Umbrella Cockatoo Behavior
Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:28 AM
Where are some good sites I could get some general information on Cockatoo behavior? Or maybe there are some books out there that are really good? I love having books on hand better anyways, so whatever literature I could go out and grab would be fantastic. I would also LOVE for anything you owners have to say. I know theres no better experience than hands on! I am excited for my new girl ( I get to see her again this sunday!!!) and am counting the days till I get to bring her home ( the fiancée calls it our "due date") lol. I'm committed to making sure she has the best home possible, and am always open to help and suggestions.
Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:44 PM
Posted 22 January 2011 - 07:08 AM
I know her story is somewhere on here, but perhaps you could tell us again? Knowing a little about her, what her past has been like, how she's doing now, etc...could help us to give you some ideas.
As for normal Too behavior, they can be loud, demanding, and destructive. You'll need to bird proof you're home somewhat. Mine loves to ruin my shoelaces, tear up my books, chew holes in my couch arms. Valuables may need to be moved out of birdies reach.
If she's flighted, you'll need to show her the mirrors and windows. More than once, so if a startled flight happens, she'll hopefully remember they're there. Mine love me carrying them to the windows to 'look' at the world going by. Sometimes I'll place a stand there so they can watch the birds flitting about outside.
They're also adorable clowns, and their displays are awesome! Nothing is more engaging than a displaying Too, with that crest high and feathers fluffed. Many love to dance, you may find you have a new dance buddy. Mine will play tug of war, and chase the ball. She loves to climb all over us, flipping on her back and just sliding down into our laps.
I don't remember how old yours is, but if she's an adult, watch for signs of sexual stimulation. Stop certain stroking if it seems to arouse her. I'm lately having to nudge mine into different positions, and engage her interest in toys instead of her wanting to nest in my lap. You'll learn all these things as you get to know her though.
They are great teachers. Mine has taught me to bring her a treat. She's trying other behaviors....but I'm wising up! lol
You'll have questions after you get her, and no amount of info now, will soothe you when you need advice. So get to know her, and then come and tell us all about her little peccadilloes and character.
I can't wait to meet her through you! Photos are also a must.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
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