Post: Bird Auction
Posted by Pat on 6/09/07
Shame on all your people with your BS petitions, hateful e-
mails etc. and bad mouthing of one of the greatest people
in aviculture. Below is a response to all this from Dr.
Dear Bird Lovers,
I love birds too. I have worked tirelessly for 30 years
trying to help birds. Now I am having problems in my
personal life. After 29 years of marriage my husband is
moving on. He does not want anything but his half of all
assets, which is what he is entitled to under Florida
divorce law. So after building our collection for the last
15 years I am left with no choice but to sell our birds to
I can assure you all that this was NOT an easy decision,
nor do I take it lightly. I do love my birds very much.
But I CANNOT AFFORD to keep them. Also be assured that
breeders who purchase good healthy birds will do everything
they can to ensure their health, safety and happiness. If
my motives were purely financial, consider this: all people
involved in animal husbandry know that if you donít take
care of your animals, they will not provide for you.
In our modern society we are typically 2 generations
removed from the farm and living with animals in a
symbiotic relationship. Most modern Americans, therefore
have a much different view of their relationship with
animals, including birds, than our predecessors. That is
neither good nor bad- it simply is fact. We must not
forget that if there were no bird breeders you would not
have your FIDS and your BAPPIES. You would not know the
joy that birds can bring into your life. I see it every
day in my practice. I enjoy the incredible joy that birds
bring into peoples lives. Sure some have to change homes-
but our children change homes also. That doesnít mean we
donít love them. They just grow up and move away and start
a new generation of wonderful people for us to love.
Another consideration is safe management of my flock during
hurricanes. We were hit by 3 hurricanes (Francis, Jeanne
in 2004 and Wilma in 2005) in 14 months. With a complete
team, it takes us about 3 days to bring all the birds
inside the clinic. During this time, I am forced to close
my clinic for unspecified period of time to ensure the
safety of my flock. This is also extremely challenging
when we have no power or other services for weeks. In
turn, I am unavailable to assist the rest of the bird
community in possible medical emergencies of their own. I
am a board certified veterinarian, who would much better
serve the bird community as such, than to give up a 30-year
career to manage a breeding aviary. I am keeping some of
my birds, but a small number that I can easily manage alone
when there is a hurricane.
And some of you have mentioned PDD. Please be VERY AWARE
that the PDD rescue birds I have been working with are in a
totally different facility. I have never had a case of PDD
in my collection and I look for it. I have worked with
Mary Jo Meyer of Miloís Ranch for 5 years. We are about to
have a major break thru. Have any of you donated money for
that important research and the support of those birds so
we could treat them and save their lives? I think not.
So I am asking all of you Ė PLEASE DONíT KICK ME WHEN IM
DOWN. Canít you rejoice in my lifeís work. And if I make
it through this challenge, I will soon be sharing some
major advances in bird health. I need your support Ė not
So, since you are so vocal in your distain for me and my
current situation, put up your money. Buy my birds.
Rescue them, PLEASE. Give them a good home. That would
make me very happy and enable me to move ahead in this
critical time of my life.
Susan Clubb, DVM
Iím keeping my name, my dignity, and my dedication to the
avian world. - I wonít go away
Posts on this thread, including this one
Bird Auction, 6/09/07, by Pat. Re: Bird Auction, 6/09/07, by Dave NC. Re: Bird Auction, 6/09/07, by WONDERING. Re: Bird Auction, 6/09/07, by Glenda. Re: Bird Auction, 6/09/07, by Kj. Re: Bird Auction, 6/09/07, by kj. Re: Bird Auction, 6/09/07, by TO POOR, MISGUIDED KITTY. Re: Bird Auction, 6/09/07, by Kj. Re: Bird Auction, 6/09/07, by a friend . Re: Bird Auction/a friend, 6/09/07, by Matt B. Re: Bird Auction/a friend, 6/09/07, by Read & Learn Kitty. Re: Bird Auction/a friend, 6/11/07, by electra. Re: Bird Auction, 6/12/07, by Dee.