On Wednesday November 6th, 2019 I was contacted by a lady I spoke with 2 years ago at the parrot supply store. I couldn’t recall who she was but she wanted to re-home her bird to me. She stated her husband had allergies and asthma that was acting up and they were under the impression that this bird was causing it. We spoke for a bit on the phone and then she sent me some pictures. I forgot to contact her back that night. On Thursday, she messaged me again. I advised her I have never paid for a rehome so I wouldn’t be able to take her in and gave her suggestions on how to help with the bird dander. She said she had tried all of those suggestions. So although I was not going to pay her asking price,something about this bird was nagging me to take her in. This little beauty was a 3 year old White Capped Pionus who was purchased from the breeder and has been in this family her whole life. She was only eating Zupreem Naturals and 2 Almonds a day. I was so hesitant. I wasn’t sure I was ready to take on a re-home again so when my friend told me she would take her in if I found it to be too much, I thought great! I agreed to take in 3 year old Maui and said I’ll come pick her up in a week but they were ready to move her so the night of Friday November 8th, 2019 @ approx. 8pm, Maui joined our flock.
Type of Parrot: White Capped Pionus
Birthdate: April 2016
Wing Status: Fully Flighted
Favorite food: Almonds (previous owner said)
Noise Level: Quiet so far
Training progress: She won’t come near me
Tricks: None yet
Talking Ability: Unknown
Favorite Toy: Unknown
Diet: Zupreem Naturals
Cage: Open Dome top – 26″ wide and 62″ high and 19″ deep (this is her cage from the previous owner) Vet Visit: Never
Next Steps: Get her used to my presence and taking treats from me.
I’ve taken in a few re-homes since starting Parenting Parrots, a set of Quakers, a pair of cockatiels and a few single birds here and there. The last ones I took in, were two beautiful cockatiels. The owner wanted me to keep them so she could come by and visit every now and then, I had no problem with that as long as they were in my care. Well my sister’s friend wanted them and after a few months of them being with me, I thought they were such good birds that they would do well with her. If a bird is too timid, shy, aggressive, I would not re-home them because they would end up being neglected or passed around. However if I can train them and get them back to a beautiful, interactive bird than I can re-home them. The cockatiels really didn’t need any work from me because their owner took really good care of them. They ended up being a girl and a boy even though I was originally told two males. They had a baby earlier this year (2019) in their new home and they get lots of out of cage time. Unfortunately, I’ve never received any pictures and when the previous owner wanted to see them, they were unavailable so I feel bad about that but I know they are still alive and well as my sister gets to see them. I will have to contact her to find out what they did with the baby but I’m happy with the progress I hear about them so far.
I stopped taking birds in because there is just too many avian diseases going around and I don’t want to risk infecting my birds so when I was contacting about another bird, I automatically thought NOPE! But my heart is too soft at times so if you follow my instagram, then you already know I took in another rehome but this will for sure be my last rehome. This little birdie got here at about 8pm on Friday November 8th, 2019. I do have an experienced bird owner lined up and ready to take her if I feel it’s too muh for me as I just had my 5th baby two months ago but her owner was adamant that she wanted her to live with me so I am definitely going to try to make this be her forever home especially after how she reacted with just this change….
So stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I actually introduce you to this beauty and give you her background story.