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Old 06-03-2019, 04:14 AM
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HELP!! i rescued a cockatoo



Hi guys i dont know if i made the biggest mistake so i need your help!!!

So here in my home in Turkey people know me know as a bird rescuer ( wich im not ) and yesterday my neighbour knocked on my door telling me he knew someone who coudnt care for his cockatoo, we together went to the adress and i immediately noticed his cage was too small ( it was a small budgie cage ) , he was covered in dirt , had mites everywhere his right leg had this big bubble under it, he was scared his beak had this yellow puss looking thingy all around it. After a long long discussion where i became very pissed at the owner and it really almost turned into a fight, i told the owner that what he was doing was bad and not the way we should treat animals he was really pissed about it that i told him this, to make a long story short he only wanted to give him up for money wich i gave him after i told him he was a piece of **** ( sorry for the language ). I raced to the closest vet wich is aloooooooong way from here got to see the doc and take a closer look on him and she also told me he is in very bad shape , thankfully she cleaned him up and i got the meds to treat his mites and his legs. After this rescue i am a bit scared myself ( what did i just do again ?? ) , i coudnt leave him there i have no experience with these type of birds and never had and i know i lack knowledge , was it a mistake to bring a bird home where i almost know nothing about?. I really want to make him healthy again and give him love and attention wich me and my wife can provide, however i also want to be honest to myself can i take care of him? i know they need more attention then budgies etc? should i rehome him? the problem is i dont trust anyone here in this region because they only see birds as money?
Do you guys have any advice for what to do ? i have a appointment in 2 hours to buy a cage wich is very big to put him in i also already bought food for the birds with some vitamins.

can you guys help me out AGAIN?


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Old 06-03-2019, 04:18 AM
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Re: HELP!! i rescued a cockatoo

THE CAGE I AM GOİNG TO BUY IS A DAYANG A 10 DO YOU GUYS THINK ITS GOOD ENOUGH?

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Re: HELP!! i rescued a cockatoo

Hi hun, well done you! This cage is gonna be better than what you have already but please go bigger if the bird can

1) move around well
2) perches correctly


I would say it's not perfect but could do in the short term. I hope it is rust free?


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Re: HELP!! i rescued a cockatoo

Oh Amsterdam you really are my hero! Thank you for taking in yet another one and getting him the medical attention he clearly needs, and as for the cage, anything has to be an improvement!

I think you’ve hit the nail on the head about parrots in some regions being viewed as little more than a monetary asset. I’m sorry I’ve never had a cockatoo but from what I’ve read they’re a BIG commitment so you may find it difficult to find a suitable new home where he won’t be viewed simply as a status symbol! I’m sure wiser heads than mine will be along soon to help you more but in the meantime you are our super-hero!
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Re: HELP!! i rescued a cockatoo

Thank you so much for helping this poor guy in need! The fact that you know you need to learn, and have the resources and determination to do so speaks volumes to everyone here. Good for you! You are indeed his hero. I truly believe that you will do what's right for him.

As said above, bigger cage is better, and the one you're looking at is certainly an improvement from what he has. That said, still probably small depending on what species he is. If he has a lot of out of the cage time, then it's much less of an issue, as long as he has his "safe place" to go if he wants, and also for sleeping.

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Re: HELP!! i rescued a cockatoo

Amsterdam, we are cut from the same cloth I think. I would have probably done the same as you if I had been in your situation. The way I look at it is you got him medical attention, the cage you showed is definitely more appropriate than a budgie cage, and you love your birds as family members not money. All three are huge improvements for that poor too.

Sometimes with rescue birds, especially those that have been kept in deplorable conditions and mistreated, we can't provide them with the ideal life. But we can provide them with a better one. We can give them a reason to trust and love us and sometimes that can make a world of difference, and I think you've already gone above and beyond for a bird that was essentially dropped in your lap.

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Re: HELP!! i rescued a cockatoo

Quote: Originally Posted by OutlawedSpirit View Post
Amsterdam, we are cut from the same cloth I think. I would have probably done the same as you if I had been in your situation. The way I look at it is you got him medical attention, the cage you showed is definitely more appropriate than a budgie cage, and you love your birds as family members not money. All three are huge improvements for that poor too.

Sometimes with rescue birds, especially those that have been kept in deplorable conditions and mistreated, we can't provide them with the ideal life. But we can provide them with a better one. We can give them a reason to trust and love us and sometimes that can make a world of difference, and I think you've already gone above and beyond for a bird that was essentially dropped in your lap.

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Very well said Spirit! I whole heartedly agree.

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Re: HELP!! i rescued a cockatoo

Thanks for helping the bird. You have a good heart.

What type of cockatoo is it?

If you are going to do this, you will need a bigger cage (although obviously that is better than what it had, it is still too small, even for a small cockatoo).

You are a very determined and intelligent person, so I am sure you are capable of doing whatever you choose. That having been said, some paths are more difficult than others. It depends on what you want and whether you are in it for the long haul once you decide.

It sounds like you already are aware of what an undertaking these birds are. It's a lifetime commitment and they (cockatoos specifically) are very demanding and unique parrots. I can't tell you what to do, but the bird will get attached to you, so keeping it for a few years and then re-homing would be potentially damaging, so if you keep the bird, keep the bird.

Anything you do for it is better than what it had, BUT (as you know) it shouldn't have ever been subjected to those conditions to begin with...So, I am trying to think about it in the same way I would think about a cockatoo who hadn't come from a crappy situation. Cockatoos are who they are and need what they need regardless, so I suppose you have to ask whether your are ready for that level of a commitment.

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I think we need to knight you or something:
Amsterdam, I knight thee in the name of birds everywhere; to be known evermore as protector of the parrots and keeper of the flocks! May ballads boast of thine greatness throughout the land hahah --there you go, BAM- knighted!

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Re: HELP!! i rescued a cockatoo

Also, I wouldn't move him from a budgie cage to a mansion right away honestly, especially if he's been in that tiny cage for years. In my experience, many birds that have spent a long time in small cages tend to become very nervous if just put into "huge" appropriate sized cages right away. They adjust better if sort if stepped up. So it might even be best if you start somewhere between the cage he was in and the cage he should be in.

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Re: HELP!! i rescued a cockatoo

Thanks for all the tips guys the cage is rust free i am planning to get him a bigger one later , he is very very shy but he started to eat gave him some veggies and he ate them right away. ive had a discussion with my wife and we are planning to keep this little warrior we will let him out of the cage most of the days but first he needs to relax and addapt in our home, its good to see my budgies look very interessted and they are like cheering him up with all that noise he kinda looks like at them like is this my new familly?. I have no experience with cockatoos but i will make sure i can learn about the basics in a short time he is very neglected but not aggresive at all just scared he will let me treat him with the meds i got wich is good, i wish i could rescue more birds but i think this is gonna be our last one sometimes we have to be realistic i cannot save all birds i wish i could but i cant
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