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MandyT

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Parrot's Bill Of Rights...
« on: July 05, 2009, 04:35:02 PM »

Get To Know About Me Before You Bring Me Home. I am not a domesticated pet like a dog or cat. I still have the spirit of the jungle in me. I have special needs that you may find hard to fill. Please don't learn these too late for my well being. And, please don't acquire one of my cousins wild from the jungle – it will jeopardize his survival and well being, and that won't be a party for you either!

Give Me The Largest Home Possible. I am used to flying through rainforests or savannas. I have given up this great gift for your pleasure. At the very least, give me enough room to flap my wings and exercise. And, I need toys for my amusement and wood to chew, otherwise I might confuse your home with the forest and its trees.

Give Me A Nutritious Diet. I need a variety of fresh and nutritious foods, even if they take time to prepare. I cannot survive on seed alone. Take time to learn what my needs are.

Let Me Have A Social Life. I am a gregarious flock animal – but I am not one of you. I need lots of socialization to learn how to act with you and with my siblings. I also need to have adequate quality time with you every day – no matter what your schedule or other needs are. I am a living, feeling being. Above all, I need to be able to have complete trust in you and count on your predictability in looking after me – every day.

Let Me Be Clean. I may like to drop food or even throw it, but I need meticulous cleanliness to be healthy. My skin itches without frequent showers, the barbs of my feathers won't seal if they become oily and, worst of all, I may become ill if my food or water is not always sanitary.

I Need My Own Doctor. You may not understand my physiology and, therefore, you may not recognize it early on when I get sick. And, it may be too late when you do because I hide my illnesses (remember what I said about my being an animal of the jungle where there are lots of predators). And, I need an avian vet – a specialist (no HMOs for me, please). If you can't afford one, perhaps you shouldn't have taken me home.

Please Don't Punish Me. Just as I don't always understand your peculiarities, you may not understand mine. I don't try to get in trouble – remember, a house is not the jungle. If I do screw up, don't yell at me and never, never hit me. I have sensitive ears and I may never trust again if you strike me. Hands are sometimes scary things to us (why in the world would you not be zygodactylous like us?) Even more importantly, we don't learn by punishment. We are gentle creatures who only strike back to protect ourselves. We learn through patience and love.

Speak My Language. I know you get upset with me when I knock over my water bowl, throw food, scream or pluck my feathers. I don't do these things to annoy you – I am probably trying to tell you something (perhaps that I am hurting, lonely or sad). Learn to speak my (body) language. Remember that I, alone of all creatures on this planet, learn to speak yours!

See Me As An Individual. I am a unique and feeling being – no two of us are alike. Please don't be disappointment in me if I don't talk like you wanted me to or can't do the tricks that your friend's parrot can do. However, if you pay close attention to me (and I always empathize with you, whether you know it or not), I will show you a unique being who will give you so much more than talking and playing. Give me a chance to show you who I am, I think you'll find the effort worth it. And remember – I am not an ornament; I do not enhance any living room decor; and I am not a status symbol – if you use me as such, I might nip at your upturned nose!

Share Your Love With Me. Above all please remember that you are my special person. I put all of my trust and faith in you. We parrots are used to being monogamous (no bar hopping for us!). So, please don't go away for long periods or give me away, that would be a sadness from which I may never recover. If that seems to be asking a lot, remember that you could have learned about my needs before bringing me home. Even having a baby or taking a new job isn't a fair reason – you made a commitment to me first! And, if you think that you must leave me because you might die, provide for me forever after you leave. I may live to a ripe old age, but I can't provide for myself. Remember that I'm in a small cage amongst people who are not of my blood.

Your Rights. You have lots of rights, but I can only assure one. That is that if you treat me the way I described above, I will reward you with unwavering love, humor, knowledge, beauty, dedication and a sense of wonder and awe you haven't felt since you were a child. When you took me home, you became my flock leader, indeed, my entire universe – for life! I would hang the moon and stars for you if I could. We are one in heart and soul.

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Re: Parrot's bill Of Rights...
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009, 04:41:10 PM »

 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Great information for those who want to buy a parrot, thinking it is going to be the same as looking after a cat
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2009, 04:53:49 PM »

Thats fantastic Mandy  :rose: wow had me in tears  :rose:
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2009, 11:59:15 AM »

That's so good and has lots of useful info in there!  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2009, 12:06:11 PM »

It's sweet isn't it? I can't take the credit for writing that one..I've seen it on several forums before..but I think its appropriate reading espcially for new parrot owners. And Squid it always has me in tears too every time i read it  :cry2:
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2009, 02:57:13 PM »

hello again its chris i am not being rude but is there a trade union for parrots or can we start one up  :biggrin: :biggrin:
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2009, 03:06:46 PM »

Chris we shold start one  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2009, 03:49:34 PM »

Mand, that was fantastic, well done you :thumbsup: even if you did not compose it yourself, it was great
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2009, 07:24:27 PM »

mandy we have got to set a  fee say one nut per week as union dues + we will have to make rules say parrots can poo anywere  :panic: :biggrin: unconditional love ive started anyone else want to join in
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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2009, 08:34:00 PM »

Yeah me, they can draw blood & who cares?  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: we have pints of it for gods sake
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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2009, 09:21:53 PM »

hi mandy got to say that what you put on was so spot on. wow never read anything that really touched me like that. brought a lump in my throat, who ever wrote that definatley speaks for the parrot world. just relised .how much i adore my baby. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2009, 01:25:48 PM »

New to the forum and just read  , I feel even worse as I didnt really do my homework before I had Rosie,did some but not enough. I am now commited to being a much better carer and it made me very sad to think all this time wasted.
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2009, 04:49:53 PM »

You don't need to feel sad, Alys, what's done is done, you can't change the past but you can try to provide Rosie with a better future, and it is great that you are trying!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2009, 05:42:50 PM »

Alys have a (((hug)))..please don't feel sad Rosie is lucky to have you x.x.x.x
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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2009, 06:18:43 PM »

Thank You
I am lucky to have found a forum who help and dont judge.

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« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2009, 07:46:23 AM »

Aw Alys  :cheekkiss: :cheekkiss: :cheekkiss:

We're all here for you sweetie come for advice when you need it x.x.x
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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2009, 11:25:30 PM »

aww that was beautiful and very helpful 2 new owners (im also 1) although i did months of homework and grew up with greys because my nan used 2 breed them so would help with baby feeding etc
that also had me abit chocked up lol(wat a baby :baby:) my little lacey is sitting under my neck aswe speak  xx
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« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2009, 03:50:47 PM »

awww that was a fantastic read, had me a bit choked too
i didnt do loads home work befor i bought echo but iv made sure form the day i had her iv tried my best to find out whats best for her, and with the help and advice from you guys i know for sure she wil have best life i can give her,thanks again for sharing that xxx
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« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2009, 09:38:51 PM »

Read this somewhere else Mandy but it always makes me smile. When i was younger i always said i would love a parrot and here i am today with two. Two were never planned lol,

Gizmo my orange winged ammie entered my life last May and how appropriate that parrot bill of rights is to a bird who had obviously went through so much neglect. I look at two pictures of her one of her on day one and one now.My in comparison baby Dusty has shown me a different side to parrots. I just wished everyone would remember that these creaures are not domesticated, thats the hardest thing sometimes in caring for them.


day one



a few months later







I couldnt manage life without them x


 
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« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2009, 09:40:41 PM »

She is beautiful, Dusty! Is the last pic how she looks now and the first ones from before?
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