I'll try this again since it looks like the site died for a moment at the exact moment I sent my last post. Not sure if that's an omen or not...
I'd like your advice on a rescue I'm considering. I'm still reading through the site, but would like some opinions.
I'm 22 years old and currently working at home. If things go as planned, that will be the case for a long while. I have three dogs (large, mixed breeds, rescues), 2 Quaker parrots (3 & 4 years old), a rabbit, a duck, and fish. No children.
A week ago, a friend of mine who lives in Canada told me about a bird in a pet store near her. She's been visiting this cockatoo for about 6 months now. Her name is Liberty and she's either a greater or lesser sulfur crested cockatoo judging from the description. I'm still waiting on a picture. If I decide to take her, this will be her fourth move in her short 2 1/2 year old life.
Her first home was great. She was living with a man who spent a lot of time with her and tamed her. She had no cage there, and was free to follow him around. Unfortunately, he got sick and had to go in the hospital. This forced him to give her up to a humane society type of organization.
That organization decided to breed her. She was only about a year old at the time. I don't know if they weren't aware of this, or if they didn't have all their info straight.... but obviously she was too young. When she refused to mate, the male attacked and ripped out almost all her feathers.
From there, she was given to the pet store to be sold. She's been there for about 8 months. Her feathers are still gone and may never regrow. According to my friend, she has less feathers than "Joey" on this site. To make matters worse, she constantly preens what little feathers she does have. I don't know yet if she's actually pulling out new feathers or not.
The pet store has her on a seed, fruit and veggie diet. They take her out of the cage occasionally. My friend has been visiting her for about 6 months (budgie owner) and says she's very affectionate, always wanting to be petted. She's 2 1/2 years old now as far as they know.
Other than the feathers problem, she seems to be healthy. She coos when petted and yells when you try to walk away. No sign of talking at this point, but that's not surprising.
Due to the way she looks, the pet store is eager to get rid of her and is asking only $250. If I get her, I would set up a cage here, drive up to Canada (I'm in the US), pick her up and take her immediately to the vet, then drive back down with her in a travel cage after getting a vet certification for crossing the border.
I have dealt with rescues before (abused dog, poorly weaned Quaker, bird behavior problems...) but never with a large bird. I would love to get some advice here. It will be at least a month before I'm able to go get her so I'm spending the time getting as much information as possible.
In particular, I'd like advice on helping her with what I'm sure are traumatic experiences up to this point.... any info on encouraging feathers to grow in if possible.... and just general info, good or bad.
Thank you in advance for anything.