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I know, I'm absolutely crazy! I've been wanting in particular to get a rescue for about a year now, and I'm a total research hound for it! I'm also very active in my local C.A.A.R.E. the bird in question is a female green cheek conure; this person wanted to take her in and work with her, but she poses serious risks to the other members of his flock. She'll attack anyone and any bird! No birds even in cages are safe from her! He wants her to be an only bird in her forever home. He sounds extremely discerning that she not go to just anyone. I know that who ever does adopt her most likely (as sad as it is) won't be prepared for the months or years it will take to work through her various issues, and she most likely will be bopped from home to home.
So... my plan is this. Move into my new apartment. Get cage, supplies, birdie light, etc and set it up. Make the trip to see this bird in question and quite frankly grill him. If he decides I'm worthy she goes home with me. When the weather is nice wheel her cage outside to get some fresh air and put her near a window so she can watch the wild birds. I won't try to handle her unless absolutely necessary for at least 6 months. Interaction will consist of soft whispers and good morning singing, and putting little treats in her cage bars. more time if she still doesnt trust me. I love those bird bath fountain bubbler things, so I'll probably make her a little bathing area, so she can bathe whenever she wants. Safe houseplants and herbs will enclose her cage on two sides so she feels safe. toys will be rotated and switched out as often as i can handle hand mutilation. Fresh foraged weeds and fruits will be given daily. If all of this doesn't help, I may consider getting avi calm. Birdie supplements and whatever vegetable tidbits we are having that night. Am I still crazy for wanting to do all this? Do you think this will be enough to at least have her be happy for the rest of her life?
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it sounds like you want the best for her and will be able to provide her with the best of care
and i think she would be wonderful in your home

even if she never is a cuddle bug, at least she will have a forever home where she is so well taken care of

I thank you greatly for adopting a troubled bird

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Sounds awesome... and who knows she may just decide your ok!
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Sounds like a plan! I have an aviary bred GCC and I tamed him in a day! So I'm sure you will win her around fast.

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i think you are doing an amazing thing

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Sounds like a great plan

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At least you guys think it's a good idea!

It must just be with the bird crowd. Everyone else seems to think I'm bat $#*% crazy for wanted an abused bird. Well, here's the ad for them, I got the feeling it's legit. What do you guys think? http://eauclaire.ebayclassifieds.com...sg=OUT_OF_AREA
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Don't worry about everybody else, we all know what its like, most non-bird people and even some bird people are like that, but I personally think its wonderful, I have alot of animals that started out similar to that and I couldn't picture my life without them .
From what I can tell, the ad looks legit, but somtimes its hard to tell.
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Maybe I can help you lol I've rescued tons of abused and neglected birds. It all comes down to trust. Anger and fear always stem from a lack of trust. Abuse can certainly shatter it definitely. most important thing if you do get them, DO NOT RUSH THINGS. Take all the time in the world to sit with them, talk to them, and offer them tasty treats through the cage. My fiance and I can recommend Avicalm, I've used it on a stressed out and plucking Severe Macaw I rescued, and shes doing much better. Avicalm however is not a solution, it helps, but its not the be all end all. Work with the birds. It will turn around in time.



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You have no idea how much of a relief that is to hear! I'm young and I have lots to time to not only sit and be with her, but time to spare, years if need be, to help bring her around. Now my only qualm is that this person is going to be extremely picky about who she goes to, and prefers that the owner be local. And I'm not sure if I'll 'qualify'. Owning a bird is far different than a simply volunteering at a shelter. My biggest pitfall, I've never actually owned a bird. I've been lurking on these forums (and the lineolatedparakeet.net one) for a while now, but I'm really afraid it won't be enough! that the person will want me to have a 'starter' bird. I don't want a pet simply to work my way up to what I want, that's not fair to the 'starter', and I feel it's simply wrong. I'm so nervous, once finals are over, I need a pep talk to convince myself to call!
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i think an honest approach here is best. tell them you've never actually owned a bird, but show them the research you've done on them, go the extra mile to show them what you've learned and what you can offer. ask them questions

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You have no idea how much of a relief that is to hear! I'm young and I have lots to time to not only sit and be with her, but time to spare, years if need be, to help bring her around. Now my only qualm is that this person is going to be extremely picky about who she goes to, and prefers that the owner be local. And I'm not sure if I'll 'qualify'. Owning a bird is far different than a simply volunteering at a shelter. My biggest pitfall, I've never actually owned a bird. I've been lurking on these forums (and the lineolatedparakeet.net one) for a while now, but I'm really afraid it won't be enough! that the person will want me to have a 'starter' bird. I don't want a pet simply to work my way up to what I want, that's not fair to the 'starter', and I feel it's simply wrong. I'm so nervous, once finals are over, I need a pep talk to convince myself to call!
Hopefully that person will realize that everybody has to start somewhere and that just because you haven't owned a bird doesn't mean you won't be great at it. owning birds is just like most other things in life it's a learning process, you learn as you go, no matter how much reasearch you do, there is always something new to learn and usually you find that out when somthing pops up all of a sudden . just be confident, you can do this and you have a whole forum of people who will help you whenever you need it.
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Well and when I got KC, she was my first larger bird, and they let me adopt her no problem. But then again, they were the ones causing her issues...



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Please get her, you would be doing her a favour...

I think you are doing a wonderful thing!
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Not everyone needs a starter bird.
I went from taming 2 mad tiels to a Ducorps' too!
If you believe you can then you will!
Birdtricks do a course for taming previously abused birds.

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My POW parakeet is also an interesting case, his owner died, and now I'm using clicker training on him to try to overcome his cage possession.



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Our conure was a rescue/threat bird --- supposedly her owner had given up and decided if we didn't take her she was going to be released into the local Quaker flock. She seemed like an unredeemable hellion at first but she turned out to be a schizoid angel (she has injured other birds but her intentions in doing so have been unclear --- she also spends a lot of time learning to speak "budgie language"). Even with her myriad idiosyncracies I would never want to be without her! (And I'm hoping once her hormones quiet down everyone in the flock will again be safe together without constant supervision!)

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PS: She's currently semi-obsessed with her new (unfertilized) egg but when I poke my finger between the bars she gives me sweet kisses on my fingertips. They don't get more tame than that!!!

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thats a great thing your trying to do, do you have friends with birds? Maybe you can help them with thier birds, this way your getting some "experience" at being around birds & caring for them! Good luck, I hope it works out for you.
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