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WARNING – Please Be Aware

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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 06-02-2015 7:44 PM by  Helen W
Surrey/Sussex/Croydon area parrot people?
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06-02-2015 1:17 PM

    Hello, I've just joined after hearing about Birdline through my local avian vet. 

    I'm the primary human of Digby, a friendly Senegal who will be 8 this year. I adopted him just over 5 years ago from a friend who could no longer look after him. He and I have been well bonded since he was young and, although he gets on well with the other humans in his flock (my partner and family), he won't let them handle him.  

    I'm looking to move to Fuerteventura in the next few years and will be staying out there for several months at a time before that. I'd phoned the vet yesterday to get more information about how traumatic it is for birds to travel on planes, and whether the trauma of several journeys in a year will be worse for him than that of my absence. 

    A couple of years ago, I went away for a week and my mum came in twice a day to visit Digby, keep his food and water topped up and have a cuppa and a chat with him. He seemed perfectly happy at first, but started plucking his feathers after a few days without me around. Since then, if I've been away, I'll Skype and speakerphone with him (with my mum's help, of course). It sounds soppy, but that seems to keep him reassured that I'm still alive and that I'll be back. 

    However, if I'm going to be away for longer periods of time, I'd like him to be able to bond with another human who understands birds and who he can trust to touch him, is able to let him out of his cage (and get him back into it afterwards!) and perhaps even introduce him to other birds. I'd love for Digby and I to meet other parrot people, both to get him used to other environments and other humans (and birds?), and to make friends with people who love birds and understand how important they are.  

    Any parrot people based in the Surrey/Sussex/Croydon area?

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    06-02-2015 4:22 PM
    Hi, I live in Coulsdon, you're welcome to come for a cuppa. I would like to talk to you about Digby and Spain etc. face to face, if possible. It's much easier to exchange views over a cuppa. I have five birds here permanently, and Digby would be welcome to come, although I can't guarantee a 'friend' for him in my flock - they tend to be fairly uninterested in other birds, although none would be aggressive towards him.
    PM me if you'd like to meet up or even for a chat on the phone. I will send you my number if you get back to me. And for the record, I don't think Skype is soppy at all. There was a woman on tv some years ago that had to spend several weeks in hospital, and somehow had organised a video of her speaking to him to be played on a daily basis to him. This appeared to give him comfort.

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    06-02-2015 5:24 PM
    It's just occurred to me that you may not be able to pm me. My email is doddie.birdline@hotmail.co.uk if that helps.
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    06-02-2015 7:03 PM

    I've sent you an email and my mobile number. I'll be in South Croydon tonight if that's any good? x

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    06-02-2015 7:44 PM
    I just wanted to say Hi and welcome to BL. I'm not in Sussex (Manchester), so can't help with your holiday home issue but I know that Doddie will give you excellent advice.
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