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Re: u2 bit me for the first time! should I keep him? yes or

Posted by Maritta on 5/22/06
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    Hi Bob, hang in there. Our Cocatoo went thru a face where she
    almost too my husband's thumb nail off, bit me in my lip- was
    hanging from my lower lip + a few minor bites ( one scar). She
    has been very good for 2 yrs now. We made the mistake of
    handling her too much, she started nesting on my lap under a
    blanket + mate with my hands. So we were allowing the hormones
    to go wild and she started attacking us. now we don;t allow
    that, she get's her time out and as soon as she starts to
    mate, she is put back on top of the cage to cool off - same
    goes if she get's really excited. She used to be a screamer
    now that has pretty much stopped. I keep an eye on her
    behavior and we are very careful around her, she still get's
    her cuddling time, but not the same time every day, that way
    she does not get in a routine.
    I know how you feel, I was pretty scared of her too for a
    while, my husband is now very careful with her.
    She get's lots of toys and now she seems to be very happy by
    herself where before she screamed as soon as I stepped out of
    her sight. I do not cover her up at all - ever ! She sleeps
    till we get up. Hope this helps and don;t give up on
    her!!

    On 5/21/06, Jane S. wrote:

    > Most people are unaware that Cockatoos are one of the breeds
    > of birds that in the wild 'get divorced' from their mates.
    > While some species stay together for as long as they live,
    > Cockatoos do not. If your bird wants a 'divorce' from you,
    > there is little you can do about it except ride it out and
    > hope he choses another person in your family, or find him a
    > good home with someone the bird chooses. Good luck either
    > way.
    > On 5/21/06, Bob wrote:
    >> MY UMBRELLA COCKATOO BIT MY VERY HARD CAUSING ME TO BLEED
    >> I AM ABLE TO HANDLE HIM EASILY BEFORE NOW I FEAR HIM. HE
    >> IS A SCREMER AND NEEDS ALOT OF ATTENTION MORE THAN I COULD
    >> GIVE. I MUST ADMIT THAT I DO COVER HIS CAGE OFTEN AND
    >> SPRAY HIM WITH WATER TO SLOW DOWN HIS SCREMING. PERHAPS I
    >> MAY HAVE GONE OVERBOARD WITH THE SRAYING WITH THIS LESSON
    >> LEARN I NOW STOPPED THE SPRAYING. NEVERTHELESS, I AM
    >> CONSIDERING OF GETTING RID OF HIM DUE TO THIS
    >> INCIDENT.HOWEVER, THIS BIRD IS VERY COMPASIONATE AND LOVES
    >> TO CUDDLE. I DO HAVE MIXED FEELINGS HE HAS BEEN OUR PET
    >> FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS AND HES ABOUT 14 Y/O. THERFORE, I AM
    >> REACHING OUT TO MY BIRD BUDDIES FOR ANY RECOMMENDATIONS.
    >> THANKS