My bird gets so exited when he hears the noises of other cockatoos on a website. As he is 40 years old he probably was wild caught. I have a large house and garden and a very large macaw cage I bought from a friend. Do you think I should find another bird a cockatoo for a partner for him? I do not wish to breed birds so a female I think is out of the question but I hear males placed together fight. What do you think? The people who initially rescued him found him in a bsreeding facility which for whatever reason was unsuccessful. Lilly foundation has many rescued cockatoos many plucked some sulfur some moluccan that need homes. What do you think
Questions for you. Do you have the space needed for two large birds and their belongings? Do you have enough room to keep them separated if they don't like each other? Do you have the financial stability to supply food, toys, veterinary cost? Do you have enough time that you can spend time with both birds separately if needed?
Thank you for your reply. That is something to consider carefully. In answer to your question I do not think I wish to devote that much time that might be required. I know my limitations. I am not a bird rescue nor do I wish to be. If I embarked on this project and it did not work out I would have extreme difficulty relinquishing the second bird. Sometimes we need someone to bring us back to earth. Well Skippy and I are progressing he accepts my touch and likes a scritch and allows me to preen his sheathed feathers. I bought him a carrier from Pak-o-bird it's lovely to me anyway, but he is terrified of it but we will keep trying. This morning I took him outside in another cage I have and he watched with interest as I cut back the vines that right now are out of control in my garden. We were out there for approx 4 hours him in the shade and me sweating in the sunshine. When I turned on the water hose I was unaware it was open and as it squirted me and as it drenched me he laughed and stamped his foot on the perch as he was laughing. This is why we love birds
Sorry I couldn't find the edit button. But what I wish to ask is that we are making progress or so I thought. Skippy was stepping up for me to take him outside for his morning shower in the front garden when my gardener and neighbour got into an argument. He witnessed this and went balistic he was screeming flapping his wings totally distressed I tried to take him in and had to pry his feet of the perch. Both him and I were very upset. My neighbourhood is quiet and nothing like this ever occurs. But I feel we have gone back to square one he will not allow me to take him into the garden and he has started going into the bottom of his cage and hissing like he did when I first got him. Still I will keep plodding on I feel this bird is so delicate I am not ever sure I can fulfill his needs.
For now let him decide when it's safe to come out of the cage. It wont hurt him to avoid the garden area for a time. It could be that one of the people arguing reminded him of someone in his past that wasn't very nice to him. Let him set the pace. Maybe there is another area of the yard that he could visit. As far as the edit button I'm sorry I should have been clear it can be used for only a short time after the original post. It's to be used when you decide to add or change your post.
Try to maintain a positive attitude. Birds pick up on emotions, so if you are planning for the worst, he'll know something is going on and may live down to your expectations. Keep working on learning his behavior and understanding what he's trying to communicate and you will develop a great relationship. You've got this, but try not to be too negative or worried about things. They should absolutely not be pets - we all do the best we can, but even the best private home is nowhere what he'd have in the wild. It's up to us to try to provide the best captive lives we can, and it sounds like you're well on your way. Keep it up!!!
Adding another cockatoo right now may cause more stress for Skippy, he has been through a lot, losing his family and getting used to another home, let him get comfortable and settled before you add another flock member. I think you are doing fine, let him watch you go outside and do your gardening without incident and he will see all is ok and I think he will let you know when he is ready to go back out. I like giving my birds choices, sometimes they want to go in another room or out to the patio and sometimes not, I never force them unless its absolutely necessary. He is still getting used to you and his new home, it takes awhile. Cockatoos and parrots in general love routines, mine look at me like I have lost my mind if I change things up too much.