Parrots are expensive pets in my country, thus I've never heard one is given away for an adoption. If an owner is no longer interested in the bird, it'll be sold or just abandoned with minimal care till it dies. sad, I know.
Your birds are really lucky to find you. Did any of your birds come to you with traumatic history with their previous owners?
Unfortunately yes. We have a 8 year old male cockatiel that is a rescue. He was abused and lived most of his life in a small budgie cage. When our frind Gina rescued him he couldnt fly and he has very bad anixiety. He tears at his face feathers and chews his one toe. Weve worked alot with him. He now can fly and has a large standing flight cage. Lots of room. He also gets out to fly around every day. He now lands on us and whistles to us. Back a month ago his girlfriend passed away and he relapsed. Even worse then before. Our vet helped us give him some good therapy. We also bought him a new girlfriend which also seemed to help. Took a week for him to warm up to her. But now he's made leaps and bounds. he even gets on our hands once in a while now which he never did. With his fear of hands were guessing part of his abuse was physical. Dont know how people can do that. He's a beautiful boy and is so loving. He's probably the worse weve gave a home. Others were local people just didnt want their birds anymore so we offered to take them in so nothing bad would happen to them.
It was a hard decision to clip my bird wings, but my bird colony cage is outdoor and the surrounding neighborhood is not supporting for free flight training. I lost a bird when I forgot to close the door and still can't let her go away from my mind. Thinking how she could survive out there....
thats sad. We have seen alot of cockatiels getting loose this summer. Luckily with the help of media sites like kijiji and facebook alot were caught and returned home safe to their owners. When fall and winter arrive in canada theres no way a tropical bird would survive here in the wilderness.
I live in tropical country but it doesn't mean that we have a corn field nearby, or millet plants grown everywhere, not to mention people will do anything to catch escaped parrots for big money. They will use glue, for example. So yeah... it's an unpleasant thing to do, but I had to. T__T