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Old 06-23-2020, 10:01 AM
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Re: Female Umbrella Cockatoo to experienced home

LOL- adding this because I was just outside with Noodles and my neighbors girlfriend (maybe in her 60s?) Said, "OH MY GOSH..I used to have a bird like that...they produce this....dust..." She kind of frowned and shook her head and then was shocked that Noodles was 13. She looked a little impressed and concerned at the same time and added that they are a lot of work lol.
then Noodles saw a hawk, so we went inside lol.

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Re: Female Umbrella Cockatoo to experienced home

Good fences make good neighbors.

I am not interested in converting a bird into a cuddly pet; a shoulder-mounted, pirate-costume accessory; or a novelty act to garner attention from others. I love the individuality of each bird and its own special way it chooses to communicate or interact with me. The reason why I have kept various parrots over the years is because I knew I could give them a better life than they had before. If I had it my way, no one on Earth would be allowed to have a caged bird of any species, with a grandfathered exemption for those already in captivity. That includes a permanent ban on captive breeding, except for the purpose of reintroducing into the wild. Human arrogance and ignorance are the root causes for all the issues you brought up; after all, if there were no U2s in captivity, there would not be any of the odd interspecific behavioral and health issues in the first place. A couple of nights ago, my Zon was being a real dick. So I stuck my hand into his belly and forcefully told him to step up; and despite his feigned attempts to bite me, he stepped up, and I placed him on his perch on top of the cage. We had a nice few minutes of singing to each other, I gave him a fig from my tree, then he did what he usually does-- go inside the cage and pull the door closed behind him. Granted, this may not be typical cockatoo behavior, but in response to your point, I know how to interpret "show" vs. serious behavior.

In a way, my home is like a hospice for pets, with the terminal disease being life in captivity. I try to give them the healthiest environment I can, so that they may live their lives in comfort and (as best I can provide) happiness. I do not intend to establish an animal sanctuary or such situation where my entire life is focused on this, but I feel that my situation can accommodate another large, long-lived bird. I intend to build a new house in about 8 years, and one of the design criteria is to have a dedicated bird cage room, as well as a free-flight conservatory/tropical garden for those birds who get along with others.

By the way, since your last essay, I did some more research on the U2, and I suspect that your defensiveness may be partially fueled by the fact that the females are so commonly put into breeding mills. I wasn't aware that this was such a problem, but I understand if that factored into your responses. Trust me, breeding is the last thing I want for any captive birds. I don't even want it to happen for humans!
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