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She was a rescue and we got her from her foster home!
Lemon Le'BonBon: BOTD July 23, 2014
BonBon's Hatchday is July
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Hi! My name is BonBon and Parker:Vote for BOTM!

I am a Budgerigar from rochester, NY.

Lemon aid, ghost, BonBon

2 years old   F


Food, any kind of food!

Mom's table, the bird gyms, mom's shoulder!

Being picked up, and being chased by Spot!

She says this is my forever home, and she already spoils me!

Rings her bell everytime Spot chases her away from food!.

I'm shy but soon I'll be bold, like my fister Angel Ms. Chirps, then Spot better watch out!.

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  Hi BonBon,

We would just like to wish all of our Bird Friends & Family's a very Blessed, Safe & Happy Thanksgiving! We love you all!

Love & Winghugs,
Debbie & Her Flock


11/26/2015 05:46.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi BonBon & Parker
CONGRATS on winning BOTD. Enjoy your special day.

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

08/31/2015 08:57.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bon Bon
Congratulations on winning botd and enjoy it to the fullest
For the day at the castle sure goes fast for some reason!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

Come visit me, Gus- & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

08/31/2015 04:29.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi BonBon
congratulations on winning BOTD. hope you are having a blast celebrating your special honor at the birdy castle today

love Cori and Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI vote TWEETY BOTM 245629 & BOO BOO vote TWEETY BOTM 245629.

08/31/2015 04:08.23 PM Report This Comment  
Congrats on winning BOTD. It is nice to see your profile in the window. Hope you are enjoying your special day in the spotlight! Leaving a vote for you.

Your friend,

Come visit me, Chipper.

08/31/2015 02:42.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Bon Bon and Parker
I saw where you wanted a vote. Ok, here is a vote for you birds. Good Luck.

William, San Francisco, CA.

08/31/2015 01:44.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bon Bon & Parker
Congratulations on BOTD! You look like you are staying cool in your pic!


Angel & Pepper


08/31/2015 11:59.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Congrats for BORD Bon Bon & Parker-from Jenny
If we did not make it to your page yesterday, we apologize, some personal family business got in the way, and today won't be much better, dad is prepping 4 or 5 more toy boxes to ship from our Sexton Ford Sales Shipping station, and making out the address labels is the one thing dad does not like to do! We will be in the low 90's for the next 5 days, bummer! Have a great Monday start to your new week, we plan to! Please give our love to all in your sweet home, we love you all so much, see ya tomorrow... LIFE IS GOOD

Love forever, from Jenny & our Dallas family

PS~The Cubs got a rare no-hitter last night to break out of their losing streak...yippee!!!

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~Merry Christmas friends-YOU ARE ALL LOVED, Jen Lynn~Merry Christmas dear BC friends!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~Love eternally from Heaven....., Ms LaLo Lee~Have a Merry Little Christmas... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

08/31/2015 11:32.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Bon Bon~
Congratulations! I am so happy for you!! I know you are going to enjoy your day in the spotlight!
Your royal portrait is now hanging in the gallery on the calendar page for all to admire!!
Royal Hugs ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar~LETS GET KAJI 43005 THE CROWN!! & The Calendar Page~Tangerines for December.

08/31/2015 10:43.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi BonBon,

Congrat's on being BOTD. It's Parker & I'm so happy for you. I hope you get this message cause I don't think you got my other two. I saw on Facebook that your Mom is having some problems on BC. Well, anyway I'm here at the Castle celebrating with you. Here's a vote for you.

Love & Winghugs,


08/31/2015 10:10.46 AM Report This Comment  
Hey Bonbon, it's great to see you in the spotlight today! We hope you have a great time in the castle with King Chief Panther, too. Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, draft Kaji for BOTM! Do it!, Peppino, vote Kaji, 43005, BOTM in December & Falco, fly free, Kallie, we'll miss you.

08/31/2015 08:29.45 AM Report This Comment  
Just stopping by to "Congrats you on being BOTD"...Have fun celebrating at the Castle with King Panther and all of your friends...Enjoy your day...Many birdie wing hugs to you...CYDNEY :o)


08/31/2015 07:46.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Bon Bon and Parker!
Congrats on winning BOTD! Have a great day at the castle today!

Come visit me, Raffi says vote Tweety 245629 Panther 245623.

08/31/2015 07:12.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Congrats Bon Bon & Parker on BOTD
Which is which?
My mom has a particular fondness for blue male budgies.

Come visit me, Polly; V4 Tweety #245629. BOTM & Zippy;.

08/31/2015 07:05.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Congrats on BOTD!
Enjoy your day in the castle with King Panther!


Come visit me, Harriet & Peppy.

08/31/2015 07:01.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Queen BonBon
Congratulations on BOTD. Here's a vote in celebration. So awesome to see you in the spotlight today. Have a wonderful day at the Castle with Chief King Panther. Wing hugs and beak kisses, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

08/31/2015 04:55.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Bird-of-the-Day from Flitzer and Dad
Have a wonderful day of Celebration

~Wings Up~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

08/31/2015 04:15.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello my old royal friends !
It was a delightful surprise to wake up and find you two in the BOTD box ! You'll be there for the changing of the monarch tonight :) Lucky !

Come visit me, Cookie - missing Kallie, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

08/31/2015 02:51.58 AM Report This Comment  
Congrats on BOTD.

Erika is a thing of the past, now we have a new storm forming out in the ocean we have to worry about. After all, this is the buy herr-a-cane season until the end of this month, then we settle down. It's been 10 years since we had one, so we're due. R T

VOTE POLLY, RT and CYDNEY To The 10K.....

Come visit me, Screech & Roof Top.

08/31/2015 01:33.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bon Bon
the hummingbirds are still coming to the feeders but their numbers have slowed down. mom just made a new batch of nectar which should last about a month. we have seen hummingbirds come as late as November. not many but they must be stragglers coming from the north. we got a light sprinkle of rain during the night but we need a lot more.

love Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI vote TWEETY BOTM 245629 & BOO BOO vote TWEETY BOTM 245629.

08/30/2015 09:50.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bon Bon,

Here I am again. Your Mom said I could come & stay for a few days or so. Mom said IF I'm allowed I can stay until Sat. But then I have to come home. Mom's having their Labor Day get together on Sun. and they all come back on Monday to celebrate also. So she would like us all to be here. You & Spot (if you want him that is) can fly home with me when I go if you want "Too". Anyway, I'm so excited to be here with you. Yes, it's good to see you "Too" Spot LOL. Here I brought a Cake for your Mom & Flowers for you, Bon Bon. Okay, Aunt Rea where do you want me to put my stuff? Thanks again for letting me spend time here and we're all so glad that you are doing better. Mom prayed for you and we're sure all the prayers helped you. Here's a vote for you, Bon Bon.

Love & Winghugs,


08/30/2015 09:15.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Parker knocks on the door with fresh flowers and Bon Bon answers. He wants to ask her and if Spot would like to come down to the house for a few days or as long as they want "Too". It would be lots of fun to swim in Parker's Pool before the Summer is gone. Bon Bon invites Parker in for some lunch. He will ask her Mom if it's okay. Here's a vote for you and Spot while they discuss if they are going to fly down with Parker today or come down another time. Parker is anxiously awaiting for the final answer.

Love & Winghugs,
P.S. He also tells them that his Mom will be home the whole time.


08/24/2015 09:09.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Parker knocks on the door & BonBon answers it. It's Parker and he wants to apologize for not wishing her a Happy Hatchday. He gives her Flowers & Candy and asks her for forgiveness. It was a crazy week for my Mom. I'm so, so sorry again. He asks Spot & Mom Rea if it would be okay if he stays at their home and all went to the Milonga together tonight. He waits patiently for an answer. But here's a vote in the meantime.

Love & Winghugs,


07/25/2015 07:46.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bon Bon
flying by to wish you a most happy hatchday. hope you are having a super fun time celebrating on your special day.

love Cori and Boo Boo

ps so glad to hear your mom is doing so much better. we were quite worried about her but know she is a tough one.

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI vote TWEETY BOTM 245629 & BOO BOO vote TWEETY BOTM 245629.

07/20/2015 02:15.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bon Bon,

How are you? It's Parker and I've missed you also. Mom has been keeping your Mom in her prayers and is so happy to hear that she's feeling better even though not a 100% but better. So you'll be in the Kissing Booth this Mon. July 20th? I'll be there but I'll be silent cause my Mom has a Funeral that day. Oh it's so nice to hear from you. Say Hello to your Mom & Spot also. Here's a vote for you, cutie. Bye for now and I'll see you soon.

Love & Winghugs,


07/17/2015 12:10.17 PM Report This Comment  
  hip hip hooray !
Cookie gives BonBon a noogie and tells him how happy he is that he and Spot are back ! And that he hopes they're taking good care of mama Rea !

Come visit me, Cookie - missing Kallie, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

07/14/2015 02:17.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bonbon
We are so happy to see you and mom back online. We have been hoping to see you all for awhile, and hope mom is much better now. Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, draft Kaji for BOTM! Do it!, Peppino, vote Kaji, 43005, BOTM in December & Falco, fly free, Kallie, we'll miss you.

07/14/2015 12:42.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Dear Birdy Friends!
My hatchday is July 20'th and I will be at the KB! Mom wanted to have a party, but is still weak.
Luv, Bon Bon and Spot

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!!, Spot: Vote Mikey D for May BOTM,276082 & BonBon and Parker:Vote for BOTM!.

07/14/2015 11:30.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bon Bon


Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI vote TWEETY BOTM 245629 & BOO BOO vote TWEETY BOTM 245629.

07/04/2015 06:16.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bon Bon & Spot,

It's Parker. How are you both? Mom & my Flock wanted to know how your sweet Mom is doing? We hope she is doing and getting much better. Mom keeps her in her prayers. You let me know IF and when you both can come down to my home or I'll fly up to yours. But only when it's not "Too" much on your Mom okay? Here's a vote for both of you. Bye for now.

Love & Winghugs,


06/02/2015 06:06.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi BonBon and Spot
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this first day of June. I have greatly enjoyed sharing with all my friend this past month. It has been mind provoking and educational for me and I have gained some awesome insight too. Sharing is after all what is all about. The Advocate writers share from their daily life with Parrots. It offers the opportunity for everyone to share, express their thoughts, ideas and insights in a safe, nonjudgmental and encouraging form.
I am the last of the Sky Flock to run for BOTM. I follow a long line of worthy predecessors, King SKY, King Amando, King Casey, King Jesse, Queen Little Angel, Queen Angel Girl and Queen Zeena. I must say it has been a fun month and a great privilege to get to know each of you better in the process. The current Companion Parrot Crisis is far from over, and there are, as we revealed, no hard- fast rules or ways to resolve the issue. Too many Parrots, too few good, forever homes is at an epidemic level. If I venture to say, "all we can do is our best to share what life is truly like with a Companion Parrot." Perhaps one person at a time we can make an impact and make change for the better. If we do nothing, the problem won't just away.
I am one of the fortunate ones, I ended up in a safe place, and received the emergency medical care I required. The story often has a sad ending for many others who disappear never mourned or missed. Their life from start to tragic end a story of misunderstanding, neglect and sometimes intentional abuse. It is heart-breaking but none the less a reality for many Parrots.
I want to thank everyone for their daily votes and participation this past month. You have made my month purposeful. I hope that the sharing of information which once was Bird Channel will continue as we head into the future. I am now off to finish chewing my wooden blocks. It's a rainy day and perfect for some serious Parrot recreation.
Thank-you all for the honor bestowed on me, as receiving the title Queen Sweetie this morning. I tried to visit you all yesterday but BC would not let me post any blogs. Geesh. I would not have got here today without each and every one of you.
with love and hugs

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

06/01/2015 07:34.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi BonBon and Spot
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with our Saturday blog. This month sure has flown by quickly. It seems like just yesterday I wrote my very first words, and now I an coming to a month's conclusion. I wish to thank everyone of you for your votes towards my quest for the Throne. Although it is not my ultimate goal, it is part of it. My main goal was to start some serious sharing and that goal has been far surpassed. Your input and comments are encouraging, and inspiring. We are but, one small group for Parrot lovers. Can you imagine what impact we could have if every Companion Parrot owner united the World over?
There is a sad trend among humans to disagree and even fight over what in fact equals nothing vital nor important to us Companion Parrots. All one has to do is view a photo on FB of a Parrot and dog to see the level of anger and opinions. No one asks if someone was supervising the interaction, or about the past relationship of the two. I am not referring to obvious dangerous situations were the bird could be in danger of injury or worse. Post a photo of a Parrot climbing into a cupboard, then read the comments left by others. There is obviously someone close by supervising, after all who took the photos? Instead of fighting over such non-essentials why not focus on what really matters?
Parrots are individuals. We have such singular personalities that there is no hard-fast rules that can work for every bird, in every home, with every owner. While one owner snuggles their fid, and another one believes that you should only scritch the head and upper neck area, neither is wrong. One owner might feel you should keep wings trimmed for safety and another that fully flighted Parrots are the happiest, both are right, in their own personal Parront-Parrot relationships. Every situation is unique. What works for one, may not work for another. It does not make one person right or wrong, it just equals the truth about living with a Companion Parrot. There are no straight forward, fits-all answers when it comes to Parrontship.
The important point is that sharing is not criticism. Sharing is openness to new ideas, and views. If all the Parrot Rescues would learn to live peacefully together rather then back biting they would accomplish so much more. That does not mean turning our backs on obvious wrong treatment, misuse of funds donated and outright abuse and neglect. Rather accepting that every Rescue, like every owner (yuck, there's that word again) is a separate unique situation. As long as there is mankind there will be good and bad. that is a sad given reality. Support those who are doing their best to help the Parrot Crisis.
Tell yourself each and every day that, "I AM a Companion Parrot Ambassador" and use your power to spread the word " ADOPT! DON'T SHOP!" and make a change one person at a time. YOU have the power.

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

05/30/2015 09:05.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi BonBon and Spot
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, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/29/2015 01:46.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi BonBon and Spot
Happy Thursday to all my friends. Sweetie here once more with our BOTM blog. I did miss yesterday as momma Deb was called upon at a moments notice to help out with a rather difficult birdie related situation. All went well, and it has a happy, satisfactory ending. Today we get all Momma's attention and she promises extra treats for everybirdie who was so well behaved yesterday when our friend King Mikey D's Momma helped get us ready for bed.
Our month is quickly coming to an end. We have shared some very timely and sensitive issues and discussion and I truly hope each of us has learned a little or a lot from one another's experiences. A life with a Companion Parrot is never dull, never ordinary and certainly never boring. No two species are alike, and among like species we each have our own extraordinary individuality and quirks. Some of us are as bold as a lion, others as shy as a mouse, yet we all possess the inherit ability to melt our Parront's heart, worm our way into their every thought and garner their love and respect. I wish that this description was universal, and it grieves my little Blue-Fronted Amazon heart that at this very moment, Parrots are suffering untold neglect, abuse or worse death at the hands of mankind. Never did my Momma Deb in her wildest thoughts think she would ever be writing as a Companion Parrot Advocate. That she would be one of the ones to stand up against our mistreatment and to put up the fight for our rights. Life has a way of changing suddenly, and if we allow it, it can transform a one time breeder into a Parrot Spokesperson.
I am only one Parrot, but I want to encourage each of you to take the challenge to become a Companion Parrot Ambassador. Never doubt your ability to bring about change. Whether you are a "get in your face" type, or a "quiet, shier one at a time" personality type we ALL can make a difference. Just imagine if every bird loving Parront spoke to just one person about life with a Parrot, about proper care, feeding or even shared what it is like to be owned by one of us, the impact would be fantastic. We could make change, stop improper selection of species for first time would be Parronts, change how one Parrot is treated, or how it is viewed within it's own family situation. We might open a cage door closed for years, allow a Parrot to begin to enjoy better food, have room to move in it's cage at last, find out how much fun a toy can be, or receive the Veterinarian care it needs and deserves. You would be shocked at how many do not know that their Parrot should be seen by a Veterinarian regularly. The number who feel a Parrot only needs peanuts and sunflower seeds. We need YOUR voice to make change happen.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: It is not a question at all. Please continue to share YOUR special MOMENT(S) with your fids with us. They are interesting, educational and encouraging to read. Your experience might make a difference for someone else too.

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

05/28/2015 08:04.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi BonBon and Spot
Happy Tuesday everybirdie, Sweetie here with your BOTM blog for the day. I so enjoy the blogs, I read them each and sometimes twice in case I missed anything. Such great information is available right here among our BC friends. It's been a rather eventual few days. Momma Deb was called on to take in an older Cockatoo, but through many conversations was able to keep him safely in his own home. This poor M-Too was severely plucked and sported a rather nasty hole ( self-inflicted) on his neck. His past owners moved suddenly and gave up him, and an Amazon to a fellow local rescue who deals with small species only. Hola, as he is named was fostered into a home of experienced Companion Parrot owners with no Too experience. After Momma told them about the need for blood work to test for diseases, need to have the wound treated by the Vet and to discover, if possible the reason he is plucking, Hola is now at an Avian Vet under-going treatment.
We, BC Companion Parrot Ambassadors have so much we can share, so much to give to the Avian World. So many of you have done so much to help others learn about life shared with a feathered Fid. Everytime you suggest a good food to someone eying various foods for their Parrot at home you are making a World of difference both to their Bird and also to those whom speak with. It does matter. A few shared words of wisdom can save an innocent Parrot years of neglect, or re-homing. It is better to dissuade someone getting a bird, then remaining silent. From experience I see it often here, in my forever home. People visit, and OH I LOVE THAT ONE! I always wanted one of those? What is it? Can IT talk!? Oh they certainly are told the facts no holds barred. We are loud, messy beyond words, destructive sometimes, expensive, eat only the best out-of-season fruits and can be down right nasty when upset, hormonal or angry. People leave with a new understanding of life with a Parrot. It is not all that TV version of the Macaw on the shoulder talking in cognitive sentences, or a small, flitting bird singing happily in its barred prison.
Mom says she is going to keep close tabs on Hola, so he doesn't fall through the cracks, and disappear forever. She has arranged with the very BEST Cockatoo Sanctuary she knows of in Canada to take him there to live forever. There he will be safe, cared for and loved dearly by the owner, and volunteers.
I want to encourage everyone to get involved in some small way. Some of you have done quite a lot to education people about Companion Parrots. Not everyone has that ability, but we can all offer to be an advisory, to offer help to owners through animal shelters, or a Vet office. You might be surprised how willing they are for someone to refer people to with bird problems.
PLEASE keep sharing your stories they are fabulous.

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

05/26/2015 07:07.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bon Bon
wishing you a happy memorial day. praying your mom is feeling a little better each day. we miss seeing you at the kissing booth.

love Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI vote TWEETY BOTM 245629 & BOO BOO vote TWEETY BOTM 245629.

05/25/2015 03:02.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi BonBon ,Spot and Parker
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this damp, dull Monday herein Napanee, Ontariot. With less then a week left in this month, I wanted to take a brief look at a few of the blogs you left on my page to share with everyone. I have enjoyed reading all of your comments, and encourage everybirdie to share in the discussion. I was reading this morning and came across Miss Chyna's blog. It brought back many memories to me about my beginnings here in the Sky Flock. Chyna was very blessed indeed that her Momma and Daddy found her when they did. Dirty, hungry and sick she was being sold to whoever had the money to take her away. What a shame some people look at us and only see a value sign written in dollars. My story as you all know was different, but in a sense was also based on money.
Sometimes birds arrive into home with hidden illnesses, but there are a lot that were sold or given away because they were sick and their former owners did not or could not afford the money to have them treated by a Veterinarian. I am asking to see how many of you were outwardly ill when re-homed? How many were being housed in sub-standard, dirty conditions? How many of you were without food, or being given poor, low quality or incorrect foods?
My Momma Deb feels there should be standards set for those who retail Companion Parrots whether a private owner or as a business (Pet Stores, Breeders etc). In general the animal welfare laws of our countries are behind the times, lack sufficient depth to make necessary changes, and fall short in the juridical system. Laws set to protect us many times lead to fines, or a probational period of "owning or possessing an animal." Many of you may recall the tragic murder of Ozzie an CAG in Alberta Canada. Stolen from her front porch and brutally abused her murderers, three teens got away with a crime that united the Parrot World to fight for stiffer sentences,and more explicit laws to be written to protect ALL animals.
Many have shared this month that they have seen sick Companion Parrots sold in Pet Stores. Often when this fact is brought to staffs attention, they shrug it off and do nothing. Few chain stores will spend the money to take an ill bird to a Veterinarian for treatment. After all it effects their profit margin. Many times when an ill bird is pointed out it is removed from the display cage to die alone in the back of the store. Some stores even have made it their "policy" that sick animals, birds included be "humanely" killed by placing it into a box in their freezer. That is not humane, freezing to death, alone in the dark. Some stores have admitted that they are told by "head-office" that this is how they are to treat sick animals in the store.
Bird Channel members are a small group, but we have a voice to cry out for changes. We are not a commodity. We are loving, feeling, sensitive Creatures that deserve respect, care and to be loved for who we are!

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

05/25/2015 02:13.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi BonBon and Spot
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, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/24/2015 06:57.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi BonBon ,Spot and Parker
Happy, healthy Friday to everybirdie. It's looking to be a great long-weekend for all my BC friends in the US. I am very delighted by the responses you are sharing with us. I hope everybirdie takes the time to read them too. There is a lot to consider when it comes to sharing your home with a Companion Parrot. When my Momma Deb started with birds, there was so little written about them it was a hit or miss situation when it came to care, housing and health. Today, with the internet at our finger tips, and countless books on various species, self-educating is a joyous and necessary component to be availed by all. We never know it all, and learning is a life time effort. Everyday with a Companion Parrot offers opportunities to observe or learn something new and valuable.
Many of us wish to adopt a new fid into our homes, hearts and flocks but there are so many considerations beyond species to work through. I must say this topic was brought to me by our dear friend Eva Kline of the famed K K Koral. It is something we need to look at when thinking of the addition of a brand new flock member in an established flock. That is the dreaded "quarantine" .
It would be the very rare home that can provide us with "IDEAL" conditions to quarantine an incoming bird. So with this knowledge what can we do? and what is not ok to do? To correctly quarantine a new Parrot you need a room, that is supplied with it's own source of air, preferably filtered intake and exhaust. Many Avian diseases are air-borne. Simply separating a new Parrot from the flock within the same household does not prevent contamination and disease spread through the air, air vents and whenever the door is opened to care for the new comer. The false belief that changing your clothing, shoes etc after caring for the new comer WILL NOT prevent the spread of disease.
By definition all quarantine of Avians is to be done in a building separate from ALL other birds in a flock. It must have it's own air filtration system to prevent spread of airborne disease particles and be tended by someone who does not come into contact with other Parrots during the quarantine period. Separation of the flock and new comer by floors within the same home is not considered fully quarantined. Although changing clothes, shoes and showering before entering and after being in contact with the new fid will work greatly to help stop cross infection.
The recommended method of quarantine suggests that all incoming new flock members have TWO sets of blood testing done at intervals advised by your Veterinarian to screen for Avian diseases. However, unless the Parrot is shedding a virus, a false negative can occur.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: what other suggestion do you have for bringing home that new flock member?

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

05/22/2015 01:34.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi BonBon and Spot
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, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

05/21/2015 09:07.46 AM Report This Comment  
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