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Old 01-12-2020, 08:37 PM
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Re: Our Cockatoo "Shelby" Behavior Towards Wife And Dog

I only meant a box to be used to hold toys, not actually letting her to play, in a box. Like children,..."put your toys back in the box when you're done" !!! lol

So, right now we have a tissue box on her play stand to shred it to pieces, as she really likes it. Is she really thinking of using it to make a nest, creating a hormonal trigger ?
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Re: Our Cockatoo "Shelby" Behavior Towards Wife And Dog

If she's shredding the box, then that's perfectly OK. What you need to watch out for is when she tries to get *into* the box and fluffs up her feathers, snaking her neck around and rubbing her beak on the surface. If she does that, that the box away and don't give it back!

Are you able to find an old, untreated wooden pallet? Chewing on timber like that would keep Shelby busy for hours! Sometimes, I cut holes in the planks with a hole saw and that seems to start the birds off chewing. When they're finished, I'm left with about half a bucketful of wood chips and three happy birdies!

Limbs off trees are good too, but make sure you check the 'safe timbers' list in our forums first.
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She just strips cardboard and newspaper, which makes a pile of mess and wood from store bought toys. We tried harder woods, but she can't distroy it, so she only likes soft woods. When we got her from the rescue business, she said,...'she's lazy". Yes she is ! lol

She haven't jumped on our Sheltie the last three days !

Don't take this literally, just as fun humor !

It's funny though, as she leaps off the coffee table when the dog passes by, and holds on, like she's a Rootin Tootin Cowgirl !

We imagine her wearing a cowgirl hat, chaps, boots & spurs ! lol...
You go girl ! ��

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Re: Our Cockatoo "Shelby" Behavior Towards Wife And Dog

I have to disagree with Betrisher on this. Mine will put her head in a box and shred it but also shred things in it and move objects around in there in kind of a repetitive way---for mine, it is definitely hormonal even though there is box shredding and so since you have a U2, I would definitely not allow this, as you are having behavioral issue that strongly imply hormones. It doesn't have to look like your bird is nesting in it for it to trigger hormones...
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I have to say, that Shelby is very intelligent and very proud of her. When we adopted her, I picked her up at the airport, she was in a cat carrier with s towel over it. I removed it slowly not to shock her, and she said, "hey baby" ! lol. So I knew she was OK.

She does know what "no'' means. If she is miss behaving I''ll say no, if you don't stop, you'll be grounded to your cage (in a different room) After like 10 minutes I'll ask her, "you gonna be good", and when she's ready, she'll say "I'll be good". And just a few days ago she combine words, "come back, I'll be good" !

Her play stand is in front of the bay window, and for years she'll see people walking on the sidewalk and she'll say, "who's that". Kids look for her after school and ask to come in. Anyway, I could go on & on, but it's not about this thread.

It's amazing how some birds pick up words and speak. What I don't like is people on youtube teach birds nasty words or bad actions, and think it's funny !

Finding any of our dogs and cats passed away is always hard, but if I found her gone, I will freak out ! Seriously..

Even though she does not accept Patty and has nipped her four times, she Loves her very much.
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Question about Shelby's feathers.

He smaller feathers around her neck, chest, upper back and tail are torn/splitting like humans. I don't know if she's molting, itching or preening too hard ? She can be right beside me on her second play stand, and at times, she user's her head & beak to go real fast around her neck and chest.

Her skin is the normal color of reddish tan that she's always had. I don't see any signs of scratches or blood.
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Re: Our Cockatoo "Shelby" Behavior Towards Wife And Dog

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Question about Shelby's feathers.

He smaller feathers around her neck, chest, upper back and tail are torn/splitting like humans. I don't know if she's molting, itching or preening too hard ? She can be right beside me on her second play stand, and at times, she user's her head & beak to go real fast around her neck and chest.

Her skin is the normal color of reddish tan that she's always had. I don't see any signs of scratches or blood.
It could be nutritional, disease related or something else. I know when Noodles had some weird feathers my vet said to go ahead and run a PBFD blood test (she tested negative, but it can be a real issue in cockatoos). If it becomes a trend, I would definitely get a vitamin panel/other tests etc (just for peace if mind). Noodles came to me as an over-preener, but only a 2 of her feathers ever split and I am not sure what the cause was at the time, but I am pretty sure it wasn't her over-preening. If anything, it may have been a mix of stress and nutrition, as she had recovered from a liver issue a few months prior to that.

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