Hello! I am new and hope that this is the right forum for my questions. I rescued Dewey from an unstable situation four weeks ago and am learning volumes from her and this site. She ate pellets for the first time today after I saw someone's suggestion that some birds do better with a warm mash
. I have several questions regarding behaviors and welfare.
Why does "white noise" from the vacuum or furnace blower cause her to bathe?
Why does she peel fresh willow sticks (about 4" long) then rub them on the bars of her cage?
The past few days she goes into a zone and spends 10 or 15 minutes on the floor in one corner
of her cage, scratching, foraging, chewing wood, and pushing her beak around. The floor is full of things meant for her to forage, but she seems frenetic and it's impossible to distract her. Is this neurosis or fun??
She paced neurotically at first but rarely does so now. Her out-of-cage behavior seems relatively normal. She's becoming more comfortable not being velcro.
Is it possible for a Cockatoo to adapt to two homes? I live alone, and a close friend and I have discussed being co-moms so that no matter what happens with one or the other of us, Dewey will always be with someone whom she knows and who understands her needs. The friend does raptor education and is amazing with her. She will also learn the peculiarities and expectations before committing.