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#119740 - 12/08/06 03:33 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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I have four birds, all resuces. Hollywood, I've had for 11 years is a white-eyed conure. His previous owner purchased him from a pet store was uneducated on the care. I went to her house for a different reason and noticed his poopy water, mound of fecal matter at the bottom of his cage etc... I convinced her to give him to me.

Sam my Quaker was in his new home for a couple of weeks before his new owner tried to return him to the pet store in which he purchased. He didn't realize Quakers make so much noise. The store refused to take him back because of his exposure to the owners other birds. I just happen to be in the store at the same time and offered to take him.

Marsha, my pride and joy is an 18 yr wild caught U2. I adopted her after reading her story on the avian connection. She had been resuced by a wonderful lady out of a breeding situation. Marsha was fearful of everything and the lady did not want her placed back into a breeding situation. I've had her since January and she has really calmed down. Her cage is open at all times during the day and is only closed at night. She hangs out on her playtop all day when I'm home and has started eating from my hand.

Liberty is the newest of the bunch. A lady at work needed to place her because her mother had suddenly taken ill.

#119741 - 12/08/06 03:41 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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what amazing stories
heres mine
squeeker- umbrella cockatoo was purchased when he was 2 months old- 5 years ago

chewy- greenwing macaw was purchased when he was 4months old- he's now 4 years old...

lucky- greenwing macaw adopted from the oregon humane society- age unknown but have had her for 3.5 years

sammy- umbrella cockatoo was adopted a year ago.she was a rescue shes 7 years old now

sammy- Harlequin macaw.adopted from a rescue he's 10 years old He's been with us for about 4 months

casper- blue and gold macaw, age is guessed at 6-7 years old..she was also adopted from a rescue.she our newest feather friend

when we had purchased our first feather friends we had no idea about rescue.until we saw on the news about the oregon humane society and all the exotic birds that they had.
from there we have only adopted from rescues, alot of the birds that we have have a very special need..lucky was and still is a feather picker and nobody wanted her because she was not perfectly feather.feathers to us does not make a perfect bird.
she is a very loving bird, just naked.
and that is ok by us.we love her anyway..
if i knew then what i know about birds in need i would have only adopted from rescues.
but theres not enough news and stories on birds in need.so someone just starting out will go to there local pet store and purchase what they see.
just like we did.but know i try to spread the word.go to your local rescues, before you adopt spend the time with the birds.learn all you can, talk to others..
tis the season and people dont think till christmas is over and then the newness runs out and they find birds are not for them..
well i have rambled enough......thanks for this wonderful site..donna

#119742 - 12/11/06 06:22 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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how wonderful stories, you are such wonderful people.

Here I go,
Coco my 5 year old yellow crowned amazon parrot I bought in the worst petshop you can ever imagine, I didn't know any better. They sell birds too young and often sick and die within weeks or months some even in days.
So coco came to me, 5 weeks old, only pinfeathered and had to keep him warm and handfeed him, often he was ill and spend many nights at an avian vet. I got him tested and luckily no contageous diseases. Later he got older and got behaviour problems like excessive screaming, my husband couldn't say anything at all or coco started to scream. We went with him towards a parrot behaviourist and together with him and later with help from internet boards to deal with these problems by positive reinforcement, I know I made many mistakes. Today everything is fine with him, he can be loud now en then but not anymore like he once was.

The screaming was over, but hubby couln't do a lot with coco, so we decided to buy a second bird, he wanted a too, I didn't. In my opionion it was searching for trouble to own a too, I never read about them, not really interested in them, I lived in an apartment, so what do I want with a too???. We talked a lot about it and finally we decided to have a too, we had bought a house with a garden in a quiet suburb of a town. So I read and read and read all about them and they started to touch my heart. From a friended breeder we got our D2. We've have him now for 4,5 years. He's like a adhd child very busy and can't concentrate long on a toy or something else. I trained him to play on his own, he can do that for quit a long time now. Well he is needy, very busy, lovable, sometimes mean (but never bit me in a way a too can, never had to go towards the emergency room, allthough coco has bitten me harder) he can be loud and can act as a clown. He's in a difficult period now, dealing with his hormones and I respect it and let him be, whenever he showes behaviour like that. The next day is allways a new one, I start over that day and everything is fine then.

I won't go to petshops anymore, not even to buy food (coco and blondie eat harrisons, which I have to buy from a vet) and I make my own toys or buy them at places where no animals are sold.
I hope one day to adopt a parrot, resquing U2 is a dream, but I guess it stays that way. I hope I can recue one after I have been retired and I can have all the time and more inner rest to make a neclected or abused bird happy again.

The story is a bit long

#119743 - 12/11/06 06:32 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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I must tell you guys, in the states you are sooo much further with rescueing and adopting parrots. Here in the netherlands are only two foundations who have parrot wellbeing on number one and replace them to new (first screened)households.
In the netherlands, most people bring their toos or parrots to an parrot reception center. Most parrots handreared think they are humans too and are afraid of other parrots. There they are placed together in aviaries. Many parrots die because of stress.

Two weeks ago we visited this receptioncenter, I needed a week to get over it. There was a bare eyed too who wanted to come with us sooooo dearly he clamped his two feed around our hands to say please take me with you. Unfortunatly they don't give their birds away for adoption and unfortunately I didn't have a concrete steel scissors with me or he went home with us. He belonged in a family and not in a receptioncenter. My heart cried there. I won't go back there.

#119744 - 12/11/06 09:00 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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It seems in the USA there are big problems with the TOOS and a lot of sad stories but almost many with good endings. I bought my U2, from a petshop.
angry2 Main reason being I don't think these birds are there for attraction. I hate it when I see animals being used by shops to attract people. I am now trying to improve my Czech even more so I can find out what is happening here in CZ to the toos and if there are any rescue places for parrots in general but on the good side I don't think there is a big market for big parrots because of the price also people here are genrally afraid of them.... But I am on a mission to help here in Europe (mainly CZ) To help people understand them and help Toos. Luckily Kuba is in a great family with me and my wife and children. I keep you posted on the story on the other side of the world
Cheers
Kuba and Family

#119745 - 12/11/06 09:36 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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I live in the netherlands, approximately 800 km away from you, here the problems are large too. There are a vew large parrotstores who sell parrots as if they are dvd-players. And not telling buyers the truth about parrots, they still tell people that m2's are cuddly and never change, when buyers doubting he knows to talk just that way, you come home with a parrot and a loan. When your dear parrot dies or gets ill, they are not home or they tell you it is your own fault, you should have taken him to an avian vet, all baceteria over there, and if you want to sue them, they send some large men to your house so you do want to make an arrangement.
These guys are criminals, and they even use negative attention for advertising. Its soooooo sad.

#119746 - 12/12/06 01:57 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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ok...I was not going to post to this..but I read the post about being the dumbest way to get a Cockatoo and thought I would throw my hat into the ring.

Where to start? I needed a hobby to help with my stress and anxiety and depression...I tried a lot of different things....oh I am retired with time on my hands and a wonderful husband.

I told him I wanted my hobby to be a Moluccan friend..so he helped me look on the computer...then he bought me a book on the computer to read called All Abot Too's...a link led me here.

oh you guys I wanted so bad to Rescue...to walk in a place and let someone pick me out....you folks here at MyToo's changed my mind about just going out and buying a baby to Rescuing an older bird at least 20 years or older and a Male.

Trouble is when you have real Anxiety....taking classes downtown and all the other stuff that goes along with the rescue procedures was not an option for me.

One day a friend of mine called and said that there is a 14yo,talking,hand raised,dna'd Male Moluccan in the local news paper $800.00 price encludes huge cage....she gave me the number..but I did not call right away...again thinking of you folks...then I thought what could a phone call hurt???

Question 1. Why are you selling your M2?
Wife is going to have baby, bird tooooo loud.

Q2. Does he prefer Men or Women????
A. both he likes both??? I said really????

Q3. Is he missing any feathers and if so where??
A. Just the tips of his shoulders. Previous owner said he was just bored and needed more attention.

Q4. What is his name???? Peaches.. What? Peaches? I thought you said he was a boy????
First thought was I will change it to a boy's name soon as he settles in.

Q5. Can you deliver him and his cage out to me?
A. YES....would you like him today or tomorrow?

ok guys I bought Mr.Peaches sight unseen out of the news paper...I don't even get the news paper!

So the young man drives down our drive way with Peaches on his shoulder...he gets out of his little truck with a little hat,little dress and flip flops...he was the nicest young man...21years old...said Hi and watch this he held Peaches over my plastic potted plants that look real and said Poo Poo Poo to Peaches and Peached did poo poo...

then he put Peaches on my SHOULDER...I almost wet my pants(hello baby's bite page Lynn i think).

I smiled and looked UP my goodness this is a tall bird...and he could take my nose off....

he tilted his head down and bumped my cheek with the top of his head and said H E L L O ....I just melted his voice so deep so caring...he bobbed up and down a little and said I LOVE YOU...I felt at that moment this bird has had a lot of love in his past...I can only hope I can do him Justice for the rest of his natural life with me...Then to my daughter,then to my granddaughter she is now 12.

Just thought I would share smile

#119747 - 12/12/06 04:13 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Kitty, our U2, was purchased (before we knew better). Donkho, our CAG was adopted from one of my students who realized that she was in over her head with a long-lived parrot. I regularly talk about my birds in class (about how difficult they are to have), and this student felt that I was dedicated enough to bird welfare that I would provide a good home for her grey, which I have tried to do.

#119748 - 12/12/06 06:22 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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HI WGW Yea problems atfer problems here, but luckily I have been in this field my whole life with animals in South Africa. So I knew what I was getting myslef into before I got Kuba. But the laugh is on me. The nears A.vet is 200Kms from where I live. But I love travelling So I going in the new year for a check up. and the other stories about breeders in this country are really upsetting but as I said I will find away how to helpand fight it over here Good luck to you...

#119749 - 12/13/06 10:25 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Hi, This poll has been sooo much fun to read! Figured I'd join in! I have a 10 yr old Quaker, named Quincy, and love him very much. He doesn't love anyone except me, and to be honest, he actually just tolerates me at times! It's all about him, and his "mood" He says lots of words, sings, whistles, waves, etc. Before Quincy, I had keets, and tiels as I was growing up. They were lots of fun, 2 of my keets also talked. Then...4 months ago, I got the monster! My first large parrot, Peeechoo is an 18 yr old male wild caught "rescue" Moluccan Cockatoo. He had a very tough time in his previous homes. Being hit, kicked, totally neglected, left in dark room...... You all know the story! So, after finding Mytoos, I did research for a couple of months, and finally decided to take him--thought I was ready--HA HA. All I can say is WOW!!!! I've been bit several times, once badly, lunged at, hissed at, screamed at, humped, etc. And I really believe you don't know what noise is, until you own an M2! In the past few months, I have decided to "get rid of him", about 20 times. But for some strange reason, I love this bird. He is now eating Roudybush, very little seed, tons of friuts & veggies, has a brand new huge cage, tons of toys. I think he is finally starting to settle in. He has time out of his cage every day from about 5pm--8pm. He is very entertaining, chases balls and throws them back! Great vocabulary, such a show off! I adore him, and give most of the credit to mytoos for helping me get through the first really hard months. Oh, by the way, he LOVES my hubby! Go figure! Thank you all! Jesse

#119750 - 12/14/06 12:57 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  

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Taming of the Shrew, or in your case the Wild M2.

Jesse sounds as though you are experiencing what most of us here know all too well when it comes to the "Trials and Tribulations" of being owned by a Too.

Yes, I too, when I/we first adopted our Lucky (M2 now 43 yo) felt much the way you are feeling and wondered if I hadn't made the biggest mistake of my life after reading through Mytoos forum. Yes, I was one of "those people" who adopted first and read later, although I did have a B&G Macaw many moons ago, so felt I could handle it. Whoa, much different temperament! My B&G was so sweet compared to this "Godzilla", as the Foster Parent had called him when they first got him.

As days went by and I was repeatedly hissed at and not so welcomely wanted, I wondered if this bird would ever come around to a friendlier state of mind. I decided to give him an open door policy as I am home 95% of the time. I believe this has helped us to gain Luckys confidence more than anything. He would just sit and observe. He was also in the main traffic flow of the house so he would not be avioded.

I have attached my original thread should you like to know more of our journey.

http://www.mytoos.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=25;t=000760

But as time progressed, Lucky and I learned to respect, well maybe I was one that LEARNED respect.....2 pretty good DEEP wounds later. Big Ouches!!! Hurt Like Heck!

It has been over a month and a half and he has become the gentleman I was hoping for, with exceptions of a few days, but very sweet and gentle to touch now. But, hey we all have those days, and he too is allowed.

Time and Patience as I was told REPEATEDLY by the other members here was the main KEY, and I have that now drilled into my thought thinking process now. Best advice of all, it truly works. But always being on guard with the body language, never get to comfortable and think "it will never happen". Guess what?

Quick story about the Noise factor. When we first brought Lucky and his gigantic cage home from his Fosters home in the SUV, Lucky was in a Pet Carrier in the front seat next to my partners lap. All of a sudden, unexpectantly, Lucky lets out a huge squawk, I almost ran off the road, scared the Crap out of us, Brian (partner) didn't know if he had crapped his pants or not. He, Brian not already being too sure of this big bird anyways as he has a Green Cheek Conure, ever so sweet. What an odd coupole this would turn out to be. We did laugh it off after we gained control of ourselves. WOW!
So yes, can relate to those wonderful noises, but I truly love when Lucky displays and prances, squawks. To me, I feel he is happy.

Jesse, with that being said, hang in there. We all have wonderful and crazy stories to tell, but in the end when our feathered friends start coming around to us, it is an absolutely wonderful feeling that you have made a breakthough with this bird. A new relationship has begun.

Thanks to Mytoos and the wonderful people here I have been able to learn and live in Harmony with Lucky. I am so grateful for their presence.

Sorry for rambling, forgive me. I love these stories of first encounters and the progress through it all. Great job, you will not faulter.

Keep us posted.

Rick smile

#119751 - 12/14/06 10:09 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Hey pjcoop - Since you threw your hat in the ring, I will gladly share my "Dumbest way to get a 'Too" award with you". <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />
What a great story. I am glad for you and I that our dumb luck, proved to work out well. wink

#119752 - 12/14/06 10:52 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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oh Evelyn...THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing your title with me!!!!!!!

I was only brave because you showed me the way to just put it out there...I figured I would probably tick off someone or at least get some sort of grief from someone....they are probably tired of reading this topic wink I thought long and hard before I decided to post my story and thought what the heck....I am a big girl.

#119753 - 12/14/06 11:00 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Amen Sister wink
The title is now mutually shared, I am glad it was you that I must share with. I am honored to be in such good company. deep bow.
Evelyn

#119754 - 12/14/06 11:17 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird?  
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Right back at you smile Bow and everything.

#257149 - 11/04/14 05:49 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: Anonymous]  
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BUMP!

I find this a fascinating thread from many years ago. I see that many of the old times that are around today have a post on this thread. It would be cool to see if some of the not-so old timers would be interested in adding to this thread.

#257154 - 11/05/14 05:40 AM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: Anonymous]  
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Angelina was bought. My first large bird. Charlie my grey was supposed to only stay awhile till my neighbor came back. He didn't and my Macau, a long story came from a drug addicted cousin

#257158 - 11/05/14 05:04 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: Anonymous]  
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Echo (M2) - first large bird, impulse purchase at a pet store.
Nikki, (Eclectus)-adopted from Project Perry
Sydney, (LSC) -adopted from Project Perry
Alex (RIP) (U2) - rescue/hoarding situation
Noelle (M2) - adopted from Project Perry
Charlee (RIP)(M2)-adopted from Best Friends
Peach (M2) - private adoption
Nina (U2)- private adoption


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#257161 - 11/05/14 07:47 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: Anonymous]  
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Cassie BE2 purchased from pet store
Biddybe (RIP) Budgie adopted from the Cumberland Animal Control Shelter


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#257174 - 11/06/14 06:15 PM Re: Poll! How did you acquire your bird? [Re: Anonymous]  
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Monty (LSC2) - Private adoption
Luka (GCC) - Given by a friend who had "accidentally" bred.
Yuki (Budgie) - Dropped off for "birdie sitting"; owner never reclaimed him.
Aphrodite (Budgie, RIP) - Can't recall the exact circumstances.
Zeus ('Tiel, RIP) - Friend of a friend begged me to take; originally a gift to her kid


My flock: Monty (Eleanora/medium sulphur crested cockatoo), Benjamin Button (European Starling).
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