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#112463 - 04/11/03 10:45 PM Re: Teen Talk  
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Im going to a near college where ya dont have to stay in room things at the college and I will still make plenty of time for my birds im defiently not gonna just forgit about any of them.

#112464 - 04/11/03 11:17 PM Re: Teen Talk  
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So I see...dorms. That's my plan, too.

But are you positive that you'll be accepted? The one of the three colleges I'm applying to are in my city and the other two are about 1.5 hour drive either way.

It's easy to say that now, that college won't take up that much time. But remember, depending on what you want to do and what programs you take, it's going to be one heck of a lot different from home schooling. You won't have half the time then that you do now.

#112465 - 04/13/03 12:15 AM Re: Teen Talk  
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yea I dont know if i will be accepted or not but oh wells its still a little while for me to worry about college.Im gonna try to go to college to be a avian vet but I dont know if I will make it to be one of those or not!I dont know how long it even takes to be one of those probably at least 5-7 years but dont know.

#112466 - 04/13/03 02:40 AM Re: Teen Talk  

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ParrotGurl. I am debating whether to be an ecologist, biologist, marine biologist, ornithologist, or Avian Vet. And If I become an avian vet, I already have a bunch of people that will come to me. (hint - Alaskatoos wink )
We were discussing this on chat a while ago, and a lot of the people said that it was harder/longer, to become a good avian vet, than a human doctor. Now this is what I have heard...anyone else think otherwise??
- Ronnie

#112467 - 04/14/03 03:15 AM Re: Teen Talk  
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I always wanted to be a veterinarian.

However, as I grew older, I very, very quickly learned I hated sciences and I cried just watching a dog being put to sleep on TV.

I faced the music: I can't do it.

To top it off, there's the cost of schooling: $80,000.00 CDND. >___<

#112468 - 04/14/03 04:56 AM Re: Teen Talk  
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Ah--I did the SAME thing Michelle. EXACTLY the same thing. I really don't like science, and I couldnt stand seeing animals hurting or put one to sleep...

#112469 - 04/15/03 02:56 AM Re: Teen Talk  
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smile

Me, I'm content with my babes, I think I can live without the guilt of putting animals to sleep. And I have a bit of trouble controlling my mouth. If something's wrong, I'm darn well not gonna keep quiet. mad

Some people are just soo shtupidness. (Typo on purpose. wink )

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Me too! I am known to express my opnion with some of the people I am close too. I wont do it all the time, but when I do, there it goes!
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#112471 - 04/18/03 07:53 AM Re: Teen Talk  
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heeere we go!

Im only 14, not yet a fully fledged teen, i like to think the world has yet to see my bad side, but i believe every teenager is different. Some of my friends are responsible with their appearance and manner, but not with school work, some are responsible with school work and homework, but not with their appearance and being social, then again, some are a little bit of all at times! I like to think I'm responsible with all my animals, (2 cats, numerous tropical fish and a lorikeet, soon hopefull to be a goffins as well) My appearance and social life comes next, followed by school, then of course Homework. Its a bit like a priority timetable, but most teenagers have basic common sense that just needs to be dug out every now and again!

#112472 - 04/18/03 08:00 AM Re: Teen Talk  
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Just thought I'd add on about the Avian Vet thing.

I plan to be an Avian vet as well, fortunately for me New Zealand only has 3 certified A.Vs and all three are in the North Island, Its likely I could grease sponsorship of many of the 200 odd amatuer and professional breeders in Auckland, or if that fails, off my rich half absent Father :rolleyes: Unfortunately There is no Avian Vet School in N.Z, so it looks like I'll have to ship off to Aussie for a few years. I hate seeing animals put to sleep, but i honestly think its alright if the animals are seriously suffering e.g paralyised, severe cancer etc etc

All you future Avian Vets out there, keep going, and when your done, come to N.Z cos the 1000 amatuer and professional breeders down here need you!

#112473 - 04/24/03 06:17 AM Re: Teen Talk  
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I also wanted to be a vertrinarian, but the same reason is what turned me away. There is no possible way I could bring myself to putting animals down, ....or cutting them open and such even if it was to help them.

#112474 - 04/24/03 05:18 PM Re: Teen Talk  
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Lorygirl,

I agree about the euthanasia, but it's still hard for me to do it. It's easier to be something like a veterinary technician than it is to be a vet. I'd know, my cousin Kassie was a vet tech for two years.

Mandy, Katy,

I know the feeling. Ye gawds, I cannot, I mean, cannot cut an animal open for any reason. I'd be too scared of doing something wrong. It's better left to the veterinarians that have the guts to do that.

#112475 - 08/11/06 11:55 PM Re: Teen Talk  
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I am 15 years old and have two birds - a Poicephalus and a MSC2.
"ALL teenagers think anyone over 30 is "rude"
That is not true. As said, I am only 15 years old but I have met TONS of more rude teenagers than adult people, I'm rather in school with educationalists and teachers than spending time with persons of my age. (And MUCH MUCH rather with my birds wink )

School
I have permission to start school later in the morning, just because of my birds. When I get up,
the first thing I do is to let my birds out, prepare breakfast for them, and after they have finished eating I play with them, especially the cockatoo. (No "preferential treatment" here, it's just that my other bird don't get it with toys and she will rather just sit on her cage or on her tree) I have special rules in school because I have Aspergers syndrome. Therefore I don't have to do all subjects in school, I've just chosen five I have to concentrate on. And therefore, I have more time with my birds. I don't have to do any real homework either because I write so much on the computer anyway.
When I come home from school, after maybe five hours, I open the birds cages and let them out as
fast as I come through the door. Then it's time to cook for them. Saga (the parrot) is sitting
on a chair while Yondo, the cockatoo, plays on the table.

When I'm going to college I'm gonna have special rules there because of my birds, I have already
visited the school and they know about my birds. Normally a pupil with pets are not allowed to take their pet/s out of the room, but I may have my birds in a part of the "animal house". (Where they have birds, reptiles and rodents in separate rooms) It was also discussed that I may take my too with me on some lessons, maybe. So he don't have to feel alone. They are with me everywhere I go and I don't vacation more often than... every seventh year. (I went to Florida when I was nine and next year I will travel to Gran Canaria, but I almost never go on vacation)
At the late afternoon I'm in the birdroom, talking and playing with them, or they are with me in my room, at the computer. I don't cuddle with them a lot, Saga does not even like it and the cockatoo mostly prefer just being scratched, when HE feels like it. But I play with them, fly-train Yondo, klicker-train them, etc. Saga is my best friend and Yondo is my baby.

Activities
What activities? You say "football, baseball, cheerleading, swimming, etc." I don't do any of those things, have never done and never will. I don't enjoy company with people, anything like that mentioned above is pure nightmare to me.

Dating
Oh god you must be kidding... as said, I don't enjoy people company and have nearly been killed by some certain persons two times, and been ganged up on constantly for four years. I can't trust many teenagers and ESPECIALLY not guys. I don't like small children either, and I have my birds so then I don't "need" children of my own. (I feel almost disgusted just of the thougth)
My birds is my life and I can never let them go, no matter what.

But I absolutely understand that you don't think most teenagers are good bird-owners. I have,
among others, met a 17-year old girl who have NO respect for animal lives whatsoever, she thinks
that animals have no feelings, no thoughts, etc...

And MANY teenagers and kids are really irresponsible. Now I do everything I can for my birds, but when I was eight and I had my first hamster I barely wanted to clean her cage. THAT is really irresponsible! But I know what you're all meaning, most people are not able to take care of any parrot, and especially not young people.


...and there is a world of difference between supporting aviculture and supporting birds.
#112476 - 08/12/06 02:01 PM Re: Teen Talk  
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Well, all of the teens in here should be commended. You guys need to spred the word to other teens...and you guys sure are above the norm. I only have one regret about my Linus..and that is, that he didnt fly into my life sooner.. i am 40. He is 2. I think it would be wonderful to have my whole life with him.

#112477 - 08/13/06 02:21 AM Re: Teen Talk  
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I notice that many of these "kids" have some sort of "challenge" (to be PC) to deal with: a hearing loss, Asperger's Syndrome, another multisyallabic one that seems to be a chronic pain syndrome. . .

These youngsters have HAD to develop a lot of maturity early on, just to cope with everyday life. They also tend to be more in control of their own schedules and lives than most teens are allowed to be, mostly in order to deal with the various difficulties presented by their physical and neurological conditions. Their birds, unlike some of ours, are blessings for them, rather than "burdens". God bless 'em all, kids and birds!


Jody
#112478 - 09/06/06 03:44 AM Re: Teen Talk  
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Hi all... I just joined the board yesterday, and I am not a teen, but mother to two homeschooling teens. The above post echoes just what I was thinking...

Teens who are able to manage their own schedules tend to be much more productive than those who are "micro-managed" by adults.

My two home-schooling teens do not follow a curriculum. The have, however, developed their own interests, which they pursue with passion and energy - perhaps because they are young, curious, and not defined by other people's views of what they "should" be doing.

Neither of my teens own their own parrot, but we have three in our home. The kids are attentive to the birds, playful with them, and very conscientious about the birds' needs. When their friends visit and say, "Man, that bird is cool - I want to get one!" they always tell them - it's not a toy. You have no idea the responsibility of owning one of these.

I say, trust our teens. Especially the ones that are dilligent enough to seek out a place full of information like this to help with their birds. Let THEM be the ones to tell other kids, "This is not to be taken lightly."

All of you teens are amazing, thoughtful people here. You are a wonderful example of what kids can and will be when they have the respect of the adults around them to grow and flourish. Hope I can keep remembering that with my own two teens.

#112479 - 09/06/06 05:54 AM Re: Teen Talk  
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YondoToo- I want to give you a special welcome. My son's best friend has Asperger's Syndrome. I taught him in first and second grade. It's wonderful that you are so open about it, since many people either don't know about it or understand what it really is. Thank you for sharing.

I have to piggy back on JM47's thoughts about kids who overcome special problems. For those of you who do not know, my son who is now 13 came into my life when he was 8 years old. Without going into the gory details, of which there are many, we were told that his IQ was in the low 80s, he would probably never be able to function well in society, his abuse was too bad, the drugs and booze that went through his system did too much damage, etc.

I'm not going to lie and say that things are always great now and we live a fairy tale life, although his IQ is now testing at average and he reads on grade level. Not that things are all bad- all kids have challenges. He just has very special, and interesting, ones. In many ways he's like a Too himself!

But I will say that he is absolutely amazing with animals and with Salvador in particular. He will be the caretaker of the bird when we pass and I have absolutely no worries at all. He is amazing with animals and is very responsible with his own cat. Would I get him a Too? No way. But he tells his friends the truth about what it's like to live with one. He's working on teaching his "brother" tricks. When I had to leave town to take care of my sister who has cancer he stepped up to the plate and took over my duties. That bird was out every day at the usual time and got all the attention he would normally get.

So I think there is something special about teens that have to overcome things that other teens don't have to deal with. And God bless you!

#112480 - 09/06/06 07:40 PM Re: Teen Talk  
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Oh Michelle, you make me smile, you remind me so much of myself a few years ago!! smile

Keep doing your very best at school, i know it's hard, but it's worth it!!!

I have less than a year to go now, boy am i glad to get my degree july next year, and get my own place, only me, NO HUSBAND (LOL wink ) and the birdies laugh

Ellen

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