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Re: Will be visiting parrot zoo updated with pics
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2011, 08:37:39 AM »

 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:  Good on you Dave! 

The trouble is with parrots is that they live so darn long!  I am in no way meaning anybody on here, just my views in general.

People see an African Grey, happy, sitting in his cage, talking and looking good and think.. I want one!  It's all too easy to go and buy one if you have the money of course.  You don't need a licence, you don't need anything apart from money.  So, the parrot gets bought, taken home and put in a cage......then it won't talk (In general Greys start talking around one year old) so, it becomes a chore not a joy to look after this, messy, squwaking, poop machine that doesn't talk when you want it too.  Then of course the hormones kick in, most of the rehomes are around 4/5 years old, just when they start to mature and get kranky. 

Not every day is a good day with a Grey, they have their off days (don't we all) they have days when they want to be left alone (don't we all) they have days when they will scream for attention, when they really want to be loved and played with (don't we all).  So, think small child when you buy a Grey....except in extreme circumstances, when we have a child, we have that child for life, through good, bad, happy and sad times, that's the way it should be with a Grey.  If you can't commit to it, don't do it.

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Re: Will be visiting parrot zoo updated with pics
« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2011, 10:14:54 AM »

It sounds like its a place thats doing a great job but its so sad that its needed.

As most of you know I'm very new to this parrot malarky. I'm probably the least likely person to ever end up with a parrot. But somehow here I am with a friends 12 year old AG. He doesn't really like to be touched too much, will bite if you push it with him, chases feet on occasion, eats carpets, stains walls and windows with food, poos willy nilly and makes a racket and a general mess. He takes up crazy amounts of my time just keeping him clean and fed. And I don't feel I even spend enough time with him training etc.

They are not pets for the faint hearted, they are family members who need at least as much care and attention as, say, a dog or a horse. I think this is where people get it wrong - they think a bird in a cage is an easy option for a pet - just feed and clean them and its all good. But as everyone here knows thats just not the case and I think thats why so many end up needing to be re-homed.

Saying all that I'm totally hooked. There is no way I'd let Flint be in the position of not having a loving home to go to. He'll always be welcome with me not matter what my situation - he's family now  :biggrin:

Wish there was a way to reduce the number of abandoned birds though, maybe people should need to get some sort of special license or pay a tax or something.

Here in Switzerland to have a dog, you pay extra tax and it has to pass an obedience test, they also need separate train tickets etc. But they are then allowed everywhere, in restaurants, shops etc - but all are totally well behaved and well looked after which is lovely to see.

Sorry, this turned into a long post, its just so terrible to think of all those poor birds, stuck in aviaries because of stupid people who won't take responsibility for the pets they buy!  :grrr
 
 

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Re: Will be visiting parrot zoo updated with pics
« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2011, 02:56:47 PM »

It makes me really sad to think of unwanted pets. Just reading about unwanted greys at the sanctuary was upsetting me. I think that they do a hard job keeping them all on very little money and if I lived closer I would visit inthe hope that my money was going towards taking care of them :thumbsup:
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