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Title: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: WaywardFlock on January 18, 2014, 02:45:03 PM
Hello,
I am in the market for a friendly pet pi. preferably a bronze winged or a dusky. Internet searches have not turned up much.
Any birdies needing homes you guys know of? =)
locates in CA los angeles area. Large indoor cage, and outdoor sun/ play cage already ready
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: Julie T on January 18, 2014, 04:58:23 PM
Hi, welcome!

I just got my Bronze Winged from Wing Nuts Aviary in Indiana. I live driving distance from you in the OC. I agree they're hard to find out here these days. You do see BW rehomes listed here and there on the internet, so if you keep your eyes open to it and are patient, they're out there.

I had a Bronze Winged 7-8 years ago too. About that time (and before then) they were easier to locate. They weren't ever what you'd call common, but nonetheless they were fairly easy to find with some searching. Now, for whatever reason there are less people breeding BWs. I had to look out of state this time. Good luck in your search!
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: momazon on January 18, 2014, 05:11:56 PM
Micaboo may have a rehome, have not checked their site recently. Good luck!
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: maxsmom on January 18, 2014, 08:07:50 PM
Yes Mickaboo has several pi I believe,  including a BW. I may have posted link in rehome section on this forum
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: maxsmom on January 19, 2014, 03:41:37 AM
http://mickaboo.org/our-birds/frame4726.html

http://m.petfinder.com/petdetail/25680319?location=20910&animal=bird&breed=Pionus&age=&gender=&size=&offset=



http://birdbreeders.com/babydetails.aspx?ID=82742



Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: WaywardFlock on January 19, 2014, 08:49:07 PM
I was and I guess currently still am in the process of trying to adopt Boo, but someone else is after him I believe who turned their application in before me by a month so not sure how they work. I haven't heard back from them about the phone class, so I'm not sure where I stand anymore.
That's why I started looking elsewhere as a back-up
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: WaywardFlock on January 19, 2014, 08:51:01 PM
and that last bw pi is a breeder male. It says they lost the female to egg binding last breeding season. I am looking for a pet.
I've come across him before
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: Julie T on January 19, 2014, 09:28:29 PM
I just replied to you on another parrot site... I mentioned about the Petfinder, so please just ignore me on there LOL. Wow, I had no idea there is all this being "in line" and the ad is still up. How many applications do they take before they take the ad down? (Rhetorical question). So you know you're on a list but they don't contact you, so you can't tell what's going on. Sounds irritating  :shocking: I hope you find one much more easily than that. I do see ads for rehome BW (but not Dusky) more often than you'd think, so don't give up. The one who is meant to be will just fall into place. Best of luck!
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: WaywardFlock on January 19, 2014, 10:24:43 PM
I do know they are all volunteer run and are very busy. I had a lapse in my response as well so I am trying to be patient. On another Pi site I saw two people going after these same mickaboo Pies. One person was trying for two of them. So That's when I went for a back up plan because with all my research, preparing, and hopes flying, I am set on a Pi!
I really had my heart set on Boo, but it seems so do a lot of people. =/
I am on the waiting list for their mandatory bird care class. As I am not local I need to be in one of their phones classes which I don't think they do too often. But it is very nice of them to have that availability for out of towners. They require a home check to and I am unsure how that works as well. I e-mail them asking if we could do the home check while I was waiting for the class but have yet to hear back.
I recently found a blue headed pi on craigslist personal sale for $475 including the cage $400 without cage . She says the bird is only 5 she bought it from a private sale. Beautiful bird, but now i'm torn. Do I get the bird I know I can have, or hold out for the possibility that I might get the bird I had my heart set on and miss out on this sale bird if it turns I don't get a mickaboo bird. They might not even approve me. Not sure why they wouldn't, but you never know.
Choices choices choices.  :shocking:
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: maxsmom on January 20, 2014, 03:04:53 AM
Sorry that providing you links wasn't helpful. Best of luck in your search. Sometimes one has a bird in mind but meets another and there is a bond so one never knows.
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: Cetan on January 21, 2014, 10:00:52 PM
Someone in one of the Facebook Pionus groups I am in said she is trying to decide between a bronze wing and a blue head both at Mickaboo - but her husband has his heart set on an eclectus. So it seems like they have both a bronze wing and a blue head
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: WaywardFlock on January 31, 2014, 11:06:29 PM
Finally heard back from mickaboo! I take the class in two weeks! ^_^
Just wanted to update you all and stay in contact. I hope once I get my new friend to stay on this forum and learn everything possible to make him as happy as can be  :hello1:
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: momazon on January 31, 2014, 11:15:33 PM
Congratulations! Let us know what the class is about, and keep posting!
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: WaywardFlock on January 31, 2014, 11:43:20 PM
The class is three hours long and goes over health, care, housing, behavior, ect.
i'm excited!
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: Julie T on February 01, 2014, 01:12:17 AM
Great news! Finally  :) which Pi is it? Is it the BW you wanted?
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: WaywardFlock on February 01, 2014, 01:27:34 AM
No Idea yet. You have to fill out the application, take the class, and have a home check before you can get into picking out a bird. I had my heart set on Boo, but I love bert to. I really wanted a boy though. Egg binding terrifies me =/
I have a pigeon rescue  and have never once had to deal with it thank goodness.
Is this a rational fear to decide which bird I should get? I believe both are seniors.
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: Julie T on February 01, 2014, 10:49:26 AM
Oh, I didn't know it worked that way. So if someone takes the classes, home check, etc. and after all that, if there is not a particular bird of interest at the time, it's just a matter of waiting til there is?
Anyway, glad they took you on board.. Good luck  :)

Also, that is exactly why I prefer male birds too. Too afraid of the more complex reproductive system and the various egg problems. Though I think it's less common on a good diet? I don't know, so I'm with you on that.
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: maxsmom on February 01, 2014, 12:52:30 PM
I purposely have male birds after dealing with reproductive issues with female tiels. I think in pionus though females are much sweeter. I love my boys and they both have their own way of loving me but when owners of female pionus describe their birds it sounds different than what I experience with male pionus
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: WaywardFlock on February 01, 2014, 02:03:22 PM
More reasons I love adoption. Foster parents are very honest about the birds personality and habits. Another thing that worries me about them being Old timers, would they not handle the transfer and new home adjustment as well as a younger bird? physically and emotionally? Any bird I get from them would need to make a several hour trip to my home. I believe they have all been in foster homes for several months already. I feel horrible taking one away from yet another home after they just get settled. Sadly I guess that is how adoption works though.
Does anyone have adoption experience? How did the bird take to you in the long term? I know they need settle time, but was there a big personality change after or anything?
I don't know much about pies, but I have heard several stories of Grays being psychologically damaged from bouncing from one home to the next. They got worse each home they went to.
I just want to think of all outcomes before I commit because I am all about rescuing, but I also want to be happy long term with my bird for selfish reasons.
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: Dartman on February 01, 2014, 02:49:00 PM
I got Lurch as a used parrot who had been in two homes before me. At first he was big eyed and scared to death but he did let me scritch him when I went to visit and pick him up.
When we got home he was still allowing scritches then had a thought and tore a chunk from the back of my scritching finger with no warning I could detect. He finally went into his new house, came out once when my mom was over who he seemed interested in, allowed scritches through the bars, and stayed inside for like 6 months even though we opened the door every day for him.
After that he decided that being on top was OK, then noticed I was sitting close to him so he wanted to get close, but not too close, to me, so I put a chair by him he could get on. He still would get pissy and bite but slowly decided we were OK, I was his chosen one, and he was getting comfy and calmer every day. he started giving more warning when he was mad, I learned to read him better, and I tried not to push him or make him do anything he didn't want to.
He now pretty much likes me, likes my sister who lives here, flies over to get daddy time, scritches, and treats. Doesn't usually bite hard or draw blood when he does now, and tends to give lots of warning and react slower when he does.
it's been about 4 1/2 years now and we're seeing the real loving Lurch more and more and I can mostly trust him now and I know he mostly trusts me.
Other Pies might take to you right away, or might make you earn their trust and love so go into it with a long term attitude and eventually you'll have a friend for the rest of their lives, and they are very loyal and loving in a feathered cat like way once they let you in.
I had Nerd bird, another Maxi, for 31 years and he took a while to warm up to me too but once he was there I was his world and he loved and didn't want to hurt me. I knew what all his noises meant and he knew his name and had a name he called me in bird talk.
They are individuals with similarities Lurch is very much a different attitude then Nerd was, he's more outgoing, bigger, and fearless. Nerd was more a shy and timid jungle creature who had people he trusted, and then the rest of them :biglaughing:
Folks just aren't prepared for the work it takes and the rules a parrot live by which have nothing to do with the rules you think he should follow so it's a learning thing for both of you and eventually you meet in the middle.
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: Julie T on February 01, 2014, 06:12:19 PM
Parrots are generally so resilient. Give a Pi time and you should end up with a nice bird eventually. I can probably see that about Greys though. From what I hear, Greys are one of the species which are more sensitive and not as forgiving.
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: WaywardFlock on February 01, 2014, 10:06:02 PM
I have all the patience in the world, as long as the bird does to. Back of my mind fear of a situation like above where they do not want to be social for several months. How to keep them occupied and happy? Toys can only do so much.
But I shall just cross that bridge when it comes.
I think these birds being fostered are pretty well socialized.
Mickaboo will also be able to help guide me to which bird they think would be the best fit. Another thing I like a lot about them. So I am not going to get my heart super set on one bird, but just see which one falls into my lap. =)
I just wish they would have a faster turn over time!  lol
It's hard to wait when you are so excited about a new friend.  :bighug:
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: Dartman on February 02, 2014, 12:04:14 AM
I wouldn't worry about them being bored, they are great at hanging out and entertaining them selves as long as they have enough room and toys they like to play with. Plus they study what's happening around them deciding what's what and who they want to eventually trust and hang out with. Lurch never seemed bored or depressed it just took him a while to realise he was home and we were on his side and he was loved.
they are great at finding things to do and snoozing till someone comes home and they get to come out and get scritches, snacks, and flock time.
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: momazon on February 02, 2014, 12:21:27 AM
My experience with rescues is that they seem to adjust pretty quickly, but after about a year you see how truly comfortable they are, and so much more loving.  At first I would think, "Wow, no problem, this is going very well."  A year later I could see the real bird, so much more relaxed and at home. 

I should add that by things going well, I do not mean I did not get bitten and hissed at.  That comes with the territory. They did, and do, come out of the cage.  I think Lurch and Nerd had much tougher pasts than mine ever did.

As for the gender, I like the gentleness of females, but the antics of males are hilarious.
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: Dartman on February 02, 2014, 12:49:09 PM
I got Nerd and his brother Ferd in 78, Ferd was fat and happy but got sick and suddenly died a few years after I got them. They were wild caught as far as I could tell but still pretty gentle and really didn't want to bite. Nerd was more skittish, skinny, and just a runt I guess, and very stubborn. SO I'm not surprised he took a bit to warm up after all that then loosing his brother and best friend, but he did and was a lot of fun and a great companion for all those years.
Lurch was young with a very old man who ended up in a home, then he was stuck with the wife who didn't know what to do with him and stuck him in a room by himself and threw food at him. From what I was told he and the old man had a special bond and he liked to attack the guys hands which were like leather and the guy would just laugh at him and play back. The lady I got him from may have been a caretaker at the home he was in but ended up with him but had 23 other birds and no time to deal with a pissy, mad at the world, aggressive pi male bird, so she put him on Kijiji where my little sister found him shortly after Nerd died and the family pitched in and got him for me for Xmas 2009 and I picked him up Xmas eve 09.
At first I thought he was going to immediately like me but after that first bite I knew it was going to be a long haul type of deal so I worked with him and let him mostly go at his own pace.
We've had a few battles and bad talks but overall he's coming into his own and is very happy with his life and who he's stuck with now and I hope we grow old together. :shades:
All birds are individuals so you might get a socialized and happy bird who almost immediately loves you or a grumpy old coot who'll make you earn everything you get but either way once they are there it will be worth it.
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: WaywardFlock on February 11, 2014, 12:21:32 AM
Hi guys!
Just took my mickaboo class. It was really nice. The three hours flew by so fast! On to the next step of a phone interview then a home check. Then comes the birdie choices!  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: Bonnieknitting on February 21, 2014, 10:55:15 PM
My blue headed pionus was stolen this past week in Rancho Cordova Ca.  He is unbanded, beautiful.
He might have been with our two other parrots that were also stolen, and African red belly that he loves, and an African grey.  Reward offered for their return.

Thank you
Bonnie harris
Title: Re: Looking for a pi in CA
Post by: momazon on February 23, 2014, 10:23:35 AM
Am keeping my eyes open, Bonnie, and hope your baby turns up soon. So sorry for this theft...