Hello all, i am new both to the message board and to the bird world.
I currently am working in a dog and cat hospital as a vet tech. The owner has an about 7 yr old Moluccan, an African Grey and the focus of my concern about a 4 yr old Umbrella Cockatoo named Lucas.They all live in the hospital and one of our daily tasks is cleaning thier cages and feeding them.
Lucas arrived at the hospital about 1 yr ago, His previous owner said that she was suffering from asthma and could no longer keep him as well as she was moving away and there would be no more room for poor Lucas.
The Dr. took Lucas on with the hope that he and her Moluccan could bond. Of course Lucas' previous owner forgot to mention his behavioral problems. He tried (constantly) to hurt the other two birds, he doesn't let anyone near his cage (trying to feed him and cleaning up is a real hard task!) he screams about 5 hrs a day, and I am sure he is just a few steps away from plucking.
At first all 3 birds where kept in a same room. But Lucas behavior has driven us to move him into a different room (the cat boarding room- because its the farthest room from the lobby and clients can't hear his screaming). We are hardly ever in this room.
I was actually working at another location (owned by the same owners) and just about 1 month ago I came back to see that Lucas's behavoir has just escalated to an unbelievable new high.
I have read and read all that comes my way to try and inform myself on Toos. My first step was buying some toys for his cage. The ones he had were old and really used up. I also made it a habit to bring some fresh fruits and some 'too treats i bought at a pet store. Slowly he started let me pet him through the cage. He even let me take him out of his cage and we played catch! It was wonderful!! I took him out a couple of times after that and put him back in his cage succesfully. His screaming decreased dramatically!
However, the last time i took him out. All three birds where outside (in thier cages) - he managed to crawl up to the Grey's cage started attacking it and wouldn't come down!!! I tried and Tried and nothing worked! I got him to STEP Up and everything seemed fine. (i was singing twinkle, twinkle little "Lucas"- which calms him down) Then, as I was getting ready to put him back in his cage - he bit me! and Jumped down from my arm and was heading toward a really large dog run- which if he climed i was never going to get him down- I went for a towel and tried to catch him. It turned into a really ugly sight. I finally managed to get him back in.
Ever since that we are worse then when we started. He looks at me with a I HATE YOU I WANT TO KILL YOU LOOK. I can only compare it to a Rottwieler's look when its getting ready to attack. He has let me pet him about maybe 2x since that (it was about 2 weeks ago) he tries to bite me everytime im near him and his screaming is high again.
I feel sooo bad. No1 ever pays hardly ever any attention and when they try to he just bites them and they give up. Everyone has given up and just labeled ,just an evil bird...
In an ideal world he could come home with me and i could dedicate every single day with him. However i work and am a full time student and 2 dogs of my own to take care of.. And the greatest issue of all.. No bird experience at all!!!
I really have become attached to him and would love to help him in any way i could!!
Any help is greatly appreciated by both me and Lucas