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We saw an add in the paper selling a macaw and cage and wondered how someone could sell their macaw. We called and went to see him. He was kept in a dark room (because he was loud!) in a cage that wasn't large enough and that had only a chain for a perch. His owners said he was mean but they were getting rid of him because they got a new blue and gold (Oh my gosh!!!) When I looked at his eyes, they looked so sad, not mean. But the only way he knew to act was mean. I knew when I looked into his eyes that he would be coming home with us. And sure enough, he did. He lunged at me every time I came near him and my husband was the only one who could get close enough to feed him. We got him a larger cage, perches and toys, and started him on a pellet diet. After about 3 months, he let me come near enough to feed him. I continued to offer him love, then finally one day he accepted it. That was 6 years ago. He now loves to be cuddled and held and is a wonderful part of our flock/family..

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Hi! My name is Chili

I am a Military Macaw from Troy, IL.

Chili Bob

15 years old   M

Military Macaw

macaroni and cheese, and Brazil nuts

Dad's shoulder (especially if he's eating) or my gym in the living room.

Someone eating and not sharing with me!!!

That the whole family loves and respects me! That they provide a safe home for me. That they make plenty of time for me and the other feathered members of our flock/family. And that they love to eat nuts - and share them!

In the evening, I like to hang from my gym perch by my beak and yell!.

Life around here is nuts!.

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10/29/2008 10:20.43 AM  
  Chili
it's such a sad story, how you got Chili, but he looks happy now. A vote for you :)

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04/14/2008 08:45.05 AM Report This Comment  
  hi there!
vote 4 u today! *> tressa

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04/03/2008 10:26.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Gang
Well the decision has been made. We will not be bringing home a big brother. Mom and Dad decided that this was not the right time to bring another bird into the house. They have too much going on this spring/summer to be able to properly introduce the big fella to a new home. They want to thank each and every one of you for your opinions and advice. Mom says your friendship means a great deal to her and she wants to send hugs and birdy kisses to everyone. Hey Chili want a brother?

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03/31/2008 09:09.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello from Oscar
03/29/2008 06:32.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Gang
Just wanted to let you know that I think mom will reveal her decision about the macaw next week. She's been so stressed about this decision .. you can cut the tension with a knife ... geez chill mom !! stay tuned

Come visit me, Redneck & Hillbilly & Whiskey & Bourbon.

03/28/2008 01:33.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello from the Oklahoma Gang
Good evening BC friends, Mom just brought her Sis home to recuperate. YEAH! She got to the heart center in time. She is doing good and was blessed to have survived. We are so grateful for all the prayers and support. You are all just the best. LIMERICK OF THE DAY:......... ............. .................A U-Too, we’ll call him Hoss,........ ............. ............. ............. ......... really thinks that He is the BOSS! ............. ............. ............. ......... When no one is home ............. ............. ............ he talks on the phone ............. ............. ............. ............ and doesn’t care how much it costs!....... ........ (Dedicated to my flock mate, Fortune, from Konawa, Ok.) Love, ya bunches, Patrick...and the gang PS. voted for you

Come visit me, St. Patrick D'bird loves Ruby Sue, Lonnie, Slate and Mica, Fortune & Cotton Ball "I'm Tiki's Girl".

03/27/2008 09:04.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chili
Humans do wierd things don't they ... thanks for leaving us a note .. they talk as thought they've made their decision, but we have until the middle of April to prepare for his arrival .. we talk to him all the time if the windows are open because he's lived accross the street for the last year .. we'll have to wait and see what they decide ..have a great day

Come visit me, Redneck & Hillbilly & Whiskey & Bourbon.

03/24/2008 07:59.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chili
Was wondering if you could give me an opinion on something. After reading your story, you might be the perfect one to ask... My mom (Heather) is looking at rescuing a Military Macaw from a neighbor that is moving to Mexico and can't take the flock with her. We are just 'teils and don't have any experience with big birds. First impressions is that this guy is not too aggressive. Would this be just a horrible situation for new owner and bird? The only problem is that the current owner is running out of time to find a rescue and she's afraid of him going to a store where he will get neglected. Mom's aware of the time consumption (escpecially with a new member) and is willing to take the time, but is scared that she will neglect the bird herself because of her inexperience. Any advice?

Come visit me, Redneck & Hillbilly & Whiskey & Bourbon.

03/18/2008 11:14.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Mom moved my brother Cricket, a nanday conure, to her shop to live. It is so nice here now. No more conure screaming. Well, I do have to put up with my brother Alex, BFA, barking like a poodle, but it's not so bad. Mom says Cricket is much happier up at the shop than he was at home. Here's a vote. CALYPSO

michelle, rochester, IN.

03/17/2008 08:26.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Chili
03/11/2008 10:43.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello from the Oklahoma Gang
Top o' the Day to all our friends, St. Patrick here with TODAYS LIMERICK:.... ............. ............. ............. .................... He is a Rainbow high on a stand........ ............. ............. ............ Rich blues and golds his photos are grand. ............. ............. He’ll chew up a box. ............. ............. ............. ......... If Mom’s gone he’ll squawk. ................. Macaw sized tantrums; he’s Mom’s biggest fan......... (Dedicated to my pal Rainbow, Blue and Gold Macaw, Monmouth IL.) (3-11-08) We are all well and happy today. Hope you have fun too. Love Patrick, Fortune, Lonnie, Cotton Ball, Slate and Mica. We send featherly hugs and soft beakey kisses to you. ....Steppin up on your Vote button on the way out.

Come visit me, St. Patrick D'bird loves Ruby Sue, Lonnie, Slate and Mica, Fortune & Cotton Ball "I'm Tiki's Girl".

03/11/2008 07:44.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello from the Oklahoma Gang
Hi Everybirdie, Patrick here, Angels brought a message to me from the Rainbow Bridge. I wrote TODAY'S LIMERICK for Cathy and the Florida Flock IN MEMORY OF MAC AND ZOOT: ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. .................. .Mac raced dear Zoot to the Rainbow bridge. Yet,......... ......... we can’t see them and our hearts won’t forget. ............. ............ They asked Angels of Love ............. ............. ............. ................... to fly down from above,....... ............. ..................... to remind us to remember, but not fret......... ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. .....................I have a special favor to ask you all. Two of our friends have HAPPY HATCH DAYS today they are in the same flock. Their Sis Snowy wanted to surprise them with lots of good wishes and votes from their friends. TO SPARKLES: An English type budgie today is Two.......... ........... Wild-blood budgie her Sunshine she’d woo. ............. ............. ................. She stares in the mirror. ............. ............. ............ says, ” Sunshine, come nearer.” ............. ............. He said, “ Sparkles my PET PEEVE is YOU!”........ ................ (Happy Hatch Day to my Budgie friend Sparkles from Royersford PA.) (3-10-08) TO SUNSHINE: ............. .........Sunshine is male and today he is One.. ................ This handsome budgie says, “Girls are no fun.” ............. ............. ............. ............. Music is his favorite treat. ............. ............. ........... He swings to a Mexican beat. ............. ............. No time for girls ‘til the dancin’ is done. ................ (Happy Hatch Day to my Budgie friend Sunshine from Royersford PA) (3-10-08). ............. ............. ............. ...............Please visit these dear friends if you have time today.. and remember my fiblings too. WAY TO GO BEAVIS!! Cotton and Lonnie are jumping on the votes on our way out. The Lovies are preening and Fortune is lovin' on MY Mom..hummmmpf

Come visit me, St. Patrick D'bird loves Ruby Sue, Lonnie, Slate and Mica, Fortune & Cotton Ball "I'm Tiki's Girl".

03/10/2008 10:53.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello from Oscar
03/07/2008 12:25.54 PM Report This Comment  
  I'm glad your mom and dad took the time to find the real you under those feathers. Sometimes people are to quick to lable us birds as mean when really we are just sad or scared. Here's a vote. CALYPSO

michelle, rochester, IN.

02/26/2008 11:22.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chili
I love stories like yours,so glad you've got a home u deserve, u are really pretty. I got a new home too, and now all I want to do is be with Mom, I'm sitting on her shoulder right now. I like the puter, it has lots of good looking guys on there.Mom says I need a boyfriend haha. I'm not sure about that. Mom's fine for now. come visit me, love visitors. COCO

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02/24/2008 02:02.36 PM Report This Comment  
  hey chili
happy valentines day. just a vote from me. i'm not that great with poetry.

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02/14/2008 04:36.54 PM Report This Comment  
  hey chili
Just wanted to fly by with a quick vote and to say i hope you have a great day! fly over for a visit......

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02/13/2008 03:31.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chili
I'm Charlie the quaker stopping by to leave you a vote. I am so glad that you found a great family to give you a forever home. No more closets for you pretty boy. Stop by and visit sometime.

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02/12/2008 04:46.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome
Just wanted to welcome you to bc. We have a grand time here and make many new friends. Come visit me Mask

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02/08/2008 04:52.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello from The Konawa Oklahoma Gang
Lonnie here, Just had to fly by with a V4Y. Have a good day...............You are a blessing to us. Lonnie, Patrick, Fortune, Cotton Ball, Slate and Mica(we will vote for the whole flock even if no time to blog every birdie) Please let them know....Thanks, Lonnie

Come visit me, St. Patrick D'bird loves Ruby Sue, Lonnie, Slate and Mica, Fortune & Cotton Ball "I'm Tiki's Girl".

02/08/2008 07:33.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chili!
Welcome to the birdchannel! Enjoy it, you are a cute bird!

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02/08/2008 04:57.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Its Thursday..Have you voted for Buddy today??
Hee Hee..Hi Chili!!I want to thank you so much for coming by and voting for me. I think that maybe I should think about running against Hillary and Obama..with all my friends here I think I'd have a chance!!Ahhhh..I'm too honest for that!!Hee Hee!!I know I'm being silly...thanks again for being so kind!!

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02/06/2008 10:22.56 PM Report This Comment  
  ur very handsome

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02/06/2008 11:57.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi from Buddy...Feb 6th..please vote!
Good morning!!!Thanks for voting for me yesterday!!This campaign thing is tough and I don't want to step on anyone's claws, so if you like me and think I'm cool, please drop by and vote for me.I can't promise lower taxes, cheaper housing, an end to the war..I can't even go out and kiss eggs!!But I can give you funny pictures..signs are my specialty..and maybe the beginning of a beautiful friendship!!Here's looking at you, kid!!

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02/05/2008 10:15.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi from Lucy
Hi Chili! I made my human wait 6 months before I allowed her the chance to be my friend. People don't always understand that us birds can often be complicated & take some work to warm up to. I'm glad you found such a fantastic family. I'm sure glad I found my human girl.

My best...
Love,
Lucy

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02/05/2008 09:00.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello from Tanga!
Welcome to the BC. It's a lot of fun here and you get to make lots of new friends. Come visit me soon! I'll be peckin' the votie button off your page on my way out! ~Tanga

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02/05/2008 08:14.58 PM Report This Comment  
  welcome to the channel from BLY
hope you enjoy your stay on here and make lots of new friends,i always love to meet new birdies,so don't be shy and come and visit me,hit the votie thingy for you.Beaky kisses BLY

Come visit me, PADME"GUS IS MY FUTURE HUSBAND", Leia"I Like Tiki", BOBA, Bly,Commander Bly"I'M A BOY", YODA"FLY FREE BUDDY& ANAKIN,WE' LL MISS YOU", Jango & JABBA R.I.P. 4/20/06 - 11/4/09.

02/05/2008 05:52.56 PM Report This Comment  
  hey chili
such a nice story. we are glad you now have a nice forever home with people who love and care for you.welcome to bird channel. here's a vote from us. fly over for a visit.....JJ and the flock

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02/05/2008 04:27.46 PM Report This Comment  
  welcome
welcome to b.c this plACE IS GREAT ALSO CONGRATS ON THE NEW WONDERFUL HOME HERES A VOTE AND WE'LL CHAT AGAIN SOON ANRE

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02/05/2008 03:59.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Chili
Here is a welcome to BC vote for you. NM has the BEST chili in the world. : ) Stay warm up there in IL. Bye bye.

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02/05/2008 03:48.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello from Caymus
Hi Chili, and welcome to the birdchannel. I love your story because it makes others aware of how horrible people can be to us birds, but mostly I like it because of the happy ending! I like nuts, too. Pistacios are my favorite because they're fun to open and when mom gives them to me she pours them in a bowl and I sit inside the bowl and toss the shells on the floor. Then after opening all of them, I eat one or two. hehehe Well here's a vote and a big birdy hug. Fly by and visit me some time!

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02/05/2008 01:33.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome
Welcome to BC, here's a vote for you. I get to pet-sit for a Military Macaw. She lunges at me and cusses when I'm not watching her. She's a sweety, though.

Come visit me, Mongo, Vern & Chester.

02/05/2008 12:59.15 PM Report This Comment  
  hi
hey u look like me, iam an illigers macaw. i love mom the best, dad i tolerate but loves his scratchin.i say what what, hello, and sometimes big boy. its great you have a wonderful family.bigger birds can be meaner than we are.and not a meannie. iam a big boy with an additude as mom says, but mom and dad never pushes me,well of to greet another. please stop by, mom has alot of pics of me. a vote for you on the way out.
starbuck

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