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Last Post 11-12-2013 1:54 PM by  SharonL
Norm's Success Story
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28-04-2010 1:30 PM
Aahh, well, yes - He has been on two holidays so far this year. He is so bad at doing his postcards these days! Or is it that his Mom forgets to post them(?)

I will have a word with him tomorrow and see what he has for his admiring public!

God love him!
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17-09-2010 2:04 PM
hi sharon, wow what a transformation, good job i didnt safe house him i would have kept him,

what a sorry state he was in, unbelievable that love and attention can transform the saddest cases.

he looks so happy now, well done.

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17-09-2010 2:46 PM
what have i missed.....pics please xx


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18-09-2010 4:11 AM
kerry go to page 1 and youll see the pics, ahhh
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16-02-2011 3:40 AM
lovely story, makes me want to get involved!
ps pot o norm did make me laugh!!
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05-06-2011 6:49 AM
It brings tears to my eyes seeing and hearing this and I can say nothing more than your dedication and love did wonders for this bird. Absolutely brilliant for all involved.
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05-06-2011 10:15 AM
Norm hasn't sent us a postcard in a while....... hint, hint x
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09-06-2011 6:29 AM
You know what Royal Mail is like Helen. Norm assures me he posted his card...... I will phone the local sorting office and check to see where it is............
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09-06-2011 10:57 AM
Sharon, please do - you know how I love to hear of his jaunts
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09-06-2011 12:09 PM

  Very nice to hear

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09-06-2012 7:22 AM

Well, I can hardly believe it is over two years since I started this thread and nearly four years since I met and fell in love with our Norm, so I thought I would update you ‘old timers’ and introduce Norm to the newer members.

Norm is now one of five BL babes that we have adopted. That number has been static now for over twelve months and I have absolutely no intention of increasing it! A wonderful balance and harmony exists and we have just the right amount of time to give each of the guys so they get the attention and stimulation they deserve. We enjoy safehousing during the winter and keeping our flock to five means there is always a warm and loving half way house for a safehouse bird.

Norm has continued to improve both mentally and physically. The arrival of Thea CAG nearly two years ago had a tremendously calming influence on him, even though they are only friends from afar. Thea is scared of Norm and quite rightly so. Norm can be a real thug and shouts ‘Come ‘ere!” as he chases Thea around. Later on that year (2010)  following a visit to Ian our Avian vet for a health check, and on his advice, I took the plunge and converted the whole flock from AS20 seed to Harrisons High Potency. I was dreading what this change would do to Norm, but as it happened everyone converted with no fuss and all inside two weeks! Saying that, Thea CAG was already on Kaytee and we have just left her on that. Norm’s overall health and appearance I believe has improved since this conversion and the weak and deformed primary flights on his ‘bad’ wing are getting better and better. I hope eventually that they all come through properly but I fear some of the follicles are probably damaged. Again, time will tell…….

It seems with every passing month Norm is getting more confident, better adjusted and well, just happier. We have just come back from a holiday during which time he was happy to sit in his travels cage with the door open whilst I did chores. Up until now, he would only be happy to stay in his cage at bedtime or when we left the house and shut him in.  He also happily chilled out  in his Pak O Bird whilst we were supping ale in the beer garden of the village pub we visited last Monday.

As I re- read this, none of it sounds very spectacular to the ‘outsider’ but knowing Norm, as I know a lot of you do, and knowing that there are others out there that celebrate the small steps forward these little guys make, I know you will understand and forgive me my ramlings!

Here are some recent pictures of Norm…..or should I say Norma…..as we now know Norm is a girl!

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09-06-2012 7:56 AM
It is great to read about Norma's improvement since being with you.  I can remember the first photos you put on here so a wonderful job.  I expect others will be commenting on this latest "postcard".
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09-06-2012 8:08 AM
Wow she is looking so good but for me she will alwasy be a Norm!! I can't imagine how hard it must be to have converted to Norma, I'd never get my head around it LOL


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09-06-2012 8:16 AM
I haven't Victoria. We still call him Norm and refer to him as a boy. He speaks in a northern man's voice. and I just cannot think of him as a girl! 
  
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09-06-2012 9:01 AM
I have made many many friend through BL, some of whom have feathers, some of whom don't, some of you I have never met but are alwasy available to me for advice and guidance, other get to see me occasionally (I'll apologise now to those that have to suffer a tad more frequently with the personal visit).

When I joined a zillion yeras ago, I knew bu##er all and now I know a lot more now but all of you guys continue to teach me.

I can only reiterate Sharon's words and for me Birline is forever and always!!

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09-06-2012 9:20 AM
Can I add my sentiments, I feel exactly the same way. BL might drive us to distraction on occasion, but we are there for the charity whenever needed, to do whatever we can. Just sometimes you do have to say no, with regret.

I am tempted to see if I can find any pics of Norm from when he first came to Brixham, as I safehoused him for a few months. He was the original oven ready bird and his transformation is an inspiration, to see what happens with love, and the best care a bird could, have with Mrs L.
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09-06-2012 9:48 AM

About the worst pic is the one below. He took a step back every time he moved. He hot rock bottom once he left you

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09-06-2012 9:49 AM
Actually, he got worse than that picture. He lost all his red tail
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09-06-2012 10:04 AM
He's looking great now though Sharon, through your hard work and, much more importantly, bundles of love.
I agree with your thoughts about BL, there's soooo much support when needed. I know I've learnt LOADS althought I'm aware I still know so little compared to a lot on here!
Our little SH / show bird has also come on leaps and bounds whilst with us, nothing as dramatic as Norm as she's not a plucker but she's never known lots of people yet she was the star of our jubilee street party and went and sat on all the neighbours!
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10-06-2012 4:56 AM
I think that Norm/a looks wonderful now so what a wonderful bunch of people that have helped her to get to that you wouldnt believe she was the same bird from the pictures of her plucked to the latest ones you do right to be proud of her and the work that you have done with her. Lets hope that she doesnt feel the need to pluck again and so stays that way that would be perfect.
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