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#257183 - 11/07/14 03:07 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: Anonymous]  
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Hi,

I'm new to this amazing forum. So much great information. I have an African Grey, Bogie, that I finished handfeeding that is almost 29. Information was much harder to come by back then. Bought a lot of bird talk mags :-) and tried to see Sally Blanchard when I could. Times have certainly changed. Recently I was looking to adopt one of the smaller cockatoos and came upon "Boss" at a pet store in Berkeley where I bought my baby Grey. Hadn't been there in at least 25 years. The same owner, Claudia showed me a Goffins that was 21 and I fell in love. She said many people had looked at him, but we're afraid of his age. "Boss's owner had been evicted. Any way.....lucky me.... He's wonderful!!

#257186 - 11/07/14 07:48 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: Anonymous]  
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I got Aphrodite my CAG female from a coworker, she was 23 years old and a plucked chicken when she came to me. I had never had parrot experience, but studied hard. Found it came naturally to me and she flourished here. Took in another CAG rescue male Sylas with special needs, he was a terrible biter, has scoliosis, and arthritic wing and hip, and now does not bite unless you do not read his signals. My Moluccan Cockatoo Boomer is a foster for a parrot rescue, she plucks and came from a home that had 11 birds and the previous owner had died. Since she has been here, I have been schooled the hard way on Too's! She started chasing my hubby and attacked him after "mating" with me. I was used to greys!! I was really glad to find your site, because I was confused by this behaviour LOL! I am also adopting a Nanday conure from the same rescue in a couple of weeks named Snuggles.

#257293 - 11/18/14 10:28 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: Anonymous]  
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Before we knew any better we purchased our bird from a couple that was divorcing and could not keep her. The husband told us that several adventure companies and a restaurant wanted her for their entrance but he was adamant that she go to a good home that would love her. He put a price on her because he didn't want to give her away to just anyone. He had 2 couples at the top of his list when we inquired about her. We wrote a long email describing our lifestyle, our pets and our bird experience along with pictures of our property and our plans to build her an aviary should we be chosen. The next morning the man spoke to my husband and told us we were by far the front runners. He needed time to say goodbye so a few days later we picked her up. She bonded immediately with my husband after he started preening her head. She is the love of our life. I feel like every morning when I get up and uncover her it's like I'm going to lift my baby out of her crib.

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#257828 - 01/23/15 12:42 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: Anonymous]  
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hi, i got mine from one of my patients, they have had over 30 years of experience with toos and parrots, she is one yr old give or take a couple of months, they raised her from a fledgling and i got her approx. 1 mo. ago.

#257831 - 01/23/15 02:08 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: Anonymous]  
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My G2 was "given" to me to my elderly neighbors who used to run a "pet bird sanctuary". Basically they used to take in unwanted parrots and do their best to re-home them. They did their best but some of the stories they told me about previous rescues had not-so-good endings. frown

Griffin came from a breeder originally, and was bought by a young couple who liked him until he was no longer a cuddly chick, then moved him into the garage when he became "bitey and screamy" and re-homed him with a young male friend of theirs who "wanted him". The young man treated him very inappropriately, and was physically intimidating and abusive. Griffin was then "rescued" by the young man's aunt- a well-meaning woman in her late 50s- as a "companion" for her elderly mom... who quickly realized she couldn't handle him either and called my even more elderly neighbors. They took him in and asked me to come and "work" with him, as he had bitten both of them pretty badly and also their adult daughter, and grandson. The two small dogs in the home were afraid of him too. I went over just to "help them out" & see what I could do with some clicker training ( I have been a horse and dog trainer since college), and Griffin just took a liking to me. It was mutual. They "gave" him to me for Christmas (surprise!) and I took two weeks researching- when I discovered MyToos for the first time- and deciding whether or not I could reasonably take him on and provide him with a positive environment... and another three trying to get a decent cage shipped to me without damage so that he could be safely enclosed in my office )I'd like him in the living room, but safety first- so he's in my office while I get the dogs used to the noise and the bird smells and visa versa. I spend a lot of time in my office anyhow, and it's got nice light.

After being shuttled through at least 5 homes in his young life (the foster family and vet think he's in the 2-3 year range), Griffin has now found a "forever home" with me, my two rescue dogs, and my boyfriend (who is still more than a little intimidated by the beak- smart man!)

Griffin came to me with his original cage(his original cage was one of the smallest I've ever seen- 12in wide x 13in high x 20in long., a chewed up 1/2 in wooden dowel perch and two rusting food and water bowls, a big bag of department store seed mix, and an old green sheet they covered him with. His foster family gave me the book "All About the Parrots" by Arthur Freud (c. 1980), and also gave me the play-stand they had purchased for him- a PennPlax sized for a parakeet (complete with copper bell which I removed as soon as I saw it), and said they had been keeping him away from it because "he was just chewing it up". (Again- well meaning foster-folks, and I'm so thankful they brought Griff and I together, but their bird rescue information/methods are from the 1970s/80s, when they bred finches and budgies.)

Thanks to MyToos and the other resources I've discovered, Griffin and I seem to be doing pretty well so far. Cross your toes for us smile


As usual- I've written a long-ish answer to a short question!

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#257836 - 01/23/15 04:33 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: CrocusBlooms]  
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Originally Posted By: CrocusBlooms
After being shuttled through at least 5 homes in his young life (the foster family and vet think he's in the 2-3 year range), Griffin has now found a "forever home" with me, my two rescue dogs, and my boyfriend (who is still more than a little intimidated by the beak- smart man!)

I've heard from Mytoos members who volunteer at bird sanctuaries and unfortunately, a bird with 5 homes in less than 4 years is not an uncommon occurrence.


Originally Posted By: CrocusBlooms
I know this is the only the beginning of a long road for me and the Tiny Dinosaur, and I KNOW I actually have no idea what our journey together will look like- what challenges and triumphs lie ahead... But I am SO grateful to have found this site, these message boards, and all of you passionate, caring, KNOWLEDGEABLE folks.


And, I am grateful to see someone like you willing to take on a challenge, who knows that there will be rough patches along the way! smile

#257852 - 01/24/15 08:10 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: Anonymous]  
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@Specialist Elbru- yes, I've certainly read that here on these boards, and it's really so sad. I really appreciate all of your detailed, informative posts on this board- I've learned so much from them, and hope for many more in the future!


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#258489 - 05/28/15 06:34 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: Anonymous]  
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K, here we go. Tango, my MSC2, spent first few years in a tiel cage, hit, screamed at, fed seeds,given beer and wine...u get the picture. He ended up at a tiny rescue run out of a home. They got him from plucked chicken to fully feathered but not happy. A wonderful friend of mine took her when the rescue closed. She had him for six months but she wasn't home enough and his cries hurt her boyfriend's hearing aids. I gladly took Tango for free as my friend only wanted him to have a good home. I spent over 20 years working with animal rescues and I will admit toos are harder than lions and tigers. :-)


Susie, owned by Tango MSC2

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