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We do know of some so called ‘Parrot Rescues’ who are taking in birds, and then re-selling them despite what their web sites states.

  
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NORMAL TIMESCALE FOR FOSTERING A BIRD
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kegsky
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31-10-2012 3:25 AM

i agree with previous comments regarding being kept informed. it has been many weeks since i applied, had a home visit first by ACO then manager, added a nest box for shelter and of course paid my joining fee and cost of home visit. i have sent two emails for progress and heard nothing. i appreciate that this is run by volunteers and they deserve all credit for that. but all i ask is that people keep me in the loop, even if only to say that a companion for my aviary bird is not yet available. 

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31-10-2012 5:11 AM
Hi Kegsky,
Can you tell who you you sent your email to and I will try to find out what is happening.
Rescue Manager North & Aco for Cumbria.
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05-11-2012 6:25 AM
I have to say as a new member I have applied for two birds and in both instances knowing that everyone is volunteers I am impressed with all at birdline, they have contacted me and let me know throughout the process, with regard to not being successful, down to two lovely ladies who came to my house for a home check with BIG BIRD, whom everyone fell in love with. I don't know if I am successful in my second application, but I do know that each bird will never go to anyone who won't love care and pamper it ..... so be ware prospective adoptive parents, these birds need love care and attention and birdline (volunteers out of love for birds) will make sure that each individual bird is paired with the perfect person/family, and if this means waiting sorry they are worth it ... good luck to all potential adoptive parents please give birdline a chance they only want whats best for the bird and they all donate their spare time to make sure each bird gets a happy and loving home xxxxxxxxxx (JULEZ) hopefully a potential mum xxxxxxxxxx
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06-11-2012 5:14 AM
Hi all. I don't want to speak out of turn or offend anyone but I can see why this does become a contentious issue. Balancing the volunteer’s time, the well being of the birds and the need for information from would-be fosterers can't be easy. But at least everyone agrees the birds most come first.
Being in the fostering position waiting for information can be frustrating (I know as someone currently waiting). It takes a long time but fosterers don't see example times of what to expect. This must vary hugely from bird to bird depending upon the birds needs, number of applications, and volunteer support in that area so difficult to say but if a ball park figure of 6 , 8, 12 weeks whatever the typical figure is was shared, would that not prevent premature enquires for information updates?
Maybe this is too simplistic and sorry if this takes up more volunteers time answering yet more questions on this sensitive subject. But for all those vounteers your help is appreciated (even if I'm unsuccesful i gained a lot of useful information regarding keeping my current bird in good health, during the telephone interview)
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07-11-2012 2:18 AM
Posted By julez65 on 05-11-2012 06:25 AM
I have to say as a new member I have applied for two birds and in both instances knowing that everyone is volunteers I am impressed with all at birdline, they have contacted me and let me know throughout the process, with regard to not being successful, down to two lovely ladies who came to my house for a home check with BIG BIRD, whom everyone fell in love with. I don't know if I am successful in my second application, but I do know that each bird will never go to anyone who won't love care and pamper it ..... so be ware prospective adoptive parents, these birds need love care and attention and birdline (volunteers out of love for birds) will make sure that each individual bird is paired with the perfect person/family, and if this means waiting sorry they are worth it ... good luck to all potential adoptive parents please give birdline a chance they only want whats best for the bird and they all donate their spare time to make sure each bird gets a happy and loving home xxxxxxxxxx (JULEZ) hopefully a potential mum xxxxxxxxxx

Hi Julez,

was lovely to meet you and the rest of family and fingers crossed for your application

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16-11-2012 12:59 PM
I applied to rehome a bird from the recent list and as far as I can see I haven't had an acknowledgement email. Just got out of hospital and my brain is a little muddled but I can't find an email. No pressure just wonder if my application has been received … did I press send or cancel?? Lol the joys of being a woman of a certain age!!! Dell x
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16-11-2012 2:04 PM
Posted By Adelle on 16-11-2012 12:59 PM
I applied to rehome a bird from the recent list and as far as I can see I haven't had an acknowledgement email. Just got out of hospital and my brain is a little muddled but I can't find an email. No pressure just wonder if my application has been received … did I press send or cancel?? Lol the joys of being a woman of a certain age!!! Dell x


Adelle - YOur application has been received
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16-11-2012 3:45 PM
Lol thanks Debs I'm not going mental then!!
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27-11-2012 6:51 AM
Oh wow this process takes ages - i appreciate that there is a lot of necessary procedures to the process but an update would be good
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27-11-2012 12:53 PM
Helen - I know who you have applied for and your application has been received. Your chosen bird(s) has only been on the list since the end of October and no applicants are contacted within the first 2 weeks so ALL members get an equal chance to see and apply for birds.

The rehoming officer who will deal with your application is extremely busy as she has many 'roles' within BL as well as a full time job and a family and birds to care for. All applicants are contacted by phone and this in itself is time consuming - you will hear in the quickest time it is possible for her to make all her calls.
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27-11-2012 1:24 PM
For those of you who are waiting, hoping, to hear good news about Fostering the bird you've applied for - think about this logically. Each member of the Rehoming Team is allocated more than one bird. Each bird has (hopefully) more than one applicant. Each applicant has to be contacted, which can take huge amounts of time when applicants are sometimes not available/on holiday/changed their minds/at work/out visiting/etc. Some of the Rehoming Team work a full time job, so have limited time to call. Some applicants work too, and also have limited time. Put all this together, and does it not become obvious that if Rehoming is to be done properly, with due care and attention, it MUST take time. If it's done too quickly, there's a big chance that the bird will come back in because it's been allocated to the wrong place. What's wrong with a little patience, to make sure that the Fostering is successful?? We offer the owners of the birds in our care a service that puts their minds at rest - if it was YOUR bird being put somewhere, wouldn't you want the very best possible place for it?
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27-11-2012 1:45 PM
Well said Doddie and all so true. Rehoming can be a time consuming job if done correctly. The rehoming team can,and often do, have 4 or more birds they are working to rehome at a time.Not so bad if there are only 1or2applicants but some birds can have alot of applicants. Please be patient as even an email or call to update takes time away from re homing calls. You won't be forgotten and you wil get a call or email. I know the waiting is hard when all you want to do is help re home a bird but the team do all work hard in the time they have as volunteers.
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27-11-2012 2:07 PM
I have recently become and member and have also recently applied iv heard nothing
I could get mad and moan but I won't because I appreciate that this is run by kind hearted people giving there spare time which may be very little doing the best they can for these birds and I'm grateful for that as for it taking ages don't get me wrong IDE love to have my chosen baby now of course I would but I appreciate the fact that the bird I have chosen to try and foster may or may not end up with me if he doesn't then I know he's gone somewhere that for whatever reason may be able to be a more sites forever home and for this I'm grateful because i know that the birds come first and of that takes longer it takes longer and that's that.
I feel to many people apply to rescue because of the cost and that is totally the wrong attitude to have and wrong approach z
As said above people change there minds!
I rescued an African grey who the people had owned from a baby for. 6 years that bird had after a few months been relegated to a lean to because of noise and never let out his cage he was aggressive frightened temperamental and to be honest the poor thing was a nightmare through no fault of his own with time and patience we sorted him out over 3 years , he was an impulse buy!
Unlike buying any animal is wrong and it happens far to often!
People have no clue what care goes into these birds or the time mess noise involved and want a funny talking pet not so funny when they're eating your dining room and screaming you out of house and home!
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16-01-2013 12:04 PM

Hi there, I applied to rehome a bird before Christmas and you do get a reply acknowledging the Application. I think you all do a sterling job given the amount of time and paperwork needed - I know because I fostered a couple of  Hahns two years ago and have the folder with all the info which came with the birds.  It takes time, patience and lot of hard work.  Of course it's exciting to put in a Application and hard to sit still and wait LOL, but you are contacted about the bird in time.

 

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16-02-2013 5:18 AM

Hi,

 

We have had our home visit, and confirmation that we have been succesful, However, we have not been contacted about collecting the brids/next steps etc. 

 

However, in defence of birdline, everyone has been mor ethan friendly and professional. The home visit was very informative, and yes the process is long, however, it is obvious that it is the best interests of the bird and that it takes time as ACO's/birdline reps are doing this in addition to their own work and commitments. If anything they should be praised for the work they do.

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16-02-2013 7:13 AM
I suspect the reason for the delay Shane is that the foster agreements are being rewritten, to bring them up to date.

Congratulations on your sccessful application and thank you for your kind comments.
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16-02-2013 7:38 AM

Congrats Shane

I go with what Sharon said - the paperwork is rewritten and took a while...wont be long now I guess..fingers crossed for you x

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16-02-2013 12:04 PM
Hello and congratulations.  I'm sure you are wishing time away so that your new addition can be collected.  Hope it isnt too long a wait for you.
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17-02-2013 5:43 AM
Thanks for the info.

Yes, very excited, got their new toys (as its two bird which have lived together all their lives - 10/8 years old), cage and everything ready. We have been telling our existing CAG that he is going to have two playmates (obviously after the quarantine period).

The reason I was wondering is that I am in the area in which the birds are in on Thursday daytime visiting friends. However, it's only an hour and a half dribve away so can go anytime really...


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17-02-2013 5:45 AM
Oh and plus, we've just bought an new UV Avian light 9Zoo Med) from Scarlett's and Charley is loving it, so we figured the new birds can make use of it too.
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