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I saw Mom at a bird fair, when she was talking to Nana. She decided to hold me and I was just 10 weeks old. She carried me around with her while she was shopping. I didn't mind because I was cuddled up by her neck getting scritches the whole time. I was pretty content but my big dark eyes were getting pretty heavy so I napped while we she shopped. Mama officially adopted me on July 20, 2002 but my HATCHDAY is May 11, 2002. I love the B.C. I have met so many nice friends here!.

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Hi! My name is Grady

I am a Congo African Grey from Mission, KS.

Pot Pie, Baby, Bappie and sometimes he runs them all together and calls himself a PieBaby!
*** My hatchday is May 11, 2002 ***


13 years old   M

Congo African Grey

My favorite treats are walnuts, corn, string cheese, grapes, apples, peanuts, and the occasional piece of a Lorna Doone shortbread cookie..... Oh....I almost forgot.....Mac & cheese is really good too!!

On top of my cage so I can see where Mom is at all times. And by the sliding glass door so I can watch all my outdoor friends and relatives...I call them 'friends and rela's'

I hate when Mom leaves me. I try to get her to come back by making the phone ring...or I call the cops with my siren sound, but she knows it's just me! I'm also not too crazy about my older sis, she is a cinnamon pearl cockatiel and she hisses at me. I just tell her "Sissy...BE QUIET!!!!"

My Mom is really good to me. She spoils me a lot. When I tell her I want a cookie or a walnut I usually get it. She also gives me lots of neck scratches, and we lay a game where she tries to get my red tail. She never does, and I just laugh at her!

I DO NOT... REPEAT... DO NOT... LIKE PURPLE PELLETS in my dish. I throw them out. I have finally trained Mom to stop putting them in there!! If I get one...out it goes on the floor, then I say... "That was naughty"!!!.

"If you had something and put it down, it automatically becomes MINE....because I have stretttchyy legs!!!".

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  Hi Grady
Happy Saturday everybirdie. Sweetie here with our sixteenth blog for BOTM. The input you have shared is like a precious gem. Filled with your heart-felt thoughts and opinions. Through open communication we learn, we grow, we bring about much needed change. I am happy to hear that some Parronts are researching to locate a rescue close to their own homes. Rescues need donations. That is a given fact since none are Government funded in the USA or Canada. There are however multiple ways to give to a rescue of your choice.
Falco and Willie mentioned San Diego's Parrot Education and Adoption Cente. They as do several other larger registered rescues (including Hurlin's Parrot Rescue in Michigan, & Oasis Sanctuary) have "sponsorship" programs that allow individuals to make a monthly donation in the name of a specific resident. You receive updates, a certificate of sponsorship with your bird(s) photo on it and other awesome mementos plus the knowledge you have helped one or more Parrots. Sponsorship is just one way to help out an Unwanted Parrot when we are unable to adopt one.
Many Rescues have auctions, yard sales and other Fund-raising venues where someone that is artistic, or creative might help by donating an item they have made. This option is especially helpful when the rescue is some distance away where personal hands-on assistance would be difficult or impossible.
My Momma Deb assists with a rescue in Rochester NY by answering emails from their on-line Website, and making calls to prospective adopters and donors. She is able to help without actually being physically close to help in person. In fact we are in a different country but the help is appreciated by the over-worked owners and volunteers. Expect to be thoroughly screened before allowed access to their website.
It is imperative that anyone wishing to donate to a rescue they are unfamiliar with ask how the funds will be used. The rescue should be willing to tell you whether for feeding, Vet care, caging etc. Most larger rescues, and registered non-profit rescues have an open-book policy that allows anyone to see exactly where the donations are used. Their financial statements are available on-line at their web sites or by request.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: IF you were interested in adopting another Companion Parrot from a rescue what sort of questions would YOU expect to be asked? IF the rescue did not have a pre-adoption application would that effect YOUR decision to adopt from them? If so how? Positively? Negatively? Do you feel the pre-adoption applications are important? If so why? Do you agree with pre-adoption home visits by the Rescue?

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/16/2015 11:16.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with your Friday BOTM blog. I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their votes of support this month. Your witty, informative, and often very touching shared stories have been wonderful. I certainly hope you will continue to take a moment to read them daily.
Yesterday I asked about Rescues and Sanctuaries for Parrots located near each of you. Most of the replies stated there was none, or that your Parront did not know how to begin to find one. There are far too many to list on this blog, but I have composed a few ideas that will aid you in your searching for a rescue close to your home.
The following sites are only given as examples and we do not endorse anyone or recommend anyone specifically;
beautyofbirds.com/rescue.htm--has an extensive list by state and province of rescues with contact information as provided.

birdchannel.com/bird-adoption/bird-rescues has a list of rescues but you need to check them out to find the location etc

www.rescueshelter.com--has lists by state--however you have to sift through the rescues by species--there is a change species option that you can click--pet birds to limit the search down.

You can also do an on-line google search by typing in Parrot rescues in (your state or province). A call to a local Avian Veterinarian Clinic can often result in good referrals to rescues within a reasonable distance. Also Face Book can provide names and links to Rescues and Sanctuaries within your state.
Regardless of how you locate a rescue it is up to each individual to check them out. Remember that the fact a Rescue has a non-profit status does not make it a good rescue, nor does lack of one make it a bad one. Ask for references if you have not heard of them through friends or your Veterinarian. They should be willing to give you the name and number of the Veterinarian they deal with. Most good rescues have an on-line adoption pre-application that you will need to fill out. This will help both them and you in finding the perfect home and fid to share your life with. Ask whether the Parrots have been Vet checked before adoption. Good Rescues will provide copies of these reports to new owners. They will ask a lot of questions and will require reference, normally a home visit and that you visit a couple times or more before adopting one of their Parrots.

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/15/2015 10:07.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady
Good morning BC buddies, Sweetie here with today's BOTM blog. ( I hope, we had weird problems on BC yesterday). It is awesome to read the replies and ideas from all your Parronts. We Companion Parrots sure get a bad rap at times and too many unrealistic expectations placed upon us. As Falco's wonderful Momma wrote, "we( us Birds) can't be expected to be like dogs or cats. That being said, though, they all have a personality of their own, and their own needs and quirks, so they need to be accepted for who they are." I couldn't have put it any better. Those few words wrap up our problem in a nut-shell. We are all individuals, with our own minds, behaviorism's and needs. For anyone to assume all African Greys are awesome talkers, and every Cockatoo a screamer is as truthful as thinking all humans are created the same.
It is clearly apparent that we all, as a group both understand and agree, we are in the midst of an unwanted Companion Parrot crisis. Too many Parrots for the available suitable forever homes. The true problem lies not in the hands of breeders, but in the heart and mind-set of owners who feel that we are disposable. Susan expresses it wonderfully, "I think that the bottom line is that owners aren't committed to their pet, and this is the main reason that most people probably have for giving up any pet. If it doesn't fit into their lifestyle, then they want to get rid of it.....like an old shoe or an unwanted piece of furniture. Birds are highly intelligent and re-homing a bird is extremely stressful for it.....unless it is moving into a better situation, which can also be the case."
Sam's Momma Robin speaks of chatting with a Father and daughter about learning before buying a young Conure in a Petsmart display cage. How fortunate for all involved that she was there that day to re-direct them to education before purchasing. Sadly, most areas do not have a Parrot University but Rescuers can do much to educate potential new families if they have the time and volunteers to do so. Most rescues are pushed to the limits and setting up classes is often an impossible desire for them. Volunteers can step in and offer to help out with this, sharing their knowledge, and hands on experience with would-be adopters. Credible rescues need volunteers to help clean, and feed residents, to socialize Parrots and to work at on-going fund-raising. There is a lot of correspondence involved and someone with computer knowledge could be a great asset to a Rescue. If you drive you you can offer to pick up Parrots to transport to the Rescue and these cases do arise. If you enjoy writing you could offer to write a newsletter for a rescue to mail out to supporters and others. There are as many possible ways to help as there are people with different talents.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: Is there a Rescue near you? What is it's name? What can you share with us about It? How can or do you help them with their mission to help Unwanted Parrots?

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/14/2015 09:31.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady!
What a handsome boy you are! Congratulations on being chosen as BOTD! I hope you enjoy your special day!

Susan, Boiling Springs, SC.

05/12/2015 11:07.05 PM Report This Comment  
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HEY GRADY, CONGRATS ON BEING OUR BOTD.

ENJOY IT

SWEETPEPPER & KACEY

Come visit me, MAY 9,2009 THE WEDDING OF SWEETPEPPER & KIDDO, KACEY & MIKEY'S WEDDING PAGE MARCH 3, 2012, Digger Sept 29, 1998 - June 11, 2005, MAXIMILLIAN AUG 25,1992-MARCH 14,2010 R.I.P., THE PROUD BIRD PIE SHOP, KACEY LUVS HER MIKEY, TIEL TERRORS BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE FIELD & SWEETPEPPER LUVS KIDDO.

05/12/2015 08:57.26 PM Report This Comment  
  King Grady!
My, do you ever look handsome in that BOTD window! Goodness, gracious! Congratulations on winning the prestigious award following your hatchday celebration. I regret missing out on wishing you a very happy day of turning 13 years old. I trust it was an extra special sort of day and that today has been an equally royal experience.


Humbly, your friend

Kelly *v*

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05/12/2015 08:34.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Grady!
Congrats on winning BOTD!! You are a handsome King! Have a great day at the castle today!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffi says vote for Cydney #11356 BOTM.

05/12/2015 07:33.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Congrats King Grady!
Have fun as our BC king today! Wishing you treats and scritches and fun at the Castle! Enjoy!
High 4- Picabo

Come visit me, Scion- RIP our Buddy Bird - Jan. 29, 2015, Budgies, Kiwi & Button, Limon & Lima, Squeaky, Picabo- Vote Panther 245623 for BOTM!!! & Angel Alfie (RIP).

05/12/2015 07:12.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi King Grady
Congratulations on botd.I hope your having a great day at the castle and in the spotlight. Have a good night.

Come visit me, Hulk Vote Cydney (11356)BOTM.

05/12/2015 06:31.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady
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~Playing with my favorite paper. & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

05/12/2015 04:53.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi King Grady
Congratulations on BOTD! Have a very special day in the castle today!

Hugs,

Angel & Pepper

Come visit me, ANGEL LOVES CORI & PEPPER LOVES ZIPPY.

05/12/2015 01:34.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations on BOTD Grady
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with the Tuesday BOTM blog. We have come up with some seriously great game-strategies to help spread the word about Companion Parrot stewardship. Sharing ones home and heart with any Parrot takes a devotion and patience that not all possess. Our greatest birdie downfall is our beauty and ability of many of speak human words. How many times my Momma has had to correct individuals who inquire, "do you have any birds that talk?"
That is never a good conversation opener with Momma Deb when asking about the possibility to become a caregiver to any avian fid. Sadly it is the one most common requirement, next comes, and " one that doesn't bite." Geesh, what are these misinformed persons thinking? That is on par to wanting a human baby that doesn't cry, or ever need a diaper changed. I think Momma has a long line of crazy questions that people have asked over the years. The one area that upsets her, and no doubt many of you is this one;
The reasons why I am giving up my Parrot 101: in random order
1) we're moving and can't take the bird with us
2) we're just bought a puppy and it doesn't get along with the bird
3) we're planning on having a baby sometime and don't want it to get bit? Which one? The baby bite the Parrot?
4) we're allergic to the bird. (we have owned it for 5 years though)
5) We had a baby and the bird might wake up the baby. ( and the baby's crying won't wake anyone or the bird?)
6) We got a kitten and it isn't good with our bird. ( so the bird we had for years goes and we keep the new kitten)
7) The bird hates my new girl/boy friend
8) we decided to boy a bigger bird so want to find a home for this one.
9) we changed the room decor and the bird and cage don't match the new decor
10) I didn't know the bird was going to make so much mess, noise, demand my attention etc

The list goes on, and I want you to add any funny or annoying excuses you have heard to it. These I've added came from actual ads on-line for birds for sale. No doubt you will have some totally outrageous ones to share, and some really doubt excuses too.
I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/12/2015 01:13.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations
on BOTD, Grady, we all hope you have a fun day in the spotlight. Hugs, FAlco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

05/12/2015 11:18.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Grady~~~
Congratulations! It is so cool seeing you ad our BOTD! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Your royal portrait is now hanging in the gallery on the calendar page for all to admire!
Royal hugs buddy ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar Pop!!! & The Calendar Page~For August we have Apricots.

05/12/2015 10:15.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Mr Grady, congrats for BOTD-LaLo & Jenny
We are having an unusually chilly morning, but not for long hopefully! It looks to be another busy day for us, but they all are! We are all doing reasonably well, and dad's visiting nurse comes tomorrow for his physical check-up! We are hoping all his numbers are good, have a great day BC friend, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love always from Ms LaLo, Jenny & the Dallas family

Come visit me, King Ziggy~Thanks for your votes & this high honor, Jenny Lynn~Chillin' in Alfie's outside aviary...., Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~I loved looking at the beautiful sun, LaLo Lee~Just hanging with my daddy in the kitchen & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

05/12/2015 09:51.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady, Congrats!
Long time no squawk.
Enjoy the spotlight.
Polly

Come visit me, Polly; V4 Cydney #11356 BOTM & Zippy; V4 Cydney #11356.

05/12/2015 09:13.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady
congratulations on winning BOTD. hope you are having a blast celebrating your special honor at the birdy castle

love Cori and Boo Boo the bee

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI vote Cydney BOTM 11356 & BOO BOO vote Cydney BOTM 11356.

05/12/2015 08:37.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady,

Congrat's on winning BOTD. It's Oz. I hope you have as much fun in the Castle as my Flock and I did when we were there. Here's a vote for you, handsome.

Winghugs,
Oz (The Pink Too)

Come visit me, PARKER, SILVER, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ (MY MOMMY'S DREAM BIRD) & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

05/12/2015 08:10.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady
Today is Tuesday
I'm flying by your page
to stamp U a votie
and to congratulate U
4 winnig BOTD!
Have a greyt week
be a good birdie
wing's hugs
Your Pal, Oki

PS: This Friday 15 will be Baby's hatchday #12

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Chip257319/BCWarrio- rs263181 & Oki,/Vote BOTM Cydney11365/Mourning Gizmo.

05/12/2015 08:07.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations
on BOTD!Grady!We are all flying by to wish you a greyt day in the Castle with King Mikey D for a day filled with fun,food,friends and family!What a pretty CAG you are you look just like our cousin Bella!Love,Dixie,Kallie and Peepers

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

05/12/2015 07:35.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady
CONGRATS on winning BOTD! Enjoy your special day.
Hugs
Chyna

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

05/12/2015 06:51.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, King Grady
Congratulations on BOTD. Here's a vote in celebration. So awesome when hatchday festivities becomes a day as royalty. Have a wonderful day at the Castle with King Mikey D. Wing hugs, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

05/12/2015 04:50.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi King
What a pleasure to see a CAG as BOTD.

Come visit me, JeTTa.

05/12/2015 03:01.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations Grady !
Isn't it lovely when a hatchday turns into a two day celebration ? Enjoy your BOTD !

Come visit me, Cookie enjoying summer, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

05/12/2015 02:19.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Grady~~
A very Happy Hatchday!!
Hatchday Hugs ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar Pop!!! & The Calendar Page~For August we have Apricots.

05/11/2015 10:18.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady
Wishing you a very HAPPY HATCHDAY and many more. Enjoy your special day.
Hugs
Chyna

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

05/11/2015 09:26.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Grady!
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!

Happy Hatchday!
Wing hugs from
Kaji and Lizzie

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote CYDNEY #11356 for BOTM in August!.

05/11/2015 08:53.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatch Day, Grady!
Wishing you a big ole fantastic day today with lots of treats and toys! And of course, scritches!
Enjoy!
High 4- Picabo & Squeaky

Come visit me, Scion- RIP our Buddy Bird - Jan. 29, 2015, Budgies, Kiwi & Button, Limon & Lima, Squeaky, Picabo- Vote Panther 245623 for BOTM!!! & Angel Alfie (RIP).

05/11/2015 07:20.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady
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)

Come visit me, Gus~Playing with my favorite paper. & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

05/11/2015 06:05.51 PM Report This Comment  
  HI GRADY
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 the Bee

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI vote Cydney BOTM 11356 & BOO BOO vote Cydney BOTM 11356.

05/11/2015 05:28.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday!
Hey Grady, we all hope you have the best hatchday ever, with lots of attention, toys, and treats coming your way. Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

05/11/2015 02:16.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady
HAPPY Monday to everyone. I trust all the Mommas had a fabulous day yesterday. My Momma Deb had her much deserved day free from blogging, but today we hit the campaign trail once more. The awesome notes you have shared are very positive and inspiring. Oz's Mom takes on the bold approach, as does Momma Rea, Spot and Bon Bon's Momma. You, as Companion Parrot owners, yuck, that word again, are the Parrot World Ambassadors. Taking every possible opportunity to enlighten and educate is paramount to curbing the growing Unwanted Parrot Crisis. Every time you speak to someone looking and admiring a Parrot you are educating them. Telling potential owners the truth is our greatest protection. Macaws look beautiful, noble and powerful. Cockatoo babies are snuggle-bugs, so soft and cuddly looking. You Parronts need to tell others just how much work we can be. How destructive our beaks can be, how messy your home will become,and oh that noise.
My Momma Deb bred small Parrots for almost 40 years before making the life-changing decision that she wanted to help us, not produce more of us. Throughout her many years of involvement she always made the point of telling potential owners ALL the bad, difficult and nasty about us. She was always honest about the mess, noise, biting potential and then told the good points. Some people were put-off by it, but she always was thankful for it. Any babies left with a life-time support agreement and on-going assistance and help at a phone-call. She worked very hard to match babies to families, and today she hears from many who have a HeavenSent Aviary baby, now adult, or senior in their lives.
Momma's decision to open our doors for a rescue came about through my frother Mr. Sky. Prior to meeting Sky and his rescuer Cindy, Momma did not, like many of us, know the extent of abuse inflicted upon Companion Parrots. Hearing the horrific abuse Sky suffered being thrown against a wall; breaking countless leg, talon and wing bones, then never being treated by a Veterinarian was eye-opening and life-altering. She does not regret her past years as a breeder, having made many wonderful friends along the journey, and through her involvement she had the desire, out of necessity all she could to help the new owners have the best possible relationship with their new family member .All this has enabled her to be where she is today in her avian experience.
There are so many possible ways to help out the Unwanted Parrot Crisis, as outlined Saturday.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; what have you done in the past to help educate others? Is there something suggested by another Parront that you might like to learn more about for yourself? If there is no Parrot Club near you, would you consider starting one in your area?
Come on birdies, let's just see how creative we really can be, at bringing about change, even one person at a time.

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/11/2015 01:37.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday!!
Hi Grady,

Here's a vote and a wish for a very special day for you. May you get lots of treats and new toys for your hatchday celebration.

Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote 4 Cydney #11356 for BOTM!.

05/11/2015 11:39.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Grady!
Happy Hatch Day to Youuuuu! Hope you have an awesome day today!
Love,
Raffikki

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05/11/2015 06:08.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Grady
Happy 13th 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.

05/11/2015 04:14.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday Grady
I sure hope it's filled with all your favorite food, friends, and family ! Have fun !

Come visit me, Cookie enjoying summer, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

05/11/2015 02:21.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this Milonga Saturday with today's BOTM blog. The questions are tough ones, but ones that every responsible Parrot owner needs to ask themselves. The Companion Parrot crisis is growing at an alarming rate. All one need do is go onto any on-line site that sells Parrots to see the mass number of unwanted adults for sale, or visit any credible Rescues site to view the "for Adoption" profiles to get an idea of the numbers available in need of loving, forever homes.
The ideas shared by your Parronts are greyt. Filled with lots of helpful ideas, and insights. We all can contribute in one way or another. The variety is endless. Those who can speak to groups can arrange visits to schools, community groups, church groups where ever people gather togetehr to talk about their Parrots, their care and what is truly involved with having a Companion Parrot. You'd be surprised how easy it is once you start to talk about the love of your life, US!
As Finnegan's Momma has said, many Parrot Clubs already do visitations & social information displays. If you are a member of a club that doesn't, suggest it, and volunteer to help by attending with your Fids. There are a lot of areas in the USA, Canada and abroad where Parrot Clubs do not exist. Perhaps you could begin one, by posting notes at Pet Food Stores, Bird Stores, Veterinarian offices and other places people will see them. Finnegan's Momma has offered to assist anyone wishing to start up a club and it is an awesome way to connect not only with fellow bird-lovers but to out-reach into the community.
Cori and Boo Boo's Mom, as well an many others have the more direct approach of one to one information sharing, taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves to educate others in proper care and feeding. This is one opportunity we all can take part in. My Momma uses every chance she gets. Sometimes the information is not happily received but often times the listener will go away with a gem of insight they might never have received in any other way.
For the very creative and talented, Dixie and his flock have until recently both educated and enlightened audiences with their tricks and antics that catch the attention of all, leaving a wondrous opportunity to educate listeners to the care, training, and requirements of Companion Parrot Parronting. What better way to keep someone's interest then to show them what us Parrots are capable of? I am certain Dixie's Momma Rose would gladly help with some pointers for someone interested in starting to train their own fids to perform. Not only do the Parrots have fun, but you can reach a large mixed group of people this way!
Do you enjoy writing? Offer to write an article or more for your local newspaper, Parrot Club as a hand-out that can be left in Pet Food Stores etc willing to give them to new potential owners, the possibilities are endless.

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/09/2015 09:12.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Grady
Hi everyone, Sweetie here once more with our BOTM blog for this hot, sunny Friday. Your responses have been very enlightening, informative and up-front. The subject of unwanted Parrots and euthanasia is a sensitive, and loaded subject. Like all other questions I have asked, this one too has no wrong or right answer. Regardless of the answer one gives, the truth is we are in the midst of an unwanted Companion Parrot Epidemic. In 1990, The USA passed a Wild Bird Conservation Act - Banning imports of CITES listed birds, eliminating the world’s largest market. This seems to have been the catalyst for breeders to grab up all available Parrots and force them into for-profit breeding programs. What is it that causes mankind to crave to dominate everything within reach?
A great number of Companion Parrots found in rescues are by-products of this influx in captive bred birds. The ban on importation has done very little to curb the capture of Wild Parrots both in Central and South America, Africa and other continents through out the World. Wild Caught Parrots arrive in the USA and Canada via Europe. The European Union is the greatest importer/exporter of Wild Captured Parrots. That "imported" Congo Grey in the store is likely a bird stolen from it's flock in the wild. In many nations there are still legal "capture-limits" in place, allowing Parrots to be caught for the pet-trade market. A very high percentage of these still end up in the USA. All this adds to the pressing problem of an already over-loaded market filled with unwanted Parrots needing new homes.
Some have suggested building extensive free-flight aviaries where these Parrots could live out their lives as closely as possible to being free. However, there arises a question of potential risks to native Parrots or wild-birds species from avian diseases such as PDD, PBFD and others. Many of the deadliest diseases are also very difficult to diagnosis in living specimens. Although it would be ideal if the unwanted Parrots could be housed safely in aviaries that afforded freedom, there again arises the question of finances, both for the building of these flights,and for maintenance, staff to care for and protect them from harm. and on-going medical care.
No matter how we look at the situation there are no definitive answers to the growing problem. No matter how many laws were imposed, there will be people who go around them. In every area of society there are those who live above the laws. The answers lie within us, the bird-loving populous, to educate potential owners every chance we get, to mentor new owners if possible, and to refuse to be quietly on the side-lines when issues of abuse or neglect comes up.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION; what can YOU do to help the UNWANTED Parrots? How can YOU start to educate others in proper care and training of a Companion Parrot?

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/08/2015 05:42.23 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Grady-
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this awesome sunshiny Thursday. As there are no "right or wrong answers," they are all amazing and honest. Clearly Government involvement with us bird's lives will spell MESS. Somehow when the law-makers get togetehr to "fix' a problem they tend to create a whole pile of new ones, often worse then the original problem ever was. We are of a common agreement that hoarding is a secretive and often undetected situation. It occurs in every community across the globe.
As Pearl and Silver said the number of Companion Parrots is less important then whether they are well cared for, feed and cleaned. Whether one has one or one hundred fids to care for, the bottom line is "how well are they cared for? How many care-givers are looking after them?" Sad as it might be there are great homes with one Parrot and awful "house's of horror" with one. Just as human parents come in bad and good, so too do Companion Parrot owners. A stay at home Parront can easily look after a large flock, giving each time, cleaning, feeding and loving them all. It must remain a personal decision where to draw that line as far as numbers go. One person can become over-whelmed by one Parrot, where someone else can handle the ins and outs of daily life with fifty. We all need to be honest with ourselves, being truthful about how much we truly can handle on an on-going daily bases. Face it, all Parrots can become a handful at times, just like human children.
The general consensus is that placing regulations on Parrot ownership at best will be a band-aid approach to a difficult to manage situation. Cori and Boo Boo brought up a generalized truth, " many hoarders take in the animals and birds in the first place because they don't want them to be killed or abused. For some reason just keeping them alive they feel they are doing a good job without any thought to the quality of life of the animals.Then what happens, these people may become ill and no longer able to care for the animals and no one helps them because no one knows they have so many and then the animals start dying and at this point the people won't accept what they have done."
Parrot Rescues are busting at the seams with unwanted Parrots being surrendered. Some have been forced to turn away Parrots for lack of place. This problem continues to grow as our present "throw-away" society dumps off anything they deem, "difficult, too much money or work" without any clear solution. Many of these displaced Parrots are sold or given away to anyone who will take them. The former owner doing no screening, no educating, rather just glad to be rid of the "problem."
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: With many credible Rescues over-filled should they CONSIDER euthanizing sick, overly-aggressive Parrots to make room for others to enter their facilities? What other possible solutions could be employed to protect the unwanted?

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/07/2015 09:21.47 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Grady--Sweetie running for BOTM
Happy, healthy Hump-day to everybirdie. Sweetie here with today's BOTM blog. I am hopeful that everyone has read the comments posted on my page about the need for education and laws to restrict and control Parrot over-breeding and one day end the need for rescues. Your insight and shared comments are greyt and very down-to-Earth factual. I must agree that the ideas are great but the how-to is getting into the way. The need for and application of Owner educational classes was commonly agreed,but where would one begin to make this thought a reality? The fact that there are definitely many very qualified educators on Common Parrot behavior makes it a possibility, but to make the need obvious to those in change of our laws and by-laws would be a difficult task to under-take. The current animal welfare act seems to fall short where Parrots and domestic exotics come in. Unless the "animals" are in definite distress from abuse, obvious neglect of care MOST if not ALL investigators know very little to nothing about Companion Parrots.
A point at hand; was the case a while back when someone visiting saw our frother SKY who has a damaged wing that was broken years ago but due to his abuser's lack of care it was left to mend on it's own: thus it is deformed, and Little Angel my plucked, but very happy and healthy fister who has almost no feathers. The visitor reported them and investigators visited. They were going to pressure to have both Sky and Little Angel removed from our flock and euthanized. Heck, killed more correctly. When word went out to our BC family, the OSPCA was bombarded with texts, emails, and calls. These same investigators did not know a Cockatiel from a Budgie, but made the assumed decision that both Parrots were unable to enjoy a quality of life. Point being these two persons were responsible for deciding the welfare for two Companion Parrots, yet made very incorrect assumptions. So, before any new laws to protect us could be implemented, those currently responsible for enforcing them would need extensive training on what is and isn't acceptable behavior and husbandry for hundreds of very differing species of Parrots.
As Dixie's Mom Rose brought up, when someone must spend the whole day just cleaning and feeding the Fids, then it is obvious the number is too many to properly keep. As others also pointed out, there is a fine line between keeper and hoarder. The only difference being the keeper does their best to care for, clean, feed and water everyone everyday, and is willing to pay for Veterinarian care, while the hoarder becomes over-whelmed with sheer numbers, the cost of food, amount of work involved and burns-out leaving no one to care for the suffering Parrots.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: what types of regulations should be put into effect to prevent the hoarder-syndrome? Besides limiting numbers kept, is there a way to prevent it in the first place? Would anyone with more then a specified number having inspections help?

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/06/2015 09:23.20 AM Report This Comment  
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