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  •  Yes, the commitment level to living with a parrot (17+ / 0-)

    is very high.  My original version of this diary basically read like "why no one would want to live with a parrot".  And I realized that as much as I caution people about all of the hassles and the mess and the noise, I love living with them so much that it's all worth it.  I wanted to get both sides of the picture in, but maybe I went too far to the fun side.

    •  Our vet (14+ / 0-)

      begs everyone to read an article posted on mytoos...(I think it's mytoos) about mouloccan cockatoos.  
      i know that spelling is wrong.

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      by Christin on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:31:32 AM PST

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      •  It's really important to know what you're getting (15+ / 0-)

        into with cockatoos.  They are insanely affectionate (and beautiful), but most are also very needy for attention, and will go nuts if they don't get it.  For someone who can give them that attention, there isn't a more loving pet, but it's crucial to understand their needs.

      •  Moluccan Cockatoo aka Salmon-Crested Cockatoo (11+ / 0-)

        Moluccan cockatoos seem like very interesting birds.  That they are very beautiful adds to their desirability, I would think.

        The Wiki article reinforces what lineatus said..., and it sounds like this bird needs her/his flock about [human or otherwise] 24/7.  That would be a lifetime investment.  I can't think of anyone who could put that amount of time into a pet unless they are agoraphobic and never leave the house.

        The Salmon-crested Cockatoo can no longer be imported into the United States because it is listed on the Wild Bird Conservation Act. However, they are being bred in captivity. They are popular for their beauty and trainability (which makes them popular in trained bird shows). The Salmon-crested Cockatoo is widely considered to be one of the most demanding parrots to keep as a pet due to their high intelligence, large size, potential noise level, and need to chew. Moluccan cockatoos require a very large and very sturdy cage or aviary. Salmon-crested Cockatoos are highly social and pets can be extremely cuddly, affectionate, and gentle birds. This can lead to problems if a young cockatoo is spoiled with a great deal of attention and cuddling when young and does not get the opportunity to learn to play with toys, forage, or otherwise entertain itself. Salmon-crested cockatoos require a great deal of attention and activity to remain healthy and well-adjusted. Attention and training from human caregivers is important in keeping them occupied, as are chewable toys and foraging toys that require them to work for their food. As with most large cockatoos, the Salmon-crested Cockatoo may develop health and behavioral problems such as feather-plucking and aggression if not provided with the appropriate environment, attention, and enrichment opportunities.
        There are 21 different Cockatoo species, according to the Wiki article.

        A long-ago friend had a beautiful Sulphur Crested Cockatoo..., and a Macaw (with colors like the one lineatus had), and two or three cockatiel (one walked up my arm from the table to perch on my shoulder; it had been a hand-raised bird) and a couple of green African parrots.  Said friend lost her new husband in a very tragic helicopter accident, and friend started to have symptoms of hoarding (birds in her case, not cats or dogs - she had a great super-high-ceiling in her huge living room, and she had a monstrously huge cage for the macaw and the cockatoo, a couple of smaller cages for the smaller birds that were still very large for them, but all was dwarfed by the huge macaw cage, so it was an ideal place to have birds).  When I moved she was at the phase where she was being a complete recluse, didn't answer her phone or her mail, so I sometimes wonder if her parrots survived her extreme grief.

        Except for taking care of the office bird, a blue budgie, at my home full of cats one winter (the office was too cold when the heating system for the entire building went completely wonky one winter), and I hung her cage from the ceiling of the hallway so no cats could get at it, I have zero experience with birds.  I just like birds.

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        by NonnyO on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:42:19 AM PST

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        •  When we added a second bird, we had a serious (12+ / 0-)

          discussion about numbers.  We wanted to make sure that our bird(s) had enough attention, so we agreed two was it.  I had seen enough articles in the bird magazines about people who 10, 15, 20 birds - not breeders, just people with that many birds - and it didn't seem like a good situation.

          •  I had to do this also (5+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            KenBee, kishik, Christin, lineatus, tgypsy

            I am owned by two parrots-a military macaw and an african gray.  Both beautiful boys and very interactive (with me and my spouse).  A friend of mine a while back was looking for a home for a blue and gold (that her landlady was evicting for noise reasons) and it was so hard to say no!  But two big birds are definitely my limit.

            One thing I have learned about grays-they can definitely become one person birds.  My gray preens me and bites my spouse, even though we share the feeding and cleaning duties.  So that is something else to be aware of, parrots can become jealous of one's mate.

            One needs a high tolerance for mess, noise, distraction, destruction and love to have a parrot.  One also needs to find a good bird vet, which is not always easy; we drive 60 miles each way to ours.

            The funniest thing is when the macaw yells - usually 7:10 am, like clockwork-the gray leans over towards him and says Inca, shutup.

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            by barbwires on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:10:14 PM PST

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      •  ahhhh... (12+ / 0-)

        ask one of my friends about this.  Again, a rescue (she bred lovebirds and cockatiels for some time at one point... then before she knew it, she was winding up being almost like a rescue.  This is dangerous.  So I just want you to know!!).

        If I call her, I will always here her cockatoo in the background.  She needs someone around constantly.

        All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

        by kishik on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:42:52 AM PST

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