Hi there! So I have been lurking for the past 12 years and finally made myself an account!
I fell in love with a Moluccan in Hawaii in 2004. Peaches was living as an ornament for guests at a hotel on the Big Island. Each morning I would come and spend as much time as I could with this incredible creature, she began to look forward to our time together. I sought out her keeper and wanted to know how she was being cared for... I quickly realized her life must be miserable. She was forced to stand on a barren ring stand chained to it
she had no toys or anything to play with and would be on the stand all day until her keeper would take her to her cage. It was incredibly heartbreaking! My parents and I complained to the hotel and called Hilton to report this terrible mistreatment. They said they'd look into it. I still wonder what happened to that sweet bird 😓 But that is the story of how these amazing animals stole my heart!
I quickly started researching everything I could! I started rescuing birds (much to the dismay of some of my roomates) in College and over the past 13 years... taking them out of terrible situations, rehabbing them, and finding them loving forever homes. I did this because I knew I didn't have the time or the knowledge of where I'd be or what I'd be doing in 5 years much less 20!! So this satisfied my need to love on birds, but not make a commitment that I couldn't keep. Throughout the years I've rescued a Jenday conure, African Grey, Goffins Cockatoo, a red Wing macaw (who was living in a tiny dog crate without perches), and a female Ekkie! All have there own terrible story and I would Drive/ and pay whatever was necessary to get them out of these terrible homes... but it was SO satisfying and rewarding to see their forever families eyes light up with love and excitement! Sometimes I'd cry for weeks after, but I knew I was not the one who could give them what they needed at the time...
Now that I am settled, with a family of my own, and a big house with lots of land... I am ready to commit for life ❤️ I started small and a couple years ago we brought home a baby Green Cheek (adopted) who is the center of our family and life! The people who owned him before lost interest after only 2 months and said he was too nippy 🙄) Around that time I started casually searching for my M2.
Finally two weeks ago, I came across Peachey, a 10 year old female Moluccan who is in excellent Heath (seen by a great AV) and who lives in a home that is a very similar family dynamic to our own! Her parents are unable to give her the attention she deserves and have decided to rehome her, for her sake. As much as they'd like to keep her, they aren't home enough. I decided to adopt instead of buying a baby for two reasons, first I always adopt vs shopping as so many birds need loving homes, and second I have read that's it's better to get an older 'too so that their behavior *MAY* be more predictable since often baby toos are sweet and cuddly as babies, then change after reaching sexual maturity. Note that I said *MAY* as I'm aware their behavior and wildness can happen/change at any time during their life!!
I am a stay at home mom/work at home designing on the computer for only a couple hours a day. My husband is also home a lot and is a DJ/MC so he works at nights often.
I am 100000% dedicated to this sweet girl. I want to be that 10% who can really give her what she needs. I have read EVERYTHING on this site multiple times over the past 12 years. And I am still nervous!! I just want to do right by her, and to give her an amazing life FOREVER. This is it. Her forever home and I have waited SO long for this!!
I have so much bird experience and it's still not enough, my mind is open 100% going into this. I know NOTHING until she's really here... and I know this will be a constant daily learning experience.
I'd love words of wisdom, advice, "I'd wish I'd known this" etc...
Last edited by C. Doug; 09/08/17 02:01 PM.