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Old 03-01-2018, 09:06 AM
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What is the best way to find a new home for a muloccan cockatoo ?
My daughter got this bird 6-7 years ago, she recently got married and cant take the bird with her, and my wife and i are just not home enough care for it.
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:16 AM
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Re: rehome

Where are you located? Possibly there are members close to you that could help.

Otherwise, you can put an ad in the newspaper, post an ad online on a classifieds site like Hoobly.com , craigslist, etc. Going the way of the internet can attract some scammers and therefore when you have interested parties you should arrange for them to come meet the moluccan, see if they get along. New potential owner should have large bird experience (as cockatoos are certainly not for everyone) as well as knowledge of what their care entails. Offering her and her cage for around $1500-$2000 will ensure that you don't get people looking for a free bird to just resell for more. Of course you don't have to charge anything for her if you don't want to. Finding the right home for her is priority here.

Never agree to rehome her to someone that you can't meet beforehand or that wants to wire you money. Meet in person and be sure the new owner knows what they are getting into with a bird of this complexity.
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:39 AM
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Re: rehome

I would join a Moluccan specific Facebook group and get permission from the admins. Thatís a method I often use to place a foster, especially with a species that isnít one everyone can handle. It narrows down your audience to people who have both experience with your species as well as a support group. You can then use the search feature on Facebook to search that group for previous posts about that personís life and flock.

I understand why itzjbeans cautioned against rejoining to someone you canít meet; in general thatís a good policy, but Iíve had success placing fosters through species specific groups in homes I couldnít personally visit. I always require vet references. That means they need to call and give their vet specific permission to talk to you about them. There will still be things the vet canít legally tell you, so I stick with ďDo you believe the pets in this home receive good physical care including preventative care and veterinary care when needed?Ē And ďIf you had a cockatoo to place would you be comfortable placing him in this home?Ē

If you are shipping the bird, requiring them to purchase a large new cage and toys instead of purchasing the bird is a good way to go. Because there are so many parrot scams people are hesitant to send money to a stranger and a lot of Facebook groups allow you to give a bird away but not to sell it, for the protection of birds and members. Iíve gone this route; say you need to approve the cage and see at least 3 approved toy purchases and and 10lbs of the food your bird is currently on, etc. have the approximate price of what they have to buy line up with that $1500+ range that itzjbeans mentioned to weed out those looking to score a cheap bird. Even though he bird is still free, most ďbargain huntersĒ arenít going to shell out that kind of cash.

The biggest problem facing you is that your bird is an extremely high needs bird. Cockatoos are thought to have roughly the lifespan of a human, and itís heartbreaking to see them rehomed at all, much less passed from home to home every few years. It can turn them into the biting, screaming, plucking, self mutilating messes that parrot sanctuaries are full of. Finding the next home for your daughterís bird is a huge responsibility and I hope you will be able to place the well-being of this incredibly intelligent, sensitive, emotional being ahead of financial gain from a rejoining fee.


And of course, please donít hesitate to ask us anything! We are happy to help you sort through this process; if something sounds fishy, run it past us, etc. we are all deeply committed to our parrots. There are members on here who have specific knowledge of living with cockatoos as well (not myself other than cockatiels) and can help you in picking a home.

Best of luck!


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Old 03-01-2018, 04:25 PM
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Re: rehome

This is heart breaking! Three 'too's need new homes now in less than an hour apart posted..a fourth bird earlier this month ( at least that adoption turned out wonderfully for all.




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Re: rehome

Jim,
Thatís seems to be the lot of the cockatoo in America they are such incredible intelligent emotional animals and most people donít look far enough into their future before acquiring one and most breeders donít bother to screen their customers.


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Re: rehome

Yes Dani I understand..I too rehomed Jonesy my little beady-eyed monster..I thought with my heart not my head,when Smokey passed on..probably wouldn't have done it if I had given it rational thought in the first place




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Re: rehome

Where do you live? Maybe there is someone on here who lives close to you? I’m sorry you have to rehome your cockatoo.
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Where are you located. A member in your area may be able to help.
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Old 03-12-2018, 04:52 PM
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Re: rehome

I think it's wise to look for a group of cockatoo people and ask there first. Don't just take out an ad in the paper or on Craigslist, because someone who doesn't understand what they're getting into could take him and then he'd get bounced to another home, and another, and possibly abused. My Rocky had an awful life before we got him and yes, we've had plenty of days when we thought we couldn't take him another day, either, and we LOVE him. Cockatoos really, really require people who understand them, probably more than any other species.
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Re: rehome

Hi betty im looking for a mollucan currently and am very experienced with them is the bird still available
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