First-time parrot owner Tiffany Simpson has always been an avid animal lover. After having dogs, pigs, and cats as companions, the Texas resident was considering a parrot as her next pet in early 2018 when opportunity knocked.
“I became interested in the intelligence of parrots a long time ago and have always thought that they are fascinating creatures,” she said. “I had a curiosity about their behaviors and capabilities.”
As a member of RescueMe.org, she was surprised when a local listing for an African Grey appeared in February and she immediately started communicating with the bird’s owners about the current situation to see if it would be a good fit.
“I did not think an African Grey would be attainable for me for at least a couple of more years due to the cost,” said Tiffany. “The fee to adopt the bird, Queenie, was nominal, and her owners felt like she needed a new relationship and a breath of fresh air. She had been with them for 29 years, and she and her owner had become ‘at odds’ with each other. They had many other animals and I don’t think they had the time to devote to her. I felt like I could provide Queenie with a very quality rest of her life.”
Although it took a little while for Queenie and Tiffany to bond, the pair are already developing a tight relationship.
“We have bonded so much quicker than I thought,” said Tiffany. “Queenie had only been handled by her previous owners, but now she lets me hold her all the time, and is content to just sit with me while I work or hang out. I let her come in the shower with me as well, and she is starting to ask me to pet her on occasion!”
Queenie also comes to work with Tiffany, who is an account manager for a data/analytics start-up.
“We are a very small, and obviously very laid-back, office,” Tiffany shared. “Queenie provides some interest and laughs throughout the day. She definitely likes being around people, even if she doesn’t let them hold her. If we put her in another room away from us she will start whistling until we let her back in.”
In preparation of Queenie’s arrival, Tiffany started doing research on parrot nutrition and wanted to feed her new companion healthy food. She came across several reviews of TOP’s Parrot Food and reached out for assistance.
“TOP’s gets great reviews online from its loyal customers,” she said. “I had no idea what to feed a parrot, and I wanted to make sure the quality was on point and that Queenie’s food was minimally processed. She was fed a big box store brand and human food like Cheerios by her previous owners. I did not want to feed Queenie any artificial ingredients or fillers. I was pleased to find out that TOP’s pellets are locally sourced, all-natural and GMO-free.”
According to Tiffany, Queenie took to the TOP’s Large Pellets and Tesoro Treats right away.
“She liked them both as soon as I gave them to her,” recalled Tiffany. “I was surprised as I had read it can take awhile for birds to get used to something new. Now I let her eat whenever she wants. I feed her a variety of fresh foods, typically whatever I’m eating (sweet potato, greens, tomatoes, fruit), and also TOP’s pellets and treats. She also loves pecans and any kind of nut she can crack open.
“I am very pleased with the quality of the TOP’s ingredients, and I can tell Queenie likes it too,” Tiffany continued. “I feel good knowing I am feeding her something nutritious and definitely recommend TOP’s Parrot Food. It’s been a wonderful addition to her diet and our new relationship.” •