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Last Post 11-12-2013 1:54 PM by  SharonL
Norm's Success Story
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10-02-2010 11:47 AM

    Just over a year ago my hubby Bryan and I adopted Norman, a 6 year old male CAG.

    Since day one, he has not ceased to amaze us with his fantastic personality and vocabulary.He was however, what we referred to as ‘featherly challenged’. Apart from his head, Norman had chewed off most of his feathers.
     
    We started straight away to establish a strict routine with him. It was not easy, but in a relatively short time it started to pay dividends. We were able to leave him for short periods of time with hardly, if any, feather destruction. However, several times, for no apparent reason, we would come home expecting all to be well, only to find Norm had chewed loads of feathers off. These times we so distressing for us. We took it so personally, and were convinced it was our fault .
     
    Six weeks after we got him, we took him on the first of many holidays in our caravan. He took to it straight away! We bought him a travel cage to sleep in and a Pak O Bird carrier, so he can accompany us wherever we go, but still have his own space to eat and rest in. He and the Pak O Bird carrier sure do get a lot of attention when we are out and about!
     
    Fourteen months down the line and Norm is a much happier contented chap. He can now be left on his own for a few hours each day, happy in the knowledge that he will not get stressed. The rest of the day is spent either on me or by me playing with his large collection of toys. Though like most kids, he actually prefers the boxes they come in!
     
    He does still have episodes where he gets very stressed out, but these are few and far between and armed with camomile tea and honey, together with many distraction techniques, I am learning to get him (and me!) through these bad times. I have had a go at safehousing, but this proved detrimental to Norm, I am afraid he is destined, for now anyway, to be an only bird ……and doesn’t he just love it!
     
    As for feathers? Well they come and go. For now anyway, more come than go…. I do my very best to keep this little guy happy and content and I now accept that occasionally he will have times where he destroys feathers but that it is no reflection on me or how I care for him. Norm calls his look ‘Shabby Chic’ and tells me it is quite fashionable!
     To finish, here are some piccies of Norm.

    December 08. Norm arrives........

    Jan 2009 - Happy New Year! Butter wouldn't melt....would it??

    Pak O Norm! - Norm off for his first holiday.

     

    Pot o Norm 

     

    June 09 -  Aaaahhhh! Norm's first voluntary bath.

     

    G'day... Barbie anyone??? - Norm August 09

     

    Happy Christmas 2009 - Norm munching gambas Christmas Eve!

    Last Week! Norm away with us in Somerset - 'Helping' as usual...........

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    10-02-2010 12:15 PM
    He looks like a total different bird xx Bless him
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    10-02-2010 12:50 PM

    Aww he is absolutely gorgeous.  Now I am in love too

    My goodness what a massive difference there is from the first to the last photo.

    Heartbreak, unconditional love and hard work works wonders.  Well done you.

     

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    11-02-2010 2:18 AM
    Well done Sharon, I'll stop nagging now, promise!! And well done to Norm, he is the biggest personality every, and his vocabulary is astonishing.

    Thank you Norm for introducing me to a terrific friend and the world's best neighbours, I still should've kept you though.....
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    11-02-2010 3:48 AM

    Norm looks really good hope he keeps improving Monty send his love

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    11-02-2010 3:54 AM
    norm looks so happy ....well done
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    11-02-2010 4:30 AM
    That's fantastic, a really really BIG success for you and Norm.

    Looking forwad to more postcards from his travels.

    Big Hugs!!

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    11-02-2010 6:37 AM
    Remarkable!!!. You deserve a medal and Norm deserves the biggest Hug 'n' Kisses. I'll always have a special thing for Greys.

    Hope things keep going from strength to strength!!.

    Keep up the good work!
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    11-02-2010 11:03 AM
    Norm's story is a real success - all credit to you Sharon. I'm missing his postcards too - please take him on hols again
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    11-02-2010 1:12 PM

    OMG....fab piccies, I adore the one of Norm bathing in the bowl!!!  He looks so happy and so much better.

    It's only through understanding the normal can you better understand the abnormal.....
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    11-02-2010 1:34 PM
    That's a lovely story and well done to the both of you for giving Norm a home he obviously loves
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    12-02-2010 1:03 AM
    Sorry Helen, he has been on his hols, but is getting lazy in the postcard dept. He is off again in a few weeks, so I will make him sit down and write a card!

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments. Makes me very proud of him!
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    12-02-2010 9:42 AM
    Should be proud of you too Sharon!!
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    12-02-2010 11:28 AM
    I agree Vicky - and I can't wait for the postcard
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    13-02-2010 4:00 AM
    I agree, Norms postcards always brighten up your day I love reading them, (apart from getting jealous at all the holidays he gets to take when I'm stuck in the office lol).
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    13-02-2010 9:42 AM
    Whenever I read about Greys and how much is going on inside them I always feel awful for that one I saw last year when I knew a lot less about birds in general.

    Norm looks fantastic..I love the stepping into travel cage shot. Really inelegant like one of those 'celebrity stepping out of limo' shots in Hello magazine. The standing on a pot photo..brilliant...hes just saying " "..and?..."

    Please don't advertise about camomile tea & honey and other treats, I don't want mine reading your post over my shoulder and expecting the same.
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    13-02-2010 9:57 AM

     oooh he is looking great! He reminds me so much of my Jack Jack, he came to be plucked and in very poor condition, then grew all his feathers back, and slowly since late last year has pulled most of them out again!  I feel sorry for him, but then he is happy and healthy in every other way so have learned to accept him as he is! 

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    28-04-2010 8:51 AM
    Shows how long it takes me to read 'unread' posts. I have only just got to your replies.

    Your comments are all wonderful.

    Thank you all (gosh, I'm blushing now!)

    Sharon x

    ps Do you think Norm's story is suitable to go on the Success Stories part of the website anyone? If so how do I do it??

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    28-04-2010 11:37 AM
    Of course Norm should be a success story! I was only thinking today that we hadn't had a 'Postcard from Norm' for a while. Is he due to be packing his Pak-O-Norm soon? If so, we want pics and updates please.

    And again, YES, he is definitely yours and Bl's success
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    28-04-2010 1:25 PM

     THink you email Marc with the details? I agree I think he is VERY suitable to go on the success stories 

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