B&G Macaw looking for a new home - south Florida
Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:14 PM
She's not DNA-tested, but does lay eggs sometimes (without a mate.)
She has lived in a house with cats, dogs and other birds (cockatiels, a cockatoo, and an amazon. [My mother found the cockatoo a home almost 10 years ago after he stopped eating, the amazon after her person, my father, passed away; she only liked men.]) She got along fine with them for the most part. She does sometimes threaten cats when they get too pushy, but no cat has ever been injured.
She prefers women to men, but that's mostly because my father teased her and we never could get him to stop.
She has never been around small children, so I don't know how she would react to them.
She is a bit small for being a macaw. She came with a small-sized cage that was purchased when she was and we never have been able to convince her a larger cage was better. She would just go back to this one. Whenever I take her to get her nails done, anyone new thinks that she's still a baby or adolescent due to size.
She loves fabric of all types. My mom was a quilter, so we always had it on hand. In fact, the first time Cash ever sought out human interaction was when she walked through the house, climbed onto the sofa, and began to nest in my gypsy skirt. Her favorite color is yellow and she loves patterns, especially dots and lines.
She doesn't know how to fly. In fact, she's only ever flown once in all the time she's been in the household, and that was only about 6 feet. She was going from her cage to the dining room table for spaghetti dinner. She does still get her wings clipped, though, and it takes 2 people, usually. She also loves bike rides - she stands on the handbars.
She doesn't like hand misters but does love the rain. If she gets an indoor shower, she prefers it with a person. When she gets out of it, she likes the blow-dryer. (I think the house before her used misters as a deterrant - if she even sees one, she immediately stops when she was doing and backs away, running to the other side of the bed or getting in her cage.)
She's very possessive of me. She's been known to pull cats' hair when they come up for attention. She's also been known to strike out at people if they get too close to me or try to touch me. Or if they try to touch her and she doesn't know them.
She loves cartoons and movies and music - especially blues and jazz. (Yes, I admit that I have been leaving them on for some type of stimulation when I'm out.) Her favorite CDs are Alligator Records 25th Anniversary Edition - but she also has a soft spot for the operatic Broadway such as Aida. We've always cycled through music in the house, so she gets to hear pretty much anything. She's also very fond of Spanish guitar.
It takes her time get used to new toys, if she ever does get used to them. I've bought quite a few toys that she never did like and I ended up giving to the squirrel.
She does scream occassionally, but she really is quiet as far as most large birds go. She screams when she hears my car, or I come home and don't go straight to her. She'll scream when there's lots of noise in the rest of the apartment and wants to join in. That's about it right now.
She eats a seed diet, mostly because we never could get her to eat anything else as a regular food, but also gets a bowl daily of nutriberries and fresh foods that she snacks on throughout the day.
She's been a part of the family for 16 years and we got her as an adult, so we estimate her to be 18/19 years old or so.
The only reason I'm even thinking about rehoming her is that its not fair to her to keep her. When we got her, she went into a home with three people. Since then, two have died from cancer and I've moved twice, this last time into a friend's apartment temporarily. Because of the deaths in my family, I'm the sole care-giver to my quadriplegic sister in addition to essentially running two homes (mine and hers) and working a full-time job. Well, up until 3 months ago I had a full-time job. I lost that, so now I'm spending my days job-hunting. I do some of it from home, but a lot of it is out hitting the streets. Even when I am home, I'm pre-occupied with applications and such on the computer. I know that she's picking up on my own stress in addition to her own.
As sad as it makes me, and as bad as it sounds, I just don't have the time anymore. I barely have time for myself, let alone time for animals. I already gave up two other animals due to time constraints and fairness. I'm an animal lover, always have been... but its just not right to have an animal that needs heavy socialization when I'm only home maybe 9 or 10 hours a day, if that much, and much of that is sleeping. Its actually normal for me to leave the house by 8 or 10 AM and not get home again until after midnight. Because of the stress this is putting on her, she's plucking a bit (mostly the insides of her legs, a little bit on her chest) and not eating as well as she used to. She's also pretty much stopped talking and singing. I get maybe 3 or 4 words a week, if that.
Before you say anything about a bird being forever and knowing that when you get them... I know it already. I am aware of it. As I said, we gave up the cockatoo after he started screaming 12 hours a day for months and then stopped eating due to unhappiness. The amazon literally found herself a new home with one of our neighbors. She always preferred men to women, so after the man in the family passed away, she found one. And I've tried with Cash. I really have. I know that people with families and jobs have birds and other responsibilities... I just don't see how Cash can really be happy with me dealing with the responsibilities *I* have. I kept Cash for over 3 years after my mother - her other person - died. I kept Cash through work and my sister. Unfortunately, my sisters disabilities are getting worse (in addition to some health problems of my own) and I just don't think I can give enough to keep Cash healthy anymore. Hell, a good portion of the time we spend together? I'm passed out sleeping and Cash is next to me on the headboard. I can only manage a couple hours of intense time playing/preening/etc with her. This isn't the life of a flock animal. Could I keep her? Yes, I probably could... but I don't think she would ever be truly happy. The happiness, the life, of an animal is the important thing to me. I already know that giving up Cash is going to change my life and probably throw me into a depression. Hell, I've been crying the entire time I've been writing this, just thinking about giving her up. I just think that its better for Cash that she eventually be really happy somewhere away from me instead of living this strange half-life because of what's going on in mine.
Even when I get a new apartment, yet another move, I'm still going to be dividing my time between 8+ hours at work and then a minimum of 2-3 at my sister's before I ever get home.
She's been a part of my life for over half of it...and she's the last link other than my sister to my Mom, who actually brought Cash home. Its not something I want to do, but it is something that I think I have to do - for her.
I honestly don't know if anyone would be interested in her... I'm posting here because at least you guys know and love birds. I don't want to give her to someone who'll abuse or kill or use her for snake food. I also think that, because you're on a bird board, you know and understand at least some of the idiosyncracies that a bird might have. And I do fully admit that she does have some problems. Her brother was actually sold straightaway to be a breeder and the store she originally came from remembered her 5 years later - just based on name and behavior. They said that they were the only macaws they purchased from that breeder and it would stay that way, due to behavior problems.
If you're an individual, great. If you happen to know of a bird rescue, that would be wonderful as well. Please post it. I'm looking into all of my options here. The cockatoo went through one, but I'm afraid that it was my mothers' contacts, contacts which were lost when she passed away. I only remember a first name of "Judith."
So... I tried to be honest... the good and the bad about Cash (and about me.) I don't want her to deal with the trauma of finding a new home and immediately being shipped away again. If anyone has any questions, feel free. I'll try to get a picture to post later today or tomorrow.
Posted 20 March 2013 - 06:54 PM
I don't believe that we are a birds forever home. If we can be that, fantastic! However, many birds may out live us, and, as you've experienced, sometimes life just gets in the way. Accidents, family, loss of job, etc. Doesn't matter. I think you are a better bird owner if you realize that you can no longer care for your pet the way that he or she should be cared for and find an appropriate home for said bird rather than keeping the bird for your own selfish reasons. After all, their happiness and well being should come first! Sometimes, you are only a stepping stone into the birds next home, regardless of how long or short that stone may be.
I know of FPR as one rescue. I think we used to have a member who was a part of this rescue years ago.
I'm sure there are plenty of others.
Likewise, you may want to look around for bird clubs and avian vets asking if any of them know someone who may be interested in a special macaw.
I'm sorry you have to find Cash a new home, but I wish you the best of luck finding one that you feel comfortable with! I'm assuming that something like a long term foster person may be out of the question?
Posted 21 March 2013 - 03:25 AM
I'll check otu the link, and I plan on looking at some other boards. I might also try calling a few places. I live by Lion Country Safari, which a friend 'donated' her birds to when she went bankrupt years ago. I also live within driving distance of Flamingo Gardens, which is a wilflife rescue - though they do have parrots that were pets as well. I thought I'd try human homes first, as I'm not sure how Cash would do in a setting like those places are.
I did think about long term foster care, honestly... In the long run, I think its just cruel, though. At least in my case. I'm always going to have to work and, until my sister passes away (something she knows no signs of - she's disabled due to MS and car injuries), I'm always going to have to take of her. While I could put Cash in foster care... what happens if she gets used to lots of attention and then I take her back and can't give the same level myself? What happens if Cash, with as untrusting of humans she is, bonds with the fosterer and then I rip her away from that stability? And, truthfully, given the trust issues she has, my visiting would just set Cash back in trusting the fosterer - and with her issues. I can see fostering other animals, and I have in the past. I've not only fostered myself but had some fostered for me. I just think Cash's issues and personality preclude the idea.
Posted 21 March 2013 - 04:53 AM
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