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Mama has always wanted a grey, the time was right and she found me in an ad in BirdTalk. I came here at 12 weeks of age.

My hatchday is March 24 2004.

If you would like to see me in action, talking, whistling, dancing and being my crazy self, you can find on youtube. Search for Poirot African Grey, or the user name PringlePoirot

I have movies, here on the BC, "I'm a Grey Penguin," and others.
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Hi! My name is Poirot

I am a Congo African Grey from Y, CA.

Mr. Fluffy to Kelly, Baby Boy, Penguin, Baby Pie or Penguin Pie (He made these ones up himself.)


I joined the channel, 11 ~ 23 ~ 06


10 years old   M

Congo African Grey

This list could go on for a very long time, but I've narrowed it down to:

Oatmeal, papaya, popcorn, cheese, egg, millet, carrot kiss, ( juice,) and any tasty fruit or fruit juice. I almost prefer drinking to eating.

Going on rides in the car and being taken on walks in my carrier.


Sitting on the window sill watching people go by and calling them if they ignore me.

I love to sit in my cage for quiet time, when no one is around and have a wonderful rope perch/swing above my cage, when I'm out.

I'll sit quite happily on a knee when it's available.

I enjoy testing and retesting forbidden areas. You never know when you can gain more ground to call your own. Oh, why can't I have the phone?


Cookie sheets (they are terrifying) and gift wrapping paper, or wrapped gifts. Even gift bags are, "so (s)cary." Otherwise that's about it.

I won't eat nuts or seeds except millet.


She provides me with an environment that keeps me busy and tries to keep me well socialized, though I love telling visitors,
"Bye, bye," only a couple of minutes after they've stepped inside. I'll even say it to a stranger who is holding me. At least I don't tell them to be quiet anymore.


Flying with anything light enough for me to carry, either in my foot or beak, letting it go in midair, or reaching my destination, triumphant that the object is still with me. Then it gets a good beating before being tossed to the floor.

When I bathe, I have two bowls, one inside the other. I surf on the inner bowl, by lifting it all the way up on it's edge, jumping onto it and splashing back down into the water.

I am determined to eat the phone.
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Grab each day by the beak and proceed without caution!.

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  Hi Poirot
I know it is pretty early, since the Derby Milonga is not until May 10th. However there is the hat contest going on, and a lot of birdies are already eggcited about the Derby. Think you could talk your talented mama into doing something for the Milonga Avatar. Just a horse would be enough.

Thanks so much,
Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote Chipper #257319 for BOTM!!.

04/22/2014 01:09.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning, My Sweet Mr. Fluffy
Thanks for the extra hatchday kiss. I liked that. *smile*

I'm back this morning to inquire about Miss Ember. Oh my, it sounds like that little gal's had a terrible time of it lately: infections, breaks, gashes, stitches. The worst news was about the little squirrel. And bless your Mama's heart, I bet it nearly stopped in that moment when she wasn't sure what Ember had captured. All that news couldn't possibly have been told in any shorter of a paragraph. There was ever so much to tell! Sure hope Ember remains injury and mischief-free. (Is that possible for a young pup??)

The most wonderful news is that YOU are COMPLETELY CRAZY these days. Oh Poirot, that perhaps is the best hatchday gift of all; knowing you're feeling more yourself these days. A year ago this time, my hatchday wishes were that you would be okay, that something could be figured out as to why you were feeling so poorly. And truth be told, my prayer was you'd still be with us. That wish comes true with each new day and all the more so when you can share that you're running on windowsills, jabbering away like the gifted Grey I know you to be.

Yes, Kirby continues to shadow me, that silly little imp. This morning when Dad stepped into our room to tell Mom good bye, he happened to witness a bit of the craziness that is Kirby these days. I'd gotten down on the floor and was meandering towards the door. Kirby, who never gets on the floor, flew down and landed beside me then proceeded to strut around like a very proud rooster, he neck feathers all big and puffy, and his walk very much a studly-sort of strut. Dad laughed out loud at the show. Mom just shook her head. Me, I tried my best to ignore the whole show, more interested in slipping past Dad and out the door he was holding open. It's a zoo here, I tell you. Thus far, Art's not hurt anybirdie. (That's not something Saber can say.) The 'tiels only occasionally land on Art's space but they don't stay long; Art moves in their direction so as to clear away intruders. Oddly enough, Alfie spends a lot of time camped out on Art's space. They shred boxes together although at opposite ends of the project. The other day Alfie was inside the box Art was chewing on and Mom wasn't real sure that was a good idea so Alfie was ushered out. He went right back in so apparently he doesn't feel he's in danger. I do not visit Art's cage, I assure you. In fact, I rarely visit anyone's. I'm happy with my own and all the branches secured to the ceiling. I do like a good swing from the braided rope that hangs from one of the branches. Today I was beaking mom with each pass I made past her while she wiped down my cage. Sometimes I can hardly believe I'm the same bird of two years ago. I'm definitely not the stoic bird I once was!

Well, I've rambled on long enough. Here's wishing you a wonderful, safe Thursday.

Kelly kisses comin' your way —
K*>xXxXx<*P

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04/17/2014 09:13.40 AM Report This Comment  
  My Sweet Poirot!
Thank you ever so much for the beautiful roses. How nicely you've arranged them in your precious lid. Thank you too for the happiest of hatchday wishes. I can hardly believe I'm 10 years old now. Seems not that long ago I was toddling around in the pet store's baby Grey case, watching the world go by. And now, well, have wings, will fly as the world goes by! Lucky me that seven of the years that have gone have been blessed by knowing you. You've made them wonderful years with your flowers and avatars, kisses and cuteness. Thank you.

The first surprise of the day was that I was finally allowed to play in the top shelf of the closet again. It's been awhile since that wish has been granted. I suspect my flipping down to the shelf below and dropping things off to the floor got me banned from the closet all together. But today my sneaking in there was not thwarted but permitted. Also I was finally allowed to pull apart the straw and wicker toy that's been sitting up there for ages. Come to find out, it's been saved for this special day! I also got to help serve up birdie lunch instead of being asked to stay on the island table. I could get use to hatchday privileges. Something tells me that come tomorrow, all the old rules will be back in place. Bummer.

Thank you for being my #1 Admirer and for sharing the sweetest kisses ever with me.

In return,
K*>xxXXxx<*P

Come visit me, Kelly.

04/16/2014 07:32.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello!!
Hi Poirot...it's me, Grady!! I do believe I missed your special day, and I'm so sorry. When I realized I forgot to wish you a Happy Hatchday, I flew right over!! Leaving you a belated gift wrapped vote!!

Wing hugs,
Grady

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04/16/2014 01:43.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot..
How smart of you to fly and carry something with your feet, that's amazing. I don't get to fly, after that little trick I pulled a few years ago, I guess I'm grounded for life..Mom's son just finished getting our inside aviary up, Romeo and I are enjoying not having to be in cages anymore. She put a bird bath inside for us with a little water but I doubt that either one of us will use it, Romey likes his rain showers, and I don't like water at all, I get sprayed in the sink but I'm never to happy about it.
Thank you for stopping by to visit me, it was so kind of you, thank you for that. I hope your having a lovely Saturday, it's very nice here so I'll get some outside time today..Big hugs from your pal Rusty

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04/12/2014 12:00.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Good morning Poirot!
I've come to assure you that I'VE not fallen off the edge of the earth either. I'm still right here on the colorless prairie, getting myself into trouble with any chance I can get. It's a wonder I'm still a flighted parrot — even I'll admit I'm a pill. I've been told I look like a plane whose pilot is practicing touch and goes, landing then taking off almost instantly only to land somewhere else and then take off again. It's fantastic exercise, and if I might point out, I'm helping with the house work by keeping the dust blown down to only a thin layer on the furniture.

Kirby continues to shadow my every move when he can make it into my room but a situation has developed that's not good so his visits are going to have to monitored sharply; seems if I'm not available for following around, Kirby thinks Art might light his company. I can tell you right Art does NOT want a little pip-squeak of a bird sitting next to him. He's tried to convey that to Kirby on a couple of occasions already but Kirb's doesn't seem put off by the death threats in the least. A wing trim for the little guy was considered, for his safety, but with summer coming it would be a shame to ground the little guy and ruin his potential fun in the bird barn. There's just going to have to be some very diligent care in keeping him in his room.

Looks like you have some very nice spring temperatures in the coming week. Maybe you'll be out soaking up some sunshine in the next couple of days. Won't that feel wonderful.

Kisses from your Kelly~Bird
K*>x<*P

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04/05/2014 07:53.33 AM Report This Comment  
  K*>x<*P
Sweet dreams, my Prince. And may the ground sleep soundly too.

K *v*

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03/30/2014 08:04.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
I think that is a greyt avatar, quicky or not. I will try to give you more advance notice next month. We won't have too many more of these, so we will want to enjoy all of them to the max.

Thanks!
Kiddo

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03/29/2014 02:28.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
o you think you could talk your sweet mama into doing an Irish or Spring (or both) avatar for the milonga page today? The party is tomorrow, and I totally forgot about the avatar. Bad Kiddo.

Kiddo

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03/28/2014 01:38.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Poirot!
Stopping by with this very delicious and very large Hatchday cake made just for you by the lovely Lizzie herself! Plenty big for everyone of your flockily and friends to share in celebration on your special day! And it comes with big wishes for everything you could ever want and even more! Head scritches, treats, toys, and most important...lotsa love! Give our love to Miss Pringle and Pepper!!

Happy Hatchday!
XOXOXOXOXOXO,
Kaji and Lizzie

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03/24/2014 08:31.43 PM Report This Comment  
  ATTENTION 10 GRAND HOF MEMBER:
There will be an Open House at the 10 Grand Hall of Fame Page, #197082
for Jake #66865 when he reaches his 10,000th vote. Please plan to join us
any time after that at the Clubhouse to celebrate our new member's achievement.
Appetizers and drinks will be served.

THE 10 GRAND HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE
Maxie the WonderBird, President and Founder

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03/24/2014 07:09.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Sending lots of hatch day wishes your way
On your special day. Hope you have the best one yet and many more!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

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03/24/2014 06:21.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Poirot!
Happy Hatch Day to youuuuu! Hope you have a great day with lots of snuggles, toys, treats and a great big cake!
Love,
Raffikki

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03/24/2014 05:19.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday
Hi Poirot,
I just know you are having a wonderful hatchday celebration, but I had to drop by with a vote and a bag of almonds for you. Yes, the bag was fuller before I left the house but you know how that goes!

Kiddo

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03/24/2014 03:12.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Poirot~
Sugar here to perform the Hatchday song just for you! Are you ready?

AHEM~
LA LA LA LA~~~

Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
Happy Hatchday dear, wonderful, spectacular Poirot!
Happy Hatchda to you! cha cha cha
And Many Mooooooore~~~~CHA CHA CHA

I do hope the day is just perfect!
XO8

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03/24/2014 12:24.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey There Poirot!
Happy Hatchday to ya!

10's a good number. You're all smart and grown up yet still young at heart and full of mischief, inquisitiveness, and energy! Go get'em Tiger!

Wishin' you the best of everything t'day.

R ('>

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03/24/2014 11:30.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot!
Angel & Pepper join wings and circle Poirot while they sing:

Happy Hatchday to you!
Happy Hatchday to you!
Happy Hatchday, Happy Hatchday
Happy Hatchday to you! (& many more)

Hurray!

Come visit me, ANGEL & PEPPER.

03/24/2014 11:21.03 AM Report This Comment  
  HI POIROT
FLYING BY TO WUSH YOU A MOST HAPPY HATCHDAY. HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A FANTABULOUS TIME CELEBRATING ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

LOVE CORI AND BOO BOO

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03/24/2014 11:19.16 AM Report This Comment  
  HAPPY HATCHDAY POIROT!
Sorry it has been awhile. Did you wrap yourself in TP? AND an autographed pic of THE Hercule Poirot? WOW!
Hope you are getting lots of attention, toys, and TREATS.
Polly

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03/24/2014 09:54.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday
Hi Poirot, It seems like forever since we've squawked! We hope you have the best hatchday ever, filled with attention, toys and treats! Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Falco and the boys

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03/24/2014 09:49.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Flying by to wish you a very HAPPY HATCHDAY and many more. I know you will have a greyt day. Enjoy your special day. Got cake?
Hugs
Chyna

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03/24/2014 07:55.08 AM Report This Comment  
  •H•A•P•P•Y•  •H•A•T•C•D•A•Y•!!
... to my sweet, wonderful, good-lookin' Poirot!

The world has been blessed by your greyt presence these past ten years, and lucky me, I'm living here at the same time so I get to enjoy all the good you bring to each day.

I'm wishing you wingfuls of happy moments today in celebration of your 10th hatchday anniversary. May all that brings you joy be yours from now until the day you turn 11.

Kisses from your Kelly~Girl

K*>xXxXx<*P

Come visit me, Kelly.

03/24/2014 07:35.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday Mr Poirot, from Jenny & LaLo
We hope tis ill be your best one ever! Wow, ten years old, you are getting to be an old timer, LOL! Our week has started like it or not, Mr Cookie is right, where does the weekend go! Ours was a good and productive one, I hope yours was as well! Winter is not done kicking our cages just yet, we have got one more blast of Canadian weather, I wish they would keep it up there! Have a great day and week for that matter, give my love to all in your home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from Jenny, Ms LaLo, & the Dallas'

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03/24/2014 07:17.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Poirot
Happy 10th Hatchday. Hope it's your best ever. Here's a vote in celebration. May you have lots of treats, toys and attention. Wing hugs, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

03/24/2014 05:07.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday Poirot !
I know you'll enjoy a day full of fun, friends and family ! Maybe even a box or two !

love Cookie

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03/24/2014 04:09.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello There Almost-Hatchday-Guy!
Are you feeling up to a little partying? It's almost time to celebrate your big 1-0 ! Look at that — double digits! Wow, are you and I getting older. I'm glad to hear your oowies from the earthquake are about healed up. I keep hoping there aren't any more tremors to upset you. Sure glad that at least sleeping in your Mama's room helps calm you down.

Here's one last kiss for my 9 year old best friend~

K*>x<*P

Come visit me, Kelly.

03/23/2014 06:52.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Soon to be Hatch Day
Poirot
Happy Hatch Day to you dear one two days early! ha
Romeo

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03/22/2014 05:43.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Poirot~
How's my poor guy and all his bumps and bruises following that 'cary earthquake? Have you been able to relax since then or are the little tremors that often follow an earthquake still being felt? I feel so bad for you, being shook up like that after all you've already been through. Let's hope with the passing of this incident, it doesn't happen anymore, or at least for a very long time.

I'm SO happy to hear there's been lost of rain lately. I hope that continues for weeks and weeks to come. I'm wishing it would do the same here as everything outside could use a bath. I got a good dousing a couple of days ago and I didn't think I was all that dirty. With all these flight feathers, it takes so much longer to preen after a shower. It must take you ages to get your feathers tended to following one of your major swim sessions.

Two things I've been wanting to tell you about. The first is that I seem to have an admirer in Kirby. That little twerp has taken up following me everywhere I go once he manages to sneak into the big bird room. He often hitches a ride on mom's shoulder from his room to mine and then zooms over to perch right beside me. At first I was greytly concerned because I've seen the way the little guy hounds Alfie, even driving him off of his very own cage. But that doesn't seem to be Kirb's intentions with me. Instead, he just appears to want to be near me, in fact, practically leaning on me. I keep a close eye on him, just in case he decides to pull a fast one and get in a jab. Nothing like that yet, oddly enough. The other fun bit of news is that I have a new hobby. I've discovered the joy of swinging on hangers from the bar where clothes are dried in the front room. And not just one hanger, three or four hung on each other! I turn into a wild and noisy, swinging chimpanzee, screeching and squawking and making more racket than one would think a wee grey bird like myself could muster. Perhaps the crazier side of me is really coming out now. Oh dear! Beware!

Wishing you sweet, safe dreams tonight.

K*>x<*P

Come visit me, Kelly.

03/15/2014 08:37.14 PM Report This Comment  
  P.S. from K*v*
Who am I kidding? I can't leave without this too...

K*>x<*P

Come visit me, Kelly.

03/11/2014 07:45.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Poirot?
What's this I'm hearing about there being an earthquake in your area and your being upset by it and possibly getting hurt? Oh no! I so hope you're okay and that you didn't lose any of your flight feathers like I did that time something rattled me in the night.

Sharing a hug in comfort and love, in case you could use one.

((hug))

K *v*

Come visit me, Kelly.

03/11/2014 07:44.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Poirot~
Are you all wet? Has it been raining nicely at your place here lately? How I hope so. It would be nice if enough rain fell to waylay the worries of fires for most of the summer. Looks like your temperatures are nearly warm enough for a little aviary time one of these days. I imagine every thing has turned green outside your window with maybe even some blooms in the trees and along the walkways showing their pretty faces. Oh, how I long to see the same here. The ground is yet covered in snow but I do believe it's soon to melt as daytime temps are set to be above freezing for as far as the forecast cares to make a guess at this point. Yippee!!

I am yet a flighted wonder. With each day that goes by and I still have my wings in tact, I can say it's a good day. I'm still actually flying back to where I know I'm suppose to be so that's probably helping preserve my privileges. The only bad thing I've taken up (and hopefully I haven't already told you this) is that I now hang above the door in my room, something I'm told could get my neck caught in the door should it get shut without someone knowing I'm up there. The green felt and fringe may have to be taken down from there in order to keep me out of harm's way. Then again, I'm pretty good and landing on the minuscule bit of door trim too. :)

Hoping this finds you and your gorgeous gray feathers enjoying life, love and loads of happiness.

K*>x<*P

P.S. Thanks for the Happy BC Anniversary. I'd forgotten about that date.

Come visit me, Kelly.

03/06/2014 04:59.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
How are u sweetie? Well, it looks like luck is on our side today! Our county was supposed to get 10 plus inches of snow from late Saturday night thru Monday 1pm, but it's been down graded to 3-6 inches...tho it's snowing pretty good right now! Luckily, it looks like the g-kids will have a 2 he delay instead of A cancellation...all snow days have been used & any more missed days must be made up at end of school year.
Today, we will finish the Parrot's Bill of Rights.

A PARROT'S BILL OF RIGHTS (Pt 2)
7. PLEASE DON'T PUNISH ME.
Just as I don't always understand ur peculiarities, u may not understand mine. I don't TRY to get in trouble - remember...a house is NOT the jungle. If I DO screw up, don't yell at me & NEVER hit me! I have very sensitive ears & I may never trust u again if u strike me. Hands are sometimes scary things to us. (Why in the world would u not be zygodactylous like us?) Even more importantly, we don't learn by punishment. We are gentle creatures who only strike back to protect ourselves; we learn through patience & love.
8. SPEAK MY "LANGUAGE".
I know u get upset with me when I knock over my water bowl, throw food, scream or pluck my feathers. I don't do these to annoy u - I am probably trying to tell u something (perhaps that I am hurting, lonely, or sad). Learn to speak MY (body) language. Remember that I, alone of all creatures on this planet, learn to speak yours!
9. SEE ME AS AN INDIVIDUAL.
I am a unique & feeling being. No two of us are alike. Please don't be disappointed in me if I don't talk like u wanted, or can't do the tricks that ur friend's parrot can do. But if u pay close attention to me (& I always empathize with u, whether u know it or not), I will show u a unique being who will give u so much more than talking & playing. Give me a chance to show u who I am; I think you'll find the effort worth it. And remember - I am NOT an ornament; I DO NOT enhance ANY living room decor. And I am NOT a status symbol - if u use me as such, I might nip at your turned-up nose!
10. SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME.
Above all, PLEASE remember that u are my Special Person. I put all my trust & faith in u. We parrots are used to being monogamous (no bar-hopping for us!) So please don't go away for long periods or give me away. That would be a sadness from which I may never recover.
If that seems to be asking a lot, remember - u could have learned about my needs BEFORE bringing me home. Even having a baby or taking a new job isn't a fair reason - you made a commitment to me FIRST! And if u think that u must leave me because u might die, provide for me forever after u leave. I may live to a ripe old age but I can't provide for myself. Remember I'm in a small cage amongst people who are NOT of my blood.
AWE SHUCKS! Blog too long & cut off! Will finish last part tomorrow & continue with first aid - poisoning & toxicity. See u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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03/02/2014 03:54.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
How are u sweetie? Congrats to my BBFF Snowflake for winning BOTM! She will be an amazing queen!

A PARROT'S BILL OF RIGHTS. by Stewart A. Metz, M.D.
1. GET TO KNOW ABOUT PARROTS BEFORE U BRING ME HOME.
I am NOT a domesticated pet like a dog or cat. I still have the spirit of the jungle in me. I have special needs, which u may find it hard to fill. Please don't learn these too late for my well-being. And please don't acquire one of my cousins wild from the jungle...it will jeopardize his survival & well-being, & that won't be a party for u either!
2. GIVE ME THE LARGEST HOME POSSIBLE.
I am used to flying through rainforests or savannahs. I have given up this great gift for ur pleasure. At the very least, give me enough room to flap my wings & exercise. And o need toys for my amusement & wood to chew...otherwise, I might confuse ur home with the forest & its trees.
3. GIVE ME A NUTRITIOUS DIET.
I need a wide variety of fresh & nutritious foods, even if they take time to prepare. I cannot survive on seed alone. Take time to learn what mynneeds are.
4. LET ME HAVE A "SOCIAL LIFE".
I am a gregarious flock animal...but I am NOT one of u. I need lots of socialization to learn how to act with u, & with my siblings. I also need to have adequate quality time with u every day - no matter what it schedule or other needs are. I am a living, feeling creature. Above all, I need to be able to have complete trust in u, & count on ur predictability in looking after me - EVERY DAY.
5. LET ME BE CLEAN.
I may like to drop food or even throw it, but I need meticulous cleanliness to be healthy. My skin itches without frequent showers, the barbs of my feathers won't seal if they become oily & worst of all, I may become ill if my food & water is not always sanitary.
6. I NEED MY OWN DOCTOR.
U may not understand my physiology & therefore u may not recognize it early on when I get sick. And it may be too late when u do, because I hide my illnesses (remember what I said about my being an animal of the jungle, where there are lots of predictors). And I need an avian vet - a specialisy (no HMOs for me please). If u can't afford one, perhaps u shouldn't have taken me home.
I will send u the 2nd part tomorrow. Have a great day sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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03/01/2014 12:06.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
How are u sweetie? WOW, did this month fly by! I can't believe this is my last day as ur BOTM queen! But I'm very happy & excited for my dear friend Snowflake, who will be my successor! First thing tomorrow, I will hand over the castle keys, & take her by the wing & give her the grand tour of her new home for the month!
Tomorrow, I will send u the first part of A Parrot's Bill of Rights. It's like a parrot owners manual, short version, with a bit of comic relief added in! Today, I will finish A Parrot's Prayer. I have to warn u, the second part is as heartbreaking as the first, & will leave a lump in ur throat.

A PARROT'S PRAYER (cont.)
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the macaws, cockatoos, amazons & conures that are stripped of their vocal cords for screaming; their sensitive beaks cut back to prevent biting.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all birds that end up for sale in pet shops or breeders like used merchandise, unwanted & frightened in strange surroundings with nothing more than the familiar sight of bars on a cage.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the neglected birds that are sick with infections from filthy conditions & malnourishment that may never recover & know what it is like to feel healthy & be playful.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the misconceived parrots who were beaten, stabbed, blinded & burned for just being a parrot.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For every african grey, cockatoo & macaw that punishes itself by maiming their bodies & plucking their feathers & for those who have lost all spirit of life & sway their head low from side to side slowly into insanity.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
We ask humbly of you dear Lord to look upon all of your magnificent feather creations, protect them from evil & harm caused by man & to bring forth an awakening in the human heart & make it a kinder, gentler world for all captive birds.
AMEN.
Written by Sally Brooks

Every time mom reads this, her eyes fill with tears & she holds me a little closer & gives me extra kisses. As much as she loves me, she just can't imagine people being so despicable to do these things to these wondrous & magnificent creatures! I know that everybirdy's moms feel the same way...especially the moms that have rehomed birds and rescues, who have given a home to broken & battered birds...& God bless each one of you! I hope u have a great day, & I'll see u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Queen TiaMaria

Mom would like to thank everybirdy for their encouragement & support for her quitting smoking...it really means a lot to her! She has been "quitting" for the last year or so with not much success! She is sooooo happy that the Lord took away withdrawal torture! Mom could never quit before coz she could never make it past the 3 weeks of torturous withdrawal symptoms. But this time she had no physical withdrawal at all...which is truly a blessing from God!
Love
T

Come visit me, TiaMaria, Thank you all for BOTM.

02/28/2014 04:04.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
How are u sweetie! I meant to be back sooner, but since mom is feeling a lot better, she has been busy! Plus giving me attention is a full time job! It's been over a month & mom still isn't smoking! That's another reason mom hasn't been online much...it's an activity she associates with smoking & the only time she craves one, but it's starting to go away! There is still a lot of first aid info I would like to go over, but first, we would like to share a couple things that are in one of mom's books. Both are very thought provoking & also very true. I will start with A PARROT'S PRAYER, (which is incredibly sad & infuriating!, then A PARROT'S BILL OF RIGHTS. Each should take 2 days.

A PARROT'S PRAYER
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the wild caught parrots so savagely netted & swept away from their families while their babies, dumped into burlap sacks, cried out in terror.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the exotic birds that witnessed the destruction of all the blessed trees & fled fires in fear from man's thirst to dominate, stripping the land of all its inhabitants, leaving nothing but bare ground behind.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the parrots that struggled through the capture, but died merciless in transport from the stress of overcrowded, barbaric, confinements & inconceivable horror.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the survivors that made it into captivity but exist in a nightmare of confinement unable to use their God given wings of flight as they once remembered.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the baby birds bred in captivity whose crops burned or have died needlessly from harshness of human hands.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all captive birds that have been erased from their owner's consciousness & are abandoned to a lifeless existence with only a distant memory of what it was like to hear a gentle voice from someone that used to care.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all those helpless creatures who don't know what it's like to live life as a bird or even to feel the breeze or sunlight but are doomed to darkness in closets or garages, trapped inside covered cages or shackled.

Heartbreaking, isn't it? I will finish the Parrot's Prayer tomorrow. Have a great day sweetie!
Love & a vote
Queen Tia

Come visit me, TiaMaria, Thank you all for BOTM.

02/27/2014 07:47.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Well, Would You LOOK AT THAT!!
If that's not a beautiful sight— you and LID flying together — I don't know what is! Oh Poirot, it's so wonderful to see you in flight once again, those gorgeous wings spread wide and carrying you about with Lid. The picture tells me you are indeed feeling better these days. Believe it or not, I've still got my flights. Dad mumbled something about "and this is why you get trimmed, Miss K." after I had to be retrieved from the counter for like the fourth time in 10 mins. I so wanted to sort silverware! A little bit ago I was eyeing the bowl of tomatoes but when I got the evil eye from mom, I promptly hopped back to the island table where I'm suppose to stay. So boring, I tell you, even if there is a box to play in and some spoons to throw on the floor and a stalk of celery to beak to death. The things we're ALLOWED to have are just not as much fun!

Other than the flying here, there and everywhere, there's not much in the way of news to share. It's still bitter cold here but at least the sun's been shining and making the room warm and cheery. It looks like there's RAIN in your forecast for many of the days ahead. That would be an answer to prayer if it happened. I so don't want you to have to worry about fire danger come spring and summer. I would worry too.

Sharing little Kelly~Kisses with you before I go. Sweet dreams when you head for the night time perch. I'm here beside the desk, grinding my beak already. These even days and nights are rather nice...

K*>x<*P

Come visit me, Kelly.

02/27/2014 05:07.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Tell your mom that we voted for her Too's drawing. I it's beautiful.

Come visit me, Moocher Ducks,Thanks Everybirdie, Norman, St Francis Chapel, Say a prayer today, Phoenix Base Fliers:Home of the 2013 World Champs & Jude.

02/26/2014 06:52.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
Thanks, buddy! You're the best.
Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote Chipper #257319 for BOTM!!.

02/20/2014 02:50.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Poirot
We haven't chatted since last month, so I wanted to stop by and see if your wonderful mom could make a Valentine sort of avatar for the milonga this Saturday. Sure hope I will see you there!

Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote Chipper #257319 for BOTM!!.

02/19/2014 05:24.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome Home, Fluffy Traveler
Does it feel good to be perched at Home Sweet Home again? There really is no place like home, that's for sure. Sounds like Pepper and Pringle were thinking that a lot at the beginning of the trip. Poor darlings. And then to head home about the time they were getting comfortable! Isn't that how it goes.

That you've been having rain is wonderful, even if it was during a beach vacation. I bet your Mama didn't mind having some time to work on a new birdie painting. Hopefully there'll be time to finish it soon.

I've been watching the Olympics every night, for the first hour or so, anyway. I'm happy if I can just park myself on the ottoman and zone out but after pulling the dumb stunt of pinching mom's toe (just because it was too close), I'm now perching on the travel cage a good distance from anyone's feet. Apparently I have an anti-foot fetish. Who knew!

Just wanted to come by and welcome you back to your forest home... and of course share a little Kelly~Kiss with you.

K*>x<*P

Sweet dreams tonight.

Come visit me, Kelly.

02/16/2014 03:49.34 PM Report This Comment  
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