The HAMILTON PARROT CLUB provides monthly meetings to help enrich the lives of pet parrots by educating members and the public in the specialty care, nutritional requirements, husbandry and socialization parrots need.
February 23, Meeting Reminder
Please join the Hamilton Parrot Club on Monday, February 23, 7pm at the Dundas Lions Community Centre, 10 Market Street South in Dundas where we will be celebrating our make up Annual Potluck Dinner. This meeting is open to past members, sponsors, friends of the club and anyone interested in learning about parrots as pets in captivity. Please consider inviting family members including children or friends with you to our fun night. We ask that you bring a food item (entrée, main dish or desert) to share. Pop, water, plates and eating utensils will be provided. If your food item needs a spoon/fork/knife to serve it would be appreciated if you would bring one with you. Since we do not have any method of re heating dishes, you might want to consider using a crock pot to keep things warm. Parrots are welcome at the meeting however given the extreme cold it probably is best they are left at home. Birds must belong to club members and have had a recent approved avian vet health check. You will need to bring a stand, water, food and treats must not be NUTS as this is a nut free zone (nutriberries contain nuts). Caretaker's are responsible for cleaning up after their own birds.
FLIGHT FOR PARROTS 2015 is a fundraiser by Parrot Resource Centre http://www.parrotresourcecentre.ca/ $5 gets you and a companion a chance to win a flight to one of 100 destinations flown by West Jet. Please consider buying a ticket or taking out a membership with PRC http://www.parrotresourcecentre.ca/membership.html . PRC is a dedicated Canadian educational avian organization and the financial sponsor of Babs an Umbrella cockatoo rescued by the Hamilton Parrot Club in May of 2014. Vet bills for Babs have totalled over $ 6,000. Thanks to PRC Babs is healthy once more for a 30 year old parrot with chronic health issues.
The Hamilton Parrot Club supports the ethical beliefs, dedication and work of Parrot Resource Centre, an avian educational organization based in Alberta, Canada. Thanks to the intervention of Parrot Resource Centre the Hamilton Parrot Club was able to rescue Babs (see The Rescue of Babs on our home page) the Umbrella Cockatoo. Without their financial assistance of over $6,000 plus 2 boxes of toys we would not have been able to have taken her under our care and Babs would have continued to have had a severe choanal vent prolapse, living in a too small a cage with no mental stimulation, with owners who did not want her and faced the real possibility of infection and an early death. PRC is supporting Babs ongoing care by raising funds with an online auction. Visit http://www.parrotresourcecenter.ca/2/category/Auction%20for%20Babs/1.html. Working with like-minded organizations such as Parrot Resource Centre we can better the lives of companion parrots and educate their guardians as to the care they need and deserve.
Thank You Parrot Resource Centre for your unselfish acts of kindness.
“Many have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed" Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Please visit http://www.parrotresourcecenter.ca/about-us.html for full details on this amazing group and consider donating to their organization http://www.parrotresourcecenter.ca/support-the-prc.html
Babs Update February, 2015. PRC has contributed almost $7,000 to Babs ongoing care. She is finally healthy for a parrot who lives with chronic issues but is now thriving due to her latest surgery.
Babs Update January, 2015. PRC has contributed over $6,000 to Babs ongoing care. She is finally healthy for a parrot who lives with chronic issues but is now thriving due to her latest surgery.
The Hamilton Parrot Club would like to thank the Crazy Bird Ladies facebook group for the amazing work they do raising funds for parrots in need. Further information can be found on our site page Crazy Bird Ladies.
The Hamilton Parrot Club founded in September, 2006 is a group of like-minded parrot enthusiasts dedicated to the conscientious and humane treatment of psittacines in captivity as well as their preservation in their natural environment.
Our main focus is to provide an open forum at our monthly meetings where members and guests can freely exchange avian information, ideas and socialize their healthy pet parrots. The Hamilton Parrot Club is an inclusive club that does not discriminate, both breeders and those that believe in “Don’t Breed, Don’t Buy, Adopt” are welcome to attend and participate in the exchange of information for the betterment of all. We also recognize the reality that many pet parrots are feather mutilators and accept them as the precious pets they are “Feathered or Featherless they are Beautiful to us and should not be hidden away”. We believe our featherless birds are our best educational ambassadors we have to explain ’what can happen’ to a pet parrot if its nutritional, physical and psychological needs are not met.
The Hamilton Parrot Club is committed to enriching the lives of pet parrots by educating members and the public in the specialty care, nutritional requirements, husbandry and socialization parrots need. Through education and socialization we endeavour to allow our parrots to thrive, thus living long, happy and healthy lives in captivity.
“Building a trust based relationship with our parrots one STEP UP at a TIME”.
The Hamilton Parrot Club’s main Purpose is to disseminate accurate scientific based evidence and information in order to assist all parrot owners and those interested in parrots. We accomplish this by; maintaining a web site, email and phone number where we can be reached 24/7, providing open monthly meetings, offering free/low cost educational seminars, a member's lending library, participating in community outreach, offering a pet therapy program for those with special needs, providing a counseling service for behavioural issues, giving mutual support to members and assistance in finding a veterinarian that specializes in avian and exotic medicine.
We also strive to cooperate, promote and assist other parrot clubs, businesses and organizations that share our goals and attitudes.
Our conservation efforts are focused on the Canadian Parrot Conference’s Pennies4Parrots campaign. The Canadian Parrot Conference supports conservation of our wild psittacines by raising funds with their Pennies4Parrots Challenge. The Hamilton Parrot Club joined this worthy cause in 2011and invites club members and the public to donate their pennies and loose change at our monthly meetings or special events.
Due to the fact that parrots live long lives, life situations change and parrots do not always make the best of pets we assist club members with rehoming and/or acquiring a ‘second hand’ bird.
Though we are not a sanctuary or a rescue organization we will strive to assist parrots in our area that are in need of rescue with a foster or new permanent home.
We meet the last Monday of the month, except December at the Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre, 10 Market Street, South, Dundas, Ontario ( see Contact Us for Google map) . Doors open at 7 pm and meeting will start at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend, your first meeting is free. Yearly Memberships are $25 single or family and $20 for students and seniors.
2015 Meetings; January 26, February 23, March 30, April 25, May 25, June 29, July 27, August 31, September 28, October 26 and November 30. No MEETING in DECEMBER.
Only members may bring their healthy bird(s) to a meeting, birds must have an avian health check by a pre approved vet. All birds must be approved by the Executive prior to attending a meeting. Please be sure wings are clipped or bird is caged or on a harness for its own safety and that of members and their birds. You are responsible for cleaning up after your bird and for bringing your own supplies. Supplies should include a stand, water, food that does not include nuts as we are in a nut free facility, towel for emergency handling, hand sanitizer and paper towels or wet wipes. The Executive retains the right to remove or refuse a bird to a Hamilton Parrot Club meeting or event.