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#255314 - 04/11/14 05:22 AM Accidental M2 mom  
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I did a lot of research on parrots online and visited the African Grey bird shop and the Gabriel Foundation several times. I started looking for the right adult African Grey to adopt/rescue. A friend suggested I look at a used parrot cage for sale cheap before the ad for the cage and stand posted in the morning. When I arrived there was a 16YO M2 in a nearby dog kennel that was headed to the local animal shelter as soon as I left.

Scooter had been kept alone in a dark room in a small cage with some seeds to eat and one cockatiel toy in the cage. I opened the kennel door and he hesitated before stepping up. I awkwardly began to preen some feathers in his crest, he lifted his wing slightly and I started to scratch. At this point he put his head on my shoulder and announced, "I wanna go home". I made an impulsive decision (I knew better). I was also foolish enough to believe that I might get him home before he escaped the cardboard box she put him in. wink

I researched M2s online and ordered in bird care books. Day three Scooter nailed my inner thigh, no blood, but one heck of a bruise. I figured something scared him? The next day he found his voice, Scooter threw a raging tantrum so loud the windows rattled.

I went looking for help and found this site. I cried off and on all night. If there is a common behavior problem, Scooter exhibited it to some degree. Statistics on rescued male M2s told me that if I gave up he might not have good options. Itís been three years. Eventually Scooter told me about what he has been through. I understand frustration, but kicking? a two pound bird?? He makes the sound of a small dog being kicked as well. Someone swung a broom or bat at him more than once. He still intermittently argues with himself in two voices. He probably heard it through a wall as most of it is unclear until the man clearly yells "Kill the F#@ing Bird!" then the woman screams, and you hear something thud. cry

Three years later, Scooter has been nick-named "Bird Brain" by my husband. He's my hormonal autistic toddler. wink He has the largest stainless cage I could fit in the house, with lots of large take apart and shred toys. I finally convinced him to eat pellets, but only the green bean and carrot pieces out of Zupreem veggie. He will now eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables if fresh, raw, and chopped into very large chunks. He will try to steal Cool Ranch Doritos if you aren't watching. He has a large stand in the living room and the office. He loves to get out taking to the park and other outings (he has a clear bird carrier and a flight line when we get there). He loves to imitate power tools. We have made a lot of progress. He gets loud regularly but hasnít had an ear shattering screaming fit in months. I havenít been bit in a year (and never bad enough to draw blood.) Right before the hormones kicked in he had grown back in most of his tail feathers and quite a few flight feathers. (SighÖspring.) There are still a few tail feathers left. Maybe by Christmas heíll be mostly feathered again. He leaves enough that he looks normal at first glance.

Scooter (Bird Brain) n Kim
BTW Bird Brain isn't an insult, it's a fact. It helps me remind my husband why he doesn't act like a domesticated pet.


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#255315 - 04/11/14 05:46 AM Re: Accidental M2 mom [Re: Rescue M2 Mom]  
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What a story!! Thank you so much for not giving up on Scooter! He is blessed to have you and your husband caring for him now. You have found the best place on the planet for education and advice and support as you continue your journey with Scooter.
Welcome to MyToos!

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#255317 - 04/11/14 09:22 AM Re: Accidental M2 mom [Re: Rescue M2 Mom]  
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I started having a battle of wills with the 'salt water' at ''I wanna go home''
When I got to 'Three years later...', the salt water won.
Scooter, you DID go home.


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#255319 - 04/11/14 12:24 PM Re: Accidental M2 mom [Re: Rescue M2 Mom]  
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You rock!!

#255320 - 04/11/14 12:49 PM Re: Accidental M2 mom [Re: Rescue M2 Mom]  
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Wow! What a great story! I got choked up reading it. Scooter was very lucky you came along. God knows what the outcome of his life would,have been!

#255324 - 04/11/14 03:06 PM Re: Accidental M2 mom [Re: Rescue M2 Mom]  
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Welcome to my good. Scooter is a lucky bird

#255326 - 04/11/14 05:37 PM Re: Accidental M2 mom [Re: Rescue M2 Mom]  
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Wow that was the best introductry post I've seen here in quite some time. Welcome to Mytoos to you, your husband and Scooter. And I agree with the others Scooter is a lucky boy to have gone home.


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#255336 - 04/12/14 02:43 AM Re: Accidental M2 mom [Re: Rescue M2 Mom]  
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Welcome to Mytoos!


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#255337 - 04/12/14 04:05 AM Re: Accidental M2 mom [Re: Rescue M2 Mom]  
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Welcome, sounds like Scooter found a great home.


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#255340 - 04/12/14 09:33 AM Re: Accidental M2 mom [Re: Rescue M2 Mom]  
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Thanks everyone.
I'm really trying to do the best I can for him, but I'm far from perfect. I adore him. Most of the time he's an angel, honest. But anyone who lives with one of these guys knows how frustrating they can be.

Kim


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#255346 - 04/13/14 12:37 AM Re: Accidental M2 mom [Re: Rescue M2 Mom]  
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Welcome to you and Scooter. Thank you for giving Scooter a chance at life, doesnt sound like he would have lasted too much longer, hes one lucky little guy. God bless!


#255349 - 04/13/14 12:52 AM Re: Accidental M2 mom [Re: Rescue M2 Mom]  
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Great story. Reminds me of my time with my sweet boy Charley.
scooter has landed in the perfect home. Bless you and your husband for rescuing this fine fellow. Welcome to Mytoos.


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