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Last Post 13-01-2015 11:53 AM by  Doddie Kent
ACO for (south) wales
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12-01-2015 12:29 PM

    Hi all,

    Just wondering who the most local ACO for wales is? Would like to have a chat to know if any further requirements for safe housing is needed in the area, and if so how I go about 'training myself up' to be able to be a better parrot carer?

    I've had a small amount of Parrot experience, my ex GF lived with me and her African grey 3 years for which I helped care for, and had small birds throughout my life - currently my kids chirpy budgie.

    Long term plans would be to adopt 1 bird to keep as our own then provide safe house as required.

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    12-01-2015 4:33 PM
    Dianne O'Keefe is the ACO for South Wales, she will give you information about that area. If you would like to be a Safe House, she will tell you how it all works. I don't know why so many people choose to Foster first, then Safe House later - for me it makes more sense the other way round. Safehousing is a way to learn a lot in a short time. Also, it helps more birds quickly, and you are at liberty to Apply o Foster a bird on Safe House in your home if you choose to do so. There's a world of information at your fingertips, there are lots of people that can help you on the phone, or email, or face to face. You're not just left to get on with it. Experience comes only by 'doing'. Send the email, make a start, and you won't look back. First, though, you need to join Birdline, which will cost you £25 per year. You won't be able to Foster or Safe House until you do... Welcome - you're going to enjoy it! Di's email: dok.birdline@btinternet.com.
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    13-01-2015 10:22 AM
    Hi Doddie,

    Think people think foster first and gives them more experience? To me if your safehousing, your taking in a bird that's potentially been through a rough time anyway, to then go to a person with little or no experience might make that visit even more traumatic?

    Will deffo be joining up, but moving house end of feb, so until then its just read and absorb some information.

    Thanks for Dianne's email - will give her message.
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    13-01-2015 11:53 AM
    Charlie, when you Foster, you become an expert on that particular bird. When you Safe House, you have the potential of becoming expert on many types of bird. Remember that they're all individuals anyway, and what one bird likes, another bird won't. Totally your choice, of course, but remember that there's a lot of help on hand, whichever you choose. When I look back on my first bird (not from BL) I made so many silly mistakes, and if I'd known what I know now, I would not have considered that particular breed. Which ever you decide, Dianne will be able to help with advice and tips, so don't worry. You are going to enjoy this, either way.
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