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Hikari 01-25-2015 08:33 AM

Want to adopt an older, disabled bird
I have a 9 year old disabled budgie named Dio; he has neurological problems resulting from lead poisoning and cannot feel his feet well. I have a special cage specifically designed for him, with lots of platforms and flat surfaces for him to chill on. I want to adopt a friend for Dio, as Dio's cagemate Mr. Bird passed last year, but I've run into a problem.

If I adopt a younger budgie (1-3 years old), there is a risk that Dio might pass in a couple years and I'll be left with a budgie that's reaching middle age (5-7). If healthy, this means I have many more years with this keet, but it'll be lonely, and I'll have to get another bird.... see what I'm saying? I need to break the cycle. I want to adopt an older bird so it might pass the same time as Dio. In theory.

Finding an older parakeet to adopt is difficult. Finding an older, disabled one is **** near impossible. I went through the entire adoption process through Mickaboo in San Jose, California, and passed all their tests. I was matched with a disabled bird named Tater (brought into the rescue in 2014, age unknown). Unfortunately, Tater passed away before he could be transferred down to me :(
Mickaboo says all their disabled birds are younger, as many get surrendered soon after birth. That said, I'm having some trouble getting straight answers from Mickaboo on keets' ages because they seem to have a vague idea of how long some disabled budgies have been in foster care, but no actual numbers in the database. None of their disabled keets have leg bands either.

So they've said that they don't have another bird that's a good fit. Mickaboo said they could look into an older, healthy bird, but this is a rare chance for a disabled bird to get a great home. Is it unrealistic of me to keep looking for an older, disabled bird? Anyone have any leads?

I live in California.

eduardo 01-25-2015 11:05 AM

You can look for breeders in y0ur area and call them to see if they have any disabled, older birds that they would be willing to adopt out.

jean20057 01-25-2015 11:54 AM

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I have to say that your post kinda brought a few tears to my eyes. You are very kind and sweet, and honorable for trying to find a bird that would otherwise, to other people be cast off as undesirable. I commend you on this and wish you the very best luck in finding an older disabled bird to care for. WHEN you find one, that bird will be one of the luckiest on the face of this great earth. Thank you for being awesome! Karma to you, I wish a thousand times over!!!

Bethanyi 01-25-2015 12:29 PM

This is an amazing thing your doing... And defiantly something I've considered myself to do when I have a lot more free time on my hands.

I don't think you should give up now after everything ... But that being said I guess it is a rarity to find someone advertising a disabled bird as Kirsten said it's thought to be undesired by many .
Have you got anywhere you could advertise for one under a wanted ad? We have In the UK and I'm sure if someone saw you advertising for one then you may have better luck?

Pipsicle 01-25-2015 01:48 PM

You could also post an ad yourself on a site like gumtree (or the american equivalent) asking for an older, disabled bird. People might not advertise if they have one that they d potentially like to rehome thinking that no one would want them as mentioned above but they might respond to an ad specifically asking for one.

The young budgie we adopted from a rescue shelter here has a leg deformity and I was surprised to find that no one had shown any interest in adopting her while she was with rspca (according to the staff) considering that there are so many homes who actively advertise that they are looking for birds to adopt in the UK. Maybe it's because her deformity though I can't be sure of course.

I really hope you will find one of these budgies to give them a good home. Best of luck. :budgie:

Edit: apologies, I realised that I basically said the same thing like beth. I should really start reading all posts in a thread be fore replying.. :rolleyes:

jean20057 01-25-2015 02:57 PM

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Try advertising on I know there's always budgies for sale here in Myrtle Beach. Which can only mean that this is going on all over the states. What state are you in so maybe I can help you find one?

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