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#261184 - 06/15/18 10:16 AM New cockatoo parents!  
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Hello and thank you for an amazing forum ! I found this site last night just before bedtime and spent half the night reading many of the posts before collapsing into sleep where I dreamt of chopping veggies !

We are getting our first cockatoo next week, travelling to the UK to collect her (we live in France) We have read as much as we can find about all aspects of being a cockatoo parent and I am sure we have much more to learn but we are more than willing to do so!

Ruby is a 15 month old Ducorps Cockatoo but her current family no longer have the time devote to her due to changes in work schedules. SO they have agreed to allow us to give her a forever home. WE are so excited and can't wait to bring her back with us. We will be travelling in our motorhome and have bought a travelling cage for her. we are taking it to her a week before we collect her so that she has the opportunity to check it out and get used to it before the journey. We have an appointment with an Avian vet in the UK so that he can give her a check up, insert a microchip (mandatory in France) and give us an export certificate (It is easier to travel with dogs than a bird between UK and France, but we can take birds into the UK with no papers at all ! CRAZY )

Of course we intend to keep to her routine when we get her and change it gradually, I believe she has been on a mainly seed diet with fruit and veggies but I am a bit concerned about the high ratio of seeds. I believe pellets are recommended and the avian vet sells Harrisons pellets so I intend to be guided by him initially.

I love the recipes on here for chop and other goodies but since it seems most of the members are in the USA I may struggle with some of the products. However I buy my dog food online for one dog who is on a special diet (he had pancreatitis recently and we nearly lost him! ) thankfully he is fully fit now but his food probably costs more than ours ! I know that, with a little more research, I will find good pellets online so as long as I order in plenty of time I will be fine with that. I also intend to keep reading and you will all probably be sick of my questions before long, but we are determined to do everything that is best for Ruby.

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#261186 - 06/15/18 11:41 AM Re: New cockatoo parents! [Re: ChristineB]  
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Ask the vet if he has samples by chance of pellets. That way you can try them with Ruby before making a large investment. I have actually started limiting the amount of pellets I give to my girl, Cassie each day. She gets them in a forage feeder. Most of her diet is chop with cooked grains or veggies cut up on skewers. There are so many different ways of introducing new foods but be prepared to eat some with her. The most important thing with a too is the flock. Everyone eats together making it the best time to introduce a new item. If she sees you eating it she just may want a bite herself. I have a smaller cage on a wheeled stand for Cassie to eat dinner in. I pull the cage right up to the table next to me while we eat. Some birds do well eating from a dish on the table but Cassie has virtually no manners at all and feels it's her right to wander aimlessly through out plates. When I say through I mean right through the center of the plate leaving foot prints everywhere.


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#261187 - 06/15/18 12:59 PM Re: New cockatoo parents! [Re: ChristineB]  
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Thank you for that suggestion, I know that my vet here in France gave me samples of low fat dog food after Sparky's episode of pancreatitis. I chose the one he liked best and ordered it from zoo plus on line (at about half the price of the same quantity from the vet!) I love the idea of eating at the same time as Ruby to tempt her with new stuff, but I'm guessing that it will be a couple of weeks before she feels safe to come out and inspect our dinner! Don't know what my husband will make of cockatoo footprints in his sunday roast!

#261190 - 06/16/18 12:59 AM Re: New cockatoo parents! [Re: ChristineB]  
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You may be surprised many cockatoos have no idea what bashful is. My guess is she will be out and about within 24 hours of coming home. Toos seem to go according to how people treat them. They are very perceptive and will react to you and your family's interactions. You probably have lots of food that the too can eat already in your home. The pellets will come in time. You may want to try holding back on the seeds until dinner time. Give the veggies/chop and pellets during the day. They will eat and not starve themselves. At dinner time I give seeds and nuts along with what we are eating for dinner that she can have. Since doing this with her I have seen a dramatic increase in her consumption of vegetables. Her pellets I would leave a specific amount in the cage so you can see what is being eaten.


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#261193 - 06/16/18 06:54 PM Re: New cockatoo parents! [Re: ChristineB]  
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Ruby is a very well socialised and friendly bird apparently and will approach anyone who seems friendly. I hope we will be looked on with favour and that she will realise that we want what is best for her. She likes to come out and play and I have seen a video of her stealing a cup of tea so she is a truly British cockatoo lol! She has started to talk, just the usual Hello and someone's name (I think it is their dog!) However, because the owners do not have much time to spend with her she is not talking a lot. I suspect that will change when she is with us as I do tend to talk a lot ! I even talk to one of our dogs who is totally deaf !! I know he can't hear me but I am convinced he understands what I am saying to him ;0) So Ruby's first words here will probably be 'Will you shut up and give me a bit of peace !'

We really can't wait for next week, I'm like a child at Christmas to be honest! We set off for the UK on Monday and on Wednesday we are going to introduce ourselves to Ruby and family. WE are taking her new travelling cage with us so she can get used to it before we collect her the following week. She has an enormous cage which will have to be packed in our trailer so a smaller cage was a must. We have also bought a small animal carrier (the sort you take your cat to the vet in ) which we thought might be useful to take her into the vet for her check up prior to travelling back to France (we need to get an export certificate and have her microchipped ) My husband has fitted two perches in it and it is plenty big enough for Ruby. I thought it might be easier to carry her into the vet in that instead of the rather large travelling cage ( we don't do things by half measures! )

What do you think about feeding her en route? She hasn't really done much travelling by car and I don't know how she will react, if she will get sick or anything. Do cockatoos get travel sick ?? I don't want to do anything that might upset her in any way, and obviously if she seems unsettled we will stop until she is ok. Being in a motor home it is a lot easier than in a car and I'm hoping that she will see it is an extension of her house? I didn't know whether or not to feed her on the morning that we travel to the ferry port.

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#261194 - 06/17/18 11:25 AM Re: New cockatoo parents! [Re: ChristineB]  
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Yes to the carrier! Not only good for vet trips but also trips about town. The travel cage is a must have also. How long of a car trip back to France will it be? Some birds do fine traveling but others can get car sick. I'm lucky and Cassie does excellent traveling. We recently took her to South Carolina a 16 hour trip. We did it in a straight shot. I had her carrier with me for dark hours and her travel cage for light hours. We just made sure to stop a few times once the sun came so that she could stretch her wings. I would wait to feed her until you are on the road. Be sure she has water available and some fresh ginger root to chew on, it helps with nausea


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#261195 - 06/17/18 11:53 AM Re: New cockatoo parents! [Re: ChristineB]  
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Oh thank you for that advice. We thought the carrier would be easier both to take into the vet's and also for them to get her out once there. Of course she will actually travel in the larger cage. I bought the large size one so that we can perhaps use it when we go away in the motor home. It is actually the same size as the one our two Bichon travel in so she will have lots of room. The main problem may be whether she will step up and allow us to transfer her from one cage to the other .

The feeding tip is useful as well, as is the ginger root advice. I knew ginger was good for nausea but never thought of giving it to Ruby to chew on! I have some always in the freezer for cooking with but I will buy some fresh while we are in the UK.

Our journey isn't too arduous. In the UK it is a four hour journey to Portsmouth from the vet's after her morning appointment. The journey will be broken a couple of times to walk the dogs and have lunch. We are to arrive at the Ferry at 21.30 for a crossing overnight from 23.00 to 06.30. We have a cabin and the dogs stay in the motorhome. Ruby will be in the motorhome as well but she will be in her cage, covered of course, high up on our bed where the dogs won't even be able to see her let alone get to the cage. However if she seems unsettled Dave says he is going to stay in the motorhome for the night. (not really allowed but, shhhh, no-one will know!)

When we get off the ferry we then have another drive of four and a half hours to our home in South West France....... actually on a map we are almost in the centre of the country but we are classed as South West! It is an easy drive with straight roads so no swerving around corners and we don't travel at any great speeds anyway so I hope she will be fine. As I said, any sign of stress and we will stop for the night and do the journey in two easy stages. I guess we have to play it by ear at first.

#261196 - 06/17/18 11:56 PM Re: New cockatoo parents! [Re: ChristineB]  
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When I first began taking Cassie out and about with me I always played up to her how much fun we were having. Toos really do pick up on emotion of owners. So if you are having fun (very animated) then Ruby will also. You get over feeling self conscious of others seeing you when acting silly. My neighbors, the staff at Lowes, the bank and the local donut shop are all use to my crazy antics. Have an awesome trip.


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