#2 Adoptable/Fosterable - Pair of Cockatiels: Ricky & Maxine

Say hello to Ricky!
"The reason we named him Ricky is because when we first got him, he loved to sing, and the only song he seems to sing sounded like he was saying Ricky!!.  so it became his name.  He loves to be around people (only people he is familiar with).  I usually take them out to the porch every morning at sunrise.  I open there cages and they love it.. they have the whole porch to themselves. "

Maybe he can show you how to pwn some n00bs..!
Or critique your reports..! 
"I was unable to get a picture of the female cocktail. She has been saying inside her little box. Her name is Maxine and she only tags along with Ricky.  If Ricky fly to our shoulder well Maxine fly right over too. She gets a little jealous."

"I do have to tell you they are very good about returning to their cages at the end of the day. As a matter of fact they start to go crazy in the porch if you don't bring them in before dark.  I don't think they like to be out when the sun starts to set.  Once they are in the house, if we darken the room, they will automatically go strait into the cage on their own. (I believe maybe its cuz its much cooler in the house) then I cover them for the nite.  They are sooo fun and soo funny.  I will miss them."

These friends need be adopted together..! I'll more post pics after I pick them up. 
She's had them for a year and were from a pet shop. 


Times are tough, so let's try our best to help those we can in the best way we can..!


8/28/10 - Time to pick the guys up.


The lady opened the cage, Ricky climbed out and fluttered right to my shoulder and nibbled my necklace. Maxine followed shortly after. She was shy, but I think jealousy overcame her and off she went..! These are great little guys..! 


The foster wasn't ready today, but that's ok, we can offer a place for them to bunk tonight.
I need to do a budgie update, but it's a little busy. 


Here are some new pics..!


Miss Maxine made a nest on my roommate's head!

Sleep over until the foster is ready tomorrow!

Maxine is flirting with Henry, watch out Ricky..!
The lady bird laid an egg. Here's a helpful link as to what to do.
http://www.cockatielcottage.net/egg_laying.html

9/12/10

Decided to keep them at HQ (My place) and they've been a pleasure...!

The egg never really developed and there were no other eggs laid. I'm looking into a substitute for the egg to control the need to make another one. =P

They took over Elly's Apartment...!

That's ok, Elly took over theirs and helped herself to some noms.
Even Pako didn't even seem to mind them and Pako is Lord of Jealousy..!
The 'tiels earned the prestigious and rare Pako's Seal of Approval!


Their first misting with me..!

Ricky was dipping his head in his water dish, so I checked to see if he likes the spray bottle, well you can see the results. He and Maxine LOOOVED the misting.

Maxine getting some sun after her shower.
Proof is in the soaked birds...!

Now here's an awesome singing/talking cockatiel.


9/24/10

As of 9/22/10 These guys have a foster home..!
I can't begin how perfect of a foster home it is.
I was even able to meet the famous NPLB Bernie...!
I need to post the link to the video that made me cry. Such a beautiful story.

Flower in the hair is a good indicator of nice people IMO!
Experienced with birds, having birds of their own with toys in large, clean cages. Screened porch is a plus and also an aviary..! Speaks of morning and weekly cleaning routines. Even the son is involved. So exciting!
That's some of what NFLB is looking for in a foster..!
Email me @ Nofeatherleftbehind@gmail.com if you're interested in joining the cause...!






#1 Adoptable and/or Fosterables

#1 Indian Ring Neck Needing Calm & Peaceful Foster/Forever Home 

Not Yet Named: Green Indian Ring Neck

This guy was dropped off at Bill's Birds. Nathan feels the guy isn't taking well to the atmosphere of the shop and has offered to turn him over to a good home. To help rescue birds, he's offered to help with cages, food, and advice as aid. 

I'm planning on taking him to the vet to get some tests and paper work done, but if anyone can offer to foster in the mean time, it would help lessen the stress of this guy. 

*If it's a home with other birds, quarantine is a must as a safety precaution.*

9/9/10

The little guy is VERY skiddish, much like a wild bird.
He's a plucker that Nathan offered up to be adopted through NFLB.
He wasn't fairing well in the atmosphere of the shop and stress won't help him feel better or look better.

I'm hoping to socialize him/her.

The vets think it may be a older girl or a younger male.
For the time being, Yoshi seems like a cute name.

Some small bit of progress was made the other day when I was cleaning the cage and letting him roam around the big bathroom. After letting him have some fun with freedom, I sat near him, talked to him, and eventually wrapped him up in a towel.
He didn't bite too hard when he did. I covered his face, then uncovered it to play peekaboo with him. I think he might have been amused in some way.
I also did "Boop!" and poked his beak. Trying to show him, I'm touching you, but I'm not hurting you. Then I let him back to roaming.

He's been more vocal lately. Maybe he's coming out of his shell a little more? I don't know. Maybe he's yelling at someone outside?

I gave him a fluffy wreath to go along with the wooden star and bell toy Nathan gave.

I'll call about the tests today. Hopefully he doesn't have anything major.

Louie and Yoshi are my special projects.
I don't want to subject them to another home that isn't going to be their forever home.

The budgies and the tiels need to be worked on more to get them homes. They're pretty much good to go. Hopefully the application form will be close to being done. Need to get it proofed by Jacq and hopefully a vet.


Here's some info on IRNs from http://www.indianringneck.com/


General:Like most parrots, Indain Ringnecks are intelligent and DO make great pets. They learn concepts quickly and love to show off. Along with being intelligent, they are great at talking. Quaker Parakeets are known for their talking ability; however, a ringneck can speak with clarity that’s phenomenal. These birds are truly masters at talking for their size and can easily compete with Quakers, Greys, and Amazons.
Healthy/Proper Diet Info: Link

Bringing home a New IRN:Link
(Or read below)
Interaction: Some ringnecks find human interaction terrifying and difficult--especially if you have an untamed ringneck.  Knowing a few tricks to help your new ringneck get used to your presence can go a long way when trying to get the bird accustomed to you.  Avoiding eye contact is essential as this intimidates them. Because ringnecks are hunted animals, they are very perceptive to our body language--this means making slow movements and speaking in a soothing voice to help calm your ringneck.  
 When walking into the room of the cage, whistle before you enter to alert the bird.  This will help the bird understand you are not making an effort to hide your presence and prepare the bird for your entrance.   These are just some basic guidelines and tips.

 
Bringing Home Your New Ringneck
Bringing home an Indian Ringneck is exciting and there are some pitfalls that can be avoided to ensure your parrot does not become stressed during this transition.   Like most parrots, ringnecks are sensitive to stressful situations and being placed into a new environment is no exception.   If proper research is done a new ringneck should adjust into its new environment smoothly.  This will intern set the tone for a long and happy life with you. 
The Arrival of Your New Ringneck
When your ringneck has been purchased and brought into your house for the first time you might have the temptation to hold him and introduce him to your family.   Though this is common, there are certain things you should take into consideration before you let your new ringneck out.  The first important thing to observe is the parrot’s health.
A healthy ringneck will react to human interaction in some way.  For example, an untamed ringneck might shows signs of fear, while a hand-tamed ringneck will gladly step on your finger.  A parrot that sits with ruffled feathers, a runny nose, watery eyes, and discharge from the vent should see a veterinarian immediately.  If other birds are present inside the house, your new ringneck should not be introduced into the same room until he has undergone some type of quarantine.
It is also important to observe the temperament of your ringneck before any handling can begin.  At this time it is usually good to take into consideration his upbringing, weaning, and socialization history.  A properly handfed ringneck will most likely enjoy some sort of human interaction.   His curiosity should be elevated and usually he should have no regard to who is handling him or any environmental changes.  If your bird is playful and confident from the beginning, then it would be acceptable to handle him upon his arrival.  
If your ringneck acts erratic and thrashes around his cage in the presence of humans or pets—most likely he was not handfed, was aviary raised, or is scared.  This is a clear and obvious warning that your ringneck needs time to adjust and has not been tamed.  The best thing to do in this situation would be to give the ringneck a few days to adjust before any handling can begin.  Knowing your ringneck's temperament will help eliminate a stressful situation. 
Are the Wings Clipped?
Before any handling is done ensure your ringneck’s wings are clipped.  Many new parrot owners do not realize the state of their bird’s wings until the bird is startled and flies away.  If your ringneck can fly, having his wings clipped will reduce a disastrous situation. There is noting more depressing then a lost bird because the wings were not clipped.
  
If your ringneck is scared it is important handling is kept to a minimum.  A stressed ringneck can easily bite and hurt itself in an effort to escape a tramatic situation.   When transferring the ringneck to its cage make sure to inspect the wings before the transfer is done.  A scared ringneck that does not have its wings clipped can easily fly into a window or mirror and kill itself—take caution.  If the ringneck will not move from one cage to another, gently take a small towel and wrap it around the bird and move it form one cage (carrier) to another.  Ensure to use gentile movements and a calm voice to reasure the bird and to make sure it is not frightened. 
 
A Clean Bill of Health
Knowing your ringneck has a clean bill of health is important if you’re going to introduce him into your home or aviary.  An ill bird could potentially transfer diseases or parasites to your established flocks if left unchecked.  Unfortunately, many breeders have made the mistake of not practicing a healthy quarantine and have learned the hard way.  An outbreak can quickly spread to healthy birds if not checked.
Always make sure to take all new ringnecks to the vet to ensure your new bird is in optimal condition.  Most breeders will offer some sort of guarantee or vet certificate upon the purchase of your bird.  Ruling out any diseases is a key factor to ensure you have a happy and healthy pet that can safely be integrated into your household.
Again, if you have other parrots, the new ringneck should be placed in a different room away from your established parrots to avoid any air born diseases.   Always wash your hands between sessions when interacting with your established birds and new birds.  Finally, always change the new ringneck's cage last after you have cleaned your original birds first.  This one-way interaction will reduce the chance of spreading disease from one cage to the other.   
Cage Placement
If the ringneck is not tamed the cage should be placed in a location where it is quiet and there are no loud noises.   Having a quiet place to relax and get acquainted with his surroundings is ideal for your new ringneck.  This is especially important if your ringneck has not been handfed and finds coping with change to be difficult.
If a ringneck is forced into a stressful situation he could quickly become ill or exhibit nervous behavior.  A worried ringneck will not eat and could thrash around his cage if placed in an uncomfortable area.  If possible, the cage should be placed at eye level to create a sense of confidence in your bird.  Ringnecks were designed to stay high in the trees so placing the cage in a higher location will give the parrot added security.   During the time the bird is adjusting to its surroundings, it would be a good idea to keep children, pets, and excessive noises out.
The cage should not be placed in a window without some sort of covering or shelter.   The sun can quickly overheat your parrot or a slight draft can cause the parrot to become ill.  Finding a balance between the sunlight and a properly dressed window that provides shade is ideal. 
Observation
Once the ringneck has been moved over to its new cage take the time to observe your new ringneck.   During this observation period make sure your ringneck is eating and drinking regularly.   Placing a few extra food and water bowls inside the cage is a good idea.  During this time, most ringnecks will not touch their food until their owner leaves the room.  You’ll know when the ringneck eats by examining his seeds. You want to look for cracked husks.  If you can’t tell then gently blow on the seeds and husks will fly off the top layer off seeds.
Another important thing to examine is your parrot’s stools.  If they are runny then this is a good sign your ringneck has diarrhea and still needs more time to adjust to its environment.  If your parrot has not made any effort to pass food then he is not eating enough--more space should be given to the ringneck.  For any reason if you believe your ringneck is ill do not hesitate to contact an avian vet. 
 
When walking into the room of the cage, whistle before you enter to alert the bird.  This will help the bird understand you are not making an effort to hide your presence and prepare the bird for your entrance.   These are just some basic guidelines and tips.  


Here's the amazing Marni from youtube. This buddy will make you fall in love with them.

Birds love Lady Gaga too..!











New Louie Update!


http://birdyrevolution.blogspot.com/2010/08/avian-aid-1-project-louie.html

8/26/10
Went to the vet and spent around 4 hours there.
I didn't mind one bit because they were doing me a favor and I was able to have some social time with Louie.  Broward Avian & Exotic's Link vets were very thorough.

Louie at the Vet. He's such a cuddle buddy and
 I've only known him for a short time.

Alot of the time was doing in-house tests, drawing blood. They knocked him out to clean out his nasal cavities.
She suspects is a sinus problem and the eye problem is the consequence.
She checked his chest, he's an old man, but he has a strong heart.
Cataracts in one eye, partially in the other.
Wounds healed in one eye, still present in the other.

Here's some of what came out of his nose.
The medicine I showed them at first was something they didn't stock.
Instead, they sent me home with this:

One is to sooth the eye, ones to fix the infection,
and Baytril to kill the sickness.



This is his favorite. He sat like this for the majority of the time.
Side note. I'm not use to giant amazon poops... Lordy...! I really needed my poopy-shawl.

He did make some friends while we sat in the room.
A bunny patient's family stopped by and peeped in out of curiosity. Told him the guys story and they were all loving on him too. You can't help but love Louie.


Louie at Starbucks. He's upper class like that.

After the vet, we went to Starbucks to wait for a new friend. I was able to share the word of the new rescue (No Feather Left Behind) and lots more nice people were interested.

I need business cards. =P

Some people take their doggies out. I just so happen to have a parrot.
They're are both amazing companions..!

I used my own money to fund this venture. Since he's part of the rescue, the bill was discounted.
Since his former mama ok'd his surrender to see that he got some good care, I'll thankfully be reimbursed at some point although
I don't want to be a burden to the original rescue so I need to work on getting up things to sell i.e. shirts and the like.
I could not let this guy go without a thorough exam. I need to see things for myself. There's more to it than previously thought.

I'll call up for the test results tomorrow. I hope he doesn't have anything serious.

Either way. Like what Clifford taught me, there's no promise of a tomorrow, so treat your companions the best you can, because in the end, that's all you can do.

1 or 2 Budgies?

Via: http://www.lisashea.com/petinfo/choosing/onetwo.html


Parakeets are flock creatures. They love to live in groups. That being said, YOU can of course be a part of the parakeet's "group". It all comes down to how much time you spend at home with your parakeet.
Let's say you're a stay at home elderly person who is in the living room 99% of wakeful hours. Your keet sleeps at night when you do, so it doesn't matter where you are when the keet is asleep :) If you are always in the room with the keet, the keet will be completely happy having you as a companion. There's no need for another bird.
However, if you are away at school all day long, and only get home at 6pm just before your keet is falling asleep, then your keet is going to be alone all day. That is really really cruel to do to a parakeet. Parakeets are meant to live in giant flocks, wheeling around in the sky. They consider being alone to be a very dangerous thing and in the wild they would do everything in their power to get back to the safety of the flock.

If you want to teach your keet to talk, then it is fine to have the keet alone for its first 6 months or so, while you work on that. Once that time is past, then it's really wise to get a second bird if you're not going to be around a lot.
Note that you should NEVER get 2 birds of opposite genders unless you want to have baby budgies and know how to raise them... and keep them.

Gotta keep with the theme, don't breed birds, adopt the ones in need..!

No Feather Left Behind

Here's what I thought to have for the logo so far..!


Sad Story about Over-Breeding and Pet Store Chains

This was shared with me from a FB friend after viewing Angel's story.

"When I was 12 I bought a Parakeet from the Pet Supermarket in front of my house. He was amazing! He was teal with white tips and had cerulean lightning bolts on each cheek! I named him Blue and he was awesome! He came when I clapped, he'd dive bomb our poodle (she deserved it), and if he wasn't caged during meals he'd walk around the table and steal from our plates. He was badass.

I went out of town for summer vacation and left him with my mom. When I came back all of his feathers had fallen out, the ones that had grown back were yellow and he didn't act like himself at all.
That's when I learned about over breeding, our vet said that his beautiful colors were abnormal and a telltale sign of a genetic disorder inbred parakeets get and that it was a really big problem. He died just after that.
12 years later and I'm still really mad about it!"

-A.W. 

Top 10 Bird Hazards


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Although we all like to think that we always have our bird's best interests at heart, it is impossible to foresee every single household danger that our avian friends can get into. But it is wise to be aware of the most common dangers to our pet birds, so that we can avoid those situations. And, of course, it is an excellent idea to have a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand at all times, in the event that a mishap does occur. Be sure to discuss emergency plans with your avian vet and have a list of emergency phone numbers available.

Many birds die before their time as a result of mistakes made by their owners, either unintentionally or through ignorance. Learn about the top ten reasons birds die, and just perhaps, this information may save some birds' lives.

1. WATER
Water, whether in a bottle or bowl, should be checked daily.

Deprivation of water can also have fatal results. The most common reason for this happening is due to a water bottle malfunctioning. If the delivery tube's ball sticks, or if a bird stuffs an object into the tube, effectively blocking it, a bird will be deprived of water. If an owner doesn't check that all water bottles are working every day, or if it is not noticed that the water level in the bottle is not going down, it may be days before an owner recognizes a problem. Rarely, the unthinkable happens and a bird's water bowl may go unfilled for days, or the bird may empty the bowl, which goes unnoticed, resulting in fatal dehydration.

2. UNCLIPPED WINGS
Not a decision to be taken lightly, but if a bird is to be allowed outside of its cage inside your home, it is advised that its wings should be clipped enough so it is able to glide gracefully to the ground.

Flighted birds run the risk of flying into ceiling fans, mop buckets, windows, mirrors, escaping if guests arrives, attacked by another pet, falling on stovetops, in ovens, in boiling water, fireplaces, even drowning in toilets.

Upon impact, your bird can develop concussions, bleeding inside the brain, fractures, lacerations, ruptured air sacs and other serious, potentially deadly injuries, however. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

3. TOXIC FUMES

NON-STICK COOKWARE AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD ITEMS with non-stick surfaces made from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE/Teflon) can be toxic to birds. The gas released when cooking is extremely dangerous to birds and can result in death. Items such as: Irons, ironing boards/covers, George Forman grills, waffle irons, glue guns, and heat-lamps with a PTFE coating should not be used around birds.

PASSIVE INHALATION of cigarette, cigar & pipe smoke can cause chronic eye problems, skin irritation and respiratory disease. Birds that live in homes with smokers may develop coughing, sneezing, sinusitis and conjunctivitis. Second-hand smoke will cause a bird to develop secondary bacterial infections, as well, which can prove fatal. Second-hand smoke from marijuana can also cause severe depression and regurgitation. Burning foods, over-heated cooking oils, incense, candles*, and smoke from a fire can cause fatal inhalations.
*Look online for Bird-Safe Candles

DISINFECTANTS AND HOUSEHOLD CLEANING AGENTS release fumes thatcan be toxic or fatal to birds. Chlorine Bleach, Phenols, Febreeze, and Ammonia can all have dangerous vapors that can cause irritation, toxicosis, and even death.

COMMON HOUSEHOLD AEROSOL PRODUCTS such as Perfume, Deodorant, and Hairspray, or Pump-sprays with Propellant can cause respiratory problems in birds. They may cause severe inflammation and difficulty breathing, and after large or direct exposure, death can occur.

OTHER CONCERNS: Remember, birds are 90% lungs.
  • Natural gas leaks can cause sudden death.
  • Any type of heater, used improperly or with inadequate ventilation can be deadly to birds.
  • Carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas, can also be fatal to birds and humans. Anyone with pet birds should have a working carbon monoxide monitoring device in the home, preferably near the room where the birds are kept.
4. TRAUMA
A bird with properly clipped wings may develop the "cute" habit of climbing down off of its cage to seek out favorite family members. A bird walking on the floor may be easily injured by people
who don't see it. They could be stepped on, crushed by a sliding glass door, vacuumed, stuck in recliners, fold-out beds, could chew electrical cords, finds a mousetrap, goes into washers and dryers with the clothes.

5. OTHER ANIMALS
Birds should never be left unsupervised outside of the cage. Even if your dog or cat, and other bird may have acted completely trustworthy around a pet bird, he/she should never be trusted.
Any animal bite should be considered life-threatening. The bacteria found in the mouth of mammals may cause fatal septicemia (infection in the bloodstream).
Cat bites are considered most dangerous, as the Pasteurella bacteria, is extremely hazardous to birds. Even a simple puncture by a tooth can result in a fatal infection. Scratches from claws are also extremely dangerous.

6. TOXIC FOOD OR PLANTS
DO NOT FEED TO BIRDS THE FOLLOWING:
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Apple Seeds 
  • Salt 
  • Tomatoes/Tomato Leaves
  • Mushrooms 
  • Dried Beans 
  • Onions
  • Caffeine 
  • Celery 
  • Alcohol 
  • Various Plant Species
Avocado should not be fed to birds. The skin and pit of this popular fruit had been known to cause cardiac distress and eventual heart failure in pet bird species. Although there is some debate to the degree of toxicity of avocados, it is generally advised to adopt a "better safe than sorry" attitude toward them and keep guacomole and other avocado products as far away from pet birds as possible.
Chocolate is digested in a different way by birds, and the metabolite, theobromide, is very toxic to them. Baker's chocolate and dark chocolate are the most toxic, and milk chocolate, although less toxic, is still a forbidden food for birds.

Apple Seeds: Believe it or not, apples - along with other members of the rose family including cherries, peaches, apricots, and pears - contain trace amounts of Cyanide within their seeds. While the fruit of the apple is fine for your bird, be aware that in addition to the poisonous seeds, there may be pesticides present on the fruit's skin. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse and core any apple pieces that you share with your bird to avoid exposure to these toxins.

Salt: While all living beings need regulated amounts of sodium in their systems, too much salt can lead to a host of health problems in birds, including excessive thirst, dehydration, kidney dysfunction, and death. Be sure to keep watch over the amount of salty foods your bird consumes.

Tomatoes, like potatoes and other nightshades, have a tasty fruit that is fine when used as a treat for your bird. The stems, vines, and leaves, however, are highly toxic to your pet. Make sure that any time you offer your bird a tomato treat it has been properly cleaned and sliced, with the green parts removed, so that your bird will avoid exposure to any toxins. Fresh tomatoes are high in acid that may cause ulcers.

Mushrooms are a type of fungus, and have been known to cause digestive upset in companion birds. Caps and stems of some varieties can induce liver failure.

Dried Beans: Cooked beans are a favorite treat of many birds, but raw, dry bean mixes can be extremely harmful to your pet. Uncooked beans contain a poison called hemaglutin which is very toxic to birds. To avoid exposure, make sure to thoroughly cook any beans that you choose to share with your bird.

Onions can cause a fatal hemolytic anemia in dogs and cats, but since birds' red blood cells have a nucleus, this may protect the cells from the severe injury that occurs in other species. However, until this topic is studied, it is best to not feed onions to birds.

Caffeine is also metabolized differently in birds, which also results in toxic compounds. There is some data that indicates that some varieties of avocado are toxic to birds, with perhaps the skin and pit being the most dangerous parts.

Celery isn't necessarily harmful for parrots. Just remove the stringy section that can cause bowel blockages.

Alcohol although responsible bird owners would never dream of offering their pet an alcoholic drink, there have been instances in which free roaming birds have attained alcohol poisoning through helping themselves to unattended cocktails. Alcohol depresses the organ systems of birds and can be fatal. Make sure that your bird stays safe by securing him in his cage whenever alcohol is served in your home.
Because birds are such social creatures, many owners allow their pets to be included at mealtime. While sharing food with your bird is a lot of fun - not to mention wonderful for your pet's emotional health - there are many common human foods that can be harmful or even fatal to your bird. Owners need to know which foods are fine for sharing, and which pose a serious risk. Read on to find out the top ten foods that are hazardous to your bird's health.
Plants: Some plants can be toxic, for a full list please go HERE.

There’s tons of information online as to what is ok and not ok to give your bird. If you’re unsure, look it up.

7. HEAT EXPOSURE
Although originating from the tropics, exotic birds cannot tolerate excessive heat.

When placing a cage outside, the morning starts off cool, but by noon the temperatures drastically shift. Shade, water, and supervision is a must. 

No living being should ever be left in a car unattended. Temperatures inside a car will rapidly reach lethal levels. If the bird's body temperature rises high enough, it will seizure and die. This can also occur if a bird's cage is located by or directly in front of a window, with no shade or bath to escape the sun’s heat. 

8. SLEEPING WITH BIRDS
As cute as it is, you should not go to sleep with your bird cuddled against you, in the blankey, or anywhere near where you sleep. If you are sleepy and it’s nighttime, chances are, your bird is also sleepy and they need to be put in their cage. (FYI Parrots need between 10 and12 hours of undisturbed sleep every night.)

Birds that are allowed to sleep in bed with their owners are at risk for suffocation or life-threatening trauma (lodging between the bed and the frame, under a pillow, or rolled on top of). Even though an owner has slept with the pet bird for a while. It has happened all too often to allow such a risk.

9. OWNER-CAUSED DISEASES
Although it is fun to take birds to bird events and even bird stores, it can be very dangerous. Infections can be spread to them, even through the air, and even if the owner is diligent about not allowing any direct contact. A bird can carry a disease, and be able to pass it to others without appearing ill. 

For survival in the wild, birds possess the ability to hide illness very well.

Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD), Chlamydiosis (psittacosis), Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) and Pacheco's Disease may all be spread by birds that MAY appear healthy in physical appearance.

Many bird owners make a common mistake when adding a new pet to the family. Regardless of the origin of the bird, and any testing run on the new bird, it should be quarantined for at least one month, preferably two, before it is introduced into the home. If the bird is harboring an infectious agent, the
stress of moving the bird to a new home may precipitate it breaking with signs of clinical illness.

10. HAND FEEDING MISTAKES
Many baby birds have died as a result of hand-feeding mishaps. Unweaned baby birds should not be sold or given to inexperienced hand-feeders for this reason. It is not necessary for a baby bird to be hand-fed by the family purchasing it in order for it to become "bonded" to them.

Most commonly, babies are kept at the incorrect temperature, if it’s too cold it will slow down their gastrointestinal tract, which can be fatal if not corrected in time. If the baby is forced to eat, it may struggle and end up inhaling the formula, resulting in aspiration pneumonia causing the baby
to suffer for days.

Hand-feeding is best left up to those with experience.

OTHER CONCERNS
  • Squeezed too hard by a young child.
  • Lands on edge of drinking glass, reaches down for liquid, falls in head first, and drowns.
  • Comes in contact with sharp object on kitchen counter.
  • Bird bites finger, clamps on, person shakes hand to get bird to release, bird hits floor or wall and dies
  • Introduce sick bird into home without quarantine.
  • Walks on another bird’s cage, results in toe-biting, and bleeding to death.
  • Toy induced injury.
  • Placing bird in outdoor cage in the morning, water evaporates, bird bakes in afternoon sun.
  • Eats/chews on something it clearly shouldn’t.
  • Wanders on floor, getting stepped on


Avian Aid #1 - Project Louie

Louie the Yellow Crowned Amazon...

Louie on his way home with me.
8/21/10
He's not a full rescue, the parront had trouble medicating him without getting bit, I suspect he has Avian Conjunctivitis Link as does Nathan's vet, Dr. Newman, whom Nathan provided in order for him to get re-checked at no charge to the parront. He also provided the eye drops I now give to him 3-4 times a day.

His left eye is puffy and the extra eye-lid is red. Right eye isn't as bad, but shows irritation and puffiness.
The left eye is worse off than the right.
He looks happy in the pic, I want him to feel happy too.
I felt bad for the sweet guy, so I took him to my place. I put him in quarantine in my parent's bathroom. It's a nice big bathroom, half-carpeted, outside the door is the bed where my mom usually hangs out, so he's not alone. The big window is in there too. Need to get a better radio for him. The volume on it doesn't work well, but mom's TV is on.

There's A LOT of showering, changing clothes, and hand washing going on to prevent any potential infection. He has to be last on the list for food and cuddles in the morning, but he gets them..! 

Louie's first bowl of organic yummies..!
He's got fresh organic fruit & veggies, Harrison's, a few pieces of Zupreem just in case he wants a different option. I put a lamb plushie in there too just to keep him company because he isn't one for toys it seems, but maybe cuddle-buddies. I also have a humidifier near his cage. Maybe the moisture will loosen up the ick, same for when someone takes a shower in there.
(I'm using the same humidifier Mom's had since I was a little kid. That and the vacuum from back in the day lasted forever..! Today's stuff is crap..!)

Georgie felt like helping that morning with making yummies!
He wandered and climbed all along the inside of the new cage when I put him in there. Maybe to get a feel for it because his eye sight is impaired.

I notice if you tap his foot, that's a sign for him to step up. So I tap his foot and say, "Step up!" to try to get him to learn.

Gave him some of the Tobramycin Ophthalmic Solution Link provided by Dr. Newman.
Did not get bitten, it's just a matter of patience.

I think talking to a bird as you're doing the meds is important. =/
I always talk to my guys. They always act like they're listening. =D

I may use some Aloe from my plants outside to help also, after I research how to best apply it.

To introduce him to my dad:
At 10:00pm he came home from work. Went to have dinner.
I showed him funny amazon videos while he was eating to butter him up to Louie.
Here's a few of them:





I also put a note on the bathroom door saying "DO NOT FREAK OUT - I'm NOT keeping him, just medicating him. Look how sad he looks."
I hid in my room when he went to investigate
Came out after about 10 minutes.
He asked, "What's that in my bathroom?" Not too pissed really, more "Wha? Why?".
I told him the situation. He says, "How long?" I say, "Till he's better, maybe 2 weeks?".
I'm not really sure >_>
He says, "You can't save the world, you know?"
I say, "I can save what I can, and 1 bird helped is the world to that 1 bird."
He shakes his head and knows there's no arguing with me.
I think he understands, he's also a closet bird-lover. He had tiels and finches growing up. That and all the birds smother him with love.
Especially Elly and Pako.
When he laughs, Elly laughs, then there's a loop of that for a few minutes.


8/22/10
He had lots of eye-gookies. Tried to use a warm damp cloth to get it off of him.
Took too long and he didn't much like it. I don't blame him.
So I went hardcore. I put a towel over my shoulders, turned on the shower to warm, and hopped in with him on my shoulder. I would go "Ok! Here we gooo..!" and lean back to get his head wet. Hopefully he felt a little better because he wasn't the only one getting soaked. The gook was gone with little effort just like I hoped. The water was probably good for his eyes too..! Took him outside afterward because he was all shivery.
I put my arm on the banister and he sat there, and I pet his back with no problem.
The whole time he was rather quiet. I think he's quiet because of the sickness. I hope he gets a little more happy-vocal as time goes on.

Look! No more eye-gookies..!

But his eyes are still icky. He's a sweetheart though.
Mom wants to keep him, but he's someone elses' baby. Also, if I keep him, I won't be able to help any more buddies in need. Also, my 4 fabies are jealous enough. I don't want to have to give them less attention.

Before bed, sat with Louie, Mom, Dandy-cat, and I watching hurricane stories on the Weather Channel.
I put a towel under Louie, on a pillow. He sat on it and watched TV as I pet his back and scritched his neck.
Doesn't freak out as much when you put your hand near his head.


8/23/10
Morning, before heading to work:
Tended to everyone. Scritches with no problem, but Had trouble getting him off my shoulder to give meds. 5 minutes late, but worth it.

Did another shower-eye-wash when I got home after work. He didn't put up much of a fight again. We watched the news and Dandy tried to cuddle him. He climbed on my towel turban, and we were good for awhile. 

When putting him back in the cage, he wants to feel secure because of the eye-sight problem. So when he feels something there with his beak, he feels secure and will move forward.

Cuddled with him lots before going to bed.  He restes his head on my chest and I pet and talk to him.

8/24/10
He's being a sweet guy still. I can't make out if the eye is getting better or worse. =/
Taking him to my vet today. I have experience with them, they work with me, and maybe we can be more thorough.

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Went to the vet and spent around 4 hours there.
I didn't mind one bit because they were doing me a favor and I was able to have some social time with Louie.  Broward Avian & Exotic's Link vets were very thorough.

Louie at the Vet. He's such a cuddle buddy and
 I've only known him for a short time.

Alot of the time was doing in-house tests, drawing blood. They knocked him out to clean out his nasal cavities.
She suspects is a sinus problem and the eye problem is the consequence.
She checked his chest, he's an old man, but he has a strong heart.
Cataracts in one eye, partially in the other.
Wounds healed in one eye, still present in the other.

Here's some of what came out of his nose.
The medicine I showed them at first was something they didn't stock.
Instead, they sent me home with this:

One is to sooth the eye, ones to fix the infection,
and Baytril to kill the sickness.
Batril: Link


This is his favorite. He sat like this for the majority of the time.
Side note. I'm not use to giant amazon poops... Lordy...! I really needed my poopy-shawl.

He did make some friends while we sat in the room.
A bunny patient's family stopped by and peeped in out of curiosity. Told him the guys story and they were all loving on him too. You can't help but love Louie.


Louie at Starbucks. He's upper class like that.

After the vet, we went to Starbucks to wait for a new friend. I was able to share the word of the new rescue (No Feather Left Behind) and lots more nice people were interested.

I need business cards. =P

Some people take their doggies out. I just so happen to have a parrot.
They're are both amazing companions..!

I used my own money to fund this venture. Since he's part of the rescue, the bill was discounted.
Since his former mama ok'd his surrender to see that he got some good care, I'll thankfully be reimbursed at some point although
I don't want to be a burden to the original rescue so I need to work on getting up things to sell i.e. shirts and the like.
I could not let this guy go without a thorough exam. I need to see things for myself. There's more to it than previously thought.

I'll call up for the test results tomorrow. I hope he doesn't have anything serious.

Either way. Like what Clifford taught me, there's no promise of a tomorrow, so treat your companions the best you can, because in the end, that's all you can do.


8/26/10
Had a fluffy feather stuck in his eyelid. Had to wrap him up, moisten the eye, and get it out. He didn't like it, but I moved slowly and he eventually got use to it. I think he knows I don't want to hurt him.

Medicating him hasn't been too big of a problem.

Dad likes him because he's pretty quiet. Mom said he's been talking to him all day. =P


8/28/10


Late Post!
Tests came back pretty normal. Waiting on the last test to go over on Tuesday. Dr. was kind enough to call even after hours to let me know. I know it's hectic over there. If it's dire, she would've called me asap. I'll talk to her soon about the best course of action to get this guy a nice home. I'd love to be able to make visits.

Messy fruity beak!

Had to post this picture of him. He really had fun with his yummies today. See the bad eye isn't so bad looking today..!

9/2/10

Been a little quiet on Louie's updates because I've been so busy at work (omgz) and getting NFLB on the right track. There's a lot of planning between a lot of traveling and figuring out fosters and the like.
Took my 4 buddies for a their yearly wellness exam on Tuesday night. 

Almost done with the NFLB business cards. Louie was helping me finish them up last night.
Here he is with the glow of the computer and I. 


LOUIE IS RELATIVELY HEALTHY!!!! With a side of Sinusitus.. o_o But it's curable!!!
No Asper, no conjuctivitis based off the samples from his nose. 
He's already being treated properly for it. Today he's going to get a re-check and to take the blood boogies out.

He's also going to be heading over with a new rescue buddy donated by Bill's Birds.
The IRN named *drum roll* Yoshi..!
I'll start Avian Aid #2 Project Yoshi soon.  He's going to be socialized and destressed, hopefully to prevent any further plucking.

More Tears to Motivate.



No living creature deserves this...
Work with me to speak out against this and educate people of the horrors of breeding birds and Pet Stores.

I'm hoping to have an education & adoption table at the bird show in December in FL.
Everyone get the word out for Angel, and even my Georgie who shows the "scars" of neglect and abuse. (He's a spoiled boy now)
No bird or animal should suffer like this.
You see this cruelty with this poor baby, think of the cruelty that occurs when it gets older.
It's too loud, it bit me, I'm bored with it.
Find good homes for those in existence...! Love your birds like they're children.
Been almost a year, and I'm getting close to my dreams of a bird Rescue.
I wish chain stores would do adoption only, similar to what they do with dogs and cats.
Friend saw a Cockatoo in a Pet Supermarket..!
I saw a VERY similar video to this some time ago...
This happens all...the...time...
Fight it.

Avian Einstiens

Anyone who owns a bird doesn't need a scientist to tell them how incredible and incredibly smart they are. So smart, they even have personality quirks like many humans do.

Pako has 1 feather he plays with and will hand to you. We call it his feather friend. He registers "Step up"  the more commanding the tone, the faster he'll step up, even if he doesn't want to. He knows "Go poopy" and he will because he knows he won't go back on your shoulder until then.

Georgie is afraid of hands and extremely attached to his 2 yarn toys. Aptly named his wife and his mistress. Registers, "Wanna cuddle?" and if he's in the mood, he'll launch into the blankey for cuddles.

For those who don't understand, here's some sites and videos! Learn why Bird Brain is a compliment.

http://www.all-birds.com/brain.htm





Mitred Conure Family Saved by WCC

Original Story Found Here:
http://discussions.sun-sentinel.com/20/soflanews/fl-las-olas-birds-20100812/10

An adult Mitred Conure parrot perches on the grates that trap the flock's young in their previous nest (Chelsea Matiash, Sun Sentinel / August 13, 2010)
Time was running out.
Four baby parrots, trapped for two days inside the wall of a building on Las Olas Boulevard without food or water, were going to die.
Brenna Corn, 24, was not going to let that happen.
"They were going to starve to death," said Corn, a clerk at a shoe store next door to the nests. "I couldn't just leave them like that."
A metal grate had been placed over three air vents in the back of a realty office on Tuesday, trapping the month-old Mitred Conure parrots in their nests. On Thursday, the babies' parents hung on the cage, their squawks filling the air.
Corn called the SPCA Wildlife Care Center. They sent two rescue workers, but they couldn't get to the nests inside the wall.
Realtor John D'Angelo agreed to let workers cut a hole in his ceiling so rescuers could save the birds.
"Happy ending," D'Angelo said.
The baby parrots survived the night at the Wildlife Care Center.
They were given the proper food and fluids and moved to the nursery Friday morning, said Sherry Schlueter, the center's executive director.
The parrots can't be released because they are not native to the United States.
Instead, they will be put up for adoption in two or three months.
People interested in adopting the birds can call the Wildlife Care Center at 954-524-4302 ext. 15.
Susannah Bryan can be reached at sebryan@SunSentinel.com or 954-356-4554.

Ways to Help

I volunteer wherever and whenever I can for animals. I want to put myself in the middle of knowledgeable, animal-loving people. My focus is mainly on birds because of personal experience.
I want to be able to go to places, recognize and assess what is proper and what is not, and find a way to fix it.
Protests, yelling, and screaming works, but when it doesn't, you must get out there and educate..! Actually education and compassion should come first.


Pako (Mitred Conure) is now 9, I've had him for a year. He's a rehome that's amazing with people. HATES not being involved. He's a great "Birdy Ambassador" to get people interested and willing to listen and share stories.  


If you have time in your day, find a way to get involved. If you don't, find a way to donate (money or food) to causes that can.
I want to cry, but crying doesn't do anything.
Turn your tears to motivation and ambition. I met one person, that led me to another, and to another, and to a protest group that lead me to keep an eye on a bird shop that was questionable.
Instead of yelling, I try to reason and be reasonable. Now he tells me he's doing things to rescue and aid companion birds. Aiding with providing medicine and cages so people can better care for their birds instead of having to give them up.
Walk forth with kindness to the best of your ability, if it's met with anger, then respond accordingly.
I want there to be a revolution to help these animals. Please, let these pictures speak to you and help.
Unite..!
NEVER BUY FROM A PET STORE OR BREEDER! You only fuel these horrendous scenarios...!