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How did you meet your feather friend

Discussion in 'Bird Boulevard' started by Eggburt Dobson, 9/6/19.

  1. webchirp

    webchirp Joyriding the Neighborhood Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Avenue Veteran

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    I'll stay on those that are with me...cause I'll likely cry talking writing about Hachi my heart bird.

    Onward...

    Let's see, being involved with rescue has gotten me many cheekie connections. I'm full but I do kind of have a waiting list if a spot opens.

    Happy has been with us since he was 1.5 years old in 2001. Adopted from a rescue in Parma, OH. He HATES little boys and wants to kill them. The owner had small boys so likely he was teased.

    Chya was at a pet store and I did not want a sun conure after hearing the calls of a previous pair. But she wooed me and it was apparent she wasn't eating...I finally bought her after they even lied and said she hadn't been on sale just the week before. She was very sickly for the first year or so of life. Regressed and had to hand feed her. I let Happy join in and that created a bond between them although they didn't share a cage for a while. I thought Chya was a boy until she laid eggs. Then the egg laying makes her sick...oiy. That was 2003...

    Kari came from one of my daughter's friends. Teenage drama ended with the girlfriend saying to come and get the bird or she was throwing her outside. (Ohio, winter time.) So here comes Kari tucked in a coat with nothing of her own. 2008 I think.

    Giggie was with a bird flipper...I had never seen a bird flipper...awful cages in the garage. I went to see a Hahns...Gizmo looked so sick and terrified. It was awful. I only had $200 and it was a week before Christmas. I saw Giggie in a tiny rusted finch cage clinging to the bars flitting her wings for me. The guy said..."$100"...I thought well, I'll ask if he'll take a posted dated check since it was christmas and I was now broke. I actually thought he wouldn't. He asked how long he had to hold the check...a week and the deal was done. She is my naked, separation anxiety bird now. I always feel like I broke her....sigh.

    Carlton...free CL bird who is now bonded to Giggie and fuzzy because of her styling habits.'09

    Zephyr was at a pet store...love at first site but then they told me he sleeps outside of his cage at night, clipped with a straight drop to the side in a koi pond. So of course my brain is saying he's going to drown.

    Rocco and Jewel both came from friends. Certain though that Jewel and Zephyr are clutch mates that had been sent to different pet stores, one in columbus and one in lima.

    Zia is from a rescue in WI. I drove six hours one way because of the heart strings pull. Actually the rep laughed and said the person who looked at my application said I was a cheekie hoarder. Since she had nine poi's she thought maybe we were like minded and went ahead and checked my vet and other references. She said she wished they could all be so easy.

    Boober, Tosh, Amada and Rue are from the 51 akron green cheeks that came into rescue. I think I fostered 22 initially and then a few more after I placed some. I will admit though that I had a spot for Boober but I really wanted him to go with a friend and he was my third favorite of the fosters. My other two favorites that were placed passed in different homes from accidents. I decided to keep him and a friend...Tosh. Amada was one beat up cheek when she came in. The flock had really roughed her up and she likely had heavy metal poisoning. She was really sick for a bit.

    Julip is from NY. I saw her posted and the rescue said they were closing (although I don't think they did) and her beak was very overgrown. She is a hot little mess in the liver and lung department but hanging in there.

    Moki came from a friend and is an "old breeder bird"...she is sweet and recently lost her mate one of the akron cheekies, Lola.

    Tuck is from rescue. He was bounced due to mate aggression...although the first home may been just a normal mate plucking thing. Then he injured a flock mate in one of the other homes. He doesn't do well with other males. Jewel added him to her harem or is that a reverse harem? Made him flip his lid one day and I came home to a hole in his leg. Moved him out of the bird room and into my bedroom with Rue in another cage. They eventually bonded. I think Tuck has nerve damage or something because he plucks that leg now. He is on meds to try and keep him stable.

    Bitty was an elderly bird that the owner dropped off to put to sleep. The vet said he had too many years left and called rescue. Rescue said I came highly recommended and trusted me to take care of him. It was just one of those things that the stars aligned. She was going to visit one of the MI rescues. I drove out there and picked him up. He was a healthy bird and has only just now after three years become elderly looking. He's likely closing in on 25...over 20 when rescue got him and I've had him three years. He is really starting to show his age and sleep a lot. Lots of meds for heart and arthritis too.

    Maui was posted on CL with an injured beak...we thought we could fix it but Dr. O said the upper "hinge" is likely damaged. She just requires beak trims which I have learned how to do.

    Maks...pet store and I walked away initially. I kept thinking about him and then weirdly my husband kept bringing him up and teasing me about him. So we went back and got him.
     
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  2. Annie's Mommie

    Annie's Mommie Walking the driveway

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    My mother had a dusky conure for years, so when I saw someone was looking for a home for a GCC they had found in a parking lot, I ask her if she might want him. I was joking, since she has nine cats.
    She offered me her cages and told me to go get him for myself. That was June 2017. Jesse is so loved, and spoiled!
     
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  3. Clueless

    Clueless Joyriding the Neighborhood Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Avenue Veteran Crash Test Dummy

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  4. webchirp

    webchirp Joyriding the Neighborhood Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Avenue Veteran

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    :shy: :hug8:yes but I have nothing to add to the what's different about me area...it's mostly all birds, all the time. :geek:
     
  5. Sandra Gibson

    Sandra Gibson Strolling the yard

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    Emery is so Very Beautiful!!!!
     
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  6. Sandra Gibson

    Sandra Gibson Strolling the yard

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    I was looking for a Cockatiel and wanted one from the start, I went to our Bird shop here in Miami and they had hand fed Babies, she brought one to me to hold but he was very skittish. I had my Granddaughter with me and she was helping me pick out our new bird. The lady told me we have some babies that are not ready yet would you like to hold one of those instead? She brought out (our now Mango) who adopted us right away with his/her (not sure yet to young to tell), sweet disposition, we instantly fell in love with him. We got to pick him up a week later and he is the perfect Bird for us, he hatched the end of may I got him in August and he is already whistling Wolf whistles and I'm trying to teach him to say hello, we love him he is perfect! I keep saying him so maybe he is a boy but either way he /she is perfect :heart:
     
  7. DoubleTake

    DoubleTake Rollerblading along the road

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    Apollo and Lily. Was looking to have a bird again after my CAG(Sparky) passed away. Went to pick out Apollo and some how brought home two... breeder said they were from different clutches. Miss you my sweet girl, fly high. Apollo is still the best but he needs to teach his son some manners.
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    Cole... well this little turd came in to my life as an egg. He was the only survivor of their first clutch, didnt intend to keep him but he grew on me after having to care for him and taking him to work to feed him.
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    Lastly Loki. When Lily passed:sorrow: there was a void and I needed a companion. Apollo and Cole had each other and I was the 3rd wheel, I'm sure they were grieving too. After about 3 months I started looking for a lovebird and had terrible luck. I found 3 birds that tested positive for diseases from different locations. I had about given up hope and was about to end my search when I called a store and she said she just finished weaning some "lavender" peach faced lovebirds that got me interested. When I got there, I picked out Loki. She wanted nothing to do with me and now she wont leave my side. She is also the only bird I didn't hand feed myself.
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  8. cassiesdad

    cassiesdad Ripping up the road Weather Authority Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Avenue Veteran I Can't Stop Posting! Crash Test Dummy

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    ...another true expression from a hero..."It's not about me..it's about the ones I've helped."

    Like I said, it's a true statement...but we also know that it takes a special person to step in and help when help is needed...most of take the easy way out...true heroes never do...:heart:
     
  9. webchirp

    webchirp Joyriding the Neighborhood Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Avenue Veteran

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    :sad7: Thank you :heart:
     

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