Top Ten Bird Rules
1. If you like it, it's mine.
2. If I can reach it, it's mine.
3. If it's in my beak, it's mine.
4. If I can take it from you, it's mine.
5. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
6. If it's mine, it must never appear to be your's in any way.
7. If I'm chewing something, all the pieces are mine.
8. If it looks like mine, it's mine.
9. If I saw it first, it's mine.
10. If you have something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
Author, Jane Hallander
The 10 Parrot Commandments
1. My life is likely to last 10 or more years. Any separation from you will be painful to me. Remember that before you take me home.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me, it's crucial to my well being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long, don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. I have only you.
5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when it's speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget it.
7. Remember before you hit me that I have a beak that could easily crush the bones of your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food or I've been in my cage too long.
9. Take care of me when I get old; you too will get old.
10. Go with me on the last journey. Never say "I can't bear to watch it" or "Let it happen in my absence". Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember that I love you.
The Plight of The Parrot
The Rainforest where we once lived
was lush and thick and green
The trees they reached into the sky
like none that most have seen.
And in the tree's a hollow spot
is where we both would go,
For in the hollow, we would lay
our eggs as white as snow.
The forest it had plenty
of food for us to eat
And water holes where animals
would play and swim and meet.
One day as I was in my log
I heard an awful sound,
I flew out to the lookout branch
to see what lurked around.
A human with his nets and gloves,
machete and a sack,
Had come to steal our chicks from us,
Oh how I want them back.
And when he took our little chicks
I heard a piercing cry,
He dropped my chick from up above,
I had to watch him die.
And when he left, we went to see
our hollow and our nest
Our family was gone you see,
our place where we would rest.
The village man, he walked for miles
through forest thick and green,
The babies cried inside the bag,
it hurt to hear them scream.
Into the village with the bag
the merchants came to see,
When opened up a single chick
is all that there would be.
On the bottom lay my chick
his body limp and frail,
His eyes sunk in, his wrinkled skin,
no longer would he wail.
The thunders coming closer
the tree shakes from the ground,
Branches flying everywhere
our home is falling down.
I fly away and then I see
my mate is no where near,
I search above the tree tops
no calls for me to hear.
And on the ground my lifelong mate
lies still as still can be,
And we will never mate again
and never will be three.
And all the trees where we once lived
are gone forever now,
For roads and pastures take their place
and ranchers with their cows.
Our food supply has dwindled
our water hole is gone,
No place to rest my tired wings
Dear mate it won't be long.
Soon you will not see us
in the forest if you look,
The library is where we'll be
inside a picture book.
So won't you tell your children
of the parrots you once knew,
And rest your head at night with ease
Knowing, you did all that you could do.
Author - Terri L. Doe
"And Now a Word From Connie"
As you can see from visiting our website, we love our feathered companions very much. Living with a parrot is a "privilege", not a right, and I am often saddened at the thought that too many of these beautiful & wondrous creatures are obtained by humans who have no regard or understanding for the well being of their new companions.
I believe there are still many good human beings left on this planet and it's up to us to make sure that parrots (and birds of all species) are "protected by man from man". If all of us who read this just take the time to help others learn about the proper way to care for a parrot and how to accept him for what he is we could make a difference in hundreds, if not thousands, of birds lives. Living with parrots is NOT easy. It takes time, patience, a lot of willingness to learn and requires as much love as you give a human child. Many parrot species have a lifespan of over 50 years yet we hear of so few that live that long in captivity. People also need to realize that parrots are wild creatures and as much as one 'thinks' they've 'tamed' them to live in their homes as well behaved pets....it is not realistic and they are setting themselves, and the birds, up for failure.
Let's all do our part, for the sake of humanity and the parrots, help one another learn from our experiences and misfortunes in assuring that these beautiful creatures have the best life that can be provided while they must live in their domesticated environment. Birds have emotions and feel pain. Please treat them with respect, love, and kindness. They have no one to protect them from the abuse, neglect & sadness other than we, who love them very much.
Connie Barnum, who is caretaker to Kona, Goliath, Gia, & Nikki.
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