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African Grey Takes Up Residence In Bar

February 22nd, 2010

A Longford publican has come up with a novel way to attract the crowds into his pub during the recession. Eddie Valentine recently purchased a pet parrot and his feathery friend is now taking up residence behind the bar in Valentine’s. Since ‘Coco’s’ arrival in recent days there has been an air of excitement in the Main Street public house and Eddie says his customers can’t get enough of the African Grey.
“People just love him. He barks like a dog, meows like a cat, whistles and talks. He can even sing ‘You raise me up’ by Westlife. He really is the new focal point of the bar.”

Eddie then explained why he decided to buy the unusual pet for the bar.

“Well I’ve always wanted a parrot but instead of keeping him at home where he wouldn’t get any attention I decided to bring him to the bar. I’m always here so he’ll have company.”

He then described the bird’s transition period to his new environment.

“I knew it would take him a few days to settle in but I couldn’t believe how happy he was within a day or two. It’s in the African’s Grey’s nature to be very sociable and he’s in his element here now.”

The cheeky chappy has even got his owner in trouble on a few occasions.

“He can say some lovely things and he can say some very crude things and sometimes he can do it in front of a crowd which can be quite embarrassing. I’ve been teaching him some new words since he came to the bar though – now he can say ‘Ed loves Coco’.

Such is the impact of the new addition to the bar that a famous Irish entrepreneur is considering buying one for his own business. Eddie explained: “Bill Cullen heard about Coco the other day and he rang Jackie straight away in Molly D’arcy’s to tell her to get him a parrot too!”

When asked is it fair to keep a pet like this in a public house Eddie is quick to defend his decision.

“I don’t agree it’s cruel. He’s out of harm’s way in behind the bar and he’s being well looked after by me and my staff.”

Coco is celebrating his third birthday this Friday night and Eddie has decided to make a real night of it. “We’re planning a huge birthday party for him with a cake and lots of finger food and everyone is invited to help him celebrate.”

African Grey parrots can live up to the ripe old age of 70 and Eddie says he plans to hand his pet down to his children so he can live on in the bar for future generations to see.

So do you agree that a parrot should be able to live in a bar or not? Please comment below with your thoughts on the subject Thanks :o)


Training Games For Your Parrot Video

April 16th, 2009

Here’s an interesting video on some training games you can play with your parrot, I think time, patience and repetitiveness are the key here!!!

Birds Need Love Too

February 20th, 2009

When you visit with Paula Ashfield it doesn’t take long to realize that she’s a virtual encyclopedia of information about exotic birds. Her passion for them and determination to see that every bird lives a long and happy life led to the creation of a sanctuary called Under My Wing Avian Refuge.

The organization which is located in New Jersey opened its doors in 2005 with 37 rescued exotic birds. That soon multiplied to 64 birds and before the first year ended, Under My Wing was home to more than 100 Parrots, Cockatoos, Love Birds and other feathered companions.

Ashfield and her small group of volunteers work seven days a week rehabilitating the birds at the sanctuary and working with the local SPCA investigating cruelty cases.

Ashfield says, “There is a hidden crisis of cruelty to exotic birds. People don’t understand their needs and once they are overwhelmed by the situation it’s easy to tuck a bird away in a basement or closet and forget about them.”

One abuse investigation led Ashfield to just such a situation. A family that could not handle the behaviors of their two African grey parrots locked them away in a dark closet for more than a year. The birds, who Ashfield calls Light and Dark, remained in an unlit closet 24 hours a day, receiving limited amounts of food from their owners.

When the SPCA called Ashfield in for her evaluation, she found the two birds huddled together. They were underweight, undernourished and had pulled out all of their feathers due to the stress. Ashfield took custody of Light and Dark. Now one year later, the two parrots are back to their normal weight and have started growing new feathers, but because of their abuse Ashfield doesn’t think they will be able to live with another family.

Ashfield offers many tips for people who are considering the adoption of an exotic bird. This education process is a big part of her focus at Under My Wing.

* Exotic birds are expensive to own, with costs running $4,000 – $7,000 a year.
* A typical wellness exam runs approximately $600.
* Exotic birds are not pets. They are very social creatures and crave to be a companion to their humans.
* Guardians of exotic birds should be prepared for their wild behaviors, such as biting and screaming.
* Birds in good health can live 30 – 40 years and some species live up to 70 years.
* Exotic birds need lots and lots of space. For example, Macaw’s should live in a minimum of a 6’x6’ area so they can spread out their wings.

Under My Wing Avian Refuge rescues birds from many different situations, but lately more of the birds are orphaned because of home foreclosures. True to her compassionate nature, Ashfield has begun offering temporary shelter to these birds. She hopes to reunite the families when they are back on their feet again.

Because of this, costs have risen at the sanctuary and Under My Wing is desperately seeking donations to pay for food, medical care and housing for these additional “foster” birds.

Ashfield puts it this way, “To the many bird owners who do not intend to let go of a dear companion bird and wish to give him/her the best they can, relinquishing their bird to our sanctuary comforts them in knowing their bird is safe and they can remain a part of their life.”

Please visit the Under My Wing Avian Refuge website to see a complete list of items needed for the sanctuary.

Parrots Playing A Voice Activated Video Game

February 18th, 2009

I can’t embed the video in this post because it’s not a youtube video but I thought I’d post a link up to it so you can see it.

I’ve never seen anything like it, these two parrots are actually playing voice activated computer games (with a little help from the owner) how clever is that I ask you?

check the video out here >>>

10 Bird Jokes To Make You Chortle

February 16th, 2009

Here’s a few sidesplitting jokes to amuse you … when I say side splitting, they’re not really sidesplitting as such but hey they are relatively amusing, add your best jokes to the comments section underneath 🙂

Which bird is always out of breath ?
A puffin !

What’s got six legs and can fly long distances ?
Three swallows !

Why did the owl, owl ?
Because the woodpecker would peck ‘er !

What do you call a crate of ducks ?
A box of quackers !

What language do birds speak ?
Pigeon English !

How do you get a parrot to talk properly ?
Send him to polytechnic !

What do you get if you cross a duck with a firework ?
A firequaker !

What is a parrot’s favorite game ?
Hide and Speak !

What do you call a Scottish parrot ?
A Macaw !

What do parrots eat ?
Polyfilla !

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