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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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Last Post 03-04-2014 7:16 PM by  Spiritual Soul
Im after some advise if possible please
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30-03-2014 12:08 PM

    about a year ago i was living in france and was walking through a market i didnt usually go to (was on holiday with my 2 kids).  I was rushing the kids through the part of the market that has live animals for sale for the table when a really small cage caught my eye. 2 very rough looking parrots. i honestly couldnt belive what i was seeing.


    After paying a stupidly low price for them (as i recall it was somehting like 50 euros!!) i brought home 2 very rough looking birds. they spend 2 days in their tiny cage as i simply couldnt get to the shop that sold bird things (it was 3 hours from my house). they moved into their new house with a lot of fear but they did settle ish ok. 2 days before i had everything ready to move back to the uk the male polly fell from his pearch and didnt get up again!! I was heart broken as was the female (Lui). 


    The male had a post mrtom done and found he was massivley brain damaged (poor baby!!) 


    Anyway, we've been back in the uk for a year nearly and i still have a wonderful little lady who i adore Shes the daughter i never had ( i have 2 boys). 


    Shes still terrified of people but she is getting there.


    She screams the house down daily just because she can i think. i dont think she wants anything but my attention. im happy to give it to her


    Shes always been a feather plucker. I dont know how to stop her doing it! She has a crazy amount of toys as well as loads of healthy (and a very few un healthy!!) treats.


    She has a pellet style feed as well as a small amount of mixed dried fruit, nuts fesh fruit and veg. she has copiou amounts of toys. 


    she has toast for her breckfast (brown bread dry just a small square so she feels shes had something)


    shes wormed ad treated for mites.


    what else do i need to do?? especially to stop feather plucking please?


    Ive learnt sooo much in the past year. i do think shes lonley though but have no idea what bird is best to keep her company. i wouldnt put another bird in with her as i think that would terrify her.


    any ideas greatfully recived as i adore her and want whats best fr her 100%


    thanks


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    30-03-2014 1:29 PM
    Hallo Susi, lots of questions: what type of bird is your little lady? Whereabouts in the UK are you? If she's an indoor bird, she won't have mites - don't use any mite repellant near her, they're dangerous!. Fresh fruit & veg is better than dried, and a routine is essential. She's been through a lot, your little girl, and needs stability. Do you let her out regularly? Can she fly? Was she bonded to the other bird, or just sharing a cage? See - I said there were lots of questions. My email: doddie.birdline@hotmail.co.uk - contact me, and we can have a chat. Plucking can be caused by lots of things, but most often it's stress. If it's been going on for a very long while, it can become a habit, like nail-biting, that you won't stop, so don't worry about it, that's the least of it. Contact me, it's worth a phone call.
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    Incidentally, toast is fine, try a little porage or cereal too, and see how you get on. :-)
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    30-03-2014 2:22 PM
    hi

    thank you for all the info. i have sent you an email as i said i sooo want to do everything right for my beautiful girl. xx


    just thought of an add on question, sorry hope this is ok


    DO you think she could be lonley and would benifit from a birdy companion?? Shes never been on her own that i know of. this is huge for her. shes great friends with the chinchilla (oddly enough) she gets on with the cats (tolerates them) and hates the dogs as they race past her bashing her out of the way. i have no where else she can safley stay at the moment. that is work in progress as its far from ideal fr her.


    she seems happy enough though. she plays like crazy with her toys, that has to show shes happy (i hope!!). i got her a toy that she can sgred paper from it. you put like till reals onto it. i had to put 2 reals a day on it as she adores it haha


    i will try and add a picture after as its seriously cute


    thanks again


    susi xx

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    30-03-2014 3:37 PM
    Susi, I've sent you an email, then I saw your second post. Don't get her a friend just yet. She may not be prepared to share her space. If the dogs are racing around and banging into her cage, that must stop. You say she dislikes them - is she frightened of them? If she is, she needs to be in another room, where the dogs don't go. Birds can be nervous, and being banged about inside the cage is very frightening, and stressful. How big is her cage? Can she open both wings properly and not hit the bars? If not, she needs a bigger one... Birds are like people - they like or dislike other birds the same as we like or dislike other people. If you put another bird near her, who knows? And you wouldn't be able to put another bird in the same cage immediately, anyway, unless you want World War III! Getting birds to share a cage takes a lot of time, and even then the birds need to decide they want to share for themselves, if you want it to be successful.
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    31-03-2014 3:16 AM
    I don't have any advice to offer beyond what Doddie has said, but just wanted to say that I'm so glad you had it in your heart to get those birds out of that bad situation. Wishing you and your bird (what kind of parrot is she?) lots of luck.
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    31-03-2014 5:13 PM
    Wow, what a story! I agree with everything Doddie says too. I would only add, ensure no candles, or 'smellys' are in the house and does she have plenty of opportunities to bathe or shower? One of my rescues is a feather plucker, and was diagnosed with Folliculitus (not sure of the spelling). A course of antibiotics, injections to help with the itching, and an Aloe Vera spray to sooth his skin... And six weeks in, and he is getting so much better. Doddie is an very experienced owner and will most certainly help you anyway she can.

    I wish you both the very best! I think you are an amazing person to rescue the birds the way you did. May you always be blessed xx

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    01-04-2014 4:40 AM
    That was my first thought too, Caroline, that it was probably itchy skin due to dryness or toxins in the atmosphere. I buy aloe vera juice in the health food shops and put a little in their drinking water as well as in the spray bottle and spray them most days. That was a trick I heard of from Doddie a while ago and it works really well to improve feather condition.
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    02-04-2014 8:06 PM
    Posted By SharonH on 01-04-2014 04:40 AM
    That was my first thought too, Caroline, that it was probably itchy skin due to dryness or toxins in the atmosphere. I buy aloe vera juice in the health food shops and put a little in their drinking water as well as in the spray bottle and spray them most days. That was a trick I heard of from Doddie a while ago and it works really well to improve feather condition.

    Awe... I have never heard of Aloe Vera juice Sharon. I will ask my friends at the health food shop about it. Thanks for sharing the tip!

     

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    03-04-2014 3:57 AM
    I should clarify that it is a little, about a teaspoonful of aloe juice in the water in the spray bottle, not using it neat. Aloe vera juice is expensive, but it lasts for ages, I keep it in the fridge once opened. Holland and Barratt often have it in their BOGOF sales or the penny sale so you can get two for the price of one.
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    03-04-2014 7:16 PM
    Posted By SharonH on 03-04-2014 03:57 AM
    I should clarify that it is a little, about a teaspoonful of aloe juice in the water in the spray bottle, not using it neat. Aloe vera juice is expensive, but it lasts for ages, I keep it in the fridge once opened. Holland and Barratt often have it in their BOGOF sales or the penny sale so you can get two for the price of one.

    Lol, I understood what you were getting at, but I am sure others would think it was something else. Still, if it works out cheaper than, say, one of the branded sprays - then its a win win situation.

    (And that I like!)

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