New Rescues - Cinnamin and Pepper

Pepper and Cinnamin are very very very sweet cockatiels. They're on healthy pellets, they have a large cage, play stand, the whole nine-yards. The Lady-tiel laid some eggs which they tend to do (believed to be non-fertile) and ate a tiny bit of metal, so we're working on taking care of that before officially up for adoption. Working on getting her calcium level up some too.

75 miles of driving yesterday between work, pick-up, vetting, and heading home. Don't nobody tell me I don't love the burburs!

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Internet Famous Birds - Jacques

voxmonsterz asked:
"What kind of bird is Jaques from Jontron and are the good burds or are they all cyborgs with bad attitudes like Jaques?"
Jaques is a green cheek conure. I haven’t had one personally, but many people are fans because of their colors, petiteness, and they’re kawaiiness.
I do have MUCH experience with conures (my favs), which are generally clownish, cuddly, but tend to be very loud (just like me).
All birds are snuggly when they’re young (b/c they want their mamas). They may continue to be so when they get older, but there’s a high risk they’ll act like moody teenagers when they hit about 3-4 years old. They will gradually begin to shoot lasers from their eyes and/or get nippy/humpy. They may also prefer males over females or vice versa.
We can’t forget that they are wild animals, some are modified with cybernetic enhancements, but they’re still 1-2 generations from their homies in the trees.
So with all animals, if you’re interested in one, do a butt-ton of research. Don’t dismiss less colorful or older birds. The older birds are more predictable and may end up being snuggle-bugs once they get use to you, and I think red-masked conures have the best personalities ¬_¬).
Accept them no matter what havoc they may wreak.

As always, please adopt your bird from a local pet rescue (!

Taking Action Against Abuse

by Chris Davis

  1. Don't assume that just because a person seems knowledgeable about birds he or she is taking adequate care of the birds being sold. Use common sense; look around and make your own assessment. For example, some of the not-so-obvious signs t look for are: cleanliness, cage size, adequate perches, appropriate diet, toys, etc. The not-so-obvious signs are also important to notice: is the bird behaving in an emotionally healthy manner? Are the cages placed so the bird can have a degree of privacy as well as god lighting. Are the cages placed away from drafts and air conditioning? Are the birds placed in an area where it is to hot? If there is more than on bird in a cage, are the birds compatible?
  2. Push humane societies and other animal-welfare organizations to become better educated about pet birds. Well informed, knowledgeable bird owners can offer free classes to their local humane society staff about appropriate bird care so the humane society workers can be better informed when cases arise. Free classes can be offered to the general public as well.
  3. If problems are observed at a pet store, and it is believed that it will not fall into legal complaint category, politely inform the pet-shop owner. Assume that they are unaware and would appreciate your comments. Visits should be brief and polite.
  4. With cases of neglect and/or abuse that are believed to fall in the legal category, contact your local humane society. It is important to have the complaint officially on file with an animal welfare organization. IF the animal-welfare officers are not helpful, explain thoroughly what the problem is why you consider it abuse. In some instances, it is simply a matter of educated them.
  5. If the humane-society officers are not amenable or do not feel that they can legally do anything to offer assistance in cases of neglect or abuse of birds, look for other problems in the pet-shop. There are health standards that pet-shops must legally adhere to for the protection of human health and, in many instances, a pet-shop that treats their birds and animals poorly is usually in violation of something else. Once a legitimate complaint is filed and investigated, it opens the door for other investigations where action can be taken. This may prompt the pet-shop owner to correct other problems.
  6. Encourage friends and non-bird owners to become more aware of what is right and wrong for birds, and encourage them to speak out.
  7. If you see neglect and poor treatment of birds in large chain pet-shops, write letters to the local store and the chain's main offices and administration. Voice your specific concerns, and threatened to boycott their store if they don't improve the conditions.
  8. If you know of a bird or birds that are being neglected or abuse in a private home, restaurant, etc., contact your local humane society. Usually an officer will make a polite visit to the location and let them know that a complaint has been filed. In some cases, it may prompt a bird owner to correct the problem.
  9. For those who would like to become more politically involved with bird welfare, contact your legislators, local city officials and national and international animal-welfare organizations. By educated them, it may open the door to better standards in your community and across your country.
  10. Rather than encouraging people to have birds as pets, remind them that birds aren't good pets for everyone. Give them information about the pros and cons of bird ownership.
  11. Encourage bird clubs to be cognizant of abuse cases and work together to rectify them.
  12. Don't patronize any pet-shop or breeders who are negligent or who are not giving their birds adequate care. Report them to the authorities instead. Even if nothing can be done to legally improve poor conditions, documentation of a complaint may help in future complaints.
  13. Be empathetic to all pet birds - even your own. With this enhanced sensitivity, you will discover situations that can be improved within your own birds' environment.
  14. Use tact and a level head when presenting complaints to pet-shop owners and law enforcement agencies. Hostility and anger will usually not be effective or may cause adverse reactions. However, remain firm and steadfast in your conviction to make birds' lives better.
Chris Davis pioneered the field of avian behavior consulting in 1974 while working at the animal actrs studio in Universal Studios and the bird show at Lion Country Safari. She has lectured worldwide to avian veterinary groups and bird clubs, and has chapters published in six veterinary text and referecne books.

Pet Supermarket Event

This past weekend, Pet Supermarket hosted a Customer Appreciation Day Event. They call in local rescues to spread awareness about their causes.

More people now know birds need adoption too! Hey, I didn't know in the beginning either.

I'm hoping through events like this, staff will speak up to corporate and tell them, just like we don't sell dogs and cats, let's do the same for birds. The staff there seemed receptive and in agreement.
One worker let the store's Sun Conure out to play, of which I jumped at the opportunity and walked around with this baby playing for 30 minutes.

If you're in the South FL area and want to help out at events, we can pay you in cute. Thanks to dear friend, Angie for helping out! Look at this sweet (adoptable!) baby from The Little Blue Dog's rescue! Cuddle monster!

No rescue event is complete without our Ambassador, Cody!
Here he is trying to donate a ton of cute, but my jar wasn’t big enough.

The Easter Bunny was present and now I'm one of THOSE people. I regret nothing!

Pet Stores Make Me Cry

I LOVE CONURES. I rescue conures (and other birds). I have 2 kids that are conures. I have Clifford (RIP) the conure tattooed on my back and no other tats on me. So, let me say something to joo…

Conures (and all animals) deserve love, attention, and patience.
They are not getting any of that locked away in those tiny bins of a cage. It’s like they’re living in those tiny japanese hotel rooms.
I asked an employee, “Do they get any out-of-the-cage time?”
He respectfully replied, “Honestly, not enough.” (Don’t you dare fire this guy, he actually seems to care!)

So, Drake and Tarzan have been stuck in there for how long? I’ve even seen birds in that scenario for longer.

There was a Quaker there who’s hatchday was 3 years prior. 3 YEARS. I was told he’s been bounced around from store to store.
I wanted to buy him to save him, but that increases demand, and they’ll just replace him with another sad bird.
I would leave crying after trying to entertain him with my hand crawling around the glass for 20 minutes. I felt so bad for him and dwelled on the others who suffer like him; of the bird-mill parents he came from.
I avoid #Petco, #PetSupermarket, and #Petsmart for these reasons and encourage others to do so until things change.

When getting a bird from Petco (I did way back when I wasn’t as informed as I am now), there was no education, no honest description of what it means to be a bird parent. I had to give my dusky conure to my dad because she went from needy baby to adult. She now bites me and wants to cuddle him death. Oh, and when she’s not cuddling, she’s screaming for cuddles.

Petco, you adopt out dogs and cats, why not adopt out birds? Are you not aware of the Captive Parrot Crisis?

What Pet Stores can do right now:

  • Hire a crew to interact with the bird on a frequent basis. 
  • Have avian education classes. 
  • Work with rescues and sanctuaries similar to how you are with dogs and cats.

BTW, conures live to be in their 30s, that’s a BIG commitment alone.

Bird lovers, go ahead and call the number posted, 1-888-824-7257

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Want to learn more as to why I rant?
WATCH | PBS: Parrot Confidential
READ | Of Parrots & People
LISTEN | Podcasts