Salty, the Cockatoo

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    Just a snap of our Cocky, Salty. He's 29 this year. We rescued him just about a year ago.

    I don't know what you all know about these birds, but they're not like other parrots. These guys have the capacity + intelligence of a 5 year old child. They have a life expectancy of anywhere from 60 to 80+ years. Very loud sometimes, and they will bite when pissed off.
    They are flock birds, so they are very social and just want to be with you the entire time you're home / around.

    Total comedy show most days, though. Has a huge vocabulary. Not just a mimic bird, they actually know what / when / why they're saying what they are. I never would imagine and exotic wild animal could love a human, but Salty, w/out question, loves the wife to death. They pick you, however. You don't just decide to get a cockatoo and go buy one. They HAVE to pick you. You have to have multiple visits with the bird before you take one home.
    If they don't like you, they most likely never will. And that's the sad part.

    Most cocky's have a rehome average of 10-12 times. And that ends up with the bird not trusting people. People don't educate themselves and have no idea why their bird is always screaming and always attacks them. Not a cage bird AT ALL. They have to be out and socializing, very unhealthy for them to just be in a cage 24/7.

    Anyway, sorry for the book. Just thought I'd show him off :allteeth:


     

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    Salty sounds like a character. Nice shot. :)
     
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    How do you keep him from flying away? Nice photo =]
     
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    He certainly is, no question about that. He'll test your patience + have you on the floor laughing in the same minute. He will also go from giving you kisses to biting in the same minute as well - given something freaks him, or hormonal season, or y'know.... it'sTuesday lol.
     
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    I was on the deck shooting birds, she came out with him to say hi. In a quick instance like this, they way they perch on your fingers you can clamp with your thumb. As long as you don't release the thumb, they can't go anywhere

    They make harnesses for parrots, so you can safely take them outside. We belong to a group for Cockatoos on FB, and it's quite regular for folks to basically have a dog, but it's a Cocky. Supermarket, walks, the beach, etc.
    The harness allows you, like an extra long dog leash, to set how far you allow them to go.

    We also have an outside cage for him of we're going to be outside for a while. Some folks let their birds free fly around, not a lot, but there's a few. Personally, we'd never even risk that, and most parrot owners don't Way too many things can go very wrong. He'd last maybe a day if he flew away in the winter here.
     
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    Does he play Fizzbin?


    Nice shot!
     
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    Glad you’ve done your research. They are so fun, but definitely need a lot of interaction. He’s cute!
     
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    I had to google that lol. Might be something to try. We do have 'smart' toys that he plays with ( fit the piece in the right slot ) but he likes ripping up paper + wood pieces. He's not really into toys if he can't destroy them haha.
     
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    We did loads and loads of research + education before we even got him.

    I have my own drywall / tape / paint company and Salty was in a home I did a big job for. My client's mom owned Salty but she had fallen gravely ill, so the daughter was homing him. With her mom, her young son and her self business, she just didnt have time for him.

    We got to know each other quite well, and she knows we are animal people ( 4 dogs, 7 cats, 2 budgies, and 4 fish tanks ) she asked if we'd be interested in making Salty a family member.

    2 months of visits first, but he fell in love with Shelly ( wife ) on first visit. Now, you couldn't seperate them if you wanted to. She always wanted a big bird, and we made sure we knew everything we could before we brought him home.

    Can not picture him w/out us. We regularly update / send pics to my client. She's beyond happy she got him a good home, and we are so in love with him.

    Perfectly worked out for us all.

    *Again, sorry for the novel lol
     
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    He is beautiful! I love birds - when I was growing up my mother always had at least one parakeet/budgie around. She worked with them daily so they were very social, tame, and chatterboxes. :lol:

    I'd love to have a large bird, but have concerns about my cats. How do all your cats act around Salty?
     
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    Salty is a good name for a cockatoo. They do all seem a bit salty.
     
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    Thank you :). Our youngest cats are 15, so that might be a factor right from the start. However, they don't have / care / want anything to do with him.
    His cage is beside my desk, the cat food area is behind that : they routinely go across my desk, by the cage to get to the back. That's the most interaction they have with him.

    Every now and then, on his outings, completely supervised, a few of the cats won't move if he comes up to them. He will start preening them if they don't move. We never let it go for long though, never know who might say " ok, enough" first. They'd be in big trouble if he bit, and he'd be in major trouble if they scratched him. But really, they don't care to interact.

    One of the pups is a different story. The girls have never cared about him. Our oldest, first couple days, really really really wanted to get a sniff in, after that - meh.
    The other, younger boy has 8 of 10 signs for autism in dogs ( yea, didn't know until we started researching his weird behaviour when he was younger ). He's not 100% cool with Salty. He's loud, and he takes up Mommy time lol. He's a mouth dog, so.... he wants more than a sniff of Salty LOL. Just have to pay attention to where Salty is and where the dog is when Salty's floor roaming. Really, other than that, zero issues.
     
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