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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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I made a decision

I decided that I just donít have the experience, time and knowledge to rehabilitate SweetyPi. S/he needs someone that does. So I gave him/her to a woman that I previously gave a Goffinís Cockatoo.

She owns and operates a parrot sanctuary. She also does parrot awareness at schools. She is a wonderful lady and SweetyPi will have a great and permanent home with her.

However, I do want a medium sized parrot eventually. And now I have this really nice EMPTY cage. I want to adopt an adult that needs a new home, but I need to make sure it does not have any major issues. I would love to be able to say that I could rehab a parrot, but I just donít know that I can.

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If you feel that is the best for SweetyPi then I can't see any problem with that. Adult birds are used to the previous owners trainings so if you're going to adobt another adult bird it might not be trained to up to how you want it to be. I do hope you find the right bird for you nice EMPTY cage

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Shame you couldn't try and stick by him but from what you'd been telling us he sounded a bit like a nightmare. Not every bird is right for every owner and sadly he wasn't. Glad he found a good new owner and I'm glad that you're hoping to get another bird

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If you feel that is the best for SweetyPi then I can't see any problem with that. Adult birds are used to the previous owners trainings so if you're going to adobt another adult bird it might not be trained to up to how you want it to be. I do hope you find the right bird for you nice EMPTY cage
Thank you. I don't really have any training expectations, but that level of aggression made me nervous.

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Shame you couldn't try and stick by him but from what you'd been telling us he sounded a bit like a nightmare. Not every bird is right for every owner and sadly he wasn't. Glad he found a good new owner and I'm glad that you're hoping to get another bird
I wish I could have stuck by him, and if I was retired and didn't need to worry about my son, I would be much more likely to have kept him. Or if I could have him in a cage-less bird room, that would be great.

I have a chance of getting an adult female Meyer's but because of the money I just spent on SweetyPi I won't have the money for about 4 weeks. I don't know if they would hold her for me. I emailed her this morning so we'll see.

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Didn't you just get a Parrotlet, and a GCC, and the Pionus, looking for a Linnie, now a Meyers? That is an awful lot of new birds in a very short time. More power to you, I have my hands full giving all my attention to Maxx.



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Didn't you just get a Parrotlet, and a GCC, and the Pionus, looking for a Linnie, now a Meyers? That is an awful lot of new birds in a very short time. More power to you, I have my hands full giving all my attention to Maxx.
Yes. The Pionus is now gone though. And the Meyer's, or another Pionus, or possibly a Senegal, would be in place of the Pionus that I turned over to the sanctuary, because I was planning an adding a medium parrot from the beginning. My 15 yr old son helps out with the birdies.

And I put a deposit on a df dilute cobalt linnie.

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I think you did the right thing by giving SweetyPi to the rescuer! It's true not every bird is right for everyone, exspecially (spelling?) a handycapped bird!


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I think you did the right thing by giving SweetyPi to the rescuer! It's true not every bird is right for everyone, exspecially (spelling?) a handycapped bird!
Thank you. A special needs animal needs a special person. I would have loved to be able to say that I was SweetyPi's special person, but I just doubted my ability to do what needed to be done for him/her way too much.

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You had to do what you found right, both for your family and for the bird. You did that. The bird had been seriously abused. That was not any of your doing.

I have all of the birds you have. I do not have a meyers, but a senegal is quite similar, and I have one of those. My senegal has never been abused, but she doesn't like most other people. She loves my avian vet, and she is even nice to the staff there. She is generally sweet with me. She can still be sweet with folks at the bird store. She is very bratty with my children. As a species, senegals are generally more prone to becoming one person birds than are meyers, but everything depends on the individual.

My maxi is as sweet as the day is long. I can take her around handicapped people and very little children and she is gentle with everyone. However, had she ever been abused, she would not be who she is today.

Among my birds, the maxi is an exceptionally good family bird, and the senegal is not, but she and the kids just have a truce. They don't mess with her, and she doesn't mess with them.

My maxi was 13 when we got her. The secret was selecting a bird that was already sweet. I have respect for people who rehabilitate birds, but that is not for me, at least not at this point in my life. I have a hard enough time not messing up birds that have been handled well.

There is something to be said for getting another South American bird since that is what the rest of yours are. My birds from South America all seem to understand one another very well. I'm not saying they all interact with one another, because some of them don't, but they understand one another and they don't fight because they stay away from each other when that is what needs to be done.

I only let my two African birds out together. Long ago, when I only had one African bird, one Australian bird, and one South American bird, I let those three all out together, but all of the birds were clipped, so they stayed away from one another. Now that my birds are flighted, I would be afraid to have the senegal out with the South American birds.

African birds do not flock with other species of birds. Most South American birds do flock with other species of birds. I think this makes some difference in how they interact with one another. Nevertheless, my African birds really do seem to understand one another very well, and they coexist peacefully when out of their cages at the same time.

My only Australian bird who is home presently, the bourkes, would go right up to any bird and never realize it would kill her. I notice that Cannary's POW is exactly the same way in the store. We are always having to get her away from the macaws or anything else. Since my South American birds don't ever hurt the bourkes, and, in fact, let her do things they would never let the other South American birds do, I am hoping they will be the same way with the POW.

Understand, though, that not all senegals are like mine. Tippa's senegal seems to be gentler than his little conures, so, as I said, it is all individual. I will say this about poicephalus, they can be the sweetest things ever, and they can be unpredictable.

Just pick a bird you've visited a lot and are certain fits what you can handle.

OH, and it has been my experience that female pionus are, as a whole, gentler than males.


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Thank you Donna.

A Meyer’s, Pi, or Senegal, are the species I’m most interested in with a Senegal being my last choice. It’s funny though, a Senegal is the only one that I have not found for adoption. Of the Pi’s I really like the Maxi best.

That said, someone has offered me a Dusky Winged Pi for $120 with a free green Quaker. The Pi is about 4 yrs old, they don’t know the sex, and is only partially tame, however it has no aggression issues. On top of that I don’t want a Quaker and they live far enough that visiting would be difficult. So it’s not likely going to happen.

I’m having an email conversation regarding a female Meyer’s and she sounds wonderful. But I will meet her first and her owner would want to visit my place before either of us makes a decision.

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PS: I have always loved the Princess of Wales parakeet.
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A dusky pionus is MY dream bird. I've wanted one for a very long time, but Daisy won our hearts, and I've never actually seen a dusky pionus in person, so perhaps it wouldn't be what I think it is, anyway.

My quaker is an absolutely wonderful bird. Lots of people tried to talk me out of getting a quaker, but I enjoy mine greatly.


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Kim,
Do you have a bourkes? I think I am confused about the birds you already have.


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A dusky pionus is MY dream bird. I've wanted one for a very long time, but Daisy won our hearts, and I've never actually seen a dusky pionus in person, so perhaps it wouldn't be what I think it is, anyway.

My quaker is an absolutely wonderful bird. Lots of people tried to talk me out of getting a quaker, but I enjoy mine greatly.
I've never seen a Dusky either, but I really love the look/colors of the Maxi. This Dusky is not tame and I really don't want a Quaker. Mostly because I heard they are noisy and she did not answer my question about if it's tame or not.

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Kim,
Do you have a bourkes? I think I am confused about the birds you already have.
The only "hands on" birds that I have right now are......
A rosey Bourke's that I hand fed
A yellow Parrotlet that I adopted
A yellow sided GCC that I adopted

That's it for parrots/parakeets at this time. And I'm going to reduce my number of canaries and other finches. I was breeding but I'm not going to any more.

I have a deposit placed on a df dilute cobalt linnie and I would like to get a second linnie. I also want one medium sized parrot, but just might end up with two......

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Im so glad your getting linnies :P I have rubbed off onto lol.. And who knows in a year we might BOTH have linnie babies being raised :P

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All great birds you have there.


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