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#257545 - 12/20/14 07:06 PM New-to-me G2 Rescue- needs a name!  
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Here's my little feathered friend... he came to me with no "name", and doesn't seem to identify himself by one, so.... any thoughts? (I had him DNA sexed at the AV)

So far the list of possible names is:
Griffin
Luca
Zorro wink


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#257547 - 12/20/14 08:13 PM Re: New-to-me G2 Rescue- needs a name! [Re: CrocusBlooms]  
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You have a sweet, little bird.

I'll throw one in for consideration, Jellybean. I saw a bird trainer with an M2 named Jellybean and I thought if I had a bird that didn't know their name that's what I would name it. Good for a male or female.

All the best in your life together.

#257548 - 12/20/14 08:50 PM Re: New-to-me G2 Rescue- needs a name! [Re: CrocusBlooms]  
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Thanks Bajarascal!

So far he does seem sweet ( the AV and her vet-tech also thought so)... however he IS still a young'un ( 2 or 3 years-ish is the estimate) and so I know that can/will change when he comes into his sexual/hormonal maturity in the next few years. Hopefully lots of trust-building and trick-training will help us minimize that (bite wood- LOL)

I like the name Jellybean (so cute!) and will put it on the list of possibilities. I figure if I have a list, then as he becomes accustomed to his new habitat and shows his "true" personality- we will see what "fits".


thanks again for the Name idea!

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#257556 - 12/21/14 02:51 AM Re: New-to-me G2 Rescue- needs a name! [Re: CrocusBlooms]  
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He's adorable! The little ones become sexually mature much younger than the big guys. At 2 or 3 he has already reached sexual maturity.


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#257557 - 12/21/14 03:24 AM Re: New-to-me G2 Rescue- needs a name! [Re: CrocusBlooms]  
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That's a really good idea - to see what fits.

I read your other posts on your bird's history...

Is this your first cockatoo? Since he is still young and has had a less than affectionate owner you probably have an advantage over most 2nd, 3rd time etc owners. Have you read on here about not petting below the neck? Petting below the neck can make cockatoos hormonal, something you want to avoid at all costs. Since you mentioned the sexual/hormonal maturity I thought I'd mention that. We are trying to get our girl redirected after her last owner sent her into a hormonal frenzy. You have a chance at least to have a well balanced little fellow.

#257558 - 12/21/14 03:59 AM Re: New-to-me G2 Rescue- needs a name! [Re: CrocusBlooms]  
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Yes indeed, I have read about not petting below the neck, and have even had a "little talk" with the folks who are fostering him (only for the next few days until the new "Empire Macaw cage" arrives and I have a safe place for him to be in my home).

Funny thing is, when I had this talk with her my lovely lady neighbor said " oh... maybe that's why my daughter has been having problems with her bird (an IRN) trying to mate with her arm ... etc. etc..."

Needless to say when I returned home I immediately sent her a link to the "sex and the psittacine" article on the parrot island site.

I should mention that my area of study in college was animal communication- though most of my experience has been with rescued horses and dogs, I have found that patience, an awareness of an animal's "energy levels" (not trying to be woo-woo here), and "taking it at their pace" can go a long way.

Apparently I'm the only one who is able to put my hands in and out of his cage, and have him step up ( I offer a hand, and let him choose whether or not he wants to- if he doesn't he will put his head down and turn away- often with a whiny nasal little "no!" LOL (pretty freaking cute)

My rules so far:

1) on-the-hand time is Fun Time- I hand-feed new foods, offer fun toys, and give head and ear scratches (he will reach up with his foot to show me *where* he wants to be scratched!!) and give rides up into the air ( arm extended above my head and then back down) with a whoosh! sound (he LOVES this and will stand tall every time my arm goes UP!) we also dance to fun music smile

2)I will not force myself on him or coerce him to do anything. For Example: when it was time to go to the vet's, I made the inside of the cage REALLY interesting by playing with a new toy in there until he decided he wanted "in" on the action wink

3)no shoulder-time... as that's a privilege he will have to earn (if ever). we can have fun hand-and-scratch time without putting him in a position that could potentially be unsafe for us both)

4) give him one new experience a day ( new food, new toy, ride in the car, branch from the bamboo, etc...

geez. this turned into a tome... maybe I should post it in the "rescue" section? sorry Moderators! I'm just all jazzed to have other knowledgeable "bird people" to "talk" to LOL


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#257559 - 12/21/14 04:05 AM Re: New-to-me G2 Rescue- needs a name! [Re: CrocusBlooms]  
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and yes bajarascal- this is my first cockatoo- we had a family cockatiel (Sir Francis Drake) when I was a teen- it spent a lot of time with me, but when I went away to college, my mother re-homed him without telling me frown

in my 20s I (briefly) rented a cabin on a farm from a couple who turned out to be animal hoarders. I will post the story elsewhere, but I spent several weeks caring for their flock of ( very malajusted) parrots and cockatoos. a sad story, but an experience that definitely opened my eyes to the difficult side of living with 'toos.


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#257562 - 12/21/14 07:54 AM Re: New-to-me G2 Rescue- needs a name! [Re: CrocusBlooms]  
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Thanks, Nancy!

I didn't know that about the littler ones "maturing" earlier. That's a nice little surprise! smile


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#257800 - 01/19/15 05:43 PM Re: New-to-me G2 Rescue- needs a name! [Re: CrocusBlooms]  
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So just an update, as I've been posting in the other areas of the forum, but forgot to get back to this thread wink

The Tiny Dinosaur (formerly known as Wesley) has become Griffin!

The name just seems to suit his personality, and I love the mythological/ ancient symbolism attached. I also read somewhere that one theory is that ancient and medieval travelers saw exposed dinosaur fossils along their route through Mongolia and explained them as the remains of a "half- bird, half-beast"... All the recent proof (DNA sequencing, fossil evidence, flight research, etc) pretty much proves the bird-Dino evolutionary link, and that just tickles my brain-bone. smile

Thanks for all of the suggestions!


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#257824 - 01/21/15 09:50 PM Re: New-to-me G2 Rescue- needs a name! [Re: CrocusBlooms]  
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He just looks so cute and friendly in that picture. smile The other day was looking at your photo in hi-res mode, and I noticed that you have "customized blinds". grin

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#257834 - 01/23/15 03:57 AM Re: New-to-me G2 Rescue- needs a name! [Re: CrocusBlooms]  
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haha smile

yep- he thoughtfully dis-mantled the the foster-folks blinds... I went to their house just yesterday to help hang the new ones- LOl. Here with me he doesn't get to stay on top of the cage when I'm out of the room yet... too many things to be curious and chew on still. My BF is trying to teach him to say "Griffin, Destroy!!" as if he is Godzilla... oh no... Griffzilla!

He IS super friendly as long as you pay attention to the "No" body language. Sometimes if you ask: "Griffin, do you want to step up?" he replies: "No!" in this whiny mumble. Using his words...REALLY funny... really clear! smile

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