In the photos Fiona and Frosty are still damp from their first bath. In one of the pics you can see Fiona's feathers are far from clean after one bath. There is also a shot of their buddy still at the pet store. We're working on finding a home for him.
This is a long rambling story, feel free to skip it and enjoy the cute photos of Harry's new flock members.
My husband stayed in the city to work this week-end so I spent yesterday getting into trouble with my mom. Both of us have spent months worrying about the horrible conditions in a pet store in a town close to us. What to do to help the animals has been a dilemma for several reasons. Friday we stopped by, hoping things were better for the owner and more importantly the pets. What we found was the worse conditions we've seen so far. There are two large parrots that have been there for months. Their health has declined alarmingly since we first saw them. The smaller parrot has lost all his tail feathers flailing around his cage when the larger parrot sits on it and harasses him. The entire store is filthy but the bird cages are really disgusting. After we left the store my supply of sympathy for the young owner ran completely out. My sympathy was for the animals alone. Mom and I went home and called every authority we could think of and sent photos. We were repeatedly told in a nice way that if the birds have available food, water and shelter there isn't a lot they can do. However, two agencies promised to send an officer to have a look. We made another several calls to different organizations to find a way to help the two large parrots. We're working on that!!! The next morning we made a few more calls and found people willing to donate cages. We found two that people were happy to give us if we would pick them up. We didn't want the birds to wait while we shopped for appropriate cages. One friend surprised us with a fantastic cage in new condition with all the accessories. he refused to let us buy it and told us we were welcome to it, it had been taking up space in his garage long enough. We took the cages to my house and sanitized everything and left them to dry. We went back to the store yesterday and picked out three of the most desperate birds that we could immediately help. It was awful walking around the store thinking, which of these birds have the least chance of surviving long enough to be adopted?
My mom found a little cockatiel in a small ferret cage on a shelf in the back of the store. Not a single thing in the cage but the bird and two tiny dirty cups of food and water in the filth on the floor of the cage. The little cockatiel has been in that same cage clinging to the side for months. All her tail feathers are broken about halfway up the shaft and spread out like a fan. When Mom told the store owner she wanted to buy the bird he told her it was in the back because it bites. He then removed it from the cage and threw it on the floor when it bit him. Mom shoved him out of her way and picked up the little girl. She didn't bite at all. She didn't bite later when we put her in her new digs either, but she ate and ate and ate. We took out the grate and put a soft towel on the floor. She's clung to the cage for so long she walks hunched over on her new perches and has lost her balance and fallen off a couple of times. She started playing with toys after being in her cage for half an hour. Mom hasn't named her yet and no photos, but when she does I'll post them and tell you her name.
I had a harder time deciding. I settled on the two smallest american budgies in a flight cage with twenty-six other parakeets. The tiniest two were getting picked on by every one else, maybe because they where white or maybe just because they are smaller. The owner told me his shoulder was blown out and I would have to catch them myself, he gave me a cardboard box to put them in and walked away. Strange considering he handed me his electric bill and asked if I would pay it the day before, a real professional. The macaw runs loose in the store and I caught her about to bite into an electric wire stretched across the floor. She followed me around trying to get me to pick her up. I caught the keets and when I shoved the male into the cardboard box I told him to stay FROSTY. I decided it was a perfect name. I chose Fiona for the girl because it means, white, fair, and beautiful. When I took the box to the counter to pay I barely avoided assault charges. I learned to control my temper years ago but...The owners little female Goffin's cockatoo has a tree stand beside the counter, she had climbed down onto a shelf, he yelled at her and then to my horror he hit her with his open palm twice, before he could strike her a third time I grabbed his wrist with my right hand and held it. Through clenched teeth, I asked him, "Do you really want to do this or do you want me to pay you? There where customers in the store and he wanted my money. We had a short quiet chat and he thanked me for my patience and I left the store without handcuffs.
The budgies had been pooped on by the other birds so much their feathers were more green than white. They looked like dirty snow or wadded tissue. My emergency cage needs to be upgraded yesterday, but I apologized to the little guys and promised to do better. It is a round cage and setting it up was like putting me in a round room and telling me to pee in the corner. Some more experienced members of this forum keep emergency cages set up for situations like these. I learned my lesson and I intend to set up an emergency cage of my own very soon. I took the twins into a steamy bathroom with me and misted them with aloe juice. The smell was awful, just like the smell in the store. I let them stay in the warm room until they dried a little and took them to meet Harry. I took the cage over and held it so she could get a good look. Harry surprises but never disappoints. In her sweetest girl voice she said, Be A Good Boy? I said yes. She stared at them for a minute and said, Pretty, Pretty Bird! No matter how big the flock grows or how the members behave it will always be Harry's flock!
Edited by Allee, 02 February 2014 - 05:26 PM.