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Old 04-10-2012, 02:43 PM
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I've actually been thinking about doing that. I'm not sure if birds can get coccidia but the dogs keep breaking out with it (I think from the stray cats). So I've been apprehensive about putting her on the ground outside. I have been taking her out in our front yard more and sitting out with her (the little house sparrows like to get super close to us when I have her out, its really cute). I've been trying to get her to explore more, she is so timid. Her previous home kind of smothered her, so shes just learning what its like to have some freedom and be a bird. I thought about maybe letting her climb some of the trees, what do you think about doing that?
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:47 PM
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Roxynoodle, yes they can fly with a wing clip. When she came to me she had the first six feathers clipped on each side and could still fly. Her right wing isn't clipped - there are no feathers on the right side at all, none. Except for three that are coming in but their only in by about 2inches and their so spaced out. Her balance is completely off and she forgets that she took all her feathers off her right wing and tried to fly and hit the ground. I'm terrified of her hurting herself right now.
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I've actually been thinking about doing that. I'm not sure if birds can get coccidia but the dogs keep breaking out with it (I think from the stray cats). So I've been apprehensive about putting her on the ground outside. I have been taking her out in our front yard more and sitting out with her (the little house sparrows like to get super close to us when I have her out, its really cute). I've been trying to get her to explore more, she is so timid. Her previous home kind of smothered her, so shes just learning what its like to have some freedom and be a bird. I thought about maybe letting her climb some of the trees, what do you think about doing that?
You would not believe what joy that would give her!! Just make sure it's a tree not too tall so you can get to her if she decides she's having too much fun and won't come down! Amigo's first time in a tree was a large oak and it took hours for him to come back down, scary but worth it.
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:02 PM
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I'll try it. I just hope that she wont try to fly down, I'm not sure I'd be able to catch her. With only one wing having feathers its a fear of mine.
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:10 PM
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We have lots of dogs and cats but no fenced yard so as far as coccidia, hmmm...don't know about that. When on walks with Amigo or just trying to get things done outside, he will land close and start plucking around in the grasses and roots. So far, no ill side effects. I swear, these cockatoos are a lot stronger than we think, in my opinion.
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I'll try it. I just hope that she wont try to fly down, I'm not sure I'd be able to catch her. With only one wing having feathers its a fear of mine.
Yeah, that's kind of a touchy situation. I would hate to see her get hurt from a fall. When Amigo's flight feathers were growing out he could still semi-sorta-fly but hit the ground pretty hard sometimes, never on a hard surface and learned how to land. If you have Rome up on a tree that she might try to fly off of, just make sure there is grass underneath to land on. You might want to start her in a low bush.
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:04 AM
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I let Esme play around outside in the grass when I'm out there with her - she loves it. We get wild galahs in the back yard sometimes, so I figured it would be safe for her. She is very clingy, so when I head back inside she follows me. I have 2 dogs, and she taught them to stop sniffing near her by biting them - every time they come within a couple of feet now, she clicks her beak at them and they back off.

She whistles when she wants attention, very quietly, so I whistle back. This is not what ShreddedOaks meant about ignoring any noise, right? That was in reference to screeching? Just double checking. I'm one of those "impulsive parrot buyers" that were being mocked earlier in the thread, and I am doing my best to learn about Esme as fast as I can. I just learned not to pat her on the back lol - she seems to really like it, but if she thinks we're having sexytime its probably best I stop before I confuse her too much.

I have to say I disagree with the comments about never letting them on the ground - Esme is happiest wandering around. If I don't pick her up when she wants to get up she will stand on my foot and go for a ride while I am walking around doing other things.

The only time she gets really aggressive is when she is sitting on my lap/the arm of my chair/in front of me on the table/anywhere else that she feels is a good place to get a scratch and I stop scratching, for example to send a text message or do something else that needs my hands. Then she chomps on my arm :/

Any advice for that? At the moment I tell her to step up as soon as it happens (she usually bites me a few more times before she will step up, while head butting my fingers to let me know i'm supposed to be scratching - the backs of my hands are a mess) and then take her over to her stand and put her back up on it.

She was on a seed mix when I bought her that included a lot of grey striped sunflower seeds - she's majorly addicted to them, she doesn't eat much of the other stuff thats in the mix- but I'm weaning her off of them by hiding them in apple sauce and warm mushed up pellets, so she has to taste the fruit and the pellet mush before she can get the seeds out. At the moment it seems to be working, so the plan is to gradually put less and less seeds in the fruit and mush, until she is eating it by itself.

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Re: Owning a cockatoo

I would be really careful about feeding warm mashed foods to a too as that replicates regurgitating for a bird and will encourage breeding behavior in toos especially. I think that this list is great for a new owner for sure, and I'm glad that it is still garnering interest.
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:38 PM
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well, its hard going when you get conflicting advice and you know that her favourite food is going to kill her liver eventually. If I'm not supposed to feed her mushed up pellets, and I'm not supposed to feed her sunflower seeds, and she won't eat anything else i give her, then what do I do? She is a stubborn little wench, and she won't eat fresh food or dried fruit or nuts at all, with the exception of grass and baby spinach leaves, which isn't going to meet her nutritional requirements.

I'd really like a couple of "try this" options if people are going to tell me what I'm already doing is wrong please, its incredibly discouraging coming back here and finding that the only comment is the one above, which tells me that the advice I got from the bird breeder I contacted was apparently incorrect.

Also, I just made her breakfast, and she isn't interested in it. Mushed up pellets with sunflower seeds hidden in it. Guess I'll just go scrape it into the garbage and try with the organic baby food again. Cold, of course.
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:48 PM
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Re: Owning a cockatoo

I give Greybeard the stem end of a banana every morning, and he cleans it out. Chewy is eating banana, too, after a year of refusing it.

Wifey and I eat similar mix of good and unhealthy foods. A neighbor drags me out early every morning for vigorous exercise, and I have zero health problems, while wifey doesn't exercise regularly, and has the whole gamut.

Parallel: keep a bird in a cage, and it will develop health problems.

Diet and exercise: Without one, the other better be perfect.
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