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Postby Krista » Thu May 09, 2019 9:01 pm

Hi everyone, my mom has two parrots, nanday I guess. They are 17 years old and full of energy. When we got them, we were told they live 12-13 years. Now I fount out they can live it to 25 years. My mom is not able to take care of them anymore. We found a good shelter, they are excepting the birds and will find new home for them. But they are going to separate them. Shelter workers said they will be fine and will easy forget each other. Is that true? They always together, and seems they have a good relationship. I don't know what to do, need you advice. No judging please.
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Re: Need advice

Postby Pajarita » Fri May 10, 2019 8:52 am

My dear, personally, I think that people who think rehoming is wrong don't really understand the reality of parrots. Now, I do not think badly of you for rehoming them but I would urge you to find a good private home that will take both of them together. Anybody who tells you they will be fine is lying to you. I am sorry to be so blunt but nobody who knows and cares about parrots would say such a thing. Be very careful of the rescue you are taking them to, it does not sound like a real or, at least, not a good one. There are lots and lots of what we call 'flippers' that call themselves rescues and have even gotten the tax exempt status that charity organizations get. Flippers take in birds for free and rehome them for money. It's as simple as that. And, just because they don't show a profit in their books (required to maintain the tax exempt status), it doesn't mean they are not doing it for money because all they have to do is simply use their own expenses to 'pad' the rescue's expenses - I've know a couple of 'rescues' that did that. They run the rescues out of their own homes and list their own birds as part of the rescue so any improvement or expense is put down as belonging to the rescue. Not hard at all.

If I were you, I would put them in 'rescueme.com' or put an ad on CL for them. Make sure you rehome them to somebody who:
1) is home all day long
2) has experience in conures
3) does not clip

It might take a while to find a good home but if you are not in a hurry, you will find one and they will be together as they should be after living their entire life together - it would be terribly cruel to separate them, these birds bond very deeply and actually mourn their beloved companions when they are no longer with them.

Where are you located? We might have a good member who might be willing to take them both.
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Re: Need advice

Postby GreenWing » Sat May 11, 2019 11:16 am

I have to disagree with the Craigslist mention for the birds. Selling pets is prohibited for a good reason and I know about the rehoming option but it's a terrible idea. Craigslist is known to attract shady and bad people with bad intentions, I've read about animals being repeatedly killed off of Craigslist. Please don't use Craigslist for animals.

That being said, Krista, you don't mention where you live, but if you are in the United States there should be a bird rescue by state. I live in Oregon and I can definitely recommend the saints who run the exotic bird rescues here. That said I will PM you and try to help. I found a list of avian rehabilitation centers in the country and will get back to you.
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Re: Need advice

Postby Pajarita » Sun May 12, 2019 10:00 am

Yes, you have to be VERY careful very careful with people who reply to CL postings but it can be done if you do your part well. I've been adopting out kittens in CL for years (last year alone, 31 of them and, this year, I already placed 4) and all my kittens were placed in good homes (I get pictures and updates). If you check vet refs, picture IDs and ask a million questions, you can do it safely.

On the other hand, not all rescues are good. As a matter of fact, I think that no rescue is actually good for a parrot. Rescues mean bad light schedule, not too good a diet, crowding, no human of their own and, most likely, no even enough attention or proper medical. But, even when they are good, it's still not good for the parrot to be going from one hand to another... much better to go straight to their new home. Sometimes, we have no choice but to put them in rescues but if a rescue can find a good home (which I am not at all sure they actually do because they adopt out to people who work full time and that is a big no-no when it comes to a parrot's happiness), one can do it too. Mind you, I ran a rescue but I kept them all cage-free, never free-fed protein, and never charged a single penny when I rehomed but I know of a lot of so-called 'good rescues' that are not really any good and I am not talking about flippers, either, I am talking real rescues... Sheesh, one that was ran by a lady who was also an inspector for sanctuary classification had the birds in breeders cages, stacked one on top of the other four deep starting from the floor up and anybody who knows parrots knows that this is a terribly stressing set-up for them! And another one, ran by a very nice couple, kept the cockatoos in darkness so they would not scream and actually adopted them to families with small children!
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