Buttercup (she does not know her name, so it can be changed, just a nickname Jen gave her), is a bit of a diva. She does have one issue from being in a hoarding environment and not being handled is that she is afraid of hands in her cage. She is not usually aggressive, more worried and afraid, but sometimes she is fine. She has shown to willingly step up on your hand if you have a rag or light towel over it, so its definitely the appearance of hands. We tried stick training, but her fear was heartbreaking. With time, love and patience, this fear should fade as she learns her family only want to bring her out to enjoy life. She is extremely interactive, she loves to chatter and shows tremendous potential for trick training. She seeks out attention and interaction. Once out of the cage she is sweet and friendly, tho does still startle a bit with quick movements (again only because of her past). But with knowing the fear, we do not recommend her to a home with young children. When placed on a stand not close to people, she will find a way off the stand and literally trek across the room to get to where people are and ask to be picked up. She has wonderful potential.
She is not a screamer or such, but she is very vocal with mimic sounds, chatter and typical IRN sounds. She does love to have her head rubbed once out of the cage.
**reminder - IRNs are not legal in NJ. We cannot place with in a NJ home. PA, CT, NY are fine!!**
Anyone interested in adopting, email Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org!
For anyone new to AHW, here is a bit about our adoption process, so everyone understands we never ship a bird and adopters must commit to coming to the shelter to working with bird multiple times to ensure its a good fit for bird and adopter, we look for the bird to pick their person and want to go home with adopters!
The Adoption Process:Fill out our online adoption application which can be found on our website, www.ahelpingwing.org (no phone calls please). A representative from A Helping Wing will be in touch to answer all questions and discuss setting up a first visit. Additionally, we will also review your information and discuss any questions we may have. There are multiple visits required to interact with the bird you connect with (typically 3-4). Your first visit is what I compare to speed dating, you will meet many wonderful and sweet birds and we see who you connect with, attention is paid for how birds respond, we base our adoptions on the birds input and tell all adopters that when we let the bird choose, its always a good match! During the visit time frame, we typically perform a home visit as well. The home visit is a great chance to review bringing home a rescue bird, where to setup cages, dangers in the home that many people may not consider, diet, daily routines, etc. You should expect 3 visits as long as it is a strong match and the bird is connected with you, but with new bird owners, there may be a 4th and typically the bird would go home at that visit.
Note that multiple visits are required before adoption with the exception of budgies, cockatiels and finches (we do ask for photos of the cage and setup for these birds in lieu of home visit). Although there is no application fee, there is an adoption fee, which covers food, medical care, etc., and allows us to continue our efforts in rescuing, caring for, and finding homes for all of our birds. All birds at AHW have been vetted and have negative tests for any disease before they are made available for adoption!
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