I’m handling a boarding bird because it’s near my end of the day, and most of the species in for boarding are larger birds at the moment. I get this person asking me if we have any parrots.
I saw he’d just come out of the bird room which is full of parrots, but I figure maybe they just popped in saw the finches and popped back out. It happens. I say that the bird room behind them was full of parrots and I could show them-
I usually get interrupted at that point. “Do you have any BIG parrots?”
I say we don’t, I’m holding one of the boarders and they say. “How much for THAT one.”
I have to explain that the bird is not for sale and usually get a disgusted look, as though I am lying to them or something. Finally it usually ends with people asking when we’d have any big birds in, how much they were and “when would they be ready” and instead of even thinking about looking at any bird they rush out until the large birds are “ready”.
I get really uncomfortable every time this happens. It honestly tends to feel like that scene where Cruella de Vil tries to buy and take the puppies immediately after being born. Like. What is the rush, slow down, get to know the animals and general species that you are thinking about taking on in your life. The feeling I get from some people leaves me with the impression that isn’t what hey have in mind though.
Seriously, a big bird is a bigger responsibility and if you try to rush with them, you will be dealing with the business end of those big beaks you wanted so much. These are beautiful and amazing animals that you should nurture the bond with when they are young, not some thing to pick up in a few weeks. This isn’t some custom merchandise, this is a living breathing creature who deserves your attention and respect if you decide to bring them into your lives.
You can see cute pictures, you can really want a big bird, but please don’t rush. Do your research and find a way to handle some of the species before making your final decision. It’s crucial for the bird’s health and future as well as your health, mental health and wallet.
Obviously this applies for smaller birds as well, but I know for a fact we always have a harder time rehoming larger birds because their issues are much more intimidating to people and not everyone can or should handle big birds.
I always worry about the future of the babes I handle, socialize, raise… I know the owners have a handle on judging customers better than I do, I’ve seen them turn down big sales and stop working with people who are not treating their birds right but…. you know their judgments can be flawed, good owner’s circumstances change and they can’t have the bird anymore and they end up in a worse home… you know, things happen.
But nothing gets my back up like people who are in a rush to drop thousands of dollars on a bird without knowing or caring to know a thing about it’s species, the individual bird as a babe or avians in general.
So please. Take your time finding the right companion for you.
Zayn wakes up to Liam humming, oh how I wish, how I wish you were here. He groans, wishing he was still asleep but reaching under the pillow to grab his phone regardless.
Liam’s text reads “Eid Mubarak, I love you!!”
His boyfriend’s sweet words soften Zayn’s morning mood, almost night still with his clock blinking a lazy green 8.56am. He thinks about phoning Liam, but figures that he is probably getting ready for his work out.
I saw this on my dash and knew that it looked familiar but I couldn’t quite put my finger on who it was so I was staring at it for 5 minutes trying to figure out what the heck going on and then it hit me what the hell I”m gonna poop