I hope Santina can serve as an example and a role model in the adoption of rescue parrots. On one hand, may she show that even “second hand” birds are worthy of care and love. But on the other hand, she serves to show what a training minded approach can achieve. Without teaching her a single “trick,” I have been able to tame Santina and build a relationship as well as the cooperation that is necessary to be able to keep this pet.
Kili came from a store, Truman from a breeder, and Santina from a rescue. Not only do I frequently speak to owners of parrots from these differing sources but even my own birds come from each. So I know what these are all like. Ultimately what I have found is that it doesn't matter where you get your parrot, what matters is what you do with it.
The myth that you have to get a parrot as a baby so that it would like you is downright untrue. All you have to do is visit a rescue to see all the adolescent parrots that were relinquished because the owner couldn't get along with it. This has nothing to do with the bird and all to do with the owner not taking the time to teach, train, and take proper care. On the other hand, there are plenty of people who have adopted parrots from rescues and had tremendous success with parrots that even as babies couldn't develop a relationship with their owner. What this goes to show is that it is not about age or source but what you can do with the bird.
The best reason to adopt a parrot from a rescue is not out of sympathy. Many rescues and people will try to convince you that you should adopt/rescue because you feel bad for the bird. The problem with this approach is that it is very shortsighted. At first, there certainly is the temptation to save a living creature from a bad situation. But in the long term this will wear off and there will be infinitely more parrots that need rescuing. So while compassion should play a role, it is not a good reason to adopt.
In reality, the best reason to adopt a parrot is because you and the bird will have the freedom of choice. Unlike the arranged marriage of “buying a baby” - where the grown adult personality is not yet known – when you visit and mutually choose an adult parrot, what you see is what you get. Adoption allows you to see the adult parrot as it is and likely will remain (at least in general, a lot of behavior can be shaped with training but personality won't change). If you like the parrot and the parrot likes you, you've really got a good shot with this bird. On the other hand, a baby's allegiance may drift with time as it matures.
Having one of each, a parrot from a store, breeder, and rescue, I have come to realize that it makes far less difference where you get the bird from and that it all comes down to the training and relationship you develop. Thus I encourage anyone looking for their first or another parrot to consider adopting. Check out my book to learn about my complete parrot owning approach that has worked on all three of my parrots regardless of their source.
To promote rescue and awareness of how wonderful rescue birds can be, I made this video. I hope you enjoy and share it with everyone you know. It is not only important that people know that there are rescue birds that need help/adoption but also that they can become absolutely wonderful pets and deserve a chance.
Here is your chance to help a rescue parrot find its roar. To help the rescue cause and get the word out there, I am running a contest along with this video. Simply nominate your favorite rescues in the video comments (on youtube). When the video exceeds one million views, I will be holding a random drawing to select a rescue from the comments to receive $1,000.00. There will also be a second and third prize of wizard merchandise for rescues as well. Second prize is 3x 25lb bags Roudybush pellets (small, medium, and large). Third prize is a Parrot Wizard Gift Set.
I also have some prizes for participants as well! Another set of drawings will take place along with the rescue drawing. Viewers who nominate rescues will be eligible for a first prize of a Parrot Training Perch Kit, second prize Parrot Wizard Gift Set, third prize a signed copy of the Parrot Wizard's Guide to Well-Behaved Parrots.
Briefly, here are the contest conditions. Viewers can nominate as many parrot rescues as they would like in the video comments, one comment per rescue. First put the name of the rescue and then below you are welcome to talk a little about the rescue. What you say about the rescue won't affect its chances of winning but may help encourage other readers to donate or rescue from there. Please no spamming. Genuine nomination of many rescues is encouraged but if you post the same rescue over and over again, youtube will automatically block it as spam. Only US based Parrot rescues are eligible for the contest. For the cash prize, only a 501c3 non-profit rescue is eligible. For the other prizes, they only need to be a verifiable parrot rescue that accepts donations and adopts out parrots (even if unofficially). Random drawings will be held consecutively until an eligible winner is drawn. For the participant prizes, the participant simply needs to nominate an eligible rescue for their comment to count as a raffle ticket toward the random prize drawings. Free-shipping to US based participants only. Participants from outside the US are welcome to receive their prize if they pay the international shipping costs. When Santina's video roars for the millionth view, the drawings will be held to celebrate so much exposure for parrot rescue.
Nominated rescues will be added to a list at the back of the video and on this page to help viewers learn about all the local adoption options and where to donate! Help rescues win, and I'm not talking just about prizes but about awareness and donations, by sharing and spreading the word.
Watch Santina's Roar video and then help another rescue parrot find its roar by:
1) Comment, Like, and Share Santina's Roar Video 2) Donate to a parrot rescue 3) Adopt a rescue parrot
Santina is a lucky bird to find your heart and home. Yes, I agree with you, more bird lovers should consider a rescue parrot. In regard to most parrots long lifespans an older parrot can become a wonderful companion. Some rare exceptions could be wild caught or abused parrots. When a parrot is at least partially raised (imprinted) by humans he or she can be tamed. Although it can take much more time, patients and love to succeed. I did my research with the help of two parrot rescue organizations before I adopted my mildly abused twelve year old Quaker Louie. He learned to trust me over the course of one year, plus I try not to give him a chance to bite. Training is a big help too. Actually, he was starved for love and attention. He picked up his talking again in my home. He is very intelligent and knows the meaning of the words and whole sentences. It is rewarding to give one lonely bird a happy and healthy life.
Parrot rescue organizations in Minnesota, both are nonprofit:
Avalon Parrots, 960 Mahtomedi Ave.,Mahtomedi, MN 55115
Parrot Help, 7317 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes,MN 55014
Darling, Tel.: 763-420-3875
I saw your video from YouTube on BirdChannel.com showing how you came to rescue Santina, whose name was Santino, until she laid an egg. I have three birds. One is Lucky, a female Congo African-Grey and two male Quaker parrots. One is Audie and the other is Alex. I have had Audie for 13 and 1/2 years and Alex for 5 and 1/2. Lucky, I got, not too recently. She's 19 and 1/2 years and wasn't originally mine. She was the pet bird of a friend of mine who passed away, not too recently. My friend passed away suddenly either overnight on September 25. 2014 or during the early morning hours of September 26, 2014 and apparently he must have attended to Lucky in what were his last hours of life, during the day of September 25, 2014. He must have cleaned her cage and given her food and water, but the next day all day and all night, she was unattended and no one knew, until early on Saturday, September 27, 2014, when he was found by his manager and his manager's wife. Responding officers, came and it was then that Lucky had anyone attend to her. My friend's relatives were called and came to get her out of that environment and the next day, on Sunday September 28, 2014, they gave her to me, as per his instructions if anything ever happened to him. When I first got Lucky, she was so stressed and confused, not knowing where she was and wasn't letting anyone handle her. She even bit me as my sister and I were handling her cage to set it up. Once she started to settle in to her new environment, we gave her space and allowed her to interact with us, one person at a time. Now, she's so used to her environment that she wants to rule the roost, but that job is already taken by Quaker parrot, Audie, who was a gift given to me by my deceased friend. Lucky, is also exploring and is curious and she's even vocalizing more, than when I got her, because she is no longer alone, because she has my Quaker parrots to vocalize with and back at them, as Lucky, was a loner bird for many years. It was her and my friend, until his sudden an unexpected passing.
I am currently owned by 3 birds.
I have a 14 yr old Green Wing Macaw and a 32 yr old Catalina Macaw and a 4 yr old Blue
Indian Ring Neck.
My Green Wing is a one person Bird and only loves me and will try to lunge at anyone including my Husband anytime they go near her, so to say the least everyone stay's away from her.
I really wish I had your skills, I have the time to devote to my birds, I just don't really know what I am doing wrong.
The Old man (Tyler) the 32yr old Catalina is just so wishy washy with his emotions, I am having such a hard time reading him. He will look every calm, not ruffled feather, and all of a sudden he will lunge at me threw the cage bars. Next time he will step up fine and just be wonderful.
Now then it comes to trying to give him a scratch on the head, he won't have it.
I show no fear as they know when your afraid of them and they will feed off that. I am at just a loss on how to get him to trust me. He is fully flighted and don't even know he can fly, it's just so sad! I would love to have him comfortable enough with me to teach him, that he can fly and enjoy
a free flight session!
And My little Blue Ringneck is on some crazy path of self destruction. I adopted this guy from a lady who could not handle his situation.
Let me make this story as short as I can. This Bird is clearly a Male, he has the ring around his neck and all. But every month like clock work he pulls his feather out, it takes him about 2 days to do this, then he will allow them to grow back in, and then the next Month on the same day, he will pull them all out again.
I can not for the life of me figure him out. It's like he has PMS. Is this a training issue or just does he have a lost screw somewhere? Is there a trick or training trick to help him out?
Also my last thing is I was looking to get your Book, Clicker, and a T-Shirt, do you have a combo package? and would you be willing to sign my book?
I am in South Bend Indiana, and we have a Bird Club Here, what is the charge for you too fly/drive here to spend a few hours with our Group?
I also would like to Nominate "Feather Tip Rescue" Located here in South Bend. This lady runs a wonderful rescue from her home, and takes No Funds from the Government. She pay's for all the supplies and vet cost from her own pocket. I would like to Nominate her and the Rescue for your contest.
Have your club contact me to work something out. As for a combo package, check out my [url=http://ParrotWizard.com/Gift:t3rnhtvf]Gift Basket[/url:t3rnhtvf] set that includes book, shirt, and much more. Thanks for nominating a rescue and I hope you can stick around and enjoy the parrot forum as well.
When I was searching for a friend for Rambo, I must have contacted every avian rescue on the east coast.
The closest one is Red Dog Farm in Greensboro NC. They had so many rules that they rejected me for having a busy house.
http://www.floridaparrotrescue.com was the one who gave me the most info. She told me I lived too far and that she did not want a bird traveling that distance. She was the one who told me to check craigslist for a bird who has not made it to a shelter.
I soon found Myrtle. She came from a quiet and dark house and seemed to enjoy my busy house.
Gagney and Lacy came from craigslist and I am sure they are happy here.
So I nominate Florida Parrot Rescue.
Hey Melissa Here,
I noticed in the Roar Video with the Beautiful Santina, he feather's were a little plucked/ down showing! Mine is doing that too. I was wondering if that is apart of Malting? I don't see mine pulling them out, but they are in the same spots as Santina's ! Legs, Chest only.
The vet said to watch it so it don't become a "habit" My Catalina is not doing it, but does have some pin feathers. Babs the Green wing also has pin feather's too. Even on top of her head.
I feel it's only Malting, and started back in August at the end of the month, and is finally filling in, but now I see some down floating around on the floor.
So if anyone knows what's up, or any idea's I would greatly love to hear them.
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