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Old 07-28-2017, 11:08 AM
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Hi all, a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to adopt a young, homeless cocky who we've named Coco. I'm calling him a boy by default but have no idea if he's Arthur or Martha and I don't really think he cares!

He was found in the stairwell of an apartment building here in HK and was in a rather sorry state. I've spent a couple of weeks fattening him up and giving him buckets of love and he's turning into a lovely pet!

I had buckets of budgies and lovebirds as a kid but he's my 1st big parrot so I'm sure I'll have lots of questions.

So far I've taught him 'step up', 'come' and he's repeated his name a few times. He spreads his wings when I say 'Coco wings' and seems to have caught on to what treats means (sunflower seeds!). He LOVES really vigorous head massages and seems to enjoy rough-housing!

He has a cage to keep him safe when need be but spends most of the day on his 3 perches around the flat and is mostly starting to understand that those places (with newspaper underneath) are the places he's allowed to go.

He's an enthusiastic flyer, so-so at landing. I bought him an ankle tether for going for walks and he took a ride on my bike handle bars the other day! He just loved it!

I think he's pretty young. He's small and I'm not sure if it's a sign of his age, but under his wings and on the sides of his rump, he's not properly feathered and just has downy fluff. Is that normal in an adult or is he still super young?

I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your birds and sharing photos of my baby!

Cheers, Adele
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Old 07-28-2017, 01:04 PM
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Re: Hello from Adele and Coco in Hong Kong

Hello Adele, and welcome to the Parrot Forums family!

Sounds like you and Coco have gotten off to a wonderful start. We're looking forward to getting to know the two of you as well. As for the feathering under his wings and by his rump, could you include pics so that we might give you a more informed opinion?
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Old 07-28-2017, 01:21 PM
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Re: Hello from Adele and Coco in Hong Kong

Welcome! Pictures of this lovely baby please! We love pictures...
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Old 07-28-2017, 10:12 PM
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Hello Adele, and welcome to the Parrot Forums family!

Sounds like you and Coco have gotten off to a wonderful start. We're looking forward to getting to know the two of you as well. As for the feathering under his wings and by his rump, could you include pics so that we might give you a more informed opinion?

Thanks Anansi,

Here's the pic for you. I hope it is clear enough. He didn't seem impressed to have to hold still for the photo!


He seems 'little' compared to other cockies I've handled and feels quite light, I've also never heard him screech like an adult cocky can. He chats and chirps and he also has a whining little cry which he does when he sings along to the radio (he likes Latino pop!) which sounds more like a falcon cry than a cocky! He also does the 'falcon' when I have left the room and he calls for me. (Thank goodness he hasn't discovered screeching....let's keep it that way!!)
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Re: Hello from Adele and Coco in Hong Kong

Hi and welcome to the forums. Would love to see more of him. How to Post Pictures

If I can pass along some tips to help you and help keep Coco healthy?

Sunflower seeds are very high fat and should be given not often. There are other treats such as nuts and seeds or anything healthy that Coco likes and works as a reward.

Enclosing some links you may find useful, are you aware a mainly seed diet is not healthy for a 'too? I used to have budgies also but a while ago, the nutrition information available now is so good. Feeding the correct diet means that your bird will stay healthy and hopefully have a long and happy life.
http://www.parrotforums.com/parrot-food-recipes-diet/
http://www.parrotforums.com/general-parrot-information/

In the US and UK foot tethers are not considered good and most either use a Pak O Bird, bird carrier or a harness to take their birds out and about, wdyt?
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I just shared this shot to my Instagram. Look at how far the poor little plucked chicken has come! He comes up to the roof to water the plants with me and whilst I don't directly hose him off, he gets lots of misting and then has a nice grooming session! He was very brown and stained when I got him so I think this is helping him whiten up a bit quicker.
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Re: Hello from Adele and Coco in Hong Kong

Coco looks like he is coming along nicely. I've been to the Hong Kong bird street many time. I see a lot of folks using a leg chain. But that is not accepted practice here, parrot legs are too frail to take a hard yank if the bird falls or gets scared and tries to fly away. I would be happy to send you a harness if they are not available in HK.
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Re: Hello from Adele and Coco in Hong Kong

Welcome Adele and Coco! Thanks for rescuing this beautiful cockatoo and giving him a good home. He does appear young, so feathering may not be complete. So much progress, he'll be a wonderful lifetime companion.

Please do consider the use of a harness in lieu of a leg tether for safety!
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