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Member of the Year 2016//Exceptional Service Award August 2016//MOTM May 2013
Several years ago, we were caught in the middle of a weekend with an acute bird and the animal e-clinic had no avian vet on duty. I was frantic as my usual backup, my mentor was away as well. I found TB on the net and received assistance. I was amazed at the kindness and support. I have learned so much and seen some real miracles Like Tony finding his way back to Edwardo's family..
Or the team helping Juhi with her egg bound hen in India where the only vet in her area was just a regular vet, but he was willing to help Juhi and her family.
What a wonderful experience watching the little hen recover and All of the members of TB work together. Mutual respect and understanding why we have certain rules to keep everyone safe while on line. What a wealth of resources we have built together for the well being Of our budgies and their human families. Feeling safe to mourn and talk about our experiences with others who really understand .Deb's leadership is a wonderful gift as well. Thank you each one for being a member of TB. Best wishes, Jo Ann
What an interesting question! I joined TB as a part of researching how I could do a better job with a future budgie - the knowledge, open exchange, supportiveness and kindness have been what has kept me coming back for more.
That future budgie turned out to be Wiki, and I have everyone here to thank for him being good at eating pellets and seed, veggies of many colours and a strong flier. For him having a larger cage than his predecessors, with nary a dowel nor sandpaper in sight.
This is what TB does: changes the world, one bird and one bird owner at a time without judging: only with explanation and supportive nurturing. It's home.
TB has an extremely supportive environment! It's great to join a forum that caters to your interests and that is so full of help! It's beautiful to see how we all care about birds so much. I'm quite young, so finding friendly forums like this is so relieving. Everyone is so kind!
This is the kind of thread you do not want to be a late arrival to....all the good stuff has already been used, and I agree with all of it. I will say my love for talk budgies has evolved in the time I have been here. I logged in here before I got my girl's from Lindsey, and was pleased to start finding all kind's of great info immediately. Between the info, and the very helpful, experienced folk's here, I couldn't tear myself away because I really wanted the best for my new bird's and there was no doubt this was the place to get me there. That phase evolved into the fun, and fellowship phase with like minded people, and even more exciting, like minded people from all over this world of our's. The Pictures people share, stories that are told, and experiences shared, all became very important to me.
Now in the phase I am in, the first two phases are still very important, as I continue to learn new thing's all the time, and keep on enjoying the thing's from the second phase, but I now relate heavily to JoAnn's post above. I see the forum for what it has done for me, and what I have witnessed it do for other's, and my only goal besides enjoying it, is to try and help keep it what it has been, for those that are yet to come...
He came down from Heaven unto this earth below
He came down from glory and praises untold
He came down to man fashioned in their way
He came down to rescue, He came down to save
That's a nice thread! I joined Talk Budgies because I was looking for a budgie forum which is "single bird keeper" friendly. All the German boards I took a look at were strictly against single bird keeping so I decided to take a look at English/International budgie boards. Then I found Talk Budgies by using Google. I immediately liked the nice and kind vibe of the forum and the fact it's single keeper friendly. So I decided to join. I still like the nice and friendly vibe of the forum,all the nice and kind people and it feels like a big family. We all share the fun and joy but we also give comfort when times aren't so happy. Maybe because a member lost his/her bird or the bird is sick or maybe the bird escaped. The people here seem to be genuinely caring.
Well, like Randy says, a lot of the 'good stuff' has already been said.. and I agree with the comments above.
This forum was a lifesaver for me.. probably literally for my little birds. I'm still learning every day and my birds are happier and healthier for being here.
I stay because of the learning and sharing and for the support... And.. because it's become fun to know people and birds.. I love it that I can smile and have fun here too. It is a well run forum and people are respectful of each other.. What's not to like?
I'm sure glad the forum is here.. It's kind of become part of my daily life and I never thought that would happen... nor did I think I would love my birds as much as I do (and you guys all understand that!)
I just have to agree with everything that has been said.
I have never been a 'forum person' until I came here. Bad experiences at a UK forum several years ago, a non user of social media - I can't stand Facebook for example but have to use it commercially.
When I lost Lucy recently I was bereft with a grieving boy and it wasn't enough to just take it on the chin on my own. Like others have said, you have to be a budgie owner to understand the impact of these sad events, and of the happy ones too - it seems to be a lost cause to non budgie people.
I found TB after googling budgie pictures to try and cheer myself up. Against my better instincts I put up a post and was astonished by the kind, caring, understanding and knowledgable response. I couldn't believe it! I thought am I imagining it or have I found a community that really thinks like me. A real common purpose!
I love it here and enjoy all of it! But above all, I love the way the forum is populated by decent people who like me, just totally love budgies!
Well you know I am down with a Talk Budgies Love fest!
First what really makes this place special is the shared interest in this tiny parrots. It takes special people to bond and appreciate these birds. Maybe that's ALL it is, the kind of people who enjoy Budgies are just the kind of people who make for wonderful online support.
QUALITY! would be my biggest thing about this forum. The quality of the posts are superior to most pet forums.
Quality of life: Even where opinions differ, the goal always seems to be to enhance the quality of life of the budgie in question. New owners who are doing everything "wrong" are encouraged to take small manageable steps to improve their budgies situation. Not shamed and run out of town.
To sum it up simply, it's the people.
People who love budgies and know how to care for them, are understanding types of people. And easy to hang out with.
I'm so glad I found TB a few years ago. It's been like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert! It's such a blessing to finally find kindred spirits who can share wisdom, sorrow, joy and the love for our feathered family that most people just don't understand. Blessings to all the wonderful moderators and members who make TB such an awesome family!
Sammy, Petey, Murphy, Pickle, JellyBean, Jiffypop, Peanut, Stormy, Louie, Pepper, Henry and Joey's mom
On the fourth day, God said, "...and let birds fly above the firmament of the heavens." And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:20
This is a really amazing discussion topic. What makes this forum stand out form several other budgie forums on the net?
I first found this forum while doing a random google search about some query related to my birds. Thereafter, I must have visited here several times as a guest and finally joined it. I received very kind support from all the members in my mourning for my female budgie. And thereafter, Jo Ann and other members provided their excellent suggestions for my AGY affected budgie. What I like most about this forum is the genuine helping nature of the members here. I'm sure everyone feels a great sense of satisfaction after solving someone's query or providing effective advice to the pet owners. I also appreciate how the members share each other's grief in their times of distress and lend support to the grieving person.
Although I admit I'm not able to visit the forum on a daily basis and post(be active) as much as I want to, I feel something's amiss on those days. I really like the ambience of TB.