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#119720 - 12/01/06 02:44 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Joker the crazy caique was a purchase from Marc Morrone, the guy who's always on TV with Martha Stewart. This was before I found this site, when I thought buying from a breeder was perfectly fine.

Rose came to us from a friend who bought her on impulse. She had just re-decorated her living room from Ethan Allen's Ernest Hemingway Collection, and figured a nice bird in a cage would add just the right touch to her classy tropical decor! :rolleyes: Her husband, who knew nothing of the purchase until it was a done deal, put up with the bird for two days and said either the bird was leaving or he was!

I love them both dearly, and would never part with either, in spite of the fact that my not-so-classy decor is scarred up with beak marks, and my hardwood floors have poop-stains on them!

#119721 - 12/01/06 02:48 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Teapot (my budgie) I bought from a breeder after the hardest lesson as to why shops arnt up to much. Snowy(budgie) was a rescue, bird of a druggy (I was learning then, just a bit, but learning)
Queenie, RBC2 a rehome. I was soooooo close to paying for him, but held out and he is here to this day (Iwould have payed come shove to push) but holding out...well, he's mine till DDUP.
All my other birds??? Rescue, rehome. Would I ever buy??? Id like to think not, I do think not, but.....circumstances....


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#119722 - 12/01/06 05:19 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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My, what a popular subject. Everyone must be proud of their flock. Since I am too, here goes.
I have always liked parrots, since HS when my best friends mother had a BFA that I thought was the coolest thing I had ever seen. But, raising kids came first.
We had the opportunity to adopt the two birds that resided at my hubby's place of work due to illness in the family when my youngest was 17. We bought the CAG and MRHA with cages from the owner for 900 dollars. Best buy ever.
About 6 months later, we were at a local home show, and the local bird rescue was there. I went over, intending to become a member and maybe, just maybe think of adopting a bird that liked me more (the other two adore my husband, and just tolerate me). When I was picking up paperwork, I looked up and saw an almost completely bare from the neck down, scared, standing up so straight he was rigid M2. He looked at me with those dark brown eyes, and I thought he was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. So I applied to adopt him, and luckily I got him. And I have had him for almost 10 months.
He had multiple homes (what else?), his history is sketchy. Unknown number of homes, I don't know how old he is. Killed a female when his last owner tried to breed him.
It took a few months for him to totally trust me, although he never bit me. But I also tried to respect him, and let him step up and come to me at his own speed. Which was sloowwww. Many nights sitting in front of his cage talking to him, and reassuring him. When I would get close, Duck would just would hiss and act intimidating. But I didn't push him, and after a few months he finally saw that I wouldn't hurt him, and now trusts me almost completely. Steps up almost always, and still doesn't bite.
He still feather chews, but is getting somewhat better. And is the sweetest, smartest most majestic thing I have ever seen. I feel so lucky to be able to have him.
Thanks for allowing me to brag about my birds. There are just a select few, who are smart enough to know how special it is to have a bird. Most people just don't understand.

#119723 - 12/01/06 05:37 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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OK....let's see.
I got Chaucer the canary winged parakeet from the flea market from a "bird booth" $250 for the bird and his cage. GREAT deal 'cause he's an incredible bird but now I know better about buying birds.

Avalon and Gwenavier (Gwen just recent;y passed due to reproduction issues. I wasn't breeding...she just kept laying eggs.) I met someone who had them in her garage and fed them sunflower seeds ONLY. I offered her $100 and I got the birds and thier huge cage.

I was given Hamlet the quaker. He belonged to a friend who hand raised him but didn't handle him much afterwards. I loved the bird so he just gave him to me.

Shakespeare the Blue and Gold Macaw is a long story but mainly....he was given to me by someone who did not really have the authority to do so. I had him for 6 months when I got a phone call that the bird had to be returned or she was going to be sued for theft of the bird.
I brought him back but I was devistated over the loss of my dream bird. She lost her job, the original owners took Shakespeare back but I was given thier number by another person who worked at the same place who took pity on me and my husband. Long story short, the 4 of us now share joint custody of the bird and a great new friendship. All this though led to Troy the U2. I was very sad one day flipping through a pet pages magazine and saw an ad for a bird rescue. I had NO IDEA that these even exhisted! Well, I contacted several looking for another Blue and Gold. Filled out the applications, had phone interviews. I was approved for 3 different rescues! I spoke for a long time to one rescue that had no B&G at the time but several cockatoos (That was my second dream bird) She invited me to visit her place and if I didn't want any of the 'toos or other birds she had she'd call me on the first available B&G she got in. My husband and I made the trip. Her entire set up from the custome built log cabing with special bird room to the several out buildings dedicated to the rescue birds was just incredible. She showed us to a HUGE aviary with several cockatoos and pulled out a large Umbrella. She handed him to me, he said "I love you!" and bonked his head against my chest for scritches. I took him home.
The story doesn't end there, about 1 month later she called me and wanted to know if I still wanted a B&G. I said yes but wasn't sure about finances. She said he was new and not adjusting to life in the rescue well. If I liked him she'd make sure I could afford his adoption fee.
That is how we ended up with Aztec.
The rest....is history.

#119724 - 12/01/06 06:34 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Okay I might as well chime in too!!

First of all, I love reading all of your stories. Thanks for sharing.

I got Lilly Bean (U2) after I got engaged, (sold everything I owned, condo, furniture, etc) and moved to Florida (where my fiancé lived). I had been there for about a year, I was working for a local vet, and had one rescued blind cat I brought with me from TN. I would go by the local pet shop just to talk and visit with the birds they had. One day I noticed they had a bulletin board, and on it an “Umbrella Cockatoo for sale”. I called and talked to the lady and she told me to come over and see if I might be a good match. I went and it was instant LOVE. She came right to me and cuddled on my lap. She was a just under a year old they told me, and they had purchased her a couple of months ago because they could not have children. Well, low and behold, a month after they got “princess” (that is what they had named her) the lady somehow gets pregnant!! They didn’t think it would be fair to the bird with the baby coming…so….they saw the connection I had with her (had interviewed several other folks) but decided I was the right one. So I gave them $800.00 dollars for her and her large cage.

At first the fiancé was okay with her. BUT then to his dismay (not mine) she screamed, she was loud, she pooped everywhere, etc, and his dislike of her got worse & worse. So did him and me (over many other things). So anyway, in 2003. I packed my bags, my blind cat Punkin, and another rescue feral cat I had gotten while working at the vet, and my beautiful new baby, Lilly Bean. It was a 14 hour trip in a Red Corvette, with two cats and a bird…quite the adventure. Have been back in TN for a while now, Lilly is wonderful, has never bitten me ( maybe a couple of time by accident) (but has bitten others in warning, not really bad though) I have learned her body language so very well, so normally can avoid any mishaps. She sometimes picks and pulls feather when something has stressed her out, but over all the JOY OF MY LIFE. We are the BEST of friends, and she trusts me completely. We have such a blast!

We will soon be moving (Jan 10th) into my new house (yea!) and I might, just might have the room for another couple of feathered friends that are in a bad way. I already have a couple of extra cages, and now will have the room. Heck, with Lilly, I do not go anywhere usually, so I feel I can help out another bird or two in need of help if the situation should arise. I will be building an outside aviary for Lilly by spring I hope….SO LIFE IS GOOD. She will be 5 in January. Here come the hormones!!

Joined this site almost two years ago and have been addicted ever since!!

Sorry so long….hope this thread continues!! Kim

#119725 - 12/02/06 07:25 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  

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Thanks everyone. Wonderful stories!

It's nice to hear the trials and tribulations knowing we have all basically came down the same path of acquiring our birds and have, after finding Mytoos, developed a 360 degree attitude for future birds. And we cannot forget, we will always be presented with one on one exception bird purchase cases. We have big hearts.

I hope this will help others see, as I stated, the "Cause and Effect" of adoption/rescue opposed to breeder/petshop purchasing.

A little more patience and time is required, alot more heartaches at time, but with all these wonderful people here........Who could ask for anything more.
End result: alot of patience and kindness = alot of love in return.

Makes you appreciate IMHO your bird if you have to have the trials and tribulations to be able to live in harmony. And if not for that, think of all the valuable information you have gained by doing so.

Thanks again everyone,

Rick and Lucky smile

#119726 - 12/03/06 06:19 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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thanks briorick. i too have loved listening to the stories and seeing every one's growth.


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#119727 - 12/03/06 02:16 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Great, heartwarming stories! Although there are four birds that have lived with us for awhile, been vetted and evaluated, then rehomed, there are three who live with us forever.

Capella (U2) - purchase. Kept walking by this booth at a bird show and this eight week old baby was crying and crying and crying. She was hungry. I would walk away, then come back and eventually I couldn't stand it. I made the seller feed her (who claimed she was nearly weaned), bought her and never looked back. Vetted her for overgrowth of bacteria in the crop and hand fed her until she was 11 months old. Four years old now. I *know*. By doing what I did, I essentially sent a BAD message - selling eight week old babies was perfectly OK.

Little Bit (CAG) - critical resuce - seven years old at the time. "come and get this bird or else". Bleeding, screaming, totally plucked, psychotic (literally) bird. Five years and countless vet visits later, still wears his clothes funny (plucks) and still can't be held - but is happy, talkative, calm, bird of my heart.

CeeCee (Goffins) - Another pitty purchase. Had been a pet for six years, bought by a woman who wanted to make him a breeder. Kept in a tiny cage with a conure who bit his feet. All sunflower seed diet with a bit of soda with breakfast, served out of a dainty little tea cup. "He screams if I don't give it to him". Long haul to switch out the diet, get the bird to trust etc. True confession: I really disliked this bird for almost two years. Now you couldn't wrench him from me:) 100% turn around. Delightful, funny, charmer - who still speaks in that old womans voice.

#119728 - 12/06/06 03:06 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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We came to be owned quite by circumstance as has been the case with others. Although we have both expressed an interest and desire to be parrot owners and had considered this before the timing had not been right and with two smaller children and both of us working shifts it was not in the cards. But last year a school classmates' of our childrens was looking for a place to board their umbrella cockatoo for a couple of days to a week to have some furnace and oven cleaning and home improvements done and we were only happy to bird sit and have a chance at a trial home situation. After a week, we were of course enchanted and when after 2 weeks they reported that the children were no longer having asthma attacks at night and that they were missing him, but thinking of not keeping him for both financial and health reasons we just could not see him go to another home...and so he has stayed and became our boy.

#119729 - 12/06/06 06:00 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Oshawapilot,
that's a great story!


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#119730 - 12/07/06 10:54 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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I bought Kylie my LSC2 from a petstore when she was 4 years old, she'll be 7 in march. What I loved about her was her telephone mimic, didn't think how different it would sound from a warehouse till a 12 by 13 ft living room, (where are those ear plugs) lol <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" /> Then I found Mytoos, too late then.

#119731 - 12/08/06 02:13 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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For every ONE story you read here, hundreds are represented that came on this forum, meant well got rid of the bird and are no longer here. It is a wonderful topic that shows how most of us became "reformed". If I am not mistaken, that (we) still represent about 10% of people
(population?) who can and SUCCESFULLY live with our birds. And, the fat lady ain't sung yet. There is more here to consider than .....did you purchase or rescue or both. There is much more to consider. Making newcombers feel warm and fuzzy is nice. But it won't pay the bills ....so to speak. It won't keep that bird in a home. I am naive but have learned I want the 'smarts' from the people who know what a pain in the ass it is to living with birds. And that no matter how well I do it ...for awhile...I'm still not doing well by them. So I don't like the odds, but I will try and rememmber the 10% that can pull it off and well, are probably here....and have been for awhile. I as a newcomber, recognized that fact EARLY on. It wasn't difficult to notice. It required change in my WHOLE life. Some of it sucks. Some of it is sad. Some of it is overwhelming. Some is glorious. But, if you think you are talking to, or you are, in that 10% of the population that can and will successfully provide for a 'Too for many years, thank you. If you are not sure, like me, welcome,those ARE your odds. Add,work,children,divorce,moves,financial problems,schedule changes,other people,sadnees,routine,noise,spouses,lack of spouses,etc.all continue to effect your success rate. And no matter HOW you acquired your bird....these ARE the odds. How will you stand in 10 years.? My goal is not to be most popular on this forum. Although, I like being popular. My goal is to be counted in that rare 10% regarding my amount of sacrafice and the wellness of a bird. I see many here who are of different age and beliefs. But when they start saving my ass with the bird....they are only my kindred. This message is pointed at ME. To remind me it isn't about popularity (and that just kills me....cause I think if it was the criteria I COULD win. But it is NOT. It IS about doing something difficult,rewarding and special.

#119732 - 12/08/06 03:08 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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BTW - No nastiness intended, just a seperate thought,no biggie.

#119733 - 12/08/06 04:03 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Hm that's a very interesting post, Lynn. Yes, I guess the big question is how many people are not only capable of and committed to taking excellent care of bird(s) but doing so for their entire life NO MATTER WHAT! People rarely give up their children when there is terrible conflict in their lives, but people give up animals all the time. This is partly because it's socially acceptable, and partly because society does not support keeping animals with their people. Look at what happened during Katrina (god, remember that horrifyingly sad story of a woman hiding her birds --maybe it was only one bird---inside her bra so she wouldn't have to leave them behind??). Everyday, bad things happen, people have to move, and most rentals are No Pets Allowed. Everyday, women are kept prisoner in abusive domestic situations because their abuser threatens to hurt or kill the woman's animals. Battered women and homeless shelters do not allow animals (maybe some do, but the vast majority don't). Animal shelters are not able to "board" animals for people who are having hard times but want to keep their animals, simply because of the overwhelming daily numbers of surrenders.
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That said, I've only had Mothra for TWO MONTHS. I've had Moira for only FOUR MONTHS. I work at an SPCA (Animal Care and Adoption Center) and I fell in love with the little lutino cockatiel who already knew how to step up, let me scratch her head after the third day of handling her, and often made little chirping noises. She was surrendered by someone who "bought her from a neighbor that morning and realized he couldn't keep her". *deep breath*. She was CLEARLY a loved and cared for bird, I have no idea how anyone could just give her to some loser who would then immediately surrender her. I became convinced that I had to adopt her, so I did, and I've been in love ever since. Poor bird, her first two weeks of living with me were spent morning and night giving her antibiotics to cure her respiratory infection. She's forgiven me since. smile

Mothra was seized by Law Enforcement and brought to the shelter. I am ashamed to say that we gave the Law Enforcement officer a hard time when she brought the cockatoo in! We had just received two neglected Amazons and didn't even have proper caging or room for them. They were being kept in the hallway, in horrendously small cages. The last thing we wanted or could handle was yet another large bird with no cage. At that time, no one at my shelter was a bird expert or even a bird lover (now I'm the closest thing we've got!). Because of this, Mothra sat in the shelter for a day without particularly close care, and then I got curious and tried to take her out of her cage. She sweetly but hesitantly stepped up and I almost collapsed when I realized the condition she was in. Thankfully I was able to get a vet to look at her, give her fluids, weigh her (9 ounces..), and cut her nails. The next day I took her home for what I thought would only be three days, but then it became two months and now that I've been given the bird I'm expecting to have her forever...

As long as.... If... If.... If....


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#119734 - 12/08/06 04:09 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Oh Emily, you brought tears to my eyes. What a story! Bless your beautiful heart for taking care of these babies! We are here to help you along the way, always...

Hugs to you and your little flock... Kim

#119735 - 12/08/06 06:07 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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What a poor, sad creature Mothra must have been when you first rescued her. I can't imagine a U2 that only weighed 9 oz. She must have been close to death. Thank you so much for caring enough to "look a little closer". You probably saved her life.
Leslie

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Scarily enough I think I did save her life and Law Enforcement DEFINITELY saved her life by taking her. I try not to think about it, it's really terrifying to think that if she were left alone in that house for one or two more days, Law Enforcement might have found a little smoke-stained corpse of what would have been a beautiful, happy, playful creature.

Fortunately, she IS now a beautiful happy creature smile Life is good.

Thank you both for the kind words.

Can I say I've become kind of addicted to this message board and reading everyone's posts???


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#119737 - 12/08/06 06:48 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  

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Mothra's Mom,

I can relate to feeling overwhelmed with all the posts here. I still to this day try and read all the postings. It's amazing what you will learn.

We can't thank you enough for looking past your little babys condition and stepping up to help this poor innocent creature, now, your Mothra.
My heart goes out to you.

Rick

#119738 - 12/08/06 07:43 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Emily & Mothra - Thank you for both being who you are. Welcome to the addiction. I am reading and re-reading your responses. Yeah.
Lynn

#119739 - 12/08/06 08:34 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Ohhh...to think that after all Mothra went through that "she stepped up sweetly but hesitantly", poor little baby! I am so glad you went to take a closer look and then took her into you home and heart!

Deb

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