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Re: Hello from Adele and Coco in Hong Kong

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As Scott (one of our resident cockatoo experts) said, Coco's feathering might not be complete. But that said, it does look like there is at least a bit of plucking going on from the first pic you posted. Just in case that's what's going on, here's a link to a very helpful thread started by our own Allee: Plucking: A Search For Answers

I concur with the views already expressed regarding leg tethers. Those are fine for falcons and such, due to the strength and relative thickness of their legs, but not so much for parrots. A flight harness would definitely be the better option.
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:36 AM
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. The body harnesses are available in hk and I understand the concern with the tether potentially causing harm, it's not a 'yank tool', don't worry!

The sunflower seeds are used for reinforcement of positive behaviours and to create a positive connotation/connection. He often gets 3-4 when he gets put back in his cage so he comes to associate the cage with treats, or one or 2 as a reward for doing as he's asked. He's on a mix of 2 commercial foods, one is totally pellet form but smells overpoweringly sweet which worries me, the other is a mix of kibble and grains/seeds. They both have added vitamins and probiotics. They were both at the more expensive end of the scale....not sure if that counts for anything. He also gets a little apple, cherries, watermelon, carrot.....whatever I'm having!

I'm convinced he's still young, based on some behaviours that I've seen in other people's young birds like the submissive body language when asking for food or attention, and his vocalisations. He just doesn't yell like an adult and only does his 'falcon'.

He's a good little chap! Thoroughly enjoying having him around, even though it means a lot more vacuuming! Ai! The mess!
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:43 AM
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Re: Hello from Adele and Coco in Hong Kong

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As Scott (one of our resident cockatoo experts) said, Coco's feathering might not be complete. But that said, it does look like there is at least a bit of plucking going on from the first pic you posted. Just in case that's what's going on, here's a link to a very helpful thread started by our own Allee: Plucking: A Search For Answers.
I understand where you're coming from with the plucking advice....but he's only going from strength to strength in his feathering. We don't know his past, but he is so chilled out and happy with us, it's hard to imagine him stressed at all! A month ago, he was looking pretty ratty as you can see from the instagram post, but he's looking really great now and seems to display no neuroses.
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Re: Hello from Adele and Coco in Hong Kong

Hi Adele, it is great you have come back on, so pleased. Had to laugh at Arthur or Martha. Please forgive if my reply to you was a little brusk? We have a lot of one shot wonders lately, ask a question and hardly wait for a reply. My aim was to give you the max amount of info in that reply.

You are clearly well smitten with Coco, why wouldn't you, 'toos are great. Love mine to bits! Dont know if you want to put up pics of the pelleted foods you feed for feedback, smelling sweet is worrying. You can of course examine the contents of the packets and you need to see no colours, low fat, no sugar ideally. If you let us know what makes are available either mail or in shops, pleased to help?

Diet is really important to keep Coco healthy and happy. So many things stem from a rubbish diet from illness to behavioural problems. Please have a look through the links I gave earlier they will help you.
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I have a 'sometimes', remarkably respectful and understanding of the rules cocky... just before I took this photo, he was on the ground with half a foot off the paper. He chirped at me and I replied 'Na-uh', so he took 3 steps back! Hahahaha The play tree is where he happily spends much of his day. His cage is open and he goes back there to eat and drink. He still tries to follow me into other rooms but so long as he can hear me he's happy! He's been up and down the tree, entertaining himself for the last hour. Good bird!
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