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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-25-2013, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Former volunteers?

Alrighty, so I really wanted a parrot back when I was in 8th grade. My parents-even my dad-were against me getting a parrot at the time, so we decided I'd get my bird fix by volunteering at a bird shelter. I had a good time with that, and I got to interact with a bunch of birds. But I had to stop because of football and stuff like that. For the record, I'm not involved in stuff that keeps me after school for long periods of time anymore.

So, has anyone else volunteered at a bird shelter in the past? If so would you care to share any stories and stuff? I really liked this little caique named Joker, and he was the first bird I ever really interacted with. There was also this sweet female Eclectus, but I can't seem to remember her name. In addition to that, my dad bought me this nice jacket, which I took to the shelter when I was going to put in some volunteer work one day. There was this macaw I (nervously) interacted with, and he bit the plastic zipper tag thingy right off of my jacket. So that all was pretty awesome. Feel free to share any stories you might have!
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I did not volunteered, I ran a bird rescue/sanctuary for years but had to stop because I was killing myself (I was also the VP for a dog and cat rescue group and worked at the shelter three to four days a week). Unfortunately, when you are running a rescue, most of the stories are pretty sad and some are downright horrible (which adds terrible emotional stress to the very hard physical work -another reason why I had to quit).
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I have never volunteered at a Bird Shelter because the local one closed down.
I used to work at the local Humane Society/Animal Shelter. It's hard to work in a place like that every single day and see all of the horrible things that happen to those innocent creatures.
I wish I could have stayed working there but it just wasn't working out with my Hubby going away and having to find more childcare for my Son.

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I have yet to work for a shelter but I would like to when I can drive. There are no local bird ones though, so it would be a bit of everything. Either way, I don't mind doing a bit of mucking out

I have worked in an avian/exotics vets, but can't discuss anything from there for confidential reasons. But! I have also worked at a falconry centre. Although the birds aren't psittacines, I was lucky enough to work with a lot of different species of raptors and corvids. Fantastic birds! I'll tell you one about a raven called Spike

I was working at the centre and was going around the aviaries to feed up the birds. I fed Spike, a young male raven and started to walk away from his aviary. As plain as day I heard somebody behind me say "you alright Spike?". I turned around and I couldn't see anybody else around. I thought I was imagining it. Then when I walked a bit further it happened again. I turned around and nobody was there. Getting a bit freaked out I decided to wait and see. It was Spike, talking very, very human Might not sound that funny but it really did catch me off guard

After a while, I got a video of it. Enjoy!

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I worked at the Sugarcreek Bird Farm.
I LOVED it there! Truly, I did. It was a great gaining experience with all the different types of birds and I really actually enjoyed the dirty jobs like cleaning and stuff, because I knew it was for the good of the birds. The people were also great. It didn't exactly work out, but I'd give anything to go back and work there!

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