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Your allergy to 'Too dust is a concern. There is no way of knowing how your body will react over time. A good air filtration system will help to keep the dust down, but will not eliminate it. There are also other ways to reduce the amount of dust that becomes airborne, such as misting the cage papers before changing. I know a couple of people that have had to give up their 'Toos (after years of exposure) due to respiratory issues with either themselves, 'Toos, or other dusty birds. You need to ask yourself how severe your allergies are when exposed to the birds at the rescue and think about what you would do in the event it posed a problem. Are they severe enough that you would have to re-home her? Perhaps your allergy is something you should discuss with your physician and see if there is any testing or the possiblity of some type of medication to keep your allergy in check.
You will finds lots of threads here concerning Goffin's. Use the advanced search feature and use the key word/s Goffin, Goffin's, or G2. I have large cockatoos and I also have 2 older, imported G2's. Goffin's are high-energy birds and while not quite as loud as their relatives the Umbrella's or Moluccan's they are very noisy. They are big cockatoos jam packed in a pint size body - LOL! From what I have read from others here, hand-reared G2's are prone to feather destructive behavior. My 2 are in perfect feather, but they are not captive bred/human imprinted.
Many of our members here balance a full time job outside the home and successfully manage cockatoos as well. I do not work outside the home, so I will leave that up to other members here to discuss with you.
As far as your personality, etc., only you can really answer that. If you commit to this bird you are making a lifetime commitment, for better for worse. I can safely say that your life will never be the same. One thing you must consider in the equation is if you have the financial ability to properly care for this bird. Besides being loud, messy and destructive they are very expensive. Proper housing, toys, enrichment, food and the cost of proper veterinary care. Not to mention replacing your stuff that will get ruined.
You also need to consider your smaller birds in the household. Do you have the ability to give them all sufficient out of cage time and keep them all safe?? A G2 can do considerable damage to a conure or QP. We've had some members here lose a smaller bird or suffer severe injuries at the beaks of their 'Toos. The stories are heartbreaking.
As for the biting, please go to our Applied Behavior forum and read the articles posted. If the bird is clamping down on your finger because she doesn't want to do what is asked, the articles will be of great importance to you and your bird. You need to use lots of positive reinforcement and the bird should never be put in the position of having to bite (even gently) to communicate with you. They need to be given choices and then it's up to you to set them up to succeed in making the right choices.
Another thing you need to consider if this bird has been properly vetted. If not, it should be done right away for the safety of all the birds in the household.
Good luck in your decision and happy reading. I'm sure others will be in to offer further assistance.
ETA: LOL Bev, we were replying at the same time.
Last edited by EchosMom; 07/03/09 03:44 AM.