I never know what to say in introductions, but my name's Izaiah and I'm super shy, so forgive me if I don't have much to say ^u^;
I have a green cheek, who is my entire world. He is the best thing to have ever happened to me, but not many people really understand it. I don't know why it took me so long to think of joining another bird forum (I was on one awhile back, but had bad experiences with unfriendly members) but I know you guys will understand how much I love Peeko!
As for a little background information:
I've always wanted a parrot of my own. When I was really little, we had one pair each of parakeets, cockatiels, and lovebirds. I was a very unhealthy baby and the doctor told my mom to get rid of the birds for my health, and she listened. Even to this day, I feel guilty that they had to go because of me, and I worry about whether or not they ended up in good homes. I know there's nothing I can do, though :C
My sister has had an african gray for 16 years, and after she got him, I was determined to have my own parrot. Of course, I wasn't old enough to really understand the responsibility and needs of a parrot, so my parents said no. At the time I was really upset, but I totally understand now!
My grandmother and cousins have also had an african gray, cockatiels, parakeets, and parrotlets. This is a parrot family, ahaha!
My parents finally caved and decided I was ready for my parrot in February of 2012. I researched tons of species and finally decided on a green cheek. I contacted the only rescue in the area, but they wouldn't adopt to me because I had never owned a parrot before and would be its main caretaker (they didn't care if my parents had had parrots before and would be living in the same house, they were very strict that the main caretaker had to have owned parrots before). So I was more or less forced to look for breeders. Well, I found one and promptly put down a deposit on a hand raised baby!
So finally one year and 10 months ago on Christmas eve, I brought my little guy home. It was the best decision I've ever made in my life, and at the risk of getting sappy, he has taught me what love is in its purest form. I cant think of a time in my life where I was anywhere close to as happy as I am now. You know that feeling where something has been missing for your entire life, and now that void is filled and overflowing? That's the feeling. I'm absolutely head over heels in love, and its mutual! <3
I hope I can fit in with your community here and I'm happy to be able to browse threads and read your stories of your little ones!