I don't get it
Posted 06 March 2011 - 01:50 AM
Too much attention for a cockatoo can be just as bad as not enough.
Posted 11 March 2011 - 03:25 PM
I just feel with cockatoos (mainly U2's as that my area of experience...) you MUST be willing to remain devoted to that birds mental and physical well being 24 hrs. I dont go out with friends after work anymore because its not fair to Ella. When people come into my home I have to explain (and constantly remind) my guests of my "rules" for Ella. My friend Brittany would come over when I had my Ekkie and she LOVED to get him really loud and calling/talking. It was okay because once Brittany left, Flanagan would go back to being quiet until her next visit. Thats an absolute no-no with cockatoos! I have to do the exact opposite with Ella, when she gets loud she MUST be ignored, even if she's just having a good time. Occasional calling back is fine but if she doesnt stop I have to leave her alone until she does.
Honestly you will never ever be able to completely understand what its like to own a Cockatoo until you own one. I spent a little over a month researching U2's like crazy and working with Ella's previous mom on getting to know Ella and who she is and in the two weeks i've had her its been a whole new journey. She is not a domesticated pet like my dog or cat...She's a wild-at-heart instinct driven intelligent toddler who for some reason has decided I'm worthy of her companionship.
I'm a groomer!
Posted 12 March 2011 - 02:11 AM
Posted 12 March 2011 - 10:51 PM
There's this guy that comes into the restaurant I work at. He owns a Macaw. He saw the bruise on my arm from a recent bite from Trooper, and he was telling me I should tell her no and teach her the word "no" so that in the future, she knows.
I nodded. Then I laughed once he had left and explained to the other server I was working with, that NO rarely works with a Cockatoo.
At least, not with mine. I spend half the day trying to tell Trooper no, and it hasn't changed anything.
The best example is wandering. She (when I'm outside having a smoke) wanders to my chair, or into the bathroom (loves the mirror, even though she can't get up there without my help lol and when I'm sitting on my chair on my computer, she will get down off her cage and start walking to the bathroom. I get up, say "hey ! no!!" and she RUNS to the bathroom. LOL She doesn't listen to me at all sometimes.
When I'm doing my makeup in the bathroom or my hair, she will wander in there anywhere from 2-5 times in a ROW which can be distracting to say the least, because I either have to let her on my shoulder, or keep putting her back.
In a nutshell, they deceive and manipulate the people in their life at times, and that is a sign of high intelligence in parrots.
"She was not quite what you would call refined
She was not quite what you would call unrefined
She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot...or nine."
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