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Old 11-24-2017, 11:12 PM
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Last year I made a post. I asked wether or not I should get a sun conure from our local pet shop. Many, intelligently, said no. They were right. Being a stupid, ignorant, overly excited teen, I didn't listen and just got him anyways. This was in the summer. Great progress, I saw him since hatching and took him home beginning of summer. Being off of school and no work yet, I had plenty time to spend with him. We bonded, and I taught him how to wave and high five, potty trained. Fast forward to the start of school, things pick up. Not bad, just more hours away, so I got more toys. Fast forward some more and I get a job, I need to start saving for college. Less and less time comes and I'm just exhausted when I AM home. That's now... I can't continue like this. He needs, no, DESERVES better. I have never had such a companionship. But he's taught me so many lessons... All life has value, and that sometimes, things are too much to handle despite how prepared you may be.


So... That's that... I sob both tears of immense sadness and joy now. He will find a good and permanent home, I will make absolute sure of it. Later in life, I'll try again. I'll take in another bird in need of a better home and use Sammy as my example... He will help a future precious, I swear on it.


To everyone here, well, I'm sorry. I'm doing what many shouldn't, sending him away from his home. This is absolutely completely my fault. But thank you, thank you all... I will still linger on here. I still have Skye and Cloud, my budgies. I want to start there.

To those of you who want a bird and think you're prepared... please, please think more. Don't be me.


You're my best friend, Sammy... you've changed my life, it's time for me to change yours.

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Old 11-24-2017, 11:35 PM
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Re: I've decided... He's gotta have a better life.

I'm very sorry it came to this, a far different ending than you envisioned. But I applaud your insight and commitment to finding Sammy a great home.
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Old 11-25-2017, 12:08 AM
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Re: I've decided... He's gotta have a better life.

Geeze Im so sorry you both are going thru this. Great that you realize just how much attention your feathered youngin deserves. It may be of little comfort but lemme say I got lucky and took in a lil sun conure from another home. He adjusted quickly in his new surroundings in days not weeks.. at from that point forward was the center of attention. So rest assured your lil one will be resilient and do just fine in his new home... and like you... he changed my life forever. Wish my best to both of you.
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Old 11-25-2017, 03:15 AM
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Re: I've decided... He's gotta have a better life.

Good for you, admitting that the parrot is better off with a different family. Takes guts and compassion.
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Re: I've decided... He's gotta have a better life.

Yes, please stick around and get involved. Especially when there are posts from people in the position you were. Hearing from someone with real experience might just make a difference.

It's a tough decision, but made for all the right reasons.

Most people aren't brave enough to admit they've made a mistake, especially in public and especially on a forum where you were advised not to get another bird. It's commendable.

Sounds like you have given Sammy a great start in life, he knows love and kindness and that people are good. He'll be starting the next part of his life happy, healthy and confident. Not sure any of us could do better than that!
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Old 11-25-2017, 08:47 AM
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Re: I've decided... He's gotta have a better life.

It takes courage to admit a mistake, and to try to correct it! You have discovered a softer side of yourself and what amazing creatures these feathered companions are!

My JoJo was given up by a loving woman, that because of a horribly stressful situation, he had plucked every feather he could reach. To save him, she had to give him up!
He spent a year in the rescue(feed and grain store), hating everyone and everything, growing back feathers! On a Kaytee sunflower seed mix diet!
10/14, I walked in to see the new owners and discovered their small rescue effort(3-4ish bird’s). Said hello to the sad little GCC and left.
Brought my daughter in to meet him, and he jumped up on her and then over to me, my photo is from that day! Daughter returned a few days later, same thing! We knew nothing of his history, and didn’t know the staff felt a miracle had just happened!
Adjustment period? The night he came into my house, he sat on my shoulder while I assembled his cage and immediately started eating pellets! It only got better from there!

This story is twofold, to give you support in your decision, this is for Sammy, and someday you may walk into that feed and grain store and have your life flipped! I had refused to bring a bird back into my life for many years!
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Re: I've decided... He's gotta have a better life.

Good for you for learning this ‘life lesson’, owning it and growing from it.
Your actions are very clear of how much you love Sammy.
You should be proud that you are doing what’s in Sammy’s best interest.

Based on this, I believe you will do very well in life. Someday, when you are ready you will have another companion bird.

Best of luck to you both.
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Re: I've decided... He's gotta have a better life.

GlitchTown, have you found a new home or rescue organization for Sammy already?
I don't know where you live but, if you are close enough to the Richmond, VA area, my husband I would love to be considered for Sammy's new home.

We adopted a 13 year old female Blue Crown Conure about 7 months ago who adores me but is very fickle with my husband. He had a Sun several years ago and was devastated when he died suddenly and inexplicably.

We are "older" with steady 8-5, Monday-Friday jobs and a "boring" enough lifestyle to keep any feathered baby happy.
Just throwing it out there because you just never know until you ask........
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Old 11-25-2017, 05:15 PM
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Re: I've decided... He's gotta have a better life.

Quote: Originally Posted by Conniesmommy View Post
GlitchTown, have you found a new home or rescue organization for Sammy already?
I don't know where you live but, if you are close enough to the Richmond, VA area, my husband I would love to be considered for Sammy's new home.

We adopted a 13 year old female Blue Crown Conure about 7 months ago who adores me but is very fickle with my husband. He had a Sun several years ago and was devastated when he died suddenly and inexplicably.

We are "older" with steady 8-5, Monday-Friday jobs and a "boring" enough lifestyle to keep any feathered baby happy.
Just throwing it out there because you just never know until you ask........
We haven't found anyone yet... But, I live in New York. You sound like a great parront and i think Sammy would be very happy... I'm having a lot of trouble finding a good home for Sam around here although we only live 6 hrs away, and id want Sam to go to the best possible home! Maybe we can figure something out.

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Re: I've decided... He's gotta have a better life.

Glitch, heroes come in many forms and formats... good for you. I wish you and your darling the very best.
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