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« on: April 01, 2012, 09:22:09 pm »

For all interested, I found this paper from the Gabriel Foundation (www.thegabrielfoundation.org) regarding the relinquishment and rehoming of parrots. The data collected presents some very interesting trends and conclusions. If this is too academic, let me know and I'll refrain from posting more research paper links

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http://www.thegabrielfoundation.org/documents/NPRRPReport.pdf
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2012, 11:01:51 pm »

Pheww, long read for sure.  :twirl:

 Quite interesting and sad in a way to see how many parrots were relinquished in a short 12 months.  hmm

The main reasons for relinquishment did not surprise me any, nor the viewpoints on euthanasia of the humane organizations compared to the Pet Welfare organizations.  sad8

Thanks for posting, it is something everyone would benefit from reading.  confused
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2012, 01:53:04 pm »

All information is good.  The more we receive the more we learn.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 05:07:42 pm »

I found it of interest that Cockatiels and Budgies represented the largest percentage relinquished, the majority were relinquished due to lack of time, and that the majority were under 5 years of age. Behavioral and health issues did not constitute a majority, and by extrapolation, the majority of those with behavior problems would be too young to chalk up to hormonal issues in larger birds, though the age group certainly falls in line with the breding age of smaller birds. Also heartening was that as the majority of surrendered birds were budgies and cockatiels, these were found the easiest to place. That tells me that people who are going to rescues are researching the needs and longevity of the parrots and that the rescues are doing a good job of keeping large birds out of inexperienced hands and guiding appropriate choices. I would love to see a census of all psittacines in the U.S. similar to the one conducted by the Amazona Society U.K.. Not only would it quantify population trends, but could also be used as a tool to better manage captive breeding populations that are not well represented.

I know that breeding is a touchy subject here, and that breeders can be a very suspicious group (with or without good reason). But if there could be a qualitative census taken each year, it might yield a larger gene pool for endangered species bred in captivity. It could also be beneficial for captive parrots seen as a commodity: If you see "inventory" is high in a certain species/hybrid/mutation would you not limit your exposure in that market segment and curtail breeding until conditions are more fiscally rewarding? If you see a large number of Goffin's Cockatoos, for example, you would also have to anticipate that in 5-10 years there will be a commensurate increase in birds set up for breeding as they come of breeding age. I hate to make it sound so cold, clinical,and business-like but that is the fact that we live with.

Unfortunately, it could also be used as a statistical model for rescue organizations to plan their budgets for the same reasons. If x= the number of cockatiels hatched in a given year and y= the number of cockatiels surrendered in a given year then y/x= the average number of cockatiels expected to be surrendered in a given year. It is far easier to plan, raise funds, and budget in advance of a need than after.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 06:08:15 pm »

Would make sense!?  Too bad more out there don't have enough of it.
For a second here.... bugeye...I thought TT was re-incarnated through Grey! by your last bit of info here!
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2012, 06:41:52 pm »

ummm who is TT?
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2012, 07:14:40 pm »

Interesting indeed!  thumb  Sad thoughts but interesing.
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2012, 08:01:29 pm »

I'm sorry...TT aka The Tim was a member here.  His Zon Asha is pictured in our logo.  We lost TT 1 year ago this Sat.  He could be very well spoken and analytical etc. at times...and also a rebel.  Your last post just reminded me of him speaking in one of his off-rebel moments.  Just brought back fond memories :pray:
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2012, 09:00:42 pm »

Well thank you, I do believe people come into our lives for a reason
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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2012, 09:01:07 pm »

Really good info Grey.  There is much to think upon this and I know these things have been lacking as far as facts, info, and people wanting to actually believe and or admit such.  Many breeders do not want to hear anything because they want to continue their hobbies and or their income and many parrot collectors don't want the truth either for many of the same reasons.  To top it off there are rescues that are not all good for many reasons.  Some actually in it for the $$$, some who take on too many, and some who are just not financially prepared or lack the full knowledge on all the aspects of taking in many parrots.  The parrots suffer.  There needs to be more information and a common ground for all entities involved.  

Thetim was a dear friend of mine, ours.  He was an admin here and Chief Adviser of Buffalo Parrot.  He was a smart man who loved to bash me in his own sick and twisted ways.  God i miss him.
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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2012, 11:34:22 pm »

Not that the GF isnt one heck of an organization, but reports like this are beneficial as "statistical models for rescue organizations to plan their budgets". Everything else is nothing new. The tiel and budgies are throw away creatures at throw away prices. they are also starter birds and eventually people decide that the tiel is no longer interesting enough for them and trade them in for a much more flashy bird. Like the macaw. ....dont get me started on this subject... anyway, nothing new here. The GF puts out  a lot of wonderful information and educate  prospective applicants.  handshappy
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