I have two Cockatoos a Lesser and an Eleanora Cockatoo. I adopted both of these birds. My first one (Maui) was severely abused and when I got him, prior to my encountering him he was apparently trying to escape from some percieved danger and flew into a ceiling fan and slit open his head. I adopted him by just paying the vet bill. As a result he is unlike any cockatoo. He is extremely quiet, unless he wants food and even then what he does is make cooing sounds. Once in a blue moon he will display a calling (screaming) behavior at sundown. That has happened maybe three times in the past ten years I have had him.
My second cockatoo is my sweetheart, Kiki she was in two homes prior to being adopted by me. Her first home was with an elderly gentlemen and thats all I know about that. While she was still very young she was resold from the pet shop to a woman who had her in a regular pet shop. She was on display and ignored. She was deemed dangerous to customers so she was again sent back to the pet shop. When I visited the shop to purchase some items, I saw her and thought she was beautiful even though she had been feather picking her breast feathers. The owner of the store said to be careful because she was vicious. I offered her my hand... she stepped up and we bonded instantly. She is the Princess of the house she is loving and extremely affectionate. She has recovered from feather picking and is in beautiful feather. I have never seen the so called vicious side of her.
Maui never permitted anyone to touch him other than myself and since Kiki's arrival has become rather friendly, even taking offerings from my hand that he would never do before.
I would like to adopt another Cockatoo, ideally I would like a salmon crested moluccan, in or out of feather does not matter to me. I know the joy and headache of these birds and have had success in my handling them. I read where you wrote that there were so many cockatoos abandoned and I cannot see why it is so hard to adopt birds. In my immediate area Central New Jersey there are no adoption places. So I would like to know how I can go about adopting another bird that needs a home when restrictions are so high.
I can't afford to buy a bird, and since adopting my two birds I feel better giving one a home rather than buying a baby. Is there help anyone can offer me?