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Re: blind parrot

Posted by pam on 4/24/12
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    On 3/08/07, Betty Scott wrote:
    > Yes, I have a Moluccan hen who is 10 years old named Sidney.
    > She adores her squeeky toys & is visibly delighted when I take
    > the time to include her squeeky toys to enrich her environment
    > when I play with her and handle her.
    > She has a definite squeeky toy immitation she makes, too.
    > Sidney is in our home with other parrots who are not blind.
    > We keep The Cartoon Channel on from 8 AM - 10 PM so there is
    > always noise & language stimulation. We are the 5th home for
    > Sidney. Her first owner threw her against a wall when she was
    > 2 & (I suspect) also stomped on her. His girlfriend scooped
    > up poor Sidney's crumpled & broken body, & deposited her at
    > the closest vet, leaving no identifying information. I am sure
    > she figured that the vet would have prosecuted them (him for
    > cruelty and her for aiding & abbeting). Sidney has several
    > broken bones. The vet kept her in recovery for several months.
    > When Sidney's bones healed, she was left with one blind eye &
    > one eye that saw shadows & movements. I do not put many toys
    > in her cage, because it makes things more difficult when she
    > moved around her cage, but she seems to do well. We have a
    > 3rd cup that we put a mixture of peppers, seeds, nuts and
    > other types of "parrot treats" and she seems to have no
    > problem locating that when it is filled. She also loves Pizza
    > Crust. Here is the delimma. Now that the vet has "saved"
    > Sidney from a fate worse than death, where does one place a
    > blind Cockatoo?
    > Sidney's vet discovered a pet shop owner who specialized in
    > birds & was willing to pay her vet bills. She thought perhaps,
    > Sidney could be a mascot in her parrot store. It did not work.
    > So the pet show owner called a friend of ours who raised
    > birds, to asked if she could find it in her heart to adopt
    > Sidney and give her the attention she needed. Our friend did
    > so for 3 years, until her Cockatoo allergies became so acute
    > that she could not hold Sidney more than 15 minutes until she
    > could not breathe. Sidney's owner then e-mailed me, knowing
    > we do a LIVE PARROT EDUCATION SHOW as well as parrot rescue.
    > She asked if we would like to have Sidney for purposes of
    > educating the public.
    > Sidney is a true pale pink-peach colored Moluccan Cockatoo.
    > She is NOT a plucker and is quite content to sit in her cage
    > much of the day without a fuss. She knows however when it is
    > 8 PM and time for her to have her 2-hours of one-on-one with
    > me each night. If I am not there, she will begin to scream.
    > However, Sidney is the gentlest Moluccan Cockatoo I have ever
    > encountered & is a trained Pet Therapy bird.
    > She coos & responds happily / readily to my touch and time.
    > She has a large vocabulary -- most of which reverts back to
    > the time in her first home and her demenear reflects it.
    > After we acquired Sidney, I called The Vet School @ The
    > University of Florida to asked if there was any way to test
    > her eye sight to see if she had improved over the years. I
    > was told that Sidney would have to be placed under anthestic
    > and then her optic nerve could be tested. We opted not to do
    > that as it risk of losing her was more than we felt was
    > warranted.
    > I will be happy to send photos or answer any questions anyone
    > might have regarding Sidney.
    > On 3/08/07, Rose wrote:
    >> On 3/05/07, . wrote:
    >>> I live with a blind parrot and would appreciate some
    >>> advice on how to enrich his environment. Do any of you
    >>> live with a blind, or maybe almost blind bird? How is
    >>> your set up, etc? Thanks. You can e-mail me at :
    >> I don't have a blind parrot but something I do for my birds
    >> may be interesting to yours. I have tapes of bird calls for
    >> blind people from Cornell Labs. They have a person talking
    >> and then the bird calls that match. Mine find this
    >> entertaining and they try to imitate the wild birds' calls.
    >> I would just try to think about blind people situations.
    >> Unlike other birds, I would not move the stuff around in his
    >> cage. Keep it the same so he can use dishes, toys, etc. as
    >> landmarks and find his way around. Toys that make noise,
    >> such as bells, might be interesting, as would crinkly
    >> sounding toys. He may appreciate having the TV left on
    >> while you are at work to a children's channel. He might
    >> also enjoy the warmth of being placed in the sun for a
    >> while. If I think of anything else, I'll post again. Good
    >> luck with your bird.