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Old 05-19-2016, 01:58 AM
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Good evening friends,
I know that many of you here will be completely against what I'm going to do tomorrow, but you have all given me lots of advice & have been a great support system, it's very encouraging so it's only fair for me to be honest with you all.
I'm long winded & some of you already know my situation so as a warning, yes this will be long- & I won't be offended if no one chooses to read or reply.
I'm going to give some extra details about my life & myself that may help you to learn better who I am as a person as well as why I'm going to do what I am. Ok here's my novel...
I'm 42 & a stay at home mom. I can't work due to severe back issues & carpal tunnel. This has prevented me from rescuing dogs, training & socializing them as I've done since I was literally 16 years old. I always did it privately & paid out of pocket for vet care, so never "made money" or anything like that. It was just something that I HAD to do.
Tho, it's been years since I've rescued birds (a cockatoo, cockatiel & a few budgies) I've still retained some basic knowledge. Of course, I have a lot to learn still... I'm an eager learner & very dedicated to my animals.
Here's where people won't be too happy with me. First, I bought two budgies around the first of may. Then within about a week of getting the 2nd, I rescued a cockatiel & 2 more budgies.
I realized very well that it would be & IS a great responsibility but I was ready for it. I said I wouldn't take in anymore, so I wouldn't get overwhelmed since a great many people w/good intentions often times do.
I'm sure yall know where Im going w/this. I'm adopting more tomorrow. 4 more to be exact.
The lady looking for a home for them desperately needs money for groceries. I believe her as she was extremely candid w/me. She even cried because she needs to sell the. Even asked me if I would be a reseller which made my hear go out to her even more.
Let me say this my friends. It's crazy, but I actually ENJOY cleaning the cages & giving fresh food & water every day. While I'm scrubbing cages, which takes about 30 minutes total, my babies (all under 4 months have out of cage play time. NONE were hand tamed & now every one steps up for me to take them in and out of the cage. I spend so much time talking & whistling to them that ALL 4, even the female!! are already trying to mimic ....they mumble (not clear words of course but it's obvious the way they "talk" that they're trying to talk.) They're even beginning to wolf whistle since that's a constant around here.
This last part is personal but I feel like sharing it. I have extreme generalized anxiety disorder & social anxiety. I have weeks I just hole up in my house. Raising & training my budgies for this past three weeks I've not had to take a single anti anxiety pill. Not one. I've been on & off meds for 24 years.

I really do hope yall are understanding & please don't judge me too harshly. I truly want what's best for my birds. I also have so many hours a day with nothing to do except train and love my budgies.....
I promise Im not trying to sound like I'm "oh-so-wonderful,"
I know my budgies are very well taken care of. I evem sold some items I had in storage to start an emergency vet fund as was advised by an awesome lady here.
I do hope it's ok if I continue to post my journey as well as ask questions & share advice. I'm going to post a few pictures too.
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This is a female about 2 years old


This is her bonded friend, a male


The second female




And the second male



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Old 05-19-2016, 02:23 AM
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Stacey, its great what you are prepared to do. Just continue to observe quarantine for your birds and all should be well. Make sure you don't overwhelm yourself and while you might be prepared to care for the birds, just be very careful to say no when you know you don't have space to quarantine them in different rooms.
It would be much worse to have a bunch of sick birds than to decline adoption if your space is full. ��
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If you have the room for different quarantines, the time to dedicate to your flock and the finances to cater to all of their needs, including vet expenses/emergencies, then that's good.

I'm wishing you all the best with these 4 new additions.
By the way, they all look very much like females to me. The one in the last photo is displaying the dark brown cere indicating she is currently in breeding condition.
The white budgie on the second photo also looks like a female, since the cere is mostly white in colour.
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:24 PM
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Stacy,

It sounds to me as if you are striving to be responsible in your rescue efforts.
It's obvious you care deeply about your birds and the fact you wanted to take the four, not only for their sake but their owner's as well, tells me a great deal about your personality and heart.

I'm not "judging" you but I do think that 8 budgies and a Cockatiel is plenty at this time though.
I truly hope you will stop now and not add any more birds for several months at least.
Please take the time to get to know all your new birds and their personalities.
You can concentrate your efforts on them rather than taking in more at this time.
If multiple birds become ill at one time, the Avian Vet bills will become extremely expensive very quickly.
I'm very happy to know you've started your emergency fund. That's awesome.

In addition to quarantine, please be sure you have cages of the proper size for all the birds, as well as the essentials to make those cages "great".

I believe all the birds you have now will have a happy, healthy and wonderful forever home with you.

Why Quarantine?

https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...age-sizes.html

https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html

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Thank you all for being so understanding! (HUGS for everyone!!) And yes, this is definitely where I stop. Im going to pick the new ones up tomorrow since there's a lot of flooding and closed roads. As it is the lady lives an hour away in good weather. I feel so bad for her, she's 46 and is 6 months pregnant with a baby. It was a complete shock to her of course, thinking she was too old to have another baby.
I'm calling around today to find an avian vet. I'm as choosy for my pets as I am my family doctor. Even if I have to travel to find a specialist I'll be happy to do so. I've just quit smoking cigarettes and decided that would be the perfect way to add to my little veterinary care fund. (That's $35 a week) Unless there is an emergency before quarantine time is up, I plan on taking two at a time for wellness checks.
I'm really happy about the new budgies and being in a situation to be able to help them and enjoy them, but I feel sad for the lady. She cried but said she knew it was the right thing to do.

Oh my Aluz, I think you're right! They may actually be all girls!! I'm going to ask her for some more pictures. Their sex doesn't matter as I am never going to allow them to breed, but it will help when I choose names, as she said they don't know their names at all
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Ok, good call.. they're all females as far as I can tell. She is insisting the breeder told here they're a male and female in each cage. What colors are they?


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I can't help you with the mutations but aluz or Star will be able to.

I think putting the $35 a week you won't be spending on cigarettes is beyond excellent!
This will benefit both you and all your birdies. Great idea, Stacy.
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Thank you Deborah! I'm excited to begin living this healthier lifestyle
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Stacey, those birds are beautiful!
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Thank you so much Therm! I'm looking forward to seeing each of their personalities
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