Shipping Guaranteed?

I got free shipping here.

I got free shipping here.

Not long ago, we had a realtor and were looking for a bigger house.  To me space and organization are a key to a healthy life.  I am one of those people who likes bins and labels and for things to be put back in their place.  It just helps the flow of my house and since we don’t really have a ton of space or storage here, I like to make it as space conscious as possible.  Recently because the market isn’t flooded with amazing properties that fit into our requirement list, we decided to put the house hunting on the back burner, for now.  

So that being said, I am always looking for ways to slim down congested areas and give us as much room as possible.  Egads, I have come up with some great ideas and we also have gotten rid of a bunch of crap.  I like the “if you don’t use it in 6-8 months, you don’t really need it” philosophy and for the most part I try to stick to it.  However there are some things that I refuse to get rid of, because I know that we will be in a bigger house someday and somethings are just too pricey to replace.  The only thing I can say is thank god for an attic and a friend that doesn’t use her garage.  In the pursuit of the ultimate free-flowing spacial feng shui, I checked some measurements of the grey’s cages.  I had pondered getting a double stack cage for them for years but hadn’t really found one that I was too keen on.  I also noticed that they have been getting along a lot better and could stand to be in the same vicinity without insane cage aggression.  Also considering that birds don’t have cages in the wild, I like the idea of mixing things up for them a bit and trading them back and forth in the upper and lower cage.  Currently they are across from one another and I try to switch their cage location and their toys, even for just a little variety, because as we all know a bored parrot is never a good thing.  

doubleWhile looking for a cage I thought in detail about what I wanted and what I would not settle for.  I wanted high quality, similar  size measurements to what they have now, proper bar spacing and a personal favorite accessory, a seed guard.  Pretty simple right?  There was a fateful day I felt like the clouds had opened up and the sun cam beaming down on my head.  Or so I thought.  I was so ecstatic about finding this unicorn I reviewed their shipping procedures and ordered it.  The order was guaranteed processed and shipped in 1-2 business days.  It was Tuesday.  

After the 1-3 days passed and I had not received a shipping confirmation, complete with a tracking order, I sent a quick “touch base” email regarding my order.  I did not hear back until exactly one week after my order was placed and four business days after my email.  I was then informed that they do not have any cages in stock (which is NOT what their website portrays) I was informed that they “drop ship” which means they are the retail middle man.  Hey I am familiar with drop shipping, I know that many internet based companies use it; in fact I use a drop ship company to print and ship my Parrot Earth T-shirts (which are available NOW *wink wink*), but my customers know that.  Drop shipping keeps costs down so you don’t have to keep a large inventory in stock.  

Little did I know that when I ordered from this company in “Iowa” that I would be expecting a shipment from “Louisiana”.  As time went on, I wondered, “where is my cage?”.  So I sent another email asking for a shipping confirmation and tracking number.  I honestly felt like it was an imposition when I finally got a reply.  I checked the tracking number and it said the cage was being shipped to California, we are located in Washington.  So I then contacted the company and asked if another freight company would be bringing it north to Seattle.  Three days went by before I got a response.  I even contacted the freight company with no help.  Eventually I was contacted and apparently given the wrong tracking number.  With this tracking number I was able to find out that the cage was shipped from the distributor in Louisiana, there was no regular company that shipped to Washington and it was handed off to another company that services our area.  Meanwhile for four days the cage sat on a loading dock waiting for the new company to pick it up.  When it was picked up, I had to call all parties involved again for a “new” tracking number.  I was then told it would be expedited due to my “inconvenience” however I know from my customer service days, that’s a lovely tactic to get you to shoosh and don’t make a scene.  

I got tracking here.

I got tracking here.

The tracking number said it would be delivered today.  However the truck was late and the appointment is scheduled for Friday.  I can wait that long, I feel like this has been one of those learning experiences that I will never forget.  Oh, did I mention the shipping company wanted to charge me (remember this was free shipping)an additional $75 for a special “lift gate truck” because the cage is in two pieces and fastened to a palette.  After being talked down to and sniped at by the person and knowing shipping from back in the day (I worked in the Montgomery Ward Warehouse as a shipping clerk)I won’t exactly tell you what I told the person I was speaking to but it was along the lines of “I will cut the straps off the boxes and hand deliver the cage myself and you can stick the palette where the sun doesn’t shine”.  Needless to say I will not be doing business with this freight company after all is said and done and especially the company where I ordered the cage from.  It’s been an episode in terror.  I just hope the cage is five hundred times better than this shipping ordeal.  Fingers crossed.

When ordering a cage or large purchase from a company that is out-of-state ask some questions.
1. Do you have the item in stock or do you “drop ship” from a distributor?  If they use a distributor ask where they are located.  
2. What method of shipping do you use? (Fed Ex, UPS, or a freight company)
3. Does your normal freight company ship to my area?  If not, what secondary freight company will they use to make sure my purchase delivered?
4. Do you guarantee Free Shipping?
5. How long will my order take to ship?  If they cannot give you an exact date, can they at least give you a ball park. 
6. Get tracking numbers and contact information!  If your order goes awry (which it possibly could) it’s good to be organized because depending on who you will be talking to, they all have different numbers.  
I got Customer Service here.

I got Customer Service here.

Customer Service in this our world has depleted, I was in the restaurant/bar management business for 17 years and I always took great pride in helping people and making sure they were satisfied.  I learned my work ethic from my mother “do your best or don’t bother” was the motto.  Unfortunately, I don’t think that motto is used anymore.  There are those rare and wonderful instances when you get a good representative or customer service experience who gives you hope the whole world doesn’t hate their job.    

Don’t settle for mediocre customer service, you’re not helping yourself or the people who are doing the job.  Give compliments where they are due and ask simple questions like…. 

is Shipping Guaranteed?

Copyright – 2014 – Parrot Earth – Shipping Guaranteed?

 

 

 

Under Construction?!

detourI don’t know about where you reside, but here in the Pacific Northwest when Spring comes and the sun starts to make more regular appearances, there is a single color starts to make its way prevalently into every neighborhoods and  our roadways.   Orange!  It’s everywhere, road construction, detours, asphalt patches and most recently in our neighborhood…. construction to build green storm water drains.  I could give you the long version of what that means, but I will give you the shorter explanation.  Basically they are tearing up the parking strips in various neighborhood blocks, to insert large drains into large swales which will filter the storm water and then go into our water supply.  Hey, I am all for green alternatives to just about anything that will help this dying planet of ours.  In fact, when we purchase a house we are going to install solar panels.  So… what’s the big deal?  As some of you know, living with parrots and animals is already a bit challenging, add trucks beeping, jack hammers, backhoes, and giant soil levelers that make the house feel like it’s in a low-grade earthquake for hours, it proves to be irritating.  I’m trying to see the larger picture.

constructionWhat you can expect during construction

  • Bioretention Swales constructed in two seasons – March to October 2014 and March to October 2015
  • Each block will take approximately two months to complete
  • Work hours in compliance with City of Seattle permits, which typically allow work between 7 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday
  • Local access at all times for homeowners and emergency vehicles
  • Pedestrian access at all times

How long is this going to last?  Well, the upside we are in the final three(ish) weeks left.  It’s been going on since March and patience are beginning to wear away.  We are no longer able to park in front of our house (which for us isn’t necessarily a problem because we have a driveway in our backyard) but there are elderly people on our block that don’t have that luxury.  No parking signs that say, possibly no parking until “mid or end of april”, makes them seem organized right?  They also begin their construction at 7am and work sometimes well into the evening.  Which is not a problem for me, because I figure the longer the hours then the faster the finish line arrives.  However, the animals do not seem to see it that way.

Both of the birds have adopted all of the construction noises that go along with it.  Various truck beeping, jackhammers, slamming, metal clanging just to name a few.  Cooper and Dexter are also beginning their ascent into spring hormones, which means my skin will soon be tested for thickness and healing ability.  I will also be tested to see how fast I can bleed out after one of Cooper’s episodes into “crazytown”.  This construction is also wearing on them.

construction2With the combination of factors I cannot control, I am trying to keep them busy with chew toys or soothing music on the radio when they are taking their mid day nap, just so every little noise doesn’t startle them.  I also try to spend that little quality alone time with them, so they get a little extra nurturing and security.  Lord knows that when it feels like the world around you is exploding around you, it’s nice to feel safe.

While writing this article, I noticed that there is a large crack in the ceiling plaster in the bird room, no doubt aggravated by the seismic activity caused by their giant ground leveling machine.  My aggravation for this project has gained an all time high.  Granted, it is not the end of the world, but home repairs and patch jobs are a chore when you have birds.  Making sure that everything is dry the air is safe for them to breathe before you return them to the area is the top priority.  Guess it’s time to call the plaster man.

I know that the all of the animals at Parrot Earth headquarters will survive… but will I?  The end of April cannot come fast enough.

Copyright – 2014 – Parrot Earth – Under Construction

 

 

 

Attack of the Killer Parrot

nice38Ah, that moment when you bring you new re-homed parrot into your household.  You buy the right cages, the right food, a delightful collection of toys and a wide selection of fresh fruits and veggies to offer your new companion.  You’ve done all the research and read/bought every book you can get your hands on and feel confident in making a lifetime commitment.    You take a breath of fresh air after putting your treasured new buddy in his cage, covering him and letting him get acquainted with his new environment.  You diligently check on him to make sure he is “okay” and eventually after a bit of time you want to start interacting with your “dream bird”.  You open the cage door and offer a dehydrated banana as a treat.  Your new friend comes out of his cage and gives you this adorable look and comes towards you, “aw look how sweet he wants a treat”, you say to yourself.  He then leans in for the banana and WHAM, instead of taking the sweet offering of a banana from your pinched fingers he has decided to chomp down on your finger, cutting through the skin like paper and drawing blood.  It’s a case of “Attack of the Killer Parrot”.

angry-parrot-500x406This ladies and gentlemen is a much more idealistic and realistic view on what can happen in your household when you introduce a parrot into a strange environment.  Most of the time a person will have their idea of what will happen or should happen, instead of going with the flow.   I should know, this very scenario happened to me with my Congo African Grey Cooper.  Does this happen with every parrot?  No, in fact my Timneh African Grey Dexter was just the opposite.  Essentially, just like humans, each bird is unique and different and carries their own set of baggage with them when they pack up and move.  When you re-home an older parrot, or like I did re-homing two greys in their teens, it is almost impossible to know how they are going to get along in your home.  There are no guarantees, but that is also not a “get out of parrot free card” either.

dex.coopCooper really taught me a lot about my patience level and myself.  You see I grew up on a Barley farm with horses and other animals.  I was taught that you dominate and be the master of your domain and that includes your animals.  I won’t go into details, but I saw some horses mistreated as a child and I knew that I didn’t agree with it, nor would I be that person.

Even though parrots can talk and understand wide variety of human arenas, they still are not fluent in English.  They cannot say, “I’m having a bad day and I really don’t feel like target training today, maybe tomorrow”.  The only way that they can convey “NO!” to you, is in body language that later will turn into a bite, if pushed.  Imagine something thirty times your size cornering you and demanding you “step up”.  I don’t know about you, but that would flip my switch and I too would come out biting.

photo (11)So, how do we handle our aggressive birds?  Take a step back and try to figure out where the root of the problem is, instead of the symptom.  For example; his previous owners husband mistreated Dexter, and wore hats almost every day, so we figured out quite quickly that we could not wear hats when we first brought Dexter home.  Eventually we started wearing hats and dropping a treat into his bowl.  Therefore making it a positive experience, as opposed to the terrifying ordeal he went through with getting swatted at or hats thrown at his cage.  Now he does not care who is wearing a hat, just as long as you are not handling him.

Macaw Rescue 010Also look around at the environment, you would be very surprised what toy and cage placement can do.  There may be a “looming evil plant” too close to the cage; they may have too much interaction with outdoor elements.  Seeing too much stimulation walking down the street can panic a bird.  My greys are in their own nook with a very large picture window and because we live on a busy street we keep the curtains gathered in the middle.  This offers light and a glimpse of outside, but cuts out the many people walking their dogs or parking to take a bus downtown.  We had to do this because of alarm beeps, panic behavior and calls every time someone walked down the street.  I always say, who needs a watchdog when you own a parrot, they can see twice as far and will alert you twice as fast.

When you interact with your bird, take a second to realize what energy you are bringing to the table.  Because Cooper used to use me as a chew toy, I realized that I was bringing fear and apprehension to the table.  I didn’t look at it as a new interaction; I was the one bringing the past with me.  A parrot’s behavior can be affected by their past, but we as humans remind them of it.  It is our job to help abused parrots, but also allow them the dignity to heal from their previous abusive experiences and enjoy better quality of lives, not remind them every moment that they were abused or broken in some way.  Animals are like kids; they crave structure and a sense of security.  When you have those in place, you would be surprised what you can accomplish.

photo (2)What are your reactions to getting a bite?  Do you yell, flail, or yank your hand away?  This could also be reinforcement and your parrot may find this absolutely hilarious.  Parrots are smart enough to create their own entertainment and if they can control you in the process, well then “Game On”.  Hey I know parrot bites hurt like the dickens, but sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and bear it.  Cooper and I eventually had a “come to Jesus meeting” and I let him bite the crap out of me, and I refused to back down.  This changed the narrative in our relationship.  I no longer would react to his prompts and he now realized that I was no longer his puppet.

Body language is another tool you can use.  Parrots are prey animals and are keenly suspicious, that’s how they have survived thousands of years on this planet.  Eventually you will gather enough personal information on your parrot that will enable you to identify when they are going to strike.  Some parrot’s pupils will pin and others will puff their feathers in order to look as large as they can.  Whatever way your bird likes to express that it is hocked off, it’s important that you know how to identify it, because this is going to help you eliminate pushing the envelope.problem solver  Humans want animals to respect them, but there is a fine line between respect and fear.  Respect will get you a lifetime bond from an animal, including your parrot.  Fear will do just the opposite.

Your bird’s body language will also help you know when your bird is up to participating or is not feeling it.  Either way, it’s a matter of you allowing your bird to make decisions.  This will not only make for a happier bird, but it will make for a more trusting bond between you.

Just because you have gotten some good bites, does not mean that your bird hates you.  Get back on the horse and try again…don’t rush it take your time.  Trust me, your bird has a lot of time and you will be spending a lot of time together.  Do your research, read books and articles.  Remember that you are not perfect.  And remember that you have to do what is best for you and your bird(s).

Copyright 2014 – Parrot Earth – Attack of the Killer Parrot

A Bird’s Eye View of Parrot Confidential

parrot confidential

I got Parrot Confidential here.

The name on everyone’s lips isn’t “Roxie” (from the movie Chicago, in case you’re wondering) it’s “Parrot Confidential”.  Social media and the internet has been a buzz about this movie for months, and finally the time came and went.  Most things I saw online prior to the airing were the “what if’s”.  ”What if it paints parrot owners in a negative light” is probably the most popular that I saw.  Until it came time to watch, we all had to wade in the pool of anticipation.

I want to say that I am impressed for the amount of chatter that this film has caused.  It has raised opinions, some good, some bad, some here and some there… but it got people talking about the future and the history of birds.  In some circles the chatter has become a battlefield of opinions, which at times is not a bad thing, nor is a difference of opinion.  How you relate to those opinions and the delivery is probably the most important thing to consider.

gray area

I got grey area here.

In this day and age, our society is in the middle of a civil and moral war.  A decade ago there was more of a gray area of thinking, as time has gone by opinions have shifted and so has the gray area.  It has become smaller and people have started taking sides, hopping into camps and cliques.  The liberal have gotten more liberal and the conservative, well have gotten more conservative.  Therefore this trickles down into other areas of thinking and avenues.  Some bird people are attacking breeders, and advocating adoption only.  Some have decided that we as humans are an evil species and we have ruined the lives of birds forever.  Others have looked into the mirror and seen a glimpse of themselves that they really aren’t that comfortable with seeing.

Have we humans ruined the natural world of birds, well actually yes, in a way.  As a human race, we are the only creatures that change an environment to suite our needs and not the other way around.  There is no adapting to our environment, so yes we have taken something from the wild that probably should not have been in the first place. So now what?

lavanya

I got Lavanya and Dolly here.

The documentary shows that some people are clearly better and more suited for being parrot owners.  The story of Lavanya and Dolly resonates this point.  Dolly gets to go to a boarding sanctuary for a few days a week, so Lavanya can have some personal time.  This is a great idea in my opinion, not only is it good for the human, but it keeps the parrot socialized and enriched with different experiences.  Clearly Lavanya did her research and has the resources to make this happen.  Also a point about this story, Lavanya takes Dolly as she is.  She isn’t on a website buying a trick dvd that is guaranteed to make her parrot stop screaming.  Lavanya realizes that parrot vocalizations are natural and takes her bird’s natural behaviors for what they are…natural.

I got Fagan and Marie here.

I got Fagan and Marie here.

“So what do I do if I cannot afford to take my bird to a boarding facility”,  well I think the idea of enrichment can come from Fagan.  Poor grey was malnourished and soaked in nicotine for years by a “dime store cigar smoker” and had self mutilated to the point he had an open wound on his chest.  Thankfully Marie Crowley has the know how and experience to help this little guy have a better quality of life.  With the help of her vet, they successfully detoxed Fagan off of nicotine, after several seizures his health has improved minimally.  Marie knows that parrots need enrichment and stimulation to help alleviate anxiety and stress, which leads to self-mutilation, plucking and barbering of feathers.  A thing as simple as identifying colors can make all the difference to a parrot or something as simple as a left over chopstick from your Chinese food last night with a clicker can be the best training tool in the world.  It’s how you look at the little things and how something small to you can mean the world to your bird.

I remember twenty-five years ago, when I got into birds, we really didn’t know anything.  Not about enrichment, toys, training, food, diet, nutrition… nothing.  I still think back to my first birds and I feel a sense of guilt.  Like I said, we didn’t know any better.  However things have thankfully changed.

I got Santa Barbara Bird Farm here.

I got Santa Barbara Bird Farm here.

Rescues are now a necessity and once upon a time they were not.  The Lindens own Santa Barbara Bird Farms and for those of you die-hard Bird Talk readers, will remember the ads in the back of the magazine with their logo.  They hand fed all of their babies, screened all of their applicants and had a waiting list of around a year.  I know this because I was on their waiting list as I so wanted desperately to buy a baby African Grey parrot.  That was until I fell for an abused Mexican Red Amazon parrot named Judd.  That’s a whole different story, and you can read more about it here.  Santa Barbara Bird Farms owned the parrot breeding market on the west coast, and the word was, if you wanted a healthy and happy bird, you went through them.  That changed when they realized that the market of supply and demand had shifted.  Supply was much higher than demand and unwanted parrots were everywhere. So they closed their breeding doors and began taking in birds that they had sold and created a sanctuary.  They have chosen to make a “quality” of life for the existing birds and room for more.  To be honest, I think this is incredibly responsible and very warm-hearted.  There are thousands of breeders that got into the game, made their money and got out, with no thought of what they had done to the infrastructure of parrot breeding.  Unfortunately that is a reality that we all have to face.  There are good breeders out there, who care and want to make a difference and there are breeders who run “mill” type operations.  The same is true for cats, dogs, horses, ferrets and the list goes on and on.  Good and bad exists in every culture, including the culture of parrot breeders and their owners.

I am a fan, cheerleader and supporter of any rescue/sanctuary operation.  It is something that I know that I would not be able to do.  In the past couple of years, we have fostered a few birds and it is hard to let them go.  It’s also a ton of work, cleaning, training and just making sure they have enough time with you to feel that they are safe and not alone.  I applaud anyone that can and does this.  You are rock stars in my eyes.

foster parrot

I got Foster Parrot LTD here.

I have always said that I believe that any sanctuary should have an adoption program, for those birds that are handleable and would make someone a great pet.  In the movie, Foster Parrots LTD took in Lou, the abandoned Cockatoo in to their sanctuary. The question is posed, “How must it feel for a bird like Lou, entering a sanctuary for the first time?”  It was perfectly described to me by a couple that run a local rescue.  ”Look at all the prison movies, the newbies walk in, and the inmates start to cat call and size you up the minute you walk in the door, it has to be terrifying” and I had to see the logic in it.  You figure natural behavior is to figure out if you are going to fit in with their flock, and possibly be any sort of threat.  orange-is-the-new-black-posterIt also does have to be a bit scary for the “newbie” walking in the door, you never who or what is waiting for you.  Hearing all of the vocalizations, possibly even warning or alert calls, it has to take a toll.   Talk about “Orange is the New Black”.

Through out this documentary the thought is constantly thrown out, “parrots make terrible pets”.  Yes they are, for some people. Hey, I know people who shouldn’t be left alone with a cactus or a goldfish.   Simply put,  people should take the time to research, spend time with various ages of birds, and be prepared to make the lifetime commitment.  My birdless friends say, “Birds are so much harder than say cats or dogs”, hell yes they are! They haven’t had hundreds of years of domestication and they are also the worlds most intelligent “prey” animals.  Prey animals have to be handled in a whole different manner.  This is just my opinion, but I have written a few articles regarding horses and parrots, and their similarities (I said similarities people, before you go on a tirade, look up the word).  You have to be mindful of the energy you bring to the table of working with both, and constantly watching their body language.  If you work with positive reinforcement, eventually if you are lucky a trust bond can be formed and they will almost do anything, but you still have to remember that they are still non-domesticated wild animals.  Unpredictable and full of natural behaviors that to the average person, would be considered to be undesirable.

Through social media and other arenas, the gauntlet has been thrown in some circles and arguments have ensued. People disagreeing with the film as a whole and others saying that parrot owners are selfishly defending keeping parrots as pets.  Others are defending their rights to have parrots, because they feel that they are enriching their lives, creating opportunities for people to learn about the various species of parrots through educational programming, that otherwise would not have the chance to see a parrot in the wild.  People advocating rescues, while attacking breeders, while breeders are defending their right to breed and saying they are trying to keep some species from going extinct.  As I said before, the gray area is getting smaller and smaller.  People are choosing one side or the other, Coke or Pepsi, yin or yang, instead of trying to sit down and see the opposition as a possible learning opportunity.

I got The Ara Project here.

I got The Ara Project here.

In Parrot Confidential, I was so elated to see The Ara Project!  Breeding Macaws and releasing them into the wild with a 85% percent success rate!  Hatching babies, preparing them for what is in the wild and then slowly releasing them one at a time, when the conditions are right, so that they can flourish… that is action at it’s best.  That in itself shows a glimmer of hope for wild parrots.

For the record, I noticed some things during this documentary.  They showed a lot of empty cages, with no toys, not a lot of perches and usually the cages were too small for the species.  Any documentary is going to use “smoke and mirrors” to get their point across and to get the viewer to feel the desired emotion to correlate with the current narration.  They even used actors to recreate various scenarios and situations to get the viewer engaged. Writers do the same thing, we write things to create an image, our view, to get you to see something from our angle.  It comes down to you making the determination of what you get out of the presentation.

What are my thoughts about the film?  If you own a bird or even if you do not own a bird, by all means, you should watch this documentary.  It may show you a side of parrots that you were not aware of and it may invoke thoughts that you never thought you would create for yourself.  As a viewer you may be inspired to begin advocation of parrot adoption, or you may want to start sponsoring or volunteering at a local rescue or sanctuary.  This may actually inspire you to want to adopt a bird that so desperately needs a forever home!  I hope this film will evoke emotions and hopefully will make a positive impact on the world of aviculture and parrot owners.

What emotions and thoughts were evoked for me by this film?  Well this is where it may get ugly and you may agree with it and you may not.  But, it’s my blog and it’s nice to be the boss sometimes.Blackfish

I watched this and my thoughts shifted on owning parrots just like when watched and  wrote about the film Blackfish regarding SeaWorld Orca and other Orca’s in captivity.  I saw a glimpse behind the curtain and I wasn’t sure I wanted to.  I felt a certain guilt about owning my birds, but unfortunately they are already in my home and sometimes you have to play the cards that you have.  People can say bird owners are selfish, but guess what they are already here and it’s our job to make their lives as happy and pleasant as possible.  Do I think that we as humans have ruined the natural world of birds?  Yep, sure do.  I think we as humans are incredibly selfish and are always looking for the next best thing, or the next fad. Birds happened to amuse our ancestors thousand of years ago and eventually amused us again becoming another fad when they reappeared on television’s Baretta in the 1970′s.

I got Parrot Confidential Kona here.

I got Parrot Confidential Kona here.

What would I do?  (Again, just my opinion folks) I think that birds should be licensed, just like dogs and cats are, so we can get a more accurate number and read of how many birds are in homes across the country.  This would also help the spread of disease, by keeping track of vet care.  If you are going to be a breeder;  breeders should only be allowed to breed a certain number of birds depending on permits and the amounts of particular species bred that year depending on the state.  Is this going to happen?  Probably not, there is already overcrowding of dogs cats and other animal species and essentially it comes down to helping and doing your part, so you can sleep at night.

This is our mess and unfortunately, no one is going to clean it up for us.  Of course unless you consider the opinions of various government regulated agencies that think euthanasia is the easiest way to deal with the situation or outlawing them all together and taking them out of your home to deal with over population.  We can sit around and point fingers, take sides and him-haw about the issues.  Do birds belong in captivity?  Really does any wild animal, probably not… but as Cher says “if I could turn back time”.  We cannot turn back the clock, we cannot undo bringing bird into our homes as pets, we cannot undo the ozone layer, in fact we cannot undo the damage that we have done to their habitats or this planet we live on either.   It’s time to start looking at the things that we can do.  Working together as a community instead of closing our minds and start saving the avian world that we have instead of “wishing” it would be better. Activism, advocation and action are the ways that circumstances regarding parrots in captivity will change.

I got Geoffrey here.

I got Geoffrey here.

As a very outspoken and vocal kid (nothing like today), my aunt Wendy used to say “god gave you two ears and one mouth, so that you can listen twice as much as you speak” and that is what we need to do.  Listen. Open yourself up to solutions, and support your local bird community rescues and sanctuaries.  Advocate rescues and adopting birds that may not be babies but are going to make great additions to families.  Talk to breeders and find out why they are in the business, instead of assuming.  Encourage kids and their curiosity of parrots, hopefully by doing this you will pass the spark.  Because those people who are just complaining and bitching about the situation and doing nothing about it, unfortunately will be dead and gone and there will still be thousands and thousands of birds out there that are unwanted and homeless.  We have to get the next generation involved!

It’s important after watching this film to know, parrots aren’t the glamorous pets that the media and movies portray.  They are a labor of love but can be the biggest blessing that can come into your life, if you’re prepared, have done the research and truly know what you are getting yourself into after opening Pandora’s box.  Find the right information from reputable trainers and behaviorists, learn about diet and nutrition and all of the in’s and out’s of the bird you want.  If after doing all of this, and doing a life inventory to see if you are stable enough to own a parrot, then by all means do it.  Parrots are one of the most amazing creatures on the planet!

It will change your life… and in this writer’s opinion “for good”.

Copyright 2013 – Parrot Earth – A Bird’s Eye View of Parrot Confidential

 

 

 

Where Have You Been?

eyeI woke up this morning and was able to finally get to some Parrot Earth emails, and most were asking if I was okay, or if something was wrong because I haven’t written as regularly as I used to  So after a little deliberation over a morning cup of coffee, I decided that it was time to answer all of them at once, with an article.  

To be honest I have tried to keep somethings private, even after I have been told multiple times to make things a lot more personal. kanyePost videos of you and your birds in your home (which I have done a few), tweet everything that you are doing, make Facebook your diary of daily activities, these are all things that I have read and learned in marketing 101.  I enjoy keeping certain things behind the curtain, especially since my husband didn’t sign up for notoriety.  Really,  I enjoy having a bit of a barrier between my private life and the world of aviculture.  However I threw myself into the ring of public awareness, and with that comes responsibility.  

popeye1There are several reasons why I haven’t written anything lately, the first probably being that physically I haven’t been able to really use my hand.  See I suffer from arthritis and sometimes my hands (along with other joints) will swell up to very large Popeye looking limbs and typing is almost impossible.  I just finished with a round of steroids to help speed up the healing process.  I try not to throw that out to the public to often, because I don’t want sympathy.  I’m fine, it’s just a perk that I have to deal with.  crohnsribbonMost people aren’t aware that I have had Crohn’s disease for quite a while now and to be honest, it’s just one of those things that you get used to.  I am in pretty good shape otherwise, I have to take it easy from time to time and learn my limits.  Getting old is NOT for wimps and it’s okay to take a little “me” time.  Your health is sometimes all you really have.  

expo.flyer.revampAnother reason is; I am helping plan the Seattle Parrot Expo 2013 and being on the board of directors of Flight Club Foundation and also co-chair of the event has proven very strenuous.  We also have done a few fundraisers for the event, and if you have even put together a fundraiser, you know how stressful that can be.  Right now it’s turned into “crunch time” and we all know what little snafu’s etc can come back to slap you in the face if you’re not on your game.  It is all coming together and it’s going to be a blast when it’s all said and done.  It’s just a process and I am learning a lot planning an event of this magnitude.  

Another thing some people don’t know about me is, I own a fundraising company that has raised almost ten thousand dollars for various charities, just this year.  It can be a lot of work but I love doing things for organizations that help others, and that includes animals too.  Every chance I get to help an animal charity function, I do.  It keeps me busy and more importantly, focused.

I got bummer here.

I got bummer here.

To be quite frank, the world of aviculture has been a bit of a bummer lately. Something that was so unique and comforting has become a battlefield of rumor filled hate campaigns.  I have opted out of most of the Facebook groups that I was apart of at one time, just because of some of the venom that is spewed.  Hey, I get people have opinions, and I will admit I am quite the opinionated ass at times, I just don’t like the idea of someone assuming because they are made an admin of one of the groups they are given the eternal lighting bolt from Zeus making them a demigod or given an automatic doctoral degree from Harvard (and no I have never claimed to be an expert, nor would I ever).  Unless you indeed to have a PhD in the topic relating to the group, don’t get angry when I don’t/won’t agree with,  or question your opinion.  It’s nothing personal, I’m just a “why” person.

dex.coopI am trying to remain focused on the tasks at hand, writing has become my life and I truly enjoy it more than just about anything.  The past few weeks I have also enjoyed taking a bit of time to get in touch with why I originally started Parrot Earth in the first place.  You see there are these two little feathered creatures in my living room, that like to imitate me to a tea.  They make me laugh, they inspire my intrigue and adornment of parrots, with their intellect and their own individual aloof personalities.  I’ve enjoyed, taking a break and just appreciating my own parrots, putting my training skills back into practice and loving every single thing about birds again.  It’s been very nice to refocus and get back to the basics, instead of worry about the latest “dirt” on someone or what someone has put on Facebook.  I’m starting to see that the simple things in life can truly be the most joyous.  

LKAs I wrote in , WWLKD – What Would Leslie Knope Do?Remember when meeting new people who shared your interest of parrots was exciting? Remember when you first walked up to a parrot and were just intrigued by their mystery and intelligence? Or the first time you got to share your love with bird with someone else and spark their interest? Remember when the birds were all that mattered?

I started Parrot Earth to help “newbies” to the avian world learn about from my mistakes and maybe steer them in the right direction, to places they could get proper information.  So that maybe we together could grow along the way and make a quality of life for our birds that is better than just ok or average.  It wasn’t for an ego trip, or because I needed a fix of celebrity, it was just to make a difference.  And Parrot Earth will continue to be for one reason and one reason alone, helping anyone with a love for birds.

ParrotEarth_Logo3_gradientTMSo there you have it, some of the reasons why I haven’t been so on top of everything, but I’m working on it.  I hope this shows an example of me being human, not in it for the fame, not imitating anyone, but just me being my authentic self.   I have some great things in the works and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out.  October is going to be busy month for me, but I’ll let you know one thing, I appreciate everyone’s continuing support in helping make Parrot Earth what it is today!  Because without you, your love of birds, love for the avian community, and most importantly the parrots themselves… there would be no Parrot Earth.  

“Because, isn’t it really just a parrot’s world and we are living in it?” – B.D. Butler

Copyright 2013 – Parrot Earth – Where Have You Been?