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Re: Lets talk about cockatoos :)

Posted by Lora on 3/11/07
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    I live happily with a rose breasted,Sydney 11yrs old, an
    umbrella, Bradley, and Gabriel(the sweetest thing you will
    ever meet) both around 10 and a bare eyed male FORMER
    breeder now just looker. I do need a little a advice or
    maybe words of encouragement from NICE REAL PARROT PEOPLE
    NOT IDOITS
    I took a female bare eyed female from an aquaintance that
    had purchased them sight unseen for breeding, well, the
    female was beat to *&^$, so I had the owner bring them BOTH
    in for complete work ups. I took the female to live with
    me, then my new house was finish and their owner gave me the
    male. Everything was fine until the first week of Feb., I
    was going to NY city with my niece (she had never been,
    21yrs old) and I must have not clicked my Bradleys (U2) cage
    closed (he must be in a totaly escape proof cage) While I
    was gone he let out his buddy (the Bare eyed, I caught them
    many times preening each other when they were out
    excerising.) They got out of the bird room, (again my
    fault) I never shut the door and broke into the bare eyed
    females cage (she lived in the livingroom) and pretty much
    chewed her up(a very bad wound on her left wing main joint
    and many bites to the face, head and feet) (I know it was
    the male, Bradley never bit another bird) I drove her 3
    hours to the vet (just moved didnt an avian vet up here yet)
    and he didn't give her much of chance but I could put her
    down so I gave her meds and changed her bandages and washed
    her wounds for two weeks, just when I thought she was going
    to make she just fell off her perch and was dead in less
    then a minute. We had a beautiful fire pyre for her.
    So, I have a bared eyed male that I hate, I know it isn't
    his fault, but my emotions get the better of me. And anyone
    reading this, I won't have him put down, I will continue to
    feed, water and let him have his time out of his cage like
    my pets because that is the way he should be treated. He
    will never be a pet but now I keep him in a cage Bradley
    cannot break into.
    So I do LOVE my birds and will keep him until I pass away
    or he does because I know he should NEVER EVER be put in a
    breeding situation. And he will never be a pet either. So
    what a person to do but care for him.
    I am sure there is a hundred bird beggers out there that
    will take hime in, then when they "discover" he isn't a good
    pet either lock him in a cage forever and he will live on
    walmart parrot "food" or sell him as a breeder and another
    female will lose her life to him.
    Lora