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An update on Sally Blanchard and the Parrot Place 
9th-Jun-2009 01:57 pm
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Original post is here: http://community.livejournal.com/parrot_lovers/4072073.html

I emailed Sally Blanchard and asked her about her relationship with them. She replied, and I got permission to post it, and so here it is.

From some of the e-mails I have received, I believe that I need to explain
why I chose to collaborate with the Nationwide Parrot Place Organization and
the history of the organization. Close to 18 years ago I was approached by
the founder and he explained his concept. In many ways, it sounded good but
I wasn't willing to support it. The concept was that there needed to be a
"middle" man between the breeder and the caregiver and that person would
raise the babies in a home-like environment until they were ready to go to
their new caregivers. I liked this idea because so many breeders,
especially the large ones, do not have or take the time to socialize babies.
However, at that time there were no real standards established, especially
around the selling of unweaned birds to Parrot Place customers.
Consequently, I could not give my support to the organization. Over the
years, I heard quite a few criticisms about the way the organization was
run.

However, a few years ago I started to hear good things about the NPPO. For
several months, I have been in contact with Vicki Pierce, the new owner and
director of the organization and several of the other people who are guiding
its principles. I started doing a weekly educational chat with people from
the Parrot Place locations. As I learned more about the way the organization
was operating under the new owner and directors, I begin to realize that it
was an organization that had similar goals to mine. In fact, much of the
information that they use to educate Parrot Place locations and customers is
based on my theories of Nurturing Guidance.

When I was approached about becoming part of an on-line non-profit website
where people could receive up-to-date, accurate, practical, and reliable
information to help them with their parrots, I decided that this site would
be an extremely valuable asset to the bird community.

To clear up one misconception, the NPPO is not a parrot breeding
organization. It is an organization that buys baby birds from breeders and
then socializes them in a home situation until they are weaned and ready to
go to a permanent home. They also provide education and follow-up in regards
to the bird's care and behavior. I believe that education of new parrot
caregivers is a major key in keeping the birds in their homes."
Comments 
9th-Jun-2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
I don't know, I get her reasoning but this all relies on people breeding too many birds, so they can't socialize them all by themselves (like she said), but that's not the type of breeder I want to buy from. So I don't know, I still don't think it's a good idea. I rather buy from a breeder who see my future parrot as a parrot not just $$$.
9th-Jun-2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
This is actually a difficulty I'm having with my new lovebirds. Her operation is just too large. They're obviously handfed, but they're obviously not socialized, so I'm going to have to work a lot with them on my own (though they will eat pellets happily, even when seeds are present, so she gets major bonus points there!).

It was an odd juxtaposition when she had me promise to take care of them and keep in touch with her via email.
9th-Jun-2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
"In fact, much of the
information that they use to educate Parrot Place locations and customers is
based on my theories of Nurturing Guidance." Quote from Sally
"Upon the purchase of your bird we will provide you with a list of the proper nurturing dominance techniques you will need to know." Quote from a Parrot place brochure.
9th-Jun-2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
'Nurturing dominance' is an older term that Sally used to use. She changed it to 'guidance' because people were 'mis-interpreting' her use of the word dominance.

Just in case you/others didn't know.
10th-Jun-2009 03:45 am (UTC)
Ah k. I was a bit worried when I saw that word.
9th-Jun-2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
It sounds to me like her intent is to lessen the negative impact of parrot mills, but the effect is to instead *support* parrot mills.
9th-Jun-2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
^agree.
9th-Jun-2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
She may believe they are all good intentions but the bottom line is they are making money from it and like foster care, you have the good people and then the idiots who do it for the money. I don't like how the brochure is all WORK FROM HOME hooey. THEY STAY WHERE YOU PUT THEM! WEll not unless you superglue their feet down.

It just is one of those too good to be true DO NOTHING AND GET AWESOME RESULTS sort of brochures that draws in the nuts who think it will be an easy way to make money. It's not like they have people policing them. I am sure there are some decent breeders in here but all of them? Not possible. I think that she puts her name behind this is ridiculous.

While we all know a few breeders who love what they do, would any do it if there was no money involved? Not likely. And it all just pisses me off more with time. I am not against people buying birds, I can't be, I have done it myself, but I could not see doing it again. Not with all the freaked out neurotic birds I see in life. But then I am really now in the thought of I wish no one had them as pets, and I mean no one. It's not right to me. It's just not.

9th-Jun-2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
agreed 100%.
9th-Jun-2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
To clear up one misconception, the NPPO is not a parrot breeding
organization. It is an organization that buys baby birds from breeders and then socializes them in a home situation until they are weaned and ready to go to a permanent home.


Technically, no, it's not a parrot breeding organization. However, as long as breeders have people willing to buy, they're breeding. This is just second-hand encouragement.
9th-Jun-2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I was just about to cite that exact quote.

Yeah, seriously. They don't breed birds, they just buy them from breeders so they can sell them! ... yes, and this is better and/or different how?
10th-Jun-2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Thirded. So long as people will buy them, be it pet stores, the final home, or a third party 'parrot raiser' group like this, breeders will continue to breed as many baby parrots as they can. That's the nature of the beast. Same thing with byb who produce puggles or labradoodles or whatever else the new trendy pet is of the season.

I'm actually not against breeding (anything) in principle, but I believe that only people who are breeding with specific goals that better the animals' lives should breed. Done right, it's NOT a profitable business. Too much time and energy need to go into it.

I think I 'get' that she's trying to better the lives of the babies already out there, but it seems as though ignorance (willful or not) is blocking the fact that it only perpetuates cycle that HURTS parrots long-term.
10th-Jun-2009 02:37 am (UTC)
I think her money issues have gotten the better of her. Seriously, this is nasty stuff she is supporting.
10th-Jun-2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
^ This.
10th-Jun-2009 03:31 am (UTC)
I'm one of the firmest advocates of parrot breeders in this forum. It's gotten me into some heated debates before, but this...?

This is just not right. None of it. Absolutely nothing here makes any sense whatsoever.
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