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Old 12-19-2010, 08:18 PM
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Hello! I've been looking for the right parrot for quite some time now, and think I may have found the perfect one, but I need some help on this.

This will be my first larger sized parrot, but I've done my research and babysit for the worlds most annoying (but so darn cute) Umbrella Cockatoo.

I found someone looking to find a home for a female Red Lored Amazon. She was rescued from a neglectful breeder, and was in pretty bad shape. She's missing toes on her left foot, its pretty much a stump, and she had plucked most of her feathers. The feathers have grown back a bit. This is what the owner said about her:

"This girl was a rescue & was then adopted by my friend. Unfortunately my friend needed to move & could only find a place that didn't take any animals. I have had her for the last 3 months & she is such a lover girl! She steps up great, talks, whistles & doesn't get into trouble. She is allowed to have her cage door open at all times & does not go off her cage/playstand. She would do perfectly fine in an apartment as she is a quiet bird. She prefers to be in the room with the most chaos! She loves watching everything that goes on! She used to be a plucker when she was at the rescue, but she hasn't done any plucking anymore! She receives Black Oil Seed & vitamins in her water. She is missing all but one toe on her left foot from either birth or her breeder mate, but she has NO problem getting around. You just need to be slower with her & she enjoys sitting around. She will come with everything she needs."

The currnet owner has 4 children and just doesn't have time for another pet. I've talked with her over the phone and learned more about the bird and she seams really great. The main problem is that my roomate works third shift and sleeps durning the day, so he can't be kept up by a super noisey bird. She's assured me that the bird never screams, just mumbles to herself and whistles songs to herself. They think she's an old bird, and being a breeder shes ok being on her own a lot. I go to meet her tomorrow. Does this sound to good to be true, or do you think more problems with arise? What are peoples takes on this?

This is the picture they emailed me:


She looks so beat up it breaks my heart...
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:27 PM
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Re: Need Help Fast

I believe that this is a good deal. One because they provided you a picture and given you the bird's past. And second, the person was willing to talk with you and is giving you all the information you need.

However, if you're still doubtful, ask her if you could visit the bird a few times (if they're nearby) before you adopt her. Go and see how the Zon is like, and how she's like with you. I think she's a sweetie. The picture of her is so saddening but at least she's a lot happier, and might be even happier with you.

Let us know what happens!!!
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:44 PM
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They live almost 2 hours away from my house, so I can't really visit a bunch, however after talking to the owner I feel that she would take her back if it didn't work out. They aren't at all concerned with making money, just finding her a good home. The lady has FOUR small children, and she says the bird just watches all the caos going on around her without a peep, and will let the kids hold her. She talks a bit, and says "Come her!" if you have something (mostly food) that she wants. The lady said bird will step up for anyone and let people she likes pet her head, but if you pet her too much she'll grap yout hand in her beak and push it away, but doesn't bite down. If she was just a breeder originaly so I can understand why she wouldn't be super affectionate. The owner said she has a hard time getting around so she's content just to sit and watch everything. She's not playful or active like most other Amazons. I think after I meet her and see her in her environment I'll know if she's the right match. Hopefully. I work at an animal rescue, so I'm always drawn to animals who need rehabilitation.

Oh! Did I mention that the owner only wants $200 for the bird, her cage, her playstand, and all her things??!
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:58 PM
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Well, I think this is a good deal, and if I were you, I'd go for it!!!

But I'd let other members share their opinions just in case I could be wrong.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:05 PM
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I think with my heart, not my brain, so it's best if I get other opinions sometimes lol. The way I see it is, what do I have to lose? If it doesn't work out, I could always give her back, and if they wont take her back, I could find a home for her through my rescue, its not like I would be losing a ton of money...And of course if it works out, I'll have the bird I've always wanted (minus a few toes and feathers lol) and will have extra money to spoil her with
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:54 PM
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She sounds like a real sweetie. I would definitely take her home if I were you. Keep us updated on your decision!
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:59 AM
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It does sound like she needs a good place to go, permanently.

The only thing that I find worrisome is the fact that you need her to be quiet during the day....Amazons are quiet sometimes, but when they want to be heard, they will be loud. Freddie is seldom loud, but when he is, he makes sure we can hear him!
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:59 AM
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Re: Need Help Fast

It does sound like a good deal. With any bird please make sure you are providing her a permanent home, this is especially true for rescues who get bounced around and around. My amazon Ozzy is a rescue as well and he has taken work but it is so worth it. He is a very quite amazon and rarely screams but he does have his moments where he insists on being heard, this is usually around sun down.

She looks very cute Good luck
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:40 PM
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Re: Need Help Fast

She is a sweetheart! I would also be a bit worried about the noise if your roomie is sleeping during the day. Even Chia climbing around in her cage, chirping and making little GCC noises wakes me up lol.

Also even though she may not seem quiet now, once she is in a home she feels totally safe and comfortable in she may start feeling more confident and vocal.

Just something to think about I hope everything works out for you!
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:42 PM
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Sooooo...........


I brought her home tonite! I couldn't help myself. Her name is Baby, and they think she's about 20 years old. I was happily surprised to find that she had just been to the vet in April. She was a lot louder then I thought she would be and the lady said "Good, I'm glad you get to see her a her worst, so you'll know what you're getting into." So I'm not as worried now, since she wasn't really that loud, and you could tell she was completely excited and freaking out, bounching all over the place.

She didn't like me at first, but I think it was the ladies fault, because she asked me to take Baby from her hand, and what birds gonna like being taken from her mommy's hand by a complete stranger? She nipped me pretty good, but it didnt discourage me.

All the stuf she came with: A cage thats way too small, a table top playstand, a carrier for traveling, a birdy backpack carrier, bag full of 10-20 toys (and not the cheap kind), about 10 spare perches of all types, about a dozen food bowls, a new bag of her seed, 1/2 a bag of birdy litter, the newest issue of the magazine where the lady orders her bird stuff, vitamins for her water, an extra tray for her cage, and extra hooks and pieces for her toys.

I will post the full back story I got about her tomorrow when I have more time, but to start off, she was a completely wild breeder bird, missing toes, fully plucked, and without a mate when this lady found her and took her from the breeder (I think threats were used). I'm shocked she's come this far, the lady could swing her upside down and lay her on her back with no problem.

She got me pretty good at the ladies house, made me bleed a tiny bit, however... She jumped right out of her carrier unto my arm when we got home, made baby bird noises, and bumped her head into my hand to get it scratched. I think we are off to a good start
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