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.
This is a female about 2 years old
This is her bonded friend, a male
The second female
And the second male