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10-07-2004 02:41 PM
Brenda Luna I agree with the subject of Macaw adoption. Not everybody should adopt a macaw. There are so many of these big guys who need a home. They're so adorable as young birds. Very entertaining, always willing to play and receive attention. Then they grow up. It's unfortunate but people who have no concept of the demands these birds can put on humans give them up when they realize they can't handle it. Sometimes that's for the best. A lot of them end up neglected or mistreated and would be better off going to a shelter or second home.

Let's face it, we humans captured and caged these exotic gems. The least we can do for them is give them everything we're capable of giving them for a happy and healthy life, even when they challange us every step of the way.

Some of the best behaved large (and mini) macaws can cause a lot of damage to your person or property. Ever notice how easily they can become wound up? Not every bird lover, no matter how good their intentions, could sucessfully adopt one of these birds. I have a mini macaw who thinks he's as big as Toby. We adore each other but we sometimes have our disagreements. And he seems to think he should always prevail. As stubborn as he is, he's also very sensitive. I always worry about whether I'm going to outlive him, and if not, would he find a second home that would love him and be patient with him.

There are some great rescue and adoption places that help you transition with a bird before finalizing the adoption. I know of one that won't adopt out any of the macaws he takes in because he's seen them come back to him more than once. Some in such terrible shape that it takes years for them to trust him enough to be handled again. It's very sad. I wish I could give them all a home. They're so precious and beautiful.
10-07-2004 02:26 PM
Brenda Luna Mother Nature is such a great artist! Look at the masterpiece she created with Toby!
10-07-2004 01:06 AM
Eli
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Originally Posted by PicOlio
Awwwww what a beauty!!!! Birds are such a hoot and I've not had a bird yet that didn't enjoy teasing the dogs lol.

My grey's "habit of the month" is to whine like the puppy which has me taking the pup out far more often than he wants to actually go lol

Toby is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing the pics.... There's nothing more Majestic than the MaCAW!
LOL Eli likes to act like he is gonna bite my cat, but now instead of running away, I have to protect Eli.....lol. Jodi, your baby is gorgeous!!!!!!! Just one question.....arent' you afraidt hat he'll fly away?
10-07-2004 01:00 AM
Tilt That does sound like a great place. If I'm in CA. when I decide to add a bird to my family, I'll check that place out. Thanks
10-07-2004 12:47 AM
Got2loveanAngel Roz..if you are from California I would recommend a bird store called Bird Crazy in Escondido, CA. My Aunt bought all three of her birds there (Severe Macaw, White-eared Conure, and Peach-front Conure). They are extremely knowledgable and you can tell they love there birds. They will allow you to exchange your bird if you dont get along with the bird or if the bird is more than you can handle, etc....which is awesome in my opinion (for the sake of the birds). I have visited Bird Crazy many times and I love it there. Plus they give free wing and nail trims for the life of your bird if you buy the bird from them.
Jodi- Toby is beautiful as usual.
09-16-2004 10:46 PM
Scarlette Great pics! I always get a giggle out of your stories about Toby tormenting the dogs.
09-16-2004 09:30 PM
dappledoxie Toby is soooo cute! I wuv him!
09-16-2004 09:17 PM
Tilt Thanks Jodi!
09-16-2004 09:13 PM
Jodi
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Originally Posted by Roz
Where do you (or anyone else with birdsense ) recommend getting your first bird from? I am naturally wary of pet stores. It seems that, too often, that's where the problems start.

One day I'd like to make a parrot or some sort of bird a part of my family, but that's a long way off I imagine. Where should someone like me, who loves birds, knows a fair bit about them, but has never owned one before get a bird friend?
Hmmm, good question. You're in CA, right? There are a lot of breeders in CA. I know of a couple of good breeders that my friends have personal experience with here in the East but I don't know a whole lot about the West Coast, just that there is a bunch out there.

And as far as pet stores... there are always good ones and bad ones. In fact, in Winston Salem & Charlotte, NC I know of 2 AWESOME bird stores. I wouldn't hesitate to get a bird from either of them. I know a woman who swears by a store in NE PA (or maybe it's NJ). So, there are good bird stores out there. On the other hand, I've seen the bad ones too. They break your heart and make you want to shake the people working there. At one place we saw a GW macaw and a LSC cockatoo caged together. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Plain ol ignorance. Filthy conditions, cheap nasty food & inappropriate cage sizes are a common occurance too.... You just have to find the good ones.

Or I would find a good with a breeder that has a good word of mouth reputation. Bird sites/forums are great places to find out about breeders. Of course, they're also the best places to get *real* information about different species. Listen to real stories, the ups and the downs and figure out which breed is best for you and your family. If you ever do decide to take the plunge and become "one of us", you won't regret it!!
09-16-2004 05:44 PM
RSbunny Hey Jodi no worries...you're on!!! I'm planning a trip to the us in three years so maybe by then I won't be so scared!!! But I do want to hear all the funny things he says!!!
I just finished bird care at school and if I wasn't scared of them and had the time, money etc. I'd get one cause everyone that owned a bird had the cutest stories to tell! Like one of the teacher's bird's (can't remember which one, possibly her major mitchell but not sure) has rap versions to her kid's fave television song!! And he races into the loungeroom every time it is on and starts singing ....b.b.b.b.b.b.anana's in p.p.p.p.yjama's..... and bobs his head up and down and flaps his wings! how cute is that!
09-16-2004 04:34 PM
Tilt Jodi,

I was reading your post about rescue birds. (Great post, btw!) It had never occurred to me that starting off with a rescue bird might not be a good idea, though thinking about it, it makes perfect sense. I don't know much about parrots and the like, but I have done a fair amount of reading about birds with problems (plucking and such.)

Where do you (or anyone else with birdsense ) recommend getting your first bird from? I am naturally wary of pet stores. It seems that, too often, that's where the problems start.

One day I'd like to make a parrot or some sort of bird a part of my family, but that's a long way off I imagine. Where should someone like me, who loves birds, knows a fair bit about them, but has never owned one before get a bird friend?
09-16-2004 04:32 PM
jmb9101 I never even thought about Rescues Deb...I guess I never even thought about them being there even though I have seen some in the past at the Humane Society. They were really loud and very mean because of their previous owners neglecting them...it was really sad. Good thing to think about...but I also agree with Jodi 100%...for a first bird, I dont think I would ever get a rescue because mainly I dont even know if I would be able to "fix" the bird...I wouldnt want to get into a situation where I would have to take him or her back. I would just feel so horrible doing that to an animal. I would most likely want to start with a young young bird, probably a baby so I would know everything about it and not have to second guess myself about scaring the life out of it...and dont worry, I wont be buying any big birds anytime soon...One, I know we do not have the kind of money to own a Macaw...whether its from the purchase price or from all the accessories and vet care it will need. It would be out of our budget if there would happen to be an accident, and hearing Sharons story about Eephus being sick lately just proves that even more. Someday Josh and I may get a Macaw...we love Macaws...maybe when we are older and have a bigger house, and my dogs have grown a little older and less rambunctious. But until then, talking to and scratching the neck of the one at Sweet Feed is just enough for us for now. As much as we love the birds, we really arent in a position to purchase one right now. Someday though!

And dont worry...our $1000 gift certificate wont go to waste, we will most likely do some home remodeling...maybe some new furniture...I know one things for sure...I want two really nice coushiny dog beds for Harlie and Max now that we have wood floors
09-16-2004 04:27 PM
Tilt Wings need workouts too!
09-16-2004 04:26 PM
Jodi
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Originally Posted by Roz
Boy is he handsome! What kind of parrot is he?

Also, are his wings clipped? Or how do you keep him from flying off? (I notice he's outside. )
Thank you!!
He's a Harlequin Macaw.

Yes, his wings are clipped. He only flies on my arm and at my command. When he flies on my arm, his big ol feeties never leave my arm, it's just for fun and to keep him in shape (lol - I know that sounds funny!).
09-16-2004 04:22 PM
Tilt Boy is he handsome! What kind of parrot is he?

Also, are his wings clipped? Or how do you keep him from flying off? (I notice he's outside. )
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