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

Posted by Alison on 6/06/06
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    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
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    I see the responses have really run from one extreme to the
    other. I would tell you this: If you are truly afraid of
    the bird, and that fear is going to keep you from giving your
    bird the attention it desperately needs, added to the fact
    that you already said that he needs more than you could give
    him even before the incident (if I read that correctly), then
    yes, by all means, find a home that is ready, willing and
    prepared to give him what he needs. Not everyone is cut out
    for having a Cockatoo. They are demanding, loud, sometimes
    aggressive and unpredictable, and there is no shame in
    admitting that he is more bird than you can handle. In your
    situation, where he is being punished often, and now you fear
    him to boot, I would find him a new home. Good luck in
    whatever decision you make. -Alison-