- Jun 13, 2023
I have a 14 yr old male umbrella Cockatoo
Who was very neglected and surrendered to me.
This poor boy has had two owners before me. He was locked in a cage 99% of the time and kept in a quiet room all by himself. He had some toys and was mostly fed seeds. He isn’t a plucker but his feathers are not very healthy and his beak is cracking and his nails are way too long. We will be visiting the vet soon to get him trimmed up (so he can be mad at the vet not me) and I am feeding his lots of fresh veggies and a little fruit along with Good quality parrot pellets and seeds. I have vitamin supplements coming in today. It only took about 3 hours after I brought him home for him to come to me and we instantly bonded and we snuggle and give kisses and he wants to be with me 24/7 the only words I have heard him say is “Hello” he thankfully doesn’t go after my husband or sons but when they come close he backs away and hisses. I’m praying that someday he will become at least tolerant of them. He does “cry” and sometimes scream when I have to put him in or on his cage because I have other animals to attend to. I know Large parrots pretty well but I worked with a rescue years ago and have never owned a large parrot long term. Any tips and tricks would be very welcome. I absolutely plan to have him till I die and he will then be passed down to my son. He also has a 6’x4’x3’ cage. It’s massive! He also has a large stand perch in every room.