Patricia Sund is a Free-Lance Writer residing in Florida with her three African Greys. She has been published in About.com, Bird Talk Magazine, Birds USA, In Your Flock Magazine, Good Bird Magazine as well as numerous websites and newsletters. She is currently doing research for a book titled "Parrot Nation".
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August 1, 2008 at 11:49 am
Awww, that’s so wonderful. She sounds like she’ll make a terrific companion for whoever gets to take care of her next.
August 1, 2008 at 3:28 pm
Oh yes, you are absolutely right! It’s been over a week and she’s doing beautifully. I’m very proud of her and happy that she still has the flexibility and openness to accept the change. But from what I’ve been able to gather, people were so afraid of her that she didn’t get a lot of interaction.
When I’m not working and not running errands, my birds are out from the time they get up in the morning until it’s bedtime. So Nyla gets freedom from her “room”, playtime, companionship, snuggles, training and a really great menu! This instills an independence of spirit, and an ability to make choices. My job is to train them to make the right ones. So far it’s been a snap.
November 16, 2008 at 2:46 am
Just found your blog via Goodbird. That is wonderful what you have set up for Greys in need of a home, with your “food rehab” person, and then you for training. Also interesting to hear about your preference for greys, and why. Like you, I didn’t really realize that I had a strong preference until being around other birds. I find the 2-way communication with them different than with other birds also. Congrats on the good work with Nyla. I look forward to browsing around the rest of your site.
December 1, 2008 at 11:12 am
Thank you so much for your kind words. Looks like Shari and I have a Timneh coming into the “Grey Program”. Ironically, this particular Timneh is coming from the same household that Nyla was living in. Seems the Family is getting out of having birds as Companions. That’s okay as people’s circumstances change and according to Shari this little guy is as sweet as Nyla. So due to my limited space, I’ll probably give Shari Pepper to look after for a couple of weeks while I train up this Timneh. Pepper won’t care because she used to live with Shari before I had her. So it’s just her “other home” really. And then we’ll place the Timneh and I’ll bring Pepper back home.