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#202267 - 06/15/09 07:40 AM Need Info on RB2  
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I have been on this site for several weeks reading all your post about TOO's.. I was contacted about rescuing a RB2.... I have never had a TOO so I am interested in the truth to having one. I ask for a month before letting them know if I can take her, She is 2yrs old and has lived a HORRIBLE life, locked in a dark room, her diet was all seeds, her cage was large enough for her but the IDIOT (for lack of a better word)wired a bbq grill rack 14" from the top so her grandkids couldnt get bit! She has been plucking, but in the rescue she has stopped. I went by again yesterday to see her. When I talk to her she trembles.. But right before I left she turned her head sideways she scooted to the end of the perch by me. Featherless and all she is so breathtaking, she is trustworthy even after being treated so awful.I have fostered for rescues manytimes, but Ezzie has made me think long term this time. I had my Avian Vet check her out. She is fine other than needing TLC and a proper diet, and human interaction. I am a stay at home mom (my boys are 16)so I have plenty of time, 20 acre farm, 20'x20' outside avairy, I have been looking for her a new larger inside cage, I have had fostered birds (African Grays, Macaws, I have a Red Tail Hawk right now that I am fostering for the fish n wildlife until he learns to fly)but never a TOO. Are RB2's that different? I would love for other RB2 owners to give me some advice on the little "quirks" they have.. Thanks so much!

#202269 - 06/15/09 09:58 AM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: Lolitta]  
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My husband and I have had the pleasure of living with an RB2 for several years. Rocky is a breeze - he's happy, healthy, well travelled and well socialised.
Quirks? I think every bird, no matter which species, is going to have his or her own quirks - Rocky enjoys untying knots. He's also a bit of a flirt with any men who visit! As a juvenile he used to enjoy rolling over on his back while playing but I have witnessed young galahs doing this in the wild so it's really nothing out of the ordinary.
As long as you offer her everything she needs in the way of attention, health care, nutrition, exercise and housing I'm sure she'll blossom and develop her own little quirks.


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#202273 - 06/15/09 11:58 AM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: Rocky From Oz]  
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I have had S for 2 1/2 years (she's 3 1/2 yo). She is the biggest clown! I think you should use the search function, since there have been MANY conversations about RB2's over the years. She is the sunshine of my life but she is definitely bonded to me. She tolerates my husband for the most part. I don't think there are any too's that are 'easy' ie daily clean up, routine, cooking for them, attention, etc. They biggest hurdles I have had to overcome with her was 1st a seed diet and 2nd biting my husband. Best of luck on your decision!

#202361 - 06/17/09 05:55 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: Scarletts mom]  
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Well I have been visiting Ezzie alot, she seems to be warming up more and more each time I go. I have deceided to take her...... smile Thank you for your input. I am SURE I will need lots more help in the coming months... I am really needing a refresher on DIET! My red tail eats all raw meat or live animals! Can TOOs eat boiled, roasted and raw peanuts? I have seen people make a "toy" of food, ie string raw veggies and fruits, any help will again be welcomed!


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#202364 - 06/17/09 06:56 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: Lolitta]  
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I know nothing about Rose-breasted cockatoos but I do have a word on peanuts. Peanuts grow under the ground and, therefore, have a greater potential to harbor aspergillosis and other fungus and molds that are dangerous to birds. Peanuts are, however, okay to feed in moderation or as a treat; just be sure to buy human grade roasted nuts as they have tighter inspection requirements. Never feed them raw.

I understand RB2s forage on the ground more than many other species but food toys are a big hit here at our house. smile

#202384 - 06/17/09 11:10 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: Charlie]  
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I have two RB2s, Hannah 11 and Harry 6. They are very loving birds and develop close bonds, with Hannah more bonded to my husband and Harry more bonded to me. Like any bird, it takes time to develop trust and a bond. It sounds like you might be on your way with the rescued RB2.

As Charlie mentions, they love to forage on the ground like galahs in the wild. Besides the toys that hang up, we take pieces of wood chewed off wood toys and put them in empty botique kleenex boxes with tops off and they play on the cage bottom or floor with their box of toys. They really like to chew on things.

We give peanut treats off and on but never peanuts in a shell (The shells of peanuts sometimes carry a fungus among other things.), raw or cooked. We give them a half of a peanut from a planters can of unsalted mixed nuts for treats now and then. Along with Zoopreem fruit flavored pellets and ABBA seed mixture (also contains dried veggies and fruits) we give them fresh veggies (never Avacodo) and fruits cut up fine. We usually make it a flock occasion when giving treats sitting down at a table near their cages (they are housed separately)and all eating together.

RB2s along with Amazons are more prone to obesity, so be careful about high calorie treats. We had problems with Hannah robusto and had to put her on restricted foods with the vets recomendation.

They have a great search engine here. I would search RB2 and galah along with searches on names of RB2 owners like me and others above where you will get a lot of good information. General information on all the parrots here can also be very helpful for you as it has for me.....


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#202403 - 06/18/09 03:00 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: RB2sMom]  
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Thanks for all the advice! It seems I have found a one stop shop for all my Too's needs smile


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#202420 - 06/18/09 09:44 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: Lolitta]  
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Please be sure your shop does not support breeders or worse yet, breed themselves! Also, I noticed in another post of yours that RB2's should not go on the ground; sounds like just keep it clean as they will play there :-)


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#202469 - 06/19/09 06:07 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: Rukesmom]  
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Originally Posted By: Rukesmom
Please be sure your shop does not support breeders or worse yet, breed themselves! Also, I noticed in another post of yours that RB2's should not go on the ground; sounds like just keep it clean as they will play there :-)


I was meaning mytoos.com is my one stop shop smile They cage she has now doesn't have a grate between her and the bottom of them cage. I have been looking for a new cage. My house wont be finished for about 3 weeks and then I am waiting a week (due to paint fumes)before I bring her home. Any advice on size? I dont want to get one too big and make her feel lost...


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#202473 - 06/19/09 07:48 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: Lolitta]  
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I've worked with a few of them in the past and so far, it seems like you have quite a bit of valuable information here as it is!

What I can add is - Do you have any plans on setting up some foraging activities/areas for Ezzie? If you don't have the ability to let them have free run of the house or a room (who does?!) then a larger cage might be ideal for this.

The guys at the sanctuary here are lucky since their aviary consists of perches, branches and cargo nets to get lost in. We hang various toys (paper plates, dixie cups, wood blocks) that we hide their food in.

I've seen a lot of anti-social birds have a complete change of personality once they are given freedom to choose like this.


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#202474 - 06/19/09 08:07 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: ParrotPerson]  
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This is wandering off topic a little but...

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I've seen a lot of anti-social birds have a complete change of personality once they are given freedom to choose like this.


There's that word again, choice, the ability to choose. This is one of the premier words to remember. How is your life affected when your choices are limited? The less choice you have in life, the less quality that life will have. Parrots are no different and their personalities will reflect that freedom, just as yours would.

It is impossible to overstate the importance of providing choices, for any parrot!


#202484 - 06/19/09 09:54 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: Charlie]  
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We have a large aviary outside that I am planning on introducing her to. We have a "foster" hawk in it, but he will be leaving soon (then of course theres clean-up) and then she can enjoy it.. weather permitting! I have been buyin all sorts of chew toys, perches and swings to play with. ALthough I hear a cardboard box would do the trick smile I am plannin on allowing her out of her cage, but I will wait til she learns "step Up" (or I'll never get her back in) and feels comfortable with us. But every morning I will open her cage and give her the choice to stay in or come out and play. I am planning on going back for a visit with her tomorrow... There has been such a change in her personality over the last few weeks, and Charlie you are right! Her change is do to her "CHOICE" of freedom to roam her cage, play with toys and have something other than SEEDS to eat! A little TLC makes ALL the difference in their attitudes!


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#202488 - 06/19/09 10:55 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: Lolitta]  
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Originally Posted By: Lolitta
Her change is do to her "CHOICE" of freedom to roam her cage, play with toys and have something other than SEEDS to eat! A little TLC makes ALL the difference in their attitudes!


Actually, that's our slogan here at the Parrot Garden (Best Friends) - "Choice; it's their right, our responsibility." So yes, I cannot stress the importance of that enough!

You can tell there's a sudden moment of realization when they look at you (especially a Too) and you can almost see a light bulb go off over their head. "You mean I can come out of my cage if I want to??"


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#202932 - 06/26/09 03:45 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: ParrotPerson]  
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Well I went for a visit with Ezmerela (ezzie) yesterday, She is PINK smile. She has completely stopped plucking!! She is still not wanting human contact. She doesnt bite, she just moves to the other side of her cage. I bought zupreem, and even fresh veggies and fruit, she still wont touch them. She likes a food called pretty bird... she has started throwing her new food to the bottom of her cage(doesnt have a grate) and later nibbling on it.. The man at the resuce said usually they dont allow RB2 on the bottom of the cage, but in her case she has never been allowed to the bottom and shes loving it so hes allowing her. I bought her a new cage as well. I can not wait to bring her home.... The house should be finished soon (atleast I hope so). She hasnt screamed the 1st time.. She is starting to talk some. Everyone at the rescue says shes not like any RB2 they've ever seen.......... smile


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#202934 - 06/26/09 04:08 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: Lolitta]  
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RB2's are ground feeders, so it's not surprising tha she likes the bottom of her cage, and foraging there. Just be sure when you bring her home that you change the cage paper frequently.

Best of luck.


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#203007 - 06/27/09 02:36 AM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: EchosMom]  
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Try a shoe box lid full of grapenuts and hide treats in it. S loves to forage, it is in thier blood. Definitely get the biggest cage you can WITH a grate. You dont want them foraging in feces. Get LOTS of foraging toys and change them frequentley. You will be astounded by their intelligence. She can crack the code to any bank vault out there, I am sure of it! LOL! smile

#203327 - 07/01/09 01:34 PM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: Scarletts mom]  
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RB2s love to be busy. We have hanging toys above and their little box of foot toys on the bottom cage grate so they can forage and play on the cage floor. We scrape and clean the cage grate regularly since they are on the cage floor a lot. We use dilute vinegar water as has been suggested by others. The acidic vinegar water helps disolve any remaining poopie residue; be sure to get the white vinegar and not the apple cider kind unless you want your too's home smelling like a salad. grin


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#203451 - 07/03/09 05:28 AM Re: Need Info on RB2 [Re: RB2sMom]  
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I have an adorable young RB2 called Puffin and I live in Australia so have the pleasure of seeing wild flocks of them all the time.
I have found Puff, above all of the too's I have homed over the years, to be the most independant out of the other specis of cockatoos. He is content to do his own thing but does love to just 'be' with me (he will sit on my lap and doze off to sleep every night).
I have found him to be quite nippy, I must say, and very quick to react - also a bit of a perch potato during the day. He has a HUGE personality, very vocal and comedic and VERY determined.
All the flocks of RB2's I've seen are VERY vocal and very much foragers on the ground, I have found foraging one of Puff's favourite activities and he always babbles back to me when I ask him how his day has been. In the backyard (we go for walks outside every day), he loves to dig, pick up gumnuts, twigs, toys and find stuff in the grass.
With fresh food - try warm sweet potato, warm pumkin, fresh corn on the cob and raw silverbeet - they are his favourites. I put a piece on a small kebob and hang it in his cage every morning and he scrambles to it quick as his little legs can take him!!
Good luck with your new baby - have lots of fun, your in for a treat with an RB2, lucky you!!
Anita


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