That subject might get some response I guess, but I'm actually not trying to cause a ruckus.
My Cockatoos are acting out as everyone's is at this time of year, although this year seems to be the worst I have ever experienced. Are they just getting older or should they calm down with some more age? This particular Cockatoo is abut 18 years old I've had him as a rescue for 15 years now, he is very capable of cuddling or killing. He will go after another bird if there is any way possible get out of his cage, open up another cage and well, I don't let this happen. I have 8 rescued parrots of different types but three Cockatoos, and 11 total Parrots. Yes I'm busy loving and taking care of them. I really wish potential parrot purchase required a licence so people wouldn't buy a "cute" bird and then wonder what to do with them; then people like me wouldn't have so many rescues.
Anyway here is the point of this whole thing here. I have become very aware that Cockatoos can be very dangerous toward other birds. This is a word of warning to inexperienced owners, or a reminder for the rest of us with other birds in the flock. During a visit to my avian vet a week ago due to a cockatoo attack which seemed to come out of nowhere on one of my Yellow Napes ( no real harm done) And this time I'm talking of my very well adjusted very tame 18 year old pet of mine. The doctor mentioned how dangerous Cockatoos can be. He somewhat upset me even though I fully understand keeping parrots away from other birds specially larger size birds is very important as they don't safely mix. But the doctor was serious. Cockatoos will kill another bird and even each other. I would imagine that this potential for serious fighting is much exaggerated during this time of the year but we all need to keep the potential for fighting in our minds. I think in my case there was a good amount of jealousy involved. I was so sure that my Cockatoo would behave I ignored my own rules on multiple birds being out of their cages. I was actually holding onto my Cockatoos legs fairly firmly just for safety. But they are very strong when their wild side takes control and over comes them. In this case I acted fast and protected the smaller bird but needed a few band-aids myself.
Here is a question that came up while visiting the bird doc. He mentioned that there are shots available to calm them during this time of year, and slow down their little hormones a little bit. The shot is somewhat expensive and might or might not work and only lasts about 30 days. I don't really think l like this idea myself for fear of messing with my bird's health or maybe upsetting him mentally But, how much is known about these shots? Does anyone have experiences with this? Enjoy your feathered friends and be safewhile doing so. Dennis
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