Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:29 PM
Gee what is with all the hostility on this forum lately??
I must admit, when i seen that ad, i did not think that male ekky was ill looking. May I ask what makes you think he is in bad health??
He doesnt look that bad to me. Im no expert by any means. The worst I can pick is his feathers look a TINY bit scruffy..but other that???
I just get ticked off with some of this forum community mentality. Its so freakin frustrating that there is a 'holier than thou' mentality and if people dont have the same opinion well they are wrong. Who do you know who to believe??
For example, in my experience of researching, buying and raising an ekky has been FULL of contradictions. From books, forums, breeders, respected avian vets and everything/everyone inbetween has different opinions!
When I first seen little black bands on Basils feathers I jumped on the net and did a search. Well i started stressing!! Warning signs like 'POOR DIET' "EXTREME TRAUMA' 'MINERAL DEFICIENCY' etc were all over the topic. Then there were the opposite theories... 'Its normal damage from when they are young, all young males get them and they will moult out'..OVERLOAD!!! Who do you believe??? Well then the Avian vet told me that in his experience most young males get them and is from when the feathers are growing. That he has experience treating lots of ekkies and has seen the most spoilt, healthy birds have lots of them and a poor male that was fed a very bad diet and PHYSICALLY ABUSED since very young and he had very little. So what is the truth?? Is my bird, who is fed a great diet (i think so anyway), had very little stress (his biggest stress is getting his nails done) in really that bad condition where he has stress marks??
Also similar is when I took him into the vet to get his first major exam and micro-chipped. He gave Basil a good feel, look over when he was under etc. I told his his diet, that we way him a few times a week that his weight is stable and all we do for him and he said he is very healthy. Well after researching before I took him in I was expecting him to start taking blood, doing swabs etc for all the tests that are reccommended but no, no testing. I asked him and he didnt recommend all the tests. He said if the bird looks healthy, acts healthy, weight is stable etc, everything feels right the bird will be healthy. He did say you do need to keep and eye on them for little changes etc in behavior, condition, activity etc. He said diseases would show at his age and that EVERY bird he tested that he thought was healthy the tests came back fine. This from the vet who EVERYONE i have spoken to recommends. Would I have said on here he didnt get the tests?? No way, i would have been labelled as irresponsible and told I shouldnt own a parrot, a dog or even a goldfish.
I do value everyones opinion on here regarding everything. It still is a great resource but I will take what I need out of said opinions and not agree with all. We are all in here for the right reasons and think everyone needs to take a step back and realize some people are just giving their 2 cents, which on a public forum is their right. Im all for debating topics after all!
Ignorance is something you just have to accept. it happens alot. Try to educate and give the benifit of the doubt to others. By all means if they dont take any advice at all then class them as idiots.
Gee I can waffle on at times cant i!!
Sorry for my BS hehe