– Parrot ban debate in Chester, CT: A feud over a rooster resulted in a man, who happens to be the town attorney, petitioning to ban all “noisy fowl” from the town including parrots.The 1/10 public hearing attracted some 500 interested parties, including American Federation for Aviculture northeast chair Concetta Ferragamo and Dr. Amy Hopkins and other Connecticut Association For Aviculture members. The chicken contingent was also well represented, with many of their defenders wearing chicken hats. In fact, so many people were there that the fire marshal shut the meeting down and it was rescheduled for 2/14/13 in the high school, a bigger venue. Dr. Hopkins says, “Apparently the changes would not only have to pass the zoning board, but then be voted in by the town. This is extremely unlikely to occur given the strong opposition.” The contriovwersy was the lead story on Channel 3 WFSB news. A link to the 5:30 teaser: http://www.wfsb.com/video?clipId=8164035&autostart=true The petition, as well as its appearance of the Town of Chester website: http://chesterct.org/ & http://chesterct.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Petition-for-Amendment-to-Zoning-Regs.pdf
– No “Happy Endings” for parrot: TV sitcom “Happy Endings” has ruffled a few Flapping Feathers club members. Dan Lee pulls no punches, explaining, “Unfortunately, the moronic and irresponsible behavior portrayed by the characters in this episode that resulted in the tragic death of a beautiful green-winged macaw does happen far too many times in real life by stupid and lazy bird owners. It is not funny to see it portrayed on TV. Then compounding it by desecrating the body by tossing out of a window into a dumpster is deplorable. By the way, parrots aren’t racist. The language that they repeat is learned from people that they have been around. The writers are just sick people.” “I noticed the actress wasn’t that comfortable with the bird and she did keep the bird at a small distance from her body. The bird made no sounds at all, just looked around. Someone in the group commented that she loved her bird so much and she takes him everywhere,” adds Elise. “I am not so much concerned about how the girl is holding the macaw. It is usual for a trainer to be nearby to direct an animal’s behavior; the bird is likely trained to remain in the position on the person’s arm. What upsets me (as a speech researcher) is the phony bird speech they insert into the program. Why couldn’t the bird just sit there and not prompt juvenile comments from the cast?” says parrot speech researcher Mike Dalton. The kicker: “I turned it off after the bird dies and they are trying to figure out how to get rid of the body. How does a show like that even get on the air?” wonders Lisa Bono. A clip from the show. Happy Endings – “Racist Parrot” – YouTube
– The dark side of the parrot trade: Part One of Wild At Heart: Exotic Birds and the Pet Trade – YouTube and Part Two of Wild at Heart: Exotic Birds and the Pet Trade – YouTube are from BornFree USA.
– Big parrots big no no at Big Lots: “I once went to Big Lots store to look at tools on my return from the park with my macaw. The manager asked me to leave. ‘Why,’ I questioned. ‘We have food here.’ (grumbles) I left thinking, ‘All is in boxes or cans. How does my bird affect contents?’ Sometime later I registered my macaw as a service animal. She is still registered, but they changed the laws recently. Many animals, other than dogs, have been taken off the approved types list. I may not be eligible to bring my macaw to the Big Lots store, but I can still bring my service pony! Leave it to bureaucrats to get things totally fouled up,” relates Mike Dalton; whose speech work with blue and gold macaw Arielle is similar to that of Dr. Irene Pepperberg with Alex the African grey. http://www.parrotspeech.com/
– Couple’s 2 beloved parrots die from fumes created by self-cleaning oven Important reminder from Arizona ExoticBirds Aviary. Parrot Haven Cockatiels adds: “The other evening a friend phoned me because one of her 8 cockatiels suddenly died panting in her hands. As we were speaking 19 minutes later a second cockatiel began panting and vomiting and died in her hands. Immediately a third flew into the kitchen and died also in her hands. At this point she grabbed the other 5 and ran out of the house. She had been boiling water for tea in a Teflon pot and there is a good chance the birds got Teflon poisoning.” Problem products include Teflon, Ananlon Allteflon, Analon, Cefalon and any product ending with “lonin”.
– Chocolate is toxic to parrots- or is it?: Mass. Cage Bird Association‘s Les Embrey relates: “One day I got out dark chocolate and Scruffy came like a guided missile. I had to chase her and take it. She managed to eat some and actually bit me because I took it. I watched her for a couple of days, not seeing any bad effects. My white bellied caiques, Scruffy and Cookie, weigh 179 and 167 grams so one gram of chocolate is the same as human about 175 lbs eating one pound of chocolate. [barf time and I weigh 275 and I would be violently sick for a week.] I know from research that many animals will risk death to get minerals and vitamins in foods that they need. Parrots that ate chocolate that got sick gorged themselves on large milk chocolate bars. A small bar is about 1 ounce or 28.34952 grams. Theobromine in chocolate is in such a small quantity a parrot would have to eat an entire chocolate bar for ill effects. Milk chocolate has additives and other chemicals added, while dark chocolate is more pure with a lot fewer additives. While this is been my experiences with my birds, REMEMBER not all birds are the same. Your parrot may have allergies and have a deadly allergic reaction to any food you might serve them.”
– Of course, the previous item begs the question, What CAN`T I Feed my Parrot? – Northern Parrots Thank you, Arizona ExoticBirds Aviary.
– Cockatoo grooves to Ray Charles. From Susann Laverie, Elke Hanna and Monika Dimick Weise .Dec 27, 2012 9:01pm — playful parrot http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10102732375978570 From Caare Nd.
– You don’t have to be Australian to get “Bird Keeper” magazine (formerly “Australian Bird Keeper”)- and now you can get 50% off back issues! Place the discount code ABK50 in the discount box. Offer ends 1/31/13. http://www.birdkeeper.com.au/buy-back-issues — Sally Blanchard‘s Parrot Glossary has information on species, nutrition, recipes for parrots, health, behavioral concepts, household dangers, conservation, habitats, ornithological concepts, parrot and bird art, anatomy, and much more. This is the first page link: https://companionparrotonline.com/GLOSSARY_A.html
– American Federation for Aviculture to hold conference on August 7 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Northeast chair Concetta Ferragamo will be attending.
– Two years ago, the Greater Charlotte Cage Bird Society started with help from Smoky Mountain Cage Bird Society Raleigh Durham Cage Bird Society and Catawba Valley Feathers Club. GCBS has grown to a club with members from three different states, NC, SC and Georgia with about 12 to 15 active members. Since the beginning they have held four successful expos and stressed education and knowledge of birds before someone takes up owning one and started a free re-homing process for birds that are free. Hats off to GCBS in a time when many other bird clubs are reporting decreasing participation and interest.
–Catawba Valley Feathers‘ Exotic Bird & Reptile Expo Sat. 1/26 9am – 5pm. Admission $3.00 Children under 10 and seniors free.At: The Hickory Metro Convention Center 1960 13th Avenue Drive SE Hickory, NC
– International corner: A German tribute to beloved pet parrots . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T7tajhsSGM From Elke Hanna.
– Our condolences to Jonathan Gourd on the sudden, unexpected passing of his wife, Tracy Gourd: both long time, wonderful friends and devoted parrot parents.