Sulfer Crested Cockatoo with Broken Wing
Posted 09 August 2004 - 08:54 PM
A local shop owner has, out of compassion taken in a cockatoo with a broken wing. Apparently the owners walked in and asked her to take the bird. This bird's wing had been broken for a while and the previous owners just let it heal unfixed. Now, every time he bumps his wing it bleeds.
I can't take him because I have dogs and a cat, and during the adjustment period he will flap his wings and obviusly re-injure himself.
I was hoping that there is someone out there in the Southern California area who either takes care of injured birds, or knows of a bird rescue.
I feel terrible, and my hands are tied. Any help would be much appreciated.
Posted 09 August 2004 - 09:16 PM
Wish I were in the area.....hopefully your post will reach someone close.
Posted 29 September 2004 - 12:31 AM
I'm not thinking about buying every/any injured or neglected bird that comes along (as we would go bankrupt fast) but maybe we could take the ones offered for free and place with a regular member here to take into a well qualified A.V. for proper care and "fixing". Then we could allow that member to keep the bird as a member of their flock with the promise that if that member has to give up the bird, for whatever reason, it goes back to the Board here to be rehomed. Shoot, I think we all (or most all) could maybe give up going to a movie or out to dinner once a month or etc......to help out some of these birds, if we REALLY wanted to. Maybe I'm wrong?
Once we fixed up the bird and then if nobody wanted it or could keep it, we then could hopefully sell to a good forever type home and put the money back into the fund? Ok, I'll shut up now.
I don't know, maybe that is asking a lot? I know we are not in the rescue "business" etc. but I do feel for these birds so I again am just thinking out loud. Interested in hearing your opinions/thoughts too.
Posted 29 September 2004 - 02:08 AM
'Toos are just like feathered kids! The resposiblities are the same! I couldn't imagine my baby being neglected in such a awful way!
I began thinking today at the grocery store that there has to be something that I can do as an indevidual...trouble is, I wouldn't know how to start something like that.
I would love to set up a fund or something for 'Too education, ya know, to educate people on all the highs and lows that come with owning a 'Too.
I dunno. I'm not so organized as to start something like that from scratch, but if any of you guys start a rescue fund, I'll be one of the very first to join!
(PROUD owner of a wonderful Triton 'Too!!!!)
Posted 29 September 2004 - 12:57 PM
I think as a board with so many loving, caring members, we are capable of what you have suggested. Nothing would make me more happy than to help out instead of sitting back and talking about how sad a situation is.
I am in and will gladly donate my time and energy to such a worthy cause!
Posted 29 September 2004 - 03:01 PM
& The Fids
Maia - Catalina Macaw
Fluffy - Lutino Cockatiel
Ramone - Salvin's Red Lored Amazon
Jake - Blue Crowned Conure
Posted 29 September 2004 - 08:07 PM
Cockatiels: Tiki, Manu, Maui, Shaka
Blue Princess Parrot: Tjinimin
Green Princess Parrot: Manikay
Nanday Conure: Ixchel
Jenday Conure: Yaxche
Greencheek Conure: Chula
Nansun Conure: Xango
Blue-throated Conure Orisha
Posted 29 September 2004 - 11:54 PM
I feel that if a person is "qualified" as a bird person (going to open a big can of worms here), the bird should be rehomed at no cost to the adoptive family. They are going to have enough expense with cage(s) and toys, etc. I really believe in this and would be so proud to be a part of it! We are always talking about these poor birds and how we wished we could help - why not help in our own special way?
Posted 30 September 2004 - 01:47 AM
I know there are a lot of t's to be crossed and i's to be dotted but if we all together work out a plan to make it happen, it may work?????
I was thinking something like this: (JMHO now): If someone wants to turn over a needy bird to one of our regular members here (for free & forever), say like one which has a broken bone or is sick or diseased/dismembered etc., or even just nasty or not wanted anymore, we could have/ask that member take to the best A.V. in his/her area for treatment/needed tests and/or assessments and our fund would pay for it. Of course treatment and med receipts etc. should/must be presented to the board. Once mended/cured, if possible, that member could keep the bird as a member of their flock for however long they could/wanted to. That member would be responsible (out of his/her own pocket) for food and normal upkeep of the bird (incl. providing an adequate cage/flight) and responsible for medical care if any new accident or sickness developed due to it being in his/her care. Would be nice if that member provided the board with periodic pics and updates on how well the bird is doing in it's new home.
If at any future date that person could not keep the bird anymore then that person would give free to another regular qualified board member NEAREST THEM and be reimbursed for shipment and /or travel to deliver.
If the bird re-injured the same injury before it healed or the sickness could not be permanently cured, then $$$$ from the fund would be sent to that keeper to pay the bird's ongoing medical bills IF the participating members voted it was worthwhile to keep the bird living or if the monies would be better spent euthanizing and put towards the next bird that needed care. (((NOTE: I myself probably could never vote to euthanize unless the bird was in agony with absolutely no chance of recovery & I would have to be thoroughly convinced of that which would probably require at least a second and probably a third A.V. opinion.))).
Tiki: I heard what you said about the import/export info. so I guess re-homing there would be the only thing you could do unless you wanted to keep yourself. However, my preference personally would to ONLY take in birds into our program/fund that we COULD IN FACT keep amongst us and not give away to strangers. Now if you could sell it to a wonderful forever type home, after it got better, then put that money (minus your SERVICE costs) back into the fund, then I could personally go with that.....We can't help or save them all and we don't have deep pockets either, right, so we gotta kinda be concerned about keeping money coming into the fund and we want to keep up with the bird for the rest of it's life, I assume, so we don't want to be fixing them up and giving away for free even though that may be fine for that particular bird's own welfare.
I'm just thinking out loud here as I type (without even breaking to think) so my ideas are only suggestions with probably plenty of room to be improved on.
I myself am willing to contribute what I can financially but most likely could not keep any more birds as I have too many already but I could take a particular needy bird to the AVIAN vet and house until got better to pass on to the next regular board member that wanted it or I could sell to a good home and put that money back into the fund......Others on here with only a couple birds or so may be able to house and love more, as needed. The problem with all this would probably come up the most with TOOS or MaCaws or other very loud birds. We probably would not want them to go to apt. dwellers or townhouse dwellers. I could not even keep those species here, not even temporarily. Best if we had a member with acreage who was willing to take those and give a proper home or keep until we could find one.
I don't know, lots to talk about. Someone qualified would have to volunteer to be treasurer and maybe a couple secretaries etc.......Myself, I only have the time, RIGHT NOW, to be a financial supporter and I could carry a local bird back & forth to a local A.V. for treatment and be responsible for follow-up at home care. Each one of us who would be a part of this probably would have their limitations as to their involvement but EVERYONE who is interested in being part of this noble venture, I feel, would probably be needed to contribute something financially on a regular basis to keep this idea afloat???? Waiting to hear what anyone interested has to say.
One other thought for the moment: Maybe another board or two that has members on here may be interested in joining forces with us????? Just a fleeting thought.
Posted 30 September 2004 - 02:14 AM
Posted 30 September 2004 - 02:27 AM
Posted 30 September 2004 - 02:49 AM
Over the years I saw so many birds cast aside like they were a lesser creature, not worthy of expensive care, I never understood that. I love my dogs and cats, but my birds have always been of a higher order to me, their intellect, their friendship, somehow surpasses that of dogs and cats. They are deserving of the best care we can give them.
I will be certian to keep reading and posting. Right now reading of the exploits of everyone elses babies helps keep my mind off how much I miss mine and makes me hopeful toward finding another friend again. I also find that I am learning much, many things have improved in the care of these lovely creatures and I have been remiss in keeping up to date as Maggie was very happy with the status quo, but any improvements I can make I should and in some ways I feel perhaps I could have given her just a little bit more quality to her life, she always added to mine.
Posted 30 September 2004 - 02:53 AM
I realize that you were just thinking out loud in your post so I will cut you a little slack! Please clarify for me - do you think the birds should go to birdboard members only, or should we sell them to good homes?
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge 'too lover; I have a male U2 that will go to no one but me - not bragging here by any means. Wish hubby could hold and cuddle him as he is an absolute snuggle bunny.
Anywho, I am at my limit. I can take in, as a forever home, no more birds. I am willing to take on those who need me temporarily, however, cannot, in all honesty, offer a forever home. I am at my limit; I have no more room. How do we determine who is qualifed as a forever home for these babies? Just something else to think about.
I absolutely love the idea and am anxious to get started. As far as secretarial help, I am your gal!
Posted 30 September 2004 - 03:02 AM
So in essence, we will foster, offer first adoption to the members and should there be no interest within a specified time we could submit the details of the availability to the local agencies to assist in finding suitable parronts.
Posted 30 September 2004 - 03:15 AM
Qualified (((could mean))) but does not necessarily HAVE TO MEAN some of the following: some $$$$ in the bank to provide proper care of the bird after it gets well; willingness to provide proper indoor full spectrum lighting or an indoor/outdoor type SAFE cage for natural lighting needs; willingness to provide adequate sized indoor or outdoor exercise cage for particular species; willingness (IMO) to keep bird in safe room or area (never near dogs, cats, reptiles (salmonella) or handled unsupervised by little children or demented adults , I think that would be the consensus on that subject from most members here); willingness to provide best possible diet for particular species; willingness to update fund members on progress of bird and hopefully occassional pics; willingness to pass on for free to another regular member if no longer can keep (not incl. cage or extras); etc.s to be added maybe later by others or some of my ideas ammended.
Thanks Laurie for cutting me some slack too. Luv Ya!!!!!
Posted 30 September 2004 - 04:52 PM
I agree with all of you and what I see is a group of people who -- when working together -- have the ability to carry this off. Would it be so hard to put aside a few dollars each week to go into our fund? I, for one, would be happy to contribute. When I think of how hard we all work to provide the best environment for our own fids, it makes it even more important to do what we can for others.
A few months ago I bought five acres of land out in the country, with a plan to build on it within the not-too-distant future. I don't plan on breeding birds, but when I've gotten moved in it would provide an ideal place for "transients." The house will have a well-lit (thinking of Joel and his full-spectrum lighting) flight aviary. I can easily include an outdoors area, as well, where in good weather others can be housed. There will be a huge workshop out back, so in the winter they could be moved indoors, as needed. These are just preliminary thoughts. Because of my busy lifestyle I couldn't have a full-fledged rescue aviary, but as EB I can definitely house rescues and give them love and attention as their situations resolve. I also still have room for a few more permanent residents.
Just thinking . . . .
It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness!
Let's send PDD the way of polio and smallpox!
Every contribution helps make this dream a reality.
Posted 01 October 2004 - 12:53 AM
Wow Joanie, that is really cool about the five acres and all, to include your offer. You are SUPER!!!!!!!
What part of the country is that in, Fla. Daytona area? If ya don't mind me asking that is?
If ya need a live on "hand" someday, let me know.
Well got to go watch the Presidential "Debate" in a minute.
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