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WARNING – Please Be Aware

If you are looking to re-home your parrot, please always use a reputable Parrot Rescue Organisation.

Always check to ensure the organisation you wish to use is registered with an approved organisation such as ‘The Charities Commission’ or ‘Companies House’.

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 09-06-2014 11:54 AM by  donnalouise
Looking After A Parrot
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09-06-2014 10:27 AM

    I'm based in the West Midlands and would like to look after a parrot short term, perhaps while their owner is on holiday or something. I looked after an African Grey years ago which i loved, and also had a Conure which unfortunately bonded very strongly with a friend of mine and consequently left to live with them . I haven't had birds for 7 years now though and would like the experience of looking after one without the lifetime commitment and also to 'test the waters' a little with a view to getting a parrot of my own for the longterm. 

    Here's a bit about me..

    I'm 32 years old (woman) and live alone with my 6 year old daughter. We are a fairly quiet household and do not have a large number of visitors (maybe once per month max). I work from home on the internet. I am home nearly all the time due to my work which ties me to the house a fair bit. The longest i leave the house for is 3 hours on a Sunday to go to church, other than that it's 20 minutes here and there to drop my daughter at activities or an hour to go shopping.  I have a cat called Norman although he is super independent and lives primarily in the Kitchen or outside and wouldn't come into contact with any parrot in our care (but can supervise access if you'd like to see how your parrot gets on with other pets). I enjoy playing the piano and spend around an hour a day doing this - mostly classical music, i do believe a parrot would enjoy this, perhaps it might even pick up a bit of Beethoven, who knows? ;-) I have a great spot near a full length floor-ceiling window which a parrot would love, it's perfect because they'd get to watch the world go by and it's bright without receiving direct sunlight at any time - and it's in the centre of the house so he'd get to see everything going on.

    I do believe i have a near-perfect house here for a parrot, and would very much welcome the company as well as the chance to 'test' to see if i can handle the responsibility longer term.

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    09-06-2014 10:35 AM
    It sounds as if you need to become a safehouse to me, that means you get to help BL by looking after one of the birds that is handed in, and assess it to get it onto the rehoming list. In time it will be placed in a forever home, when suitable applicants come along and are assessed. It does mean that you have to be prepared for almost any species, but it's a great way to learn about the differences between them, and what works with you and your home situation.

    Obviously if you fall in love with whoever comes along, you can apply to keep them, and in practice, many people do keep their first safehouse bird. As a first step however, you will need to join BL, that's £25 per year, and have a homecheck with a local ACO or manager.

    Welcome to BL, you do sound like a lovely home for a bird, it's just seeing if the right one comes to you, or if you have to find it!
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    09-06-2014 11:54 AM
    Thanks Sharon, that does sound like a good option for me, i'll look at joining.
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