this was good practice for me though and i'm pretty happy with the result

anonymous asked:

theres a post going around saying how you should NOT get a parrot even if you are a dedicated owner. i do not personally agree and am actually a bit mad at the way they portray parrots, almost teaching people to fear them. whats your stance on it?

If you’re referring to pepperandpals’ post, I agree with it. Had you asked me this question a few years ago I would probably say otherwise but after all the experience, knowledge and dedication I’ve put in to learning I no longer believe that parrots should be sold in the pet trade under most conditions.

You haven’t a clue how many birds get mistreated, left with dowel perches, no UV lighting, small cages, seed only diets, forced to aggress, get placed in homes with teflon products, and end up living miserably with these people up until their lives end way earlier than they should have.  Too many people think that exotics are just that, exotic, a decoration, something to brag about and end up not actually caring for it as much as they should.  Too many people believe that they’re doing right or don’t need to be doing more and as a result the bird suffers.

When it comes to people who do do their research, have previous hands on experience and really care for a bird the best they can, it’s rarely ever enough when you compare, and the average person is not able to provide that sort of lifestyle for them.  Using myself as an example, I spend all day with my birds, I spend all my time adding things to environment, switching up diets, giving them exercise, mentally stimulating them, cage cleaning, rearranging the bird room, it’s no exaggeration when I say I spend a solid 12 hours that they’re awake caring for them and then spend the whole evening trying to think of ways to improve the care I’m giving them for tomorrow.  Despite how hard I try, how much research and how much i provide it never feels like enough.  because it isn’t enough.

I do my best to show you guys all the work I put in to caring for my little girls, I constantly receive messages telling me how amazing I am for giving these birds this life and all the work I put in to them but in all honesty, you guys don’t see the half of it.  You don’t see the thousands of hours of research I put in to every aspect of their life, their diets, their housing, their natural foraging experiences, safe plants, cleaning, moulting habits, behavioural situations, space division, possession, territory layouts, and so much more go on on a daily basis.  You don’t see all the work I have to do to make sure that these highly territorial species doesn’t fight and kill one another so that I can continue to have them both out as much as possible, only having them out one at a time would take away so much space and enjoyment from their lives.   You don’t see the vet bills, the preparation, the stress reducing, you don’t see the costs, the time, the energy that goes in to trying to keep them happy.  You all seem to have this idea that the care I give my birds is way beyond exceeding expectations but let me tell you something, what I do I consider to be bare minimum.

All the effort, expenses, time, and work is absolutely necessary for them to be content with a captive lifestyle, if I was away at school or work full time I would consider this care to be subpar, to be inadequate, they would be unhappy with that lifestyle because that’s not what they’re designed for. They are not meant to live this way and not everyone has the time, space, personality or tolerance necessary to care for them the way they deserve.

This is a parrotlet’s natural habitat

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This is my parrotlets’ habitat

Can you look at those and tell me that they can possibly be perfectly content and happy this way without the time and effort I put in to it?

Can you tell me that a bird so intelligent, so so smart can be removed from that environment and so perfectly adapt without any problems?

Can you look at this bird and tell me that they’re happy with this lifestyle?

Plucking is a behaviour that only happens in captivity it has never been recorded in the wild.  Plucking is a behaviour caused by boredom, understimulation, stress, inadequate diet, and sometimes even happens just because they’re depressed.

You can not tell me that parrots are happier this way, you can not possibly tell me that taking something so perfectly adapted to a single lifestyle, perfectly designed to fly forever is okay having that removed.  You will never be able to convince me that something perfectly designed to work with flight will be happy to have them chopped off for human enjoyment.  My own Mia used to be clipped because she was from a store, my own Mia was depressed because of it, she did not move very much, she did not want to play with toys, she did not want to interact with people, she was miserable that way.  But people wouldn’t notice that, they would dismiss it as the bird’s personality or just adapting or some other excuse to ignore the fact that the bird is having a horrific time.  You will never be able to convince me that this:

is healthier or more beautiful than this

I’ve already had to make a separate post on why being clipped is so detrimental to their health even though it’s such a common practice. And I’ve made a separate post on all the work that has to go in to keeping a bird safe.

you will never convince me that being captive is healthy.

Parrots are a full time job, they are not a pet, they are not a decoration, they are not a toy, they are not a phase, they’re a commitment and a hell of a big one.  Birds should not be readily available in pet stores, owners should have to go through tests to see if they’re capable of providing a stimulating environment for the ones that already stuck in this trade.  I think that breeding should be focused on maintaining health and maintaining the survival of species such as the endangered blue throated macaws and I think that species such as hyacinths, or cockatoos shouldn’t be in homes at all.  Keeping those birds isn’t a matter or giving them an enriching life, it’s a matter of doing your best to prevent them from suffering. 

In this world ignorance is bliss, a few years ago I would have thought just the same as you, I believed it’s just a bird it’s sold in a store it will be just fine.  But as soon as you learn, as you soon as you see all the harm and the suffering these birds go through you’ll change your mind.  

If you are a dedicated owner, if you have the experience and knowledge you should have before you even get a bird a pet store wouldn’t even be an option.  There’s a reason that every reputable person, blogger, trainer, or other animal worker will always consider adopting before all else, it certainly isn’t a coincidence that the most educated refuse pet stores.  Breeding has resulted in so many god damned problems, I’m certain you’ve heard of the feather duster budgies caused by poor breeding or the numerous parrot hybrids, while pretty they serve no purpose.

I’m certain some of you saw this post going around featuring the feather duster budgies? Do you have any idea how many comments said “I want one”?  These birds are a genetic failure, their feathers keep growing and never stop until they die, they either die from overheating, they can’t breathe, they can’t walk to make it to food so they starve or are generally crushed under the weight.

The fact of the matter is that birds aren’t designed for this lifestyle, they are not domesticated they are wild they retain all that natural behaviour all those natural needs, they bite, they scream, they fly, they make a mess, they destroy things, they’re active, and demanding, the average person, and I’d go as far as to say a solid 70% of most bird owners, can not handle their care. How many times have you read “my bird won’t stop screaming”, “I’m considering getting rid of my bird”, “my bird won’t stop biting”, “my bird only likes one person”, “my bird hates me”, “i can’t afford this vet bill”, “I don’t want to buy a UV light or a filter”, a lot, right?

All of those problems happen because people didn’t do their research, they didn’t know how to handle the bird, how to react to the problems when they started showing up, they didn’t know what to look for they were unprepared for the care that they need.

The majority of birds from pet stores and breeders suffer, by the time they make it to 2 years old and they start acting like proper adults they get sent to shelters.  When they become adults they don’t take shit from anyone, they have 0 tolerance for your foolishness and lash out when you ignore their body language. People don’t want a bird that wants to be treated with respect, they want one that will sit there, do tricks, talk, and look cute when they want it to, they don’t want mutual trust, they want obedience and don’t want to work to get it.

I don’t care how good of an owner you think you are, once you stop blocking out everything you’ll see the damage the pet trade has on these birds and your mind will change.  It’s not a coincidence that the most educated or experienced will advise you against buying pet store birds or breeder birds and I sincerely hope you listen to them.

I know I will certainly never purchase a bird from a breeder or a store, I hope you won’t either.

anonymous asked:

I've spent so long hating how i look and telling myself i just need to wait until I can get on T and that'll fix it. And even though i AM pretty sure I want the effects of t, im worried that once i'm on it i'll realise i actually dont like the changes, bc im nonbinary. And if T isnt for me and i come off it, i won't know what else to do. Because ive spent 2 yrs waiting with the expectation that T is what I need and want to help my dysphoria go away. But what if it doesnt?? What do i do then??

Lee says:
It seems to me you are pretty confident you want the changes resulting from T. Being non-binary doesn’t mean you’ll regret T- I know a non-binary person IRL who started T a few years ago and is happy with it, and I’m starting T next week and I’m non-binary. It’s natural to get a bit nervous and second guess yourself when it gets closer to actually starting it!

I wouldn’t spend too much time worrying about “what if it doesn’t help in the future” and instead practice mindfulness and staying in the moment. If it doesn’t help in the future, you can cross that bridge when you reach it. Right now, you should take care of your current self and not freak out about something that isn’t guaranteed to happen.

If T didn’t help, I think seeing a therapist (who is trans friendly) could help you work out your feelings about your body and help you figure out ways to cope with your discomfort. Hating your appearance could be related to mental illness and not just gender dysphoria. (This doesn’t mean you aren’t trans, it just means you can look at different ways to help reduce dysphoria besides medical transitioning). You still have avenues to explore even if T isn’t the cure-all for you, it isn’t The End™ and you won’t be doomed to unhappiness forever. Things will work themselves out.

You could think about what features of your appearance upset you. Then think about if it’s possible to change them or not. For example, you can change the pitch of your voice, but you can’t be guaranteed to grow a lot of body hair because everyone’s genetics are different. Work on changing what you are able to change through medical transitioning, be it hormones or surgery, and try to accept what is impossible to change. You don’t have to like it, but using coping skills to prevent you from constantly ruminating on it is healthy.

If you’ve spent two years thinking you want T, then ,,, I’m gonna go out on a limb… and say you probably want T and it will be helpful for you. T probably won’t fix everything, but it’ll be a good starting point, and it’ll make you feel better enough to be able to start working on the things that bother you, whether that’s starting to exercise, or bind or pack or change your hair or clothes or whatever things would help you. But I’d try to remember that there’s always something else to do, and nothing is The Only Way And Last Chance To Recover, despite what your anxiety might be telling you.

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niall's voice is incredible and a gift to us all

as I stated in my post on louis’ voice, please take everything about to be said with the disclaimer that I am not a musician. my knowledge of music is mostly informal. I also have not been in the fandom for very long, so I’ll probably miss some awesome links that you should add so I can cry over them too.

that being said, niall’s voice is really and truly incredible and not enough people are crying about it with me.

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xsailormobian  asked:

Hello ! I've got a problem. I love to write and I'm really passionate about writing fanfictions, doing headcanons, RPG... But that's all with something that already exists. I'd like to write my own novel but I'm not passionate at all with the ideas / characters I come up with. It just doesn't feel the same than when I write fanfictions with characters, seettings and context I already love. I know it's kind of a hard one but do you have any advices to help me ? Thank you very much !

Hey there! Let me just start by saying that I have totally been here before. Going from fanfiction to original fiction is a tough transition, and you pretty much nailed the reason why. Trust me when I say it gets easier, but it can be a real struggle when you’re just getting started.

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Notes: So this took me forever and a day and it’s probably not what you had in mind but hopefully this is okay. 

Pairing: Skye/Jemma Simmons

Word count: 1754

Summary: Skye was hoping to rekindle something with Jemma after her return from Hydra, unfortunately everyone seems to be under the impression that Bobbi’s beat her to that.

“Do you think they’re secretly together? They seem like they’d make a really good couple”.

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