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Quote: Originally Posted by ShreddedOakAviary View Post
Truth is no. My birds don't spend that much time alone and in a standard sized cage ever (or our breeder cages are large so I don't include that as a cage). BUT... just in case, a parrot should be capable of entertaining itself for that long. In case of... life. Sick parents, house fires, babies born, etc... A parrot MUST be capable of entertaining itself; because at some point it will most likely have to.
Yes, and most people do work. Birds belonging to working folks need to be able to do this for certain. And yes, life will happen to those of us who don't work. We will get sick, we will want to go to weddings, family outings, or just to an amusement park or something. Heck, going to my pancreatic special-ist is a long day as I have a 2 hour drive each way to do it.

I think this thread should be stickied. Not just for 'Too owners, but for all parrot owners, as it applies to all of them. Parrots are manipulative and 'Toos are super power manipulative, but all of us can benefit from reading that. Thanks, ShreddedOak!
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Re: Owning a cockatoo

I made this a sticky for others to learn. Thanks for your time to write this. I am sure many people will benefit and the birds too.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:34 AM
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Re: Owning a cockatoo

The thing about impulsive parrot purchasers is that you can type until your fingers get osteoarthritis, in your attempt(s) to try to divert them from their selfish courses of action, but I feel very smug that if I were to make a post here colluding with their fantasies about how cuddly and sweet and loving cockatoos are, and how normal people won't have to complete a PhD on cockatoology before getting a cockatoo, and how a LOT of people including my second-cousin-thrice-removed's child's schoolteacher's dog's groomer's friend's voice teacher's audiologist keep and have kept cockatoos as pets without ever running into problems, then the impulsive parrot purchaser will scroll past all the warnings and precautions that we think we should give them, and read my post because they just want the post that agrees with them the most, and sometimes I aim to please.
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Re: Owning a cockatoo

It's true that in anything in life people will often believe what they want to, and stick with people that agree with their point of view. That does not free me from the responsibility of making my experience available to those who will listen. This post was actually a response to a private message I received a couple days ago, I got the message and figures that instead of answering just that person, I would share the answer with any who'd listen or care. Just because I occasionally feel like smacking my head against a wall, doesn't mean I will just give up. I am always learning new things, and hopefully other people are too.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:54 PM
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Thank you for posting that. I swear there should be a rule book and a mandatory class that comes with each Too. I will say that I do break rule #11 in order to make #13 happen. However Rome is a special Too, shes only caged at night. From 8am-4pm shes loose on our back porch (screened in) unsupervised, where she spends that time destroying toys, phone books, and unlocking foraging toys. Shes terrified of being on the ground a lone (her previous home did not encourage it at all) so shes really good about staying on her stands. It has taken almost a year but I have successfully changed her from a super spoiled Too that has to be glued to a person, to one that is very independent and of a sounder mind. Toos seemed to thrive off of routine, structure, and un breakable rules (hmmmm, so familiar... so do children).

Question ShreddedOakAviary: I will say that the problem I've had recently was with letting her feathers grow out. I know that Toos are so touchy about any physical change that happens to them. She was a known shredder when we got her. The previous home had six flight feathers on each wing clipped for the last 14yrs. I thought I'd let them grow out in order to help encourage more independence. I guess she didn't like the new change and she started shredding her back (before it was only her chest) and she took every flight feather off of her right wing . She also clipped the first 3 flight feathers on her left wing but then left the rest. She has three feathers coming in on her right wing now that are about half way in and she hasn't messed with them. She seems to have stopped shredding her back as well. Should I just let them come in and hope that she accepts them? Do you think that in the long run she would just leave them (which is what I was kind of thinking)? My hope was to be able to eventually free fly her.
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Re: Owning a cockatoo

hi Molcan2, I know this question is towards shreddedoaks and I also know that you've been having issues with Rome's plucking. (I'm hiding out from Amigo in the house right now, so I happen to be here). I know shreddedoaks has a lot more knowledge than I in regards to plucking but I'm wondering...is Rome fully bonded with you? It sounds like she can't fly, correct?

Could you take her outside, not caged, and trust her to stay close to you and come back to you?
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:26 PM
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I've only had her for about a year so I'm not comfortable with her outside without a harness yet. She used to be able to fly (or had the ability would be a better way to put it), and I had just started working on her recall when she decided to take off all of her flight feathers off of her right wing. She wont pluck per say, she doesn't like anything painful. She breaks them off at the base and then shreds them into tiny bits (she leaves the fluffy down feathers, so she looks like a puff ball). So I've been rotating toys like crazy, which seems to be helping. I've noticed that she shreds in certain spots, so I've put easily shred-able toys in those spots and she seems to be using the toys and leaving herself alone. Her previous home strongly discouraged flying, she will only do it if shes in an uncomfortable situation (when she had the ability at least). So the recall I was doing was her walking to me, we didn't really get to progress to the flying part yet. I was trying to take the 'scary' part out of the flying for her so that it was seen as fun instead of stressful. Its been taking FOREVER for her flight feathers to come back in. When I say she took all of them off, I mean she took ALL of them off the right wing. I didn't want to encourage her even further so I left the left wing alone since she was for the most part leaving them alone. I hope that was a right decision.
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Re: Owning a cockatoo

I like to get advice from any place I can. I a firm believer that there is never one right answer but a collaboration of several. You poor thing, still hiding from Amigo. Rome only tries to breed with me now when Tommy comes around, I'm not sure if she making a statement to him or what. At least we're on the tail end of breeding season.
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(I'm sure I'll catch a lot of crap for this) but why not take her out into your yard and allow her to peck around in the grass? Give her a different perspective of life as a bird...just my thoughts.
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Be careful though because many 'Toos can still fly after a wing clip. HISS427s was clipped by the rescue before being shipped to him, flew over his house and up into a big tree I've read that about other 'Toos as well.

I haven't had a 'Too so my thoughts here may be garbage, but I think I would leave the wing she hasn't messed with alone, and see what happens when she molts the other wing out again. If she continues clipping them herself, then maybe you should keep them clipped as that must be how she is used to them being now.
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