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#219433 - 04/15/10 07:44 AM I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky  
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Hi All,

My name is Jim I live on the coast in country northern New South Wales Australia.
I put out wild bird mix for local parrots and have Sulphurs, Crimson Rosesella's, King Parrots, Gang Gangs, Rainbow Lorikeets, Corella's etc etc visit my feeder and watering system when times are tough in the bush (and not so tough).

12 days ago there were 4 Sulphurs guarding the food from Lorikeets who were trying everything to get close to the food but to no avail, my wife noticed a 5th Sulphur sitting up under the house eves by itself. He/she slowly made it's way down to have a drink which is about 4 feet from the food and 3 of the other sulphurs flew instantly and bowled it over.
Then the sulphur that was bowled over flew off to a low shrub and then the unbeliavable happened we heard "Hello Cocky" come from the bird.
I went and grabbed a towel and walked over quiet easily picked the bird up and he was repeatedly saying "hello Cocky".

I nursed him in the towel until my wife returned with an old cocky cage that we keep in the shed for injured birds and he popped straight in there and drank water like there was no tommorrow.
Within 1/2 an hour he was having his head scratched putting up his wing for a scratch and saying "Scratch Cocky" and a few other unitellible sentences and words.....so definately he's either an escapee or he's been dumped.

We've put an add in the local paper and checked with the local vets and no one is missing him or claimed him.

We had a Sulphur for 38 years and lost him 7 years ago after an operation for two tumours on his vent. We're not over the loss of him and the mere thought of him makes tears well up.

This cocky is tame (but in no way as tame as our previous cocky) I don't trust him 100% and he's not hand tame (to climb up) but is a talker (has learnt our terriers bark already) and loves getting scratched.

We just really don't know what to do, of course the bird is working it's way into our hearts, but we are questioning (it's diminishing everyday) whether we really want to take him on.

Cockys because there commonplace here more than often not just end up forgetton in a cage at the bottom of someones yard. We don't want to give him to anyone where this will happen.

Looks like we have unwittingly 'adopted' a sulphur for the duration. One half of my brain is elated and the other half is going "oh my god you do realise what you're getting yourself in for".

Sorry for the long first post.....just needed to connect with some fellow "bird brains" and advice would be gladly accepted and most appreciated.

Kind regards to you one and all,

Jim

#219436 - 04/15/10 12:57 PM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: Jim.D]  
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Congratulations on having the pleasure of this sweety in your home! That was lucky for him you saw the others picking on him!!!!
Sounds like you have lots of experience with Toos but there are many topics here you may find helpful such as diet, ABA, etc...
Will let the moderators and more senior members offer more help, but glad you are here :-)
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#219437 - 04/15/10 01:14 PM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: Rukesmom]  
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I would say you have a new addition to your household. I would get a vet check and give this little guy/girl a home.

Oh, by the way....welcome to Mytoos.

#219438 - 04/15/10 01:49 PM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: Elliott]  
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Thanks Rukesmom and Elliot.

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Sounds like you have lots of experience with Toos


Thats the thing really....actually we don't. My Mum found our original Cocky as well, but he was just 100% totally tame and trustworthy. He used to climb up the side of the bed and sleep under the covers, went with us on holidays...he was just one of the family.
Yes, we know about the screeching, the feathers, the dust, the mess, the seed, all our cupboard doors used to be chewed, but that was just all part and parcel of having a loved family member. But there was no training involved or anything like that.

This new cocky has worked his magic already, he's filled a missing void (though our original cocky can never be replaced and I have tears just talking about him) he's just absolutely beautiful and he seems just so happy to be "safe" with us. I don't think he was going to last long with the wild cockys.

I'm just going to have to read as much as I can here and ask lots of questions. I'm retired now (though much younger than normal retiree age) so I'm home all day and have ample time.

I just want to do the right thing from the start and give this fella the best chance of the happiest life he can have.

I know it sounds crazy, but there just seems to be some aura of sadness about him. I'd bet anything that he's been neglected for a very long time and someone has finally just opened his door up and "dumped" him to be shot of the problem.

Once again thanks and I'm sure I'll get to converse with you on many occasions here.

#219440 - 04/15/10 02:29 PM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: Jim.D]  
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What a very lucky bird to have found you.


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#219442 - 04/15/10 03:33 PM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: JBryan]  
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Welcome to Mytoos! Seems like you both need each other...I would love to see pictures of your Cocky, as well as the birds at your bird feeder!


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#219445 - 04/15/10 04:31 PM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: Jim.D]  
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Welcome Jim and you new little angel. Sounds like this lil guy flew into your heart and yard for a reason smile. As for getting correct info on how to live with your angel, this is the best place in the world to do so. Read all you can and never hesitate to ask questions. If you are looking for good honest truth, you will find it here.

No "Too" can ever take the place of another, but for those of us who have been loved by one....well only we can understand that void once they have passed.

Get your new lil angel to the vet asap, and read read read all you can within this forum.

Welcome to the Mytoos Family!


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#219458 - 04/15/10 07:56 PM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: FeatheredAngels]  
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Well Jim I think you saved a life here...that Cocky likely wouldn't have made it too long unless he had been accepted at some point into a flock which can be unlikely.He was trying but it doesn't sound like the others were.I am so glad you noticed him.

Basically I would take him to the vet for some blood work and see where you are at with him and see if there are any health issues. You just never know. Sounds like you had a good vet already so you know what that is all about.

Then I would take things slow with him and let him come to you.Your off to a great start cause he is allowing some interactions already with the head skritching.

Just let him be him and I am sure you will know how to read the body language on what is acceptable to him.If you see him get uncomfortable just slow down a bit. Offer him tons of things he likes for treats for everything good he does and I am sure you will get a nice relationship out of your work and commitment to him.He could just still be a bit scared of things at this time and may very well have had some training that isn't showing through yet.

How sad that people can just open a door and let their birds go like that. Even if it is their native home I still think it is very unfair.Can they really survive like that after being fed and fussed over by humans for any length of time?


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#219485 - 04/16/10 02:22 AM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: Janny]  
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I can post photos and I'd love to, I'm an amateur photographer!

I have a lot of questions, is it ok to keep this thread going by asking questions within, or should I start a new one somewhere else?

#219487 - 04/16/10 02:39 AM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: Jim.D]  
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Hi, Jim, and welcome. If you have photos or wish to discuss topics outside of this one about your new found cockie, please just look though the forums and post in the appropriate one.

My wife and I have a Galerita as well. They are stunning birds and if you can't see your way clear to take this one in, I hope you will search for an appropriate home for him. Good luck and we look forward to your input and photos! smile

#219492 - 04/16/10 05:25 AM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: Charlie]  
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welcome to you and your new friend. still trying to imagine looking out your window and watching that wild bird line up. wow. smile


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#219495 - 04/16/10 05:45 AM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: dirtgirl2009]  
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I doubt that it is sheer luck that landed this bird in your care...sounds like fate to me.

Welcome to Mytoos!


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#219496 - 04/16/10 05:46 AM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: dirtgirl2009]  
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Originally Posted By: dirtgirl2009
welcome to you and your new friend. still trying to imagine looking out your window and watching that wild bird line up. wow. smile


It's just my part of the world. But don't worry I have a thing for Bald Headed Eagles, bears and squirrels (oh how I love squirrels) and I can't imagine seeing squirrels in the wild.

Oh and re: the birds, it's not all great......you should see what they do to our T.V aerial and even the wire insulation from the street poles to our house frown

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lol, well when you put it like that........i can honestly say i've seen a bear in the last month, a bald eagle in the last week, and those darn sqirrels will be right out my front window first thing tomorrow morning stealing the wild bird seed. lol.


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#219501 - 04/16/10 02:02 PM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: dirtgirl2009]  
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How is Cocky this morning? is it his (her) name????


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#219518 - 04/16/10 05:19 PM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: Jim.D]  
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Originally Posted By: Jim.D


Oh and re: the birds, it's not all great......you should see what they do to our T.V aerial and even the wire insulation from the street poles to our house frown


Oh my goodness, and we think it is hard keeping them from destroying everything in the house lol. I had only thought how amazing it would be to see them flying free, hadnt thought about the damage they would be doing to the outside of your homes there.


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#219541 - 04/17/10 02:20 AM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: FeatheredAngels]  
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It sounds like this bird landed in a safe place. Even if you cannot keep him/her, at least s/he's in a safe place. smile

Definitely sounds like someone got tired of their bird and thought that releasing their bird into the wild would be fine. I doubt that wild birds would accept a household bird into their flock, so you probably saved this bird's life.

#219550 - 04/17/10 08:13 AM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: Cidsa]  
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My wife and I are going to keep "Cocky" (yes I know hardly original, but it's so Aussie).

He has melted our hearts and we feel blessed that he landed at our place.

So we have a new addition to our family. Our youngest child left home in December and we have an "empty nest" so it's all worked out pretty well for all involved.

Our two sons live close by in their own homes, so in unforeseen circumstances, Cocky will have somewhere and someone to always love and look after his welfare.
We have an appointment with a specialist bird vet on Monday in Sydney, which means a 7 hour return drive, the vets receptionist spoke to the vet about our concerns of the length of the trip and we were reasurred by the vet through the receptionist that the trip would not put any undo stress on Cocky.

I have lots and lots of questions for you all.

#219551 - 04/17/10 01:07 PM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: Jim.D]  
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Jim welcome to Mytoos. Looks like Cocky has found himself a safe and loving haven. Congratulations to all of you.
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#219552 - 04/17/10 01:23 PM Re: I need advice - Sulphur Crested Cocky [Re: BE2Cassie]  
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great news~ I am so happy for you and Cocky :-)


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