, a good Bible name was more appropriate so here I am, Joshua Chico Stark.
SKY: Thank you very much Joshua and Momma Tanya for sharing with us the ups and downs of loving and rescuing birds in need.
Next Wednesday SPOTLIGHT on CARING features KIDDO and his Mom Pam
with my heart filled with love
SKY-224183

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01/01/2013 07:56.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grizzle; I'm KING SKY, Chuey's buddy
HELLO EVERY BIRDIE

KING SKY here with a quick reminder of our BC NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY!
Music, fun and fine food, the perfect way to send out the old year Birdie style.
The party begins at 9PM EST until midnight EST.
where; page 224183 & page 163138-kissing booth
Come join me as we celebrate 2012 and welcome in 2013. The CORONATION of KING GIZMO shall take place during the evening as well.
Come one, come all, let's get together and have a ball!!!!!!!!!!

KING SKY

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12/30/2012 05:15.10 PM Report This Comment  
  you make friends by clicking on birds that visit you and blogging and voting for them.
Visit King SKY he can really help you make new friends he's well known on here.
CHUEY

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12/30/2012 05:10.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grizzle
My name is CHUEY and I am looking to make friends that we can vote for one another every day. Would you like to become my friend?

Come visit me, mikey d, birdie haven park, CHUEY, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

12/30/2012 05:08.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya
your so handsome! here is a vote for you and love your name, haha, and the picture.

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12/28/2012 11:27.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Here's a vote
Cute bird.

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12/20/2012 01:29.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grizzle bird, Thanks for the vote.
There is also an African Grey Parrot living with us called Rube.
He is a real nightmare when he tries to pull the budgie toys through the bars of our cage.
My mum covers the cage now, just to be on the safe side, just in case he tries to pull one of us budgies through. :-/
Take Care Grizzlebird.
Mumin X

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12/19/2012 08:38.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Here's a vote for you.
Hello Gruzzle,
Just wanted to stop by and say welcome.

Come visit me, Mica & Mariah.

12/18/2012 09:25.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks Ruby
Thanks for the vote:) Yes I get into everything I can:) I will come and visit You! Beaky Kisses!

Come visit me, GrizzleBird.

12/17/2012 05:46.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Grizz
Welcome to BC.
Looks like you like to get into things!
Here's a vote.
Kisses

Come visit me, Ruby.

12/17/2012 05:22.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks
Thanks Fran-Yes I'm a hoot:) How do We make frinds on here?

Come visit me, GrizzleBird.

12/16/2012 02:36.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Here's a vote 4 u
Grizzle, you sound like a lot of fun to have around! :O>

Fran, Roanoke, TX.

12/16/2012 02:18.32 PM Report This Comment  
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