||One year old|
||Yellow Nape Amazon Parrot|
||Coffeyville, Kansas, USA|
began our search for a Yellow Nape Amazon Parrot in January 2000.
We talked to many people, in person and on the web via email, who had
Yellow Nape Amazon's and African Grays for sale between the ages of five
and eight years old. Some of these were already in their second and third
home. Some of them were demonstrating behavioral problems. Some,
more severe than others. We were afraid that those who didn't have
behavior problems would soon develop them when moved to yet another
We weren't sure we would measure up when it came to handling a
"problem child" parrot. So in February, we shifted gears and
began our search for a hand-fed and weaned Yellow Nape Amazon baby or
African Grey baby. We soon feared our search was going to be
impossible when we managed to encounter breeder after breeder who
would not ship their babies across country.
The primary fear was bird-nappers. Others thought shipping was too
stressful. Then miracle of miracles, a lady in Texas answered our
inquiry with nothing but good news. She had a Yellow Nape pair sitting
on eggs due to hatch in March. Soon we were burning up cyberspace with
our emails full of questions and her emails full of patient answers.
Seemed like the more questions she answered, the more questions we
needed answers to. But the lady never faltered. And soon we had no
more questions and decided to put a deposit on an "egg." We
had decided we wanted a female and were told if a female wasn't
hatched in that clutch we could have our deposit back or wait until
the next hatch. Only the "Pet People" in this world can
relate to our joy when we received the email containing three little
words. "It's A Girl!" The next email was a request for the
name we had chosen for our parrot baby. During the weeks of waiting,
we had "kind-of" decided on the name "Echo." Once
she became a reality, we decided that wasn't quite the right name for
our little parrot.
After days of tossing names back and forth at each other, we decided
we liked the name "Kelli." When we told the Aviary lady our
name choice was Kelli - she told us the parrot mothers' name is Echo
and the parrot fathers' name is Kelly. When we asked about Kelli's
siblings the lady told us there were none. She said that after ten
long years of disappointment, one tiny parrot chick had been hatched.
And that little parrot chick was our Kelli.
All of this - along with her sweet and loving disposition - is what
makes our Kelli so special.
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