Here's Cassie, an unsexed lovebird that was recently transferred to our facility. She (I'm using "she" due to her name and ease of reading) is extremely sweet and will make a loving companion for someone. It's kind of tough to see from the pictures, but Cassie is a special-needs parrot because she is splay-legged.
Cassie is the third splay-legged parrot that has been surrendered to us so far in 2007 (2 lovebirds and 1 congo African grey). The splay-leg condition arises when the chick's parents sit on the chick improperly while in the nestbox and the breeder is not paying attention.
Cassie is not in any pain from her condition. She has been able to adapt to her disability, and doesn't know that her life isn't "normal." And it certainly hasn't affected her wonderful disposition! However, her condition is something that can be easily and painlessly prevented and/or fixed by the breeder when the chick is still young. It is sad to think that what happened to Cassie is so preventable!
Breeding parrots is a serious undertaking, and should not be attempted on a whim.
Cassie can be adopted for a fee of $95, which includes her cage that accommodates her disability. If you are interested in adopting Cassie, please fill out a Bird Wanted Questionnaire.