Hi everyone! My name is Stacey and I live in Las Vegas, NV. (I know it says "keep it short" but brevity is not my strong point... sorry in advance!)
I am in the process of adopting an M2 named Tiki from a local sanctuary. I have been a weekly volunteer at the sanctuary for about a year and a half. When I started volunteering I had no intent on adopting, but as it's told- Tiki chose me and I'm forever smitten. About me
: I'm a local pet sitter and own and operate my own business. Animals are my true passion and working with them is a dream. I have a very deep empathy for all things living... a blessing and a curse.How I met Tiki
: As stated above, I've been volunteering at a local sanctuary for awhile now. I work in the small to medium sized parrot room each Monday, cleaning, feeding and giving them the individual attention and play time they so desperately need.
One day, several months ago, there was a very shy and very sad looking M2 in the corner. As you can see from his photos (I'll include below)he is a severe plucker. When I saw him my heart broke and I felt very connected immediately.
They moved him into the small parrot room because of his appearance. Poor guy. Each visit I would "chat" with him with whistles and tongue clicks and was sure to only approach with one eye (non-threatening to a parrot)... he responded well! We became friends quickly. Tiki had never let anyone handle him prior to me... my heart was/is his.
I looked through his file, and sadly, the office was not very detailed in information collection and found very little on him. Age, sex, etc are all speculative at this point until I bring him home and get him to an avian vet.
Hubby and I have been approved to adopt him and I have been diligently and almost freakishly reading and preparing for our new kind-of-feathered life mate. We are thrilled!Hubby
: My husband was raised around many large parrots, including cockatoos. Sadly, they were his ex-step fathers and their fate is unknown. Probably part of the problem and not the solution, sadly.
This website has been an amazing source of information, reality checks and many giggles when I read about your lovely feathered friends silly antics. I send a HUGE thank you to you all.
We have not brought Tiki home yet. We just purchased a new home with a 1/2 acre (unheard of in Las Vegas) and we are painting and doing some renovations so I am waiting for any toxicities to dissipate before bringing him home.
We are ready for him though! He has an enormous cage, play gym and a toy basket that our friends children can't seem to keep out of.
I anticipate we will be bringing him home in 2-3 weeks and I'm sure I will participate on this forum more once that happens.
Thank you for letting me introduce myself and I'm looking forward to being a part of this amazing community.
Pics below (disclosure)- I realize he has a severe look to him, but I think he is beautiful. I will bring him to the vet immediately once he's with us and will do everything to give him the healthiest and happiest life possible. Hubby and I eat a vegetarian, organic diet, so he will be getting beautiful, colorful meals to improve his insides. If it helps his outward appearance, great, but we will love him either way. If his plucking is because of something diet related it will be our first priority to remedy that. I only hope that he will know the joy of flying again one day. http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g66/leighbee77/TikiTiks.jpg http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g66/leighbee77/9c845589-f0ab-4b71-882c-a2d8d107c0b6.jpg