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The Summer Volunteer Job #307485 07/04/08 04:09 PM
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If any of you can remember that far back, LOL. I told you guys about the Summer Voulnteering I was going to do at this bird supply store near me called the Birdie Boutique. It's also an avain vet and a boarding place. So, yesterday was my first day volunteering. They had 2 rooms full of boarding birds probably because of the July 4th weekend. There were probably about 25-30 birds overall in 20 different cages. There was a flock of 5 budgies, a lot of tiels, one really nice cockatoo, one amazon, 2 african greys, one linnie, one lovie, two quakers and a lot of different types of conures. I swept the floor of both rooms cleaned the grates of each cage, changed and cleaned the water bottles/bowls in each cage fed a few birds that needed feeding and just spent time with the LOUD birds. smile It really was great. The cockatoo was my favorite. His name was Cosmo and he said "hello", "hi", "Cosmo" & "I'm a cockatoo". He was so sweet -- he would follow me around his cage nd would rub his head against the bars until I pet him. The bars were big enought that I could pet his entire body. When I pet hi he purred and closed his eyes -- he was so nice! He bobbed his head a few times as well. I pet him every time I came into the room for a few minutes.

After that, I went downstairs and did the same things for the 3 store birds which are Elivs, Bella and Pippin. Elvis is a caique, Bella is a african grey with no feet and Pippin is a tame finch.

I had lots of fun and it was a great experience smile


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Re: The Summer Volunteer Job [Re: Stephen] #307491 07/04/08 04:31 PM
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thas awesome:)

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that is just awesome 3bud:) i know you will have so much fun and you will learn sooo much:)

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that sounds like so much fun! :)you will learn tons about birds you dont know much about. grin


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awww, too sad about the bird with no feet frown sounds fun, cosmo sounds cute. his owner is lucky smile






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How awesome is that! You'll have a great time and get a lot of experience!


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That's awesome Stephen...I'm so glad you are able to do something you enjoy! What a variety of birds? Does it make you want to expand your flock to beyond keets? I personally find the loudness of other birds more unbearable than my flock of keets. I have the lovies now...which are a little louder and friend that have conures...which are incredibly obnoxious...and I've been around some cockatiels. Anyway, I think I'll stick to my keets. =)

How often will you be volunteering? I am glad that you had a good day! Have a great weekend! =)

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Ooh I know you were anticipating this so much 3Bud! I cant wait to hear more about the birds you are in charge of. I am always scared of the larger ones. But the cockatoo sounds so nice. You made friends already smile It is so rewarding and rare to find a job that you actualy enjoy. Congratulations


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Thanks guys! Yeah, it really is exciting. 4keets, I would love to get a tiel or a linnie so I could have one tame bird but my parents ae very much against me getting any more birds. I think I'll be able to volunteer 1-2 times a week, which is good for me smile

Oh, by the way, I talked to Dr. Burkett for a few minutes and he told me that next time I come I can go back into the vet clinic and watch him examine birds! shocked He knows that I am aspiring to be some sort of vet, possibly an avian vet. So he said it would be goos experience. I never expected him to let me go back there. There are huge signs on all the doors that say "Only Employees -- no volunteers allowed beyond this point". And I've only volunteered once! So, I'm pretty psyched. smile


RIP Jayka, Grayson, and Emmit
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Sounds wonderful -- go for it!

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