Rescued A Frightened Sun Conure
Posted 02 February 2010 - 08:37 PM
His cage was in the entrance way, where people come and go all day, flooding him with freezing cold air. Then there were the dogs. I counted ten at least, coming and going, jumping up to the cage, barking like crazy, the birdie shivered nervously every time there was a bark. But worst of all, the food. He had no food or water bowl in his cage.
"What do you feed him?" I asked. "He loves sunflower seeds and peanuts, salted or unsalted it doesn't matter." I nearly died! They had been feeding him cooked, salted, fatty peanuts. And they had him for three years.
Needless to say, I paid the bill and got the poor thing out of there as soon as I could. On one hand, I can't blame them for their ignorance, because they were not maliciously trying to hurt it, they just had no business owning a bird. On the other hand, if they can take such good care of their dogs (which they bred and took great pride in), then shame on them for not even trying to learn how to care for an exotic bird. They thought it was funny that when they put their hands up to the cage, he snapped and screamed at them.
Also needless to say, the nutrient-starved bird had no problem at all switching to pellets. He munched for about an hour straight once I got him home. Luckily he likes the purple and orange pellets, which my quaker always picks over lol. I keep them in separate cages of course. The conure acts like he has never seen another bird before.
I thought I was getting into a long-term damaged-bird commitment, which I was prepared for, because I fell in love with the poor thing. I talked to him the whole ride home (I had him in a carrier cage in the passenger seat with me). I got him home, he was very calm, so I opened his cage, talking to him calmly. I held up a finger to see how well he would react.
He scared me to death! I thought he was about to bite my finger off. He lunged out of his cage, latched onto my hand (not biting, just grabbing), ran up my arm, and tucked his head into my shoulder and started "cooing". I just knew he was trying to hug me tightly and say "thank you" for rescuing him!!!! The sweet thing made me cry =)
We were immediately best friends. He groomed my hair, nibbled my ears, and when I went to wash a cup after having a drink, he climbed down my arm to take a bath in the sink! Who would have thought that a neglected cage bird would warm up to someone so quickly?
My boyfriend is taking care of him now, and they get along equally as well. He is the sweetest, most social bird. You would never know he came from such a stressful home. It breaks my heart to imagine all the other sweety birds out there who are in situations like the one he came from, just waiting for someone to love.
I have this forum to thank; reading stories of y'all's rescues has converted me into a rescuer, and now I, too, can experience the joy and love of a rescued fid.
Posted 02 February 2010 - 10:37 PM
Posted 02 February 2010 - 10:56 PM
Posted 03 February 2010 - 06:51 AM
Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:08 AM
Congratulations two fids twice as much fun ...
Posted 03 February 2010 - 11:11 AM
Posted 03 February 2010 - 12:13 PM
As Sandi said, please quarantine him from your other birds, and under the circumstances if you can, a trip to the vet would be a good idea!
Posted 03 February 2010 - 06:34 PM
I think how lucky your new sun is (oh gad he is BEAUTIFUL TOO!) and how lucky YOU are,, I think suns are the most beautiful birds in the whole world, and I am so glad you rescued him..
Yes, what is his name?
Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:01 PM
I actually got my boyfriend to take care of him. He has an Indian Ringneck and used to have a green-cheek for many years, so he has lots of experience with conures. It took him no time at all to be just as loving with my bf as he was with me. He is so unbelievable loving!
Yes I put his whole cage in the shower and turned on the scolding hot water for about 15 minutes (I had him on my shoulder, not still in the cage of course ) then I got some Green Works natural cleaner and scrubbed and polished it, good as new.
You all mentioned a visit to the vet... My bf wanted to take him, but I was wondering, with no physical signs of distress and with him acting perfectly normal, is a check up going to really tell us anything that we can't already know for ourselves? I mean, without spending hundreds on organ biopsies and blood tests. There is only one vet around here (rural North Mississippi) who is certified to treat birds, but I don't want to pay him a hundred bucks or so for him to say "looks fine to me, bring him in if he starts acting odd." I'm still a new parront, so I don't really know what all a check-up involves.
I'll post some more photos as soon as I get them uploaded!
Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:31 PM
Posted 03 February 2010 - 08:44 PM
I think a vet check would be a good idea, they will take a blood sample (about $150 at my vet, for the workup) and weigh him. This will be beneficial, especially since his diet was not very good, the blood workup will tell you if he is deficient in any vitamins (Vitamin A is a big one, bring on the dark leafy greens, and orange veggies! Also Vitamin C - broccoli, scrambled egg w/shells, and cuttle bone will bring that up to snuff).
I know you'll enjoy each other for years to come!! Have fun!
Posted 06 February 2010 - 12:51 AM
Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:07 PM
a vet visit is definitely in order, as the stress of a move can trigger an underlying cause to rear its ugly head. it sounds like quarantine wasn't done, so at this point we can hope leo/draco/jerry is healthy and not a carrier of some bug. should you find yourself rescuing another, definitely quarantine
suns are so beautiful congrats on your new addition!
Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:36 PM
Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:02 AM
I'm so glad when I know the fids are happy.
I have a Sun and feel it was no accident that he literally flew into my yard and landed right beside me. I tried everything to find his owner, but feel, after much effort that I probably wasn't meant to find them. He's still here 9 years later.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 06:36 PM
Bless you Im so so glad ge got YOU!! Im so glad yall
went over there too!! Ive got a sun and they are such
fellas. leo sure got Blessed big time by yall!
Posted 11 February 2010 - 06:42 PM
Posted 12 February 2010 - 08:49 PM