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Old 04-10-2002, 03:57 AM
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i have noticed that bird sanctuaries have a primary concern to match the bird with the right person....they will not risk the bird being rejected again....they just won't hand over a problem bird for the right price....they look for someone capable of providing a good home and i suspect the money is part of the process in deterring those without the correct dedication..

perhaps, though, letting your local rescue centre know you are interested might help as i'm sure they get calls from people looking for a home

it really boils down to a personality test.....try to see the bird in its own environment and then how does it react to people....fear and aggression are pretty easy to read in these guys....my fellow will always tremble and retreat if a stranger comes close to his cage and will lunge at anyone stupid enough to provoke him...such as dsil:mad: who thankfully only visits once a year...but he doesn't show exreme fear or aggression and he is what i'd call half-tame...a tame bird will let strangers close and usually let you pet it or will even taste your finger....that's the ideal....so with those examples does that give you an idea of how to judge personality on a quick basis? of course there's no easy way to test acquired vocabulary!!!

when i got birdo the woman told me to basically force-handle him several times a day and in a week he'd be used to it!....and like a fool i tried and resulted in lacerated hands and clothes on my part and a traumitized bird who even now gets upset if my hands are too close....

but he likes it when i put my face level with the cage and comes within a couple of inches of me...and last night he reached over and nibbled on the edge of my glasses that was a first...i was so happy

the rescue cases can provide such wonderful moments of joy when you least expect them

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Old 04-10-2002, 06:45 AM
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I know you are right about the sanctuaries and why they charge the fee but it would stand to reason to me that most of the birds there were bought w/big bucks in the first place only to end up there. Anyway I appreciate your advice on the personality type test for a rescue, that is reasonable. The small birds that we've had before were much the same way regarding strangers and such. I do think that basically, if you don't count the ability to be MUCH more destructive and cause bigger injuries that they have a lot in common as far as behaviour, with their smaller counterparts. The parakeets that we've had were soooooo smart as was the ****atiel. I don't think people give them enough credit. We don't have a local shelter, which is a bummer. The closest "city" is 70 miles away, I guess I could call there and talk to them. I'm just going to be patient and keep my eyes and ears open and if it's meant to be, he/she will come to me! I do think rescues offer so much love and appreciation because no matter what species they are they appreciate the 2nd chance at life.
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Old 04-11-2002, 07:05 PM
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Rotten bird parents

When I went to the bird store today, the owners and two other people were huddled over a little cardboard box. It turns out that the lady had decided that her ****atiel "smelled" and DUNKED him in a dishtub of water with - get this - dishsoap and perfume! I am soooo steamed! I don't know if the bird would be considered lucky to live. She shouldn't be given the opportunity to GIVE the bird up...she should have it TAKEN away and given to people who a more than willing to care for it.

Sorry guys - I needed to vent. I hope for the sake of birds like that, those of you looking to adopt find one to rescue.
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Old 04-12-2002, 06:44 AM
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How sad is that....the worst of it is the witch is probably a "mother" of humans too! That's awful I don't know what people are thinking sometimes. AAAaaaackkkkk.
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Old 04-15-2002, 08:17 PM
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Hey Prairie...

Since Texas is such a small state , there are a few web-friendly sites for avian rescue organizations. The most legitimate looking, www.theaviary.com/haven.shtml , seems to be run by someone more than just some froot loop with a single wounded pidgeon and an armadillo . They have a waiting list, though, for placement homes. I don't know how far it is from you, but the town sounds like fate: Grand Prairie....PrairieRose...get it?

AWwwright leemee alone... I'm too tired to come up with anything funnier!

Good luck!
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"birdo."

I like that name. It makes me laugh.
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Old 04-25-2002, 07:13 PM
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I got it!

It's not very near me...but you DID make a funny or a pretty good stab at it anyway peabiscuit!
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Old 06-22-2002, 08:47 AM
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I've got a Tiel named Roofus and 2 Keets named Sunnie and Skye.

My first Tiel passed away from a heart attack when he was 15

I missed having a bird in the house so I went and bought a Keet at a local pet store. I would take her outside with me in the fall to get some fresh air. There was this Keet that would fly over to her cage and talk with her. I just knew that he would not be able to survive a winter in Michigan, so my quest was to catch "free bird" (that's what DH and I used to call Sunnie). Well, that was almost a year ago and I'm happy to report that they are still together and happy in the same cage

We were also foster parents to a Gold-Capped Conure. Beautiful bird but very LOUD! LOL

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Many years I bought my first ****ateil. It was a female and we bonded. I took her everywhere on my shoulder. Then some well meaning friend gave me a 2nd and nothing was the same after that. She didn't need me anymore and they began breeding.
My advice is, unless you want to breed your Teils, LoveBirds and Budgies, keep only one as a pet. These are all flock birds and love company. If there are no other birds for them to make their family then you become their family. They are much easier to train and in general, live with.
I have love Birds, but I have them in seperate areas. I also have a 19 year old Militery Macaw ( they live into their 80's+) This is not a bird for just anyone. They are a life time commitment.
Just to add order to natures way I also have 2 cats and an 18 year old Collie. Not to mention the wild squirrls, raccoons,and oppossums that visit daily.
Back to the Teils for a moment. If you are intending to buy one, get it as a baby and make sure it is hand reared. A female makes a better pet in most but not all cases. Just like anything else, they are a product of their surroundings. Buy a good book and read up on them. I advise people to have their wings clipped by a Avian vet. Too often they are done wrong and can harm the structure of the wing.
If you need any info I will be glad to help in any way. I love birds and animals in general.
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Old 10-22-2002, 09:49 PM
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African grey parrot

Hi Peabiscuit,

I own an African grey parrot, He or she is so much fun to have and very affectionate with my daughter.
My problem is to get over my bird phobia, when the bird is out of the cage I freak out a bit especially if he comes close to me and need to overcome this. The bird also feels it. Once he is in the cage I can pet him even kiss.
Do you have any suggestions?
Also tell me more about the kind.
I couldn't find anything in the internet except some groups fighting for their extension.
We didn't buy ours, and need to know how best to take care of him.
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Vera
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