Back last month I was contacted and asked if I could help a family who's father passed away.
Jack is a 15/18yr old Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. With a plucking issue that goes back around 5yrs.
I went and met the family and Jack, and discussed that I was not in a position to adopt him, but would see he was rehomed to a good home and person. To which they agreed, as the family could not find away to keep Jack.
I should also say that Jack had worked out how to be in charge of his dads kids. And had a reputation of biting them. So nobody was keen on trying to handle him. He would step up on a stick for them.
Jack had a good life and was never caged, plus he had a inside/outside living arrangement, where he could go out side when ever he wanted. He had his on cat door cut into the glass of his conservatory and a tree right outside that was his.
I knew it was not going to be an ideal situation coming home with me as he would need to be caged, and away from my guys, at least for a time.
I set it up so that I picked him up and booked into the AV for full check including blood works. The results came back good, considering.
Jack had been on a poor diet. (This is so common) and part of his daily diet was a slice of Vogels bread. We feel this may have something to do with him showing high levels of yeast in the tests.
So we (AV and myself) on what needed to happen.
Red Palm oil, Flax seeds, lots of sunshine and change his eating habits.
All went well and he did settle well. I was a little rough on him as I did not want him to bond too strongly to me. As I knew he was going to be moved on, but not sure how long this was going to take. I am fairly hard to please when adopting out any bird.
I put the add up on our national listings for Found Lost and Adoptions.
I am excepted as a rescue so can list there at no cost.
The one regulation is that I cannot put a price on a birds head. No Selling. But am allowed to recover my costs, by asking for a donation.
Well what a shock I had 5 offers in as many days and one offer from one lady who wanted to donate money towards Jacks expenses. I declined as the family picked up Jacks $280 vet check. And I was not worried about the other costs.
Well Matt seemed to be my best choice. I grilled him for a very long time over several phone calls. He had owned other bird including an adopted Blue & Green Macaw, which had passed on due to old age.
The sticking point was he lived in Nelson and I could not do a home check and Jack would need transporting.
We run the numbers and decided the cost of flying was out of the question.
The best option we could find was to put him on a service called The Petbus. They travel up and down the country transporting animals. And Jack was booked in, I went shopping and got a pet carrier, big enough for a small dog.
Here is Dexter in the carrier to give some idea of it's size. he's a good boy and did this for me without much pushing.
I wish I could say I was not concerned about Jack being in that carrier for 2.5days. I did have a tear in my eye seeing him off.
I phoned the driver each night to get updates on how Jack was dealing with the trip! It seems he took it very very well and talked all the way. Not bad for a boy who had never been caged.
Matt met the bus and then had over a hours drive home. All Jack could do was talk. Car horn, Dog barking, and other stuff.
Matt had been busy making an area for Jack to be in and even went and bought a large cage.
I have put up a photo library on Photobucket with pics from when Jack and his dad were together and the neighbors cat. And now Matt is updating there so that the family can check in and see the progress. I am also posting to them incoming emails from Matt.
I forgot There is a picture of one of the daughters with Jack on her shoulder at my place. This is very special, as all he had done before was bite her.
I know there is some concern about letting people visit their birds, the family wanted and I felt it worked out well in this case. As Jack did seem more relaxed after one or the other came over.
Email in from Matt after a week.
Sorry for late reply, ran out of data. Things are going Awesome. Just uploaded a photo of Jack sitting on me having cuddles and scratch. He's been coming into the shower with me every couple of days but is still a grub. Sprouts have been going great and even the fruit is becoming increasingly popular. I've been using pieces of pear, apple and paw paw as treats which seems to be helping Jack enjoy fruit more. Have been continuing with the helix and have also added a small amount of flax seed Oil to his diet which I've started to notice his skin not so dry. Have also noticed 2 pin feathers coming in on top of his wings but Yea, things going really well, he's really happy and has taken a shine to me and I to him. We spend hour apon hour playing inside and out, he gets Aprox 4-5hours a day outside with me in the garden. I've been teaching Jack a few new things now that he's more than happy to step up and climb all over me. I have him waving and saying bye bye, runs around in circles until I say freeze and stops, and we've been starting to play peek-a-boo. He's bloody funny and an amazing character.
And this one this week
Not a heck of a lot to report here. Jack settling really well. Has really taken to me and we've become best buds, lots of cuddles and play. He has quite a few feathers coming in and doesn't look interested in plucking them so far. He still a grubby Bugger tho despite numerous showers. Otherwise all is good and couldn't be happier.
What more could I wish for. Jack seems to be in a great home.
Warms my heart to know I made the right choice and helped get Jack sorted.
Jack on my arm the very first time. I did get a few bruises from him, as he was having mood swings. Only to be expected and I do not hold that against him. And those first few days I kept him away from my face.