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Re: blind parrot

Posted by PAM on 4/24/12
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    On 4/24/12, pam wrote:
    > 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.
    I am owned by a newly blind conure. He seems to be doing well but
    I miss his ornery tactics. He still loves to sit on my shoulder
    and play with his friend Brutus ,a Chihuahua. I want to make his
    life as interesting and safe since he doesnt want to fly anywhere.
    Smart Bird! He gets braver and louder everyday but I feel sorry
    for him. He seems to be a lot more affectionate. Any ideas to
    share? I'd greatly appreciate some.