A Helping Wing Parrot Rescue is a FlockCall Rescue Partner.
Together is Helping Wing's core drive. Jeanne and John Gilligan are two of the hardest working rescuers I've met to date, and they have created an amazing rescue operation in the hills of New Jersey. I was lucky enough to spend the day with them and their charges and their crew. Humor, hard work and a passion for what's best for the companion parrot in need is their amazing story.
The transcript from my morning session at the LeHigh Valley Parrot EXPO; May 5th, 2017. It's hard to tell what comes first, communication or understanding. But it's imperative they coexist inside your flock.
You think you know everything and then you realize you don't, or you know it and didn't act on it. Last night Rocky was in bed, quietly grinding his beak, and then ... he was yelling. It was past bedtime but we were watching a TV show. I went over to his cage and scratched his head and he got all groggy-eyed but he was content as long as I was standing there. I didn't even have to talk to him. I watched TV and scratched and he dozed and all was well. He didn't care that we were watching TV after his bedtime. He cared that we were watching TV and he was not.
Not trying to start any arguments. However I thought I would offer something more about wing trimming. In over 30 years of handling birds. Helping lots of people groom their birds etc I will say that I don't see trimming wings as any way of getting a bird to 'obey' anyone. I know some people think if they trim the wings so the bird can't fly then the bird will depend on humans to move around and have to submit.
In all the years of my experience with captive birds I will say wing trimming will not produce submission to people. Trimming a bird's wings so they cannot fly at all is dangerous for the bird and it will not make the bird submit to people. Birds learn their behavior from other birds, people and their environment.
Unfortunately my birdie died. We had new breathing attack and this time nebulising did not worked as illness adapted with treatment and growed inside more big. We ordered fungus meds from clinics but it was too late. She had allmost all lungs with fungus and spores went everywhere. She had seizures and fell much times. It was hard end. We tried to help her with clinic help but it was too late and things what we did, did not worked. She left us on 18th of May 2017. From first illness time we extended her life allmost for 2 years and this time we failed in that. Illness was stronger than before and it took my bird. My grief is so big, I am missing so much her.
That was a wonderful read, Valerie. Even the never-abused cockatoo will some days drive one demented. I adore my Kyara, wouldn't trade her for anything. So far in our 18 years together I've only left the house a handful of times because she was screaming for no reason I could understand and after 30-45 minutes it was either leave or kill one of us. I'm glad you shared some of the struggle - it's hard to be honest about being discouraged and wondering why you made a commitment like Rocky. I hope with time he will understand he doesn't need to introduce himself to guests. (That about broke my heart to read.)
Gremain most likely Jeanne is not watching this page due to her heavy schedule. You'll get an answer if you go to their facebook page and message there. I wouldn't think to answer for her. Give her a message, I am sure she'll give you the answer you seek.