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Re: adoption???

Posted by To JKCASWELL on 12/07/07
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    On 12/07/07, JKCASWELL wrote:
    > On 12/07/07, to the bird begger wrote:
    >> On 12/07/07, JKCASWELL wrote:
    >>> On 12/07/07, feeling for you wrote:
    >>>> On 12/06/07, Aunt Bea wrote:
    >>>>> On 12/05/07, JKCASELL wrote:
    >>>>>> Hi there everyone. I just came across this board, and
    >>>>>> spent hours reading all of the threads, very informative.
    >>>>>> I have a female Scarlet, Lucy. As I grew up owning, then
    >>>>>> breeding tiels, when the opportunity came up, to get a
    >>>>> Free
    >>>>>> Scarlet, and her cage, I jumped at the chance. Nobody
    >>>>>> bothered to tell me that a Macaw IS NOT a bigger tiel! 6
    >>>>>> years later, I have finally got it figured out, and have a
    >>>>>> somewhat trained best friend. How I didn't ruin her
    >>>>>> completely, I will never know, but we overcame all of my
    >>>>>> mistakes! I know I was fortunate to get such a beautiful
    >>>>>> bird for nothing, I couldn't have afforded to buy her out
    >>>>>> right, and had I not gotten her, who knows what would have
    >>>>>> become of her, her previous owner was threatening to set
    >>>>>> her free, and I think she really would have. Her husbands
    >>>>>> African Grey, accidently flew away supposedly, and she
    >>>>>> threatened to set him free also. I spend a minimum of
    >>>>> $200
    >>>>>> per month on her for toys, food, and bedding. I also have
    >>>>>> the vet expense every 3 months for pedicures. I have no
    >>>>>> issue with the monthly expenses of her. I also keep an
    >>>>>> emergency credit card, which has not been used as of yet,
    >>>>>> to cover any crisis that may arise. I have entertained
    >>>>> the
    >>>>>> idea of getting another macaw, if the opportunity should
    >>>>>> arise. I just don't have the extra savings on hand, to
    >>>>>> spend more than a couple hundred dollars. Is it really
    >>>>>> offensive to look for this kind of option. I can say I
    >>>>>> would never sell my bird for any amount of money, I love
    >>>>>> her too much for that, she's my soul mate. She gets more
    >>>>>> attention than my kids and husband. I don't want to
    >>>>> offend
    >>>>>> anyone at all, but from my perspective, I would rather
    >>>>> give
    >>>>>> my bird to someone, who can offer her everything in the
    >>>>>> world, than sell it to just anybody. Any thoughts on this
    >>>>>> would be greatly appreciated.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Sure I'll take your bird and give it a great forever home.
    >>>>> Let me know.
    >>>> I know it has got to be hard to let one of your kids go to
    >>>> another home . But if i can ask why are you getting her a new
    >>>> home? I took in a Blue And Gold about 9 months ago the biggest
    >>>> joy to have around. Toby is spoiled but thats ok with me. I know
    >>>> it is heartbreaking to have to post things like this but if you
    >>>> feel she needs another home then maybe you truely have your
    >>>> birds intrest at heart. There are alot of tears when doing this
    >>>> also. I hope you have some support around you. Where do you
    >>>> live. I'd love to give Toby a friend
    >>>
    >>> I think my post somehow got mixed up. I AM LOOKING at getting
    >>> another Macaw. There is nothing in this world that could get me
    >>> to let my Lucy go, she is just as important to me,as my own
    >>> children! My problem is, the lack of extra cash on hand to pay
    >>> $1000 or more. I have a brand new extra cage 4 x 4 x 5'6
    >>> internal dimensions. I have the means to feed only the best,
    >>> provide all the toys needed, which is quite frequently, all the
    >>> love and time to offer. I take my bird to the vet every 3
    >> months
    >>> for pedicures and check up's. I keep a $5000 credit card
    >>> specifically for vet emergencies, and as of yet it has never
    >> been
    >>> used. I have several large Macaw sized play gyms, as I kept
    >>> buying different ones thinking Lucy would enjoy them...she hates
    >>> them and would rather be on me at all times. I know I can offer
    >>> another bird a wonderful life, but to do so, would require not
    >>> having to pay an outright price of more than $400-$500. I know
    >>> the true value of these birds. What I was hoping to find, was
    >>> somebody's beloved bird, which due to unseen circumatances, have
    >>> to re home thier best friend, and that the birds best interest,
    >>> is first and foremost. I can offer references, from my vet,
    >>> etc. I have no issue with home visits, and follow up visits.
    >>>
    >>> Even though people have alot of money, doesn't mean that they
    >>> can offer a bird a wonderful home. My Lucy came from a very
    >>> wealthy woman, who had several birds. She hit my Lucy in the
    >>> head for biting, threw her on the floor, I think there was a
    >>> stick involved in her punishment, because even after 6 years,
    >>> Lucy see's a broom or anything that resembles a large stick, and
    >>> she screams and hides! She is thoroughly afraid of spray
    >>> bottles. Lucy was only a year old when I got her. Sure her
    >>> purchase price was large, but she was miserable.
    >>>
    >>> I was looking through some of the rescue sites, and was honestly
    >>> in tears. I never realized how abused and neglected so many of
    >>> the large birds are. I have seen the local ads, for dozens of
    >>> these birds for sale daily, and I know that most of these people
    >>> only want money, they have no care about the birds future.
    >> There
    >>> is the few, truly genuine ads, where you can actually feel the
    >>> owners pain at having to give up thier "family". Unfortunately,
    >>> alot of these people have no idea what will happen to them.
    >>>
    >>> Does this make more sense? And what are your thoughts? Any
    >>> help/advice would be greatly appreciated, before I start on this
    >>> endeavor. I in no way, want to offend anyone, just want to give
    >>> another Macaw a shot at a long happy life, and cry about the
    >>> thousands I can't save.
    >>>
    >>> Just a side note, I am not interested in breeding, so that is
    >> not
    >>> what I am looking for. I never realized the numbers of Macaws
    >>> being raised, and then abused in one way or another. The bird
    >>> trade is a sad world. Thank you to all of you on here that have
    >>> given your birds a good life, there are so many others out there
    >>> who will never know it
    >>>
    >>> Jenn
    >>
    >>
    >> WELL, WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST COME OUT AND SAY YOU WERE BIRD
    >> BEGGING!!
    >
    > I am most certainly not Bird Begging! It may sound like it, you
    > don't know me, I don't know you. I don't necessarily even need
    > another bird. I was honestly heart sick over seeing so many Rescues,
    > and it was a thought, that maybe I could save at least one bird from
    > ending up miserable, in a rescue, or dead. At least the birds in the
    > rescues have a chance now, as the adoption regumin is so strict. I
    > thought maybe, there is someone out there, who honestly wants their
    > bird to have a good forever home. My thought was to put out an ad,
    > with what I can offer, and the up front amount I can pay. I guess
    > maybe it does come across as bird begging, but there is no offense
    > meant
    >
    > Jenn


    Hi Jenn,

    For one, you have to watch out for this board. They are brutal here
    and will only pick on you. Two, why don't you just take in a rescue
    bird from a rescue? Its probably best you go this route.