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It’s Your Choice…

You want a parrot?  I’m thinking that you’ve decided this because of one (or more) of the following:
  • Parrots / birds are beautiful!
  • They can ride around on your shoulder!
  • They talk!
  • They do tricks!

Am I correct?  First realize that large parrots should never “ride around on your shoulder.”  You’re setting yourself up for a potential bite on your face.  Trust me on this.  Second, they talk?  They may have the POTENTIAL to talk, but not all will.  Again, trust me on this.  So after you’ve thought about this for a while, consider the facts that parrots scream (varying degrees of LOUD), they will probably bite you, they can have long life spans (the larger the parrot, typically, the longer their lifespan), and they poop and fling food.

OK — you STILL want a parrot?  Then once again, it’s your choice …… please keep reading:

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It’s your choice …. but it is not theirs – the thousands of parrots and birds that are taken from their wild habitat and freedom.  

 Take a look at the following  video:

Wild, smuggled parrots, forced to give up their freedom, and IF they survive, are typically set up as “breeders” or are added to “enhance” a private collector’s avian collection.  Babies that are smuggled appear as “baby birds for sale,” in pet stores or classified ads.  Of course, this is only if they are “lucky” enough to survive this hellish brutality and equally hellish transportation.  Are they truly the “lucky” ones?

The ProFauna Indonesia Organization’s “Pirated Parrots” report, describes one way that smugglers capture parrots – in this case red-and-bue Lories:  “Parrot poaching in these sites in most cases uses gum. First, the poachers look for a tree which has suitable perching branches used by red-and-blue Lories. The top branches are then cut off and replaced with ones which have been smeared with the sticky gum.  After that, the decoy bird is put on the top of the tree. Its job is to make noises when it sees any wild red-and-blue Lory flying around the tree.  The wild Lory will come closer to the decoy bird, get stuck in the sticky gum, and end up in the hands of the poacher.  The death rate caused by this way of poaching is 5 %. Most of the birds die due to stress.  Some poachers told ProFauna that if they used netting to catch the parrots, it would cause a bigger number of the death rate, about 10%.  Therefore, the poachers prefer to use gum than nets due to the lower death rate and its cheapness.” 

 http://www.profauna.org/download/publication/pirated-parrot-(2008).pdf

The ProFauna also states that “… the total death rate of the parrot trade to the selling state is about 40%, a quite high percentage.  If there are 1,000 parrots caught from the wild, around 400 individuals will die in vain during the process of poaching, transportation, trade, and poor conditions.  The more birds are caught, the more die.  Moreover, the parrot population in the wild will drastically decrease towards the endangering level and become a bird conservation problem.” 

 
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Thinking about buying a parrot / bird from one of the larger “convenient” chain pet stores?  Perhaps think again, please. 

There are bird mills. 

Unfortunately, some of the larger “chain” pet stores are now stocking their shelves with birds from various mills from across the country. The following videos demonstrate the foreboding nature of one of these mills.  Please keep in mind that “socialization” is one of the most important component of any life ….. of humans, of animals, and of birds.  Socialization, in this instance, as is true of each and every “mill”  whose focus is product and quantity, is always overlooked – with the $ and a sale the only concerns. 

The following two videos were taken within a bird mill.  Baby parrots are taken from their parents sometimes before hatching, in which case eggs are placed in an incubator until the eggs are hatched.  The video information states that this particular mill houses “500+ parrots breeding for the pet trade.” 

Project Perry is a rescue, sanctuary, and adoption services for abused, neglected, unwanted, and forgotten parrots, and is located in central Virginia

Project Perry is a rescue, sanctuary, and adoption services for abused, neglected, unwanted, and forgotten parrots, and is located in central Virginia

So, a relatively close  pet chain store is advertising “Hand Fed Baby Birds”!   The following photos were taken of baby birds for sale at one of those pet chain stores.  The baby birds ranged from two to four weeks of age.  And as a quick note, the sales person stated that hand feeding is easy!  Anyone can do it!    I Don’t Think So.  Please read the information below the pictures, regarding the risks involved in hand feeding baby birds.

 

At this point, I would like to thoroughly dismiss the myth that if you hand feed your baby bird, a wonderful forever-lasting bond will be form.  Not true.  And in addition to the myth not being true, there are physical dangers that are caused by incorrect hand feeding: 

  • Malnutrition
  • Burned Crops
  • Pneumonia caused by Aspirated Food
  • Sour Crop
  • Bacterial Infections

… and death to the baby.  Is this truly worth the risk???  If nothing will stop you from purchasing a baby bird, then I am hopeful that you thoroughly research the breeder, and ask them to please, for the sake of the baby bird, finish up the hand feeding.  You owe at least that much to your bird.

Please go to http://mytoos.com/babybirds.shtml for more information regarding these baby birds, plus a fabulous, informative website – especially for those who are thinking about purchasing a cockatoo.

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Why not adopt a parrot???? 

(Still Under Construction…..)

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