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

Posted by friend on 6/19/06
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    On 6/09/06, Cherie wrote:
    >
    I'm sure this has been said before but have you considered an
    avian behaviorialist consultation?

    This is great advice!
    >
    > Cherie
    >
    >
    > On 6/06/06, Alison wrote:
    >> 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
    >> ___________________________________________
    >> 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-