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Old 12-12-2014, 08:47 AM
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Re: So she thinks I am her boyfriend...

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Mine used to dance with me.
I have tried to get her to dance and be silly but she is too cool for all that lollol. Question for anyone who knows but what is this weird stretching thing she does? Its one leg one wing stretched behind her and she only does it when she is unsure about something... Its adorable but I was wondering if anyone else has noticed it.
Seems you are experiencing some typical Umbrella behaviors and have accurately diagnosed the situation. I live with 3 species of Cockatoo but have never handled an Umbrella, so have nothing significant to add.

I hope you are able to either better socialize Lucy or compartmentalize her worst behaviors to avoid rehoming her; shelters and sanctuaries are full of hapless parrots that exceed their owners ability to adapt.

Haven't noticed the wing/leg combination you describe, but asymmetrical wing-stretching is often a sign of contentment.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:08 AM
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Re: So she thinks I am her boyfriend...

My U2 does the one leg/one wing stretch but not so much when she is unsure of something. She just does it at random times, usually when she is resting.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:52 AM
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Re: So she thinks I am her boyfriend...

She will not be rehome regardless of any behavior issues she exhibits. Each animal is an individual and should be allowed to be themselves just like people. If she never likes anyone but me that is ok but if I can correct that behavior then we can all be happier living here. I love her she is the best! I think she is more devoted than my husfriend! Lol
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Mine used to dance with me.
I have tried to get her to dance and be silly but she is too cool for all that lollol. Question for anyone who knows but what is this weird stretching thing she does? Its one leg one wing stretched behind her and she only does it when she is unsure about something... Its adorable but I was wondering if anyone else has noticed it.
All parrots and birds tend to do that one leg one wing stretch, quite normal. You would stretch too getting up from sitting or bed. For a parrot it is just the norm to stretch, refreshes them.

As for the Love affair with the Cockatoo, ha ha ha, get use to it, they are cuddle bunnies. My sister has 2 of them. And yeah, they can pack a whollop of a bite when strangers are around or hear you. They want you all for them selves. My birds (Grey and Senegal) dose the drop wing fluttering and offering me some of their burped up food. My Amazon, is a cuddly one as well, but as far as it's concerned, I don't get any burped up chow. Enjoy!
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:21 AM
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Re: So she thinks I am her boyfriend...

Have you tried doing any training exercises with her? I was never interested in having a bird that could do tricks, but I think it's good for them to be challenged a little, and if you could get a few tricks down with a clicker it would exercise that big cockatoo brain and give you a platform from which to start following Birdman666's suggested strategy.
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:38 PM
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Re: So she thinks I am her boyfriend...

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Have you tried doing any training exercises with her? I was never interested in having a bird that could do tricks, but I think it's good for them to be challenged a little, and if you could get a few tricks down with a clicker it would exercise that big cockatoo brain and give you a platform from which to start following Birdman666's suggested strategy.
I have not tried much in the way of training specifically for a trick ... I try to get her to be silly and play. I provide her with lots of toys as well as foraging opportunities. She seems content to just sit as she is doing right now with her adorable beaky feathers up on her brand new perch. I am not sure of what has been done with her in the past. She says Hi... sometimes for attention and sometimes I think its a coping mechanism... she gets uncomfortable about something and then she repeats this pitiful hi. She doesn't seem interested in learning anything from me except the wolf whistle... she is attempting to do it when i do it and praise seems to work as a great reinforcement as opposed to food treats. I would like to teach her some simple behaviors... whistles or to dance... anything that I could use to divert her mind into an acceptable behavior. I think if I can get her interested in doing anything that when she goes into what I call "GET YOUR HANDS OFF MY SPECIAL LADY!" mode possible I can call for a behavior and divert her into something else. I also feel that if i can train her to do some basic behaviors that I could utilize that in helping her bond with the rest of the "flock" by leaving the room and having family members call for the behavior and then treat her when she does it. I am still learning about birds... reptiles are easy you feed them, water them, mess with them somewhat regularly and they live... they don't need much in the way of mental stimulation. Opossums... they don't need much either. Lucy... I spend a ton of time making toys and foraging items, talking to her , loving on her, being uncomfortable because she is treating me like her boyfriend lol I wouldn't consider her a "rescue" per se but she has a past and in that past I think she was taught not to be a cockatoo... not to be silly or loud I am not really sure how to encourage those behaviors (not that I want her to be loud all the time but... she should at some point be loud) She doesn't even roost call at night... it's strange she is a strange bird lol. Maybe that is why I enjoy her so much. She is a challenge.
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:41 PM
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Re: So she thinks I am her boyfriend...

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My U2 does the one leg/one wing stretch but not so much when she is unsure of something. She just does it at random times, usually when she is resting.
She has only dont the stretch when she first arrived here and yesterday when she was on her new perch. Otherwise she sits still and takes it all in she also does her pew pew when she gets uncomfortable or annoyed . I will have to share the video I got of her doing it when we first got her...
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:03 PM
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Re: So she thinks I am her boyfriend...

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She will not be rehome regardless of any behavior issues she exhibits. Each animal is an individual and should be allowed to be themselves just like people. If she never likes anyone but me that is ok but if I can correct that behavior then we can all be happier living here. I love her she is the best! I think she is more devoted than my husfriend! Lol
Awesome! The world of pet-avians needs more people as committed as you!
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:11 PM
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Re: So she thinks I am her boyfriend...

She may dislike everyone else but she loves me and that is important. I have worked hard to gain her trust so she is my buddy til the end. probably mine before hers lol.
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