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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-12-2010, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hello Everyone!

My name is Leigh and I'm a mod over at TalkParrotlets! Thought I'd join over here so I can chat about the rest of my flock as well:

Gretchen, a female Blue-Front Amazon - Gretchen is sixteen and was surrendered to the rescue I volunteer with after her family was unable to care for her any longer. They took great care of her and we still keep in touch. Gretch loves to talk, but only my fiance and I are able to understand most of the words - she sounds like she has marbles in her mouth! Gretchen says "Hello?!" everytime a telephone rings, either in real life or on TV! She lives cage-free on a PVC stand in our living room.

Milo, a male Red-Sided Eclectus - Milo is a ten year old Ekkie who has been through five homes since hatching. He is very, VERY sweet although he prefers women to men. Milo was hatched in Quebec and as a result, speaks only French! He has a very deep voice, and late at night can be heard mumbling, "Comment ca va?" He lives cage-free on a manzanita stand next to Gretchen.

Uncle Leo, sex unknown, 11 year old Nanday Conure - Uncle Leo was rescued by the organization I work for from a cage that had been locked with a padlock - no key was provided. He has significant feather damage and continues to pluck even though he has been with us for a few months now, so he wears a collar made out of a baby sock with the toes cut off. Leo doesn't talk, but boy is he loud! Uncle Leo has his own stand in the living room.

Monkey, a 2 year old Green Naped Lorikeet - Monkey was also surrendered to the rescue but wears a band indicating she was originally purchased at a national pet chain. Monkey loves to talk and play - she says, "MONKEY!!" and has taught it to our Ekkie, "What ARE you doing?" and makes the sound of gurgling water in old pipes whenever she splashes in the water dish. She also plays "Bang!" (where you pretend to "shoot" and they fall backwards, still clinging to your finger) and "dead bird". Monkey is very dramatic, lol.

Casino, a 1 year old blue Pacific Parrotlet - Casino is our only bird that came directly from a breeder. He was very well socialized as a baby and so it didn't take much effort to make him into the fantastic pet he is today. Casino is our best talker, with over 20 words and phrases!

We also have anywhere from 3-10 fosters in our downstairs "bird room" at any given time! Right now we have three GCCs, a Sun Conure, 2 Quakers, a White Capped Pionus, and a special-needs Senegal! I am also selling an untame pair of Spectacled Parrotlets with proceeds going to the rescue and foster birds, so they're in the bird room as well.
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Hi Leigh!

Glad you "flew" over to TalkParrots! This is a great forum with lots of nice people!

You sure have an interesting flock, plus all your fostered birds -- this is a great thing you're doing!

JoAnne, Libby (2/10),Angelina (12/07), and Charley (11/10)
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Wow - what a flock!! Kudos to you for taking in rescue birds. They're not for everyone, it takes a LOT of love and patience, but they can be the most rewarding pets. I would love to foster one day, but I don't know if I could let them go! I used to be one of the primary "tamers" for rescued or mean small birds at the pet shop I worked at - we would help people rehome birds and I worked them over to get them better socialized before they went to a new home It was very rewarding to see them find that perfect new home!

We took in a rescue U2 when I was a kid - she'd been wild caught and abused in her first few homes, the home before us took great care of her but his Amazon hated her and attacked her one day, biting a big chunk off her wing before she could get away, so he decided to rehome her for her sake and she found her way to us. It took a good 6-8 months to finally earn her trust, but that bird didn't have a mean bone in her body We had to rehome her, ourselves unfortunately, due to a family member developing emphysema but she's been in her current home for almost 7 years now and is never getting changed up again!



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What a flock you have there !!
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I welcome you! I want to see pictures of all these awesome birds! We also have rescued birds and several rehomes, they are all here forever. I look forward to hearing more about all your babies.
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Welcome to the forum. I don't think I could do the rescue work that you do, and I admire that you are able to do it.


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What a flock you have there! Quite the characters ya got there. My blue fronted amazon Joey doesn't have that many phrases, though speaks rather clearly (especially when he is annoyed or angry). He immitates a phone ring, and will literally LAUGH at anyone who comes near him after he does this, because HAHA he's "tricked" you. It's very cool you're able to give your parrots a cage free environment, I wish I was able to do so.

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Disco (tabby cat) 5 yrs
Joey (the ornery BFA) 20-30 yrs
Gizmo (gold capped conure) 4 yrs
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Thanks for the welcome everyone! I've tried to upload a few pics, still waiting to get some good shots of Casino and Monkey, but Gretchen, Milo and Uncle Leo are here!
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Beautiful!! I love the one of Milo - Ekkies just glow in the sun!



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They're all so beautiful! Gretchen looks like a diva.

"You own those biting, screeching, chewing machines?"
-falls on ground laughing- "Actually they own me...and I love it."

You're never dressed without your smile, or your parrots feathers.

Momma to:
Lucky (GSD) 13 yrs
Disco (tabby cat) 5 yrs
Joey (the ornery BFA) 20-30 yrs
Gizmo (gold capped conure) 4 yrs
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She rules the roost, that's for sure!
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