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I regularly visit Birmingham Botanical gardens (UK), they have a few parrots.
Iím really concerned about 3; 2 macaws and 1 cockatoo, 1 macaw has plucked its tail out and the cockatoo is on his own, he used to have a female companion who has passed away (a few months ago I think). His chest and shoulder feathers are very chewed up and a bit plucked.
They donít have any toys in their enclosures and I am not convinced they plan on getting another companion for the cockatoo.

I have emailed them about it but got no response.

What can I do? I want to contact someone to get them out into better homes but I donít know who I would contact.
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Re: 3 neglected parrots

The local humane society could be contacted, not sure how it works in the UK. Maybe start GO Fund Me or similar to collect funds to but them some toys. You'd think a botanical garden would have better sense than to let these parrots languish.
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Re: 3 neglected parrots

Would the local RSPCA be a starting point? Is there a local avian vet you could talk to who might have an idea of a way forward? A vet might have more sway with management if he/she was prepared to get involved if RSPCA not interested.
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Re: 3 neglected parrots

Just because they are pluckers doesn't mean they are neglecting them. Did they take them in as pluckers?

Do they have natural materials to chew on?

I would phone and set up a time to speak . And share your concerns about enrichment.

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Re: 3 neglected parrots

Oy..pluckers...especially cockatoos...notorious...I would look into species specific rescues around you. Plucking can be (but isn't always) an indicator of any neglect (at least not in the typical sense). Cockatoos (esp u2S AND M2S) REALLY struggle with captivity of any kind in many cases (especially u2s and m2s)--cockatoos are the most re-homed species as a whole, but U2S are at the top.
plucking can be very a compulsion/addiction- like cutting in, not saying that they all do it- I *knock on wood* stopped Noodles, BUT humans are very poorly equipped to have u2s and m2s as pets.. they are more like cracked out kids w/ VERY special/specific needs (emotionally and environmentally).

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