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#257991 - 02/15/15 10:23 PM this is Bella (baby girl)  
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We are only using the name Bella for now, avoiding the name baby as much as possible. She wanted to come to me so I granted her wish and she calmly sat on my knee for about 15 minutes, just happy to be close (wish surprised me as she has only been with us for about 4 days). I gave her the up command and she willingly stepped onto my hand when I could see she was becoming a bit restless and placed her on her cage to play with her toys. In the pictures you can see the lack of feathers that I mentioned in my intro post. I'm hoping to get her to eat fruits and veggies soon, but so far she tastes goes yuck and ignores them.

close up of her face and beak.. shouldn't it be darker and shinier?
http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l74/queenladydragon/Bella%20the%20umbrella%20cockatoo/IMG_2101.jpg

not the best belly shot but you can see the bald areas, this area covers her legs and tail, she has three tail feathers. I see some new ones starting to grow hopefully no plucking of them.
http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l74/queenladydragon/Bella%20the%20umbrella%20cockatoo/IMG_2100.jpg

a bit dark, but that is her tail area.. what a mess! poor thing
http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l74/queenladydragon/Bella%20the%20umbrella%20cockatoo/IMG_2099.jpg

her wing underneath.. both wings look like this
http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l74/queenladydragon/Bella%20the%20umbrella%20cockatoo/IMG_2098.jpg

a quiet moment on my knee, just content to sit there and listen to me talk to her.
http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l74/queenladydragon/Bella%20the%20umbrella%20cockatoo/IMG_2097.jpg


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#257995 - 02/16/15 12:25 AM Re: this is Bella (baby girl) [Re: Lady Dragon]  
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As for her beak...it looks fine.

#257996 - 02/16/15 01:43 AM Re: this is Bella (baby girl) [Re: Lady Dragon]  
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Okay, just wanted to make sure. I know her former diet was not the best for her and was wondering if it was reflected in her beak. Its very grey, almost chalky looking in color.


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#258000 - 02/16/15 06:34 AM Re: this is Bella (baby girl) [Re: Lady Dragon]  
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She is adorable! You might try using both names at first "Bella, baby girl " then drop baby girl, may help her to understand that she is Bella. i agree, her beak looks fine, cockatoos have so much powder they always look a little dusty. has she seen an avian vet yet? that should be a priority to make sure the feather loss is mental and not a medical problem. when i got angel she was plucking, once or twice a week showers helped along with alot of toys to keep her busy. I also gave her a supplement called feathertastic, im pretty sure thats the name of it and it made her feathers very soft and not so itchy. If the follicles are not damaged she may have a shot at new feathers but if not we all love naked birds here.


#258012 - 02/16/15 05:00 PM Re: this is Bella (baby girl) [Re: Lady Dragon]  
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Originally Posted By: Lady Dragon

close up of her face and beak.. shouldn't it be darker and shinier?
http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l74/queenladydragon/Bella%20the%20umbrella%20cockatoo/IMG_2101.jpg


Bella's beak looks good. A healthy cockatoo's beak beak has the appearance of a dusty blackboard (slate chalkboard). A healthy cockatoo produces a powdery substance known as "cockatoo dust". This dust covers the bird including her beak. If a bird stops producing dust it can indicate a possible disease.

#258013 - 02/16/15 07:42 PM Re: this is Bella (baby girl) [Re: Lady Dragon]  
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yay im surprised that she is healthy considering she was fed a primary seed diet, and from speaking with the former owner she tried to get the bird to eat other stuff but bella refused to eat anything. I was aware of the dust, ive had cockatiels and they produce a dust as well, just didn't realize that it covered their beak too. thank you for the reply too.


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#258040 - 02/17/15 07:18 PM Re: this is Bella (baby girl) [Re: bellesmom]  
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Originally Posted By: bellesmom
She is adorable! You might try using both names at first "Bella, baby girl " then drop baby girl, may help her to understand that she is Bella. i agree, her beak looks fine, cockatoos have so much powder they always look a little dusty. has she seen an avian vet yet? that should be a priority to make sure the feather loss is mental and not a medical problem. when i got angel she was plucking, once or twice a week showers helped along with alot of toys to keep her busy. I also gave her a supplement called feathertastic, im pretty sure thats the name of it and it made her feathers very soft and not so itchy. If the follicles are not damaged she may have a shot at new feathers but if not we all love naked birds here.


Oh the name thing sounds like a good idea, I'll have to try it. Although I think she tried saying Bella yesterday, garbled though, but each time she says baby girl good girl I repeat but use Bella instead. I see new feathers growing in the plucked areas and since she has been here I have not seen an excessive amount of feathers on the floor or in her cage. she seems to be preening them instead and not obsessively either. I try to preen her crest feathers for her and the skin looks healthy, but each time I do she turns her back to me and lowers her head. Not sure if she is presenting or telling me to stop, so I stop what Im doing and just talk to her. she will also lift her wing closest to me when she turns, I don't pet her there, but I take that advantage to hold her wing firmly and examine and tell her what Im doing. Hopefully this is a good thing.


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