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Cockatoo owners?

Hi! I wanted to ask owners of various cockatoos (especially the rose breasted/galah) if any of you or your housemates have hayfever or dust allergies? If so, do the 'toos cause any problems with their dust? How do you deal with it?

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I'm allergic to all things fluffy and feathery... and I have birds, cats and dogs etc. Here's a list of things I do or you can do to make it work out better for you

- I take antihistamines as needed
- Mist the bird quite often as long as they enjoy it
- Mist the bottom of the cage before cleaning it out (that way the dust doesn't fly up as it's stuck to the paper!)
- Get an air purifier and put it next to your toos cage

If I've forgotten any tips, I'll try and add them later Hopefully all of those combined would stop anything though!
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I have two toos, two grays and several tiels living with non-dust birds in the birdroom but nobody has ever had an issue with dust (I use two air purifiers and a humidifier during the winter).
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Thanks for the tips bother of you! I only have mild issues with dust but I worried about it being a larger bird. This won't be for at least another three years but I've always wanted a galah and they are even one of the least expensive birds here (surprisingly there aren't many in rescues I've seen!).

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I just saw that you're from Australia, no wonder they're cheap! In the UK from a breeder you're looking at 650 and a pet store about 1200. I also very much so like little corellas (bare eyed cockatoos). I almost had one but the store who I had a deposit on for him sold him anyway... Sigh
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Haha yes! Linnies cost more than a galah for use. While I wait I have about six or so local rose breasted flocks to entertain me anyway I hope you can get one eventually, they're very pretty and silly. Sending galahs your way!!!

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SEND THEM ALL! You'll have to get some pictures of the wild flocks! I'm really jealous. We have a few established flocks of Indian ringnecks, Alexandrines and I believe quakers too here in the UK and I've been lucky enough to see the ringnecks but to have cockatoos is just wow
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I have allergies and never had too much of a problem. My grandmother has emphysema, however, and had to rehome her goffins because even with daily baths it was too much for her. So I would say mild to moderate allergies/issues you should be ok, but asthma or other more serious issues you should be careful. Do you know anyone with a cockatoo or dusty bird? Have you spent time in a pet shop with dusty birds, and do you feel ok? Shops try to keep clean, but that's where you'll probably get the most dust exposure



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Daisy, I'll work on the pictures, my newest dog however is a bird dog and feels the need to chase off the birds (needless to say, they've all learnt to tease her!), but the galahs still sit on the powerlines squawking away. I'll say, one thing I'm glad about with having native cockatoos is we have a flock of four or six (there seem to be a new pair that come and go) of sulfers, I won't make the mistake of getting one with my hearing, I wouldn't handle the noise any closer than a few kms! Beautiful birds and quite sweet but wow!!! I'd love seeing flocks of wild ringnecks and all sorts! The wagtails chase off most birds other than the lorikeets, regents, kings, NICE magpies (these little birds have big attitudes, they don't like other birds with attitudes!) and the cockatoos. We get crows too, until the wagtails spot them...

Jenny, I've been around my cousin's two cockatoos when he had them, helped feeding them and all. And the flock of 20 or so cockatiels. I didn't have any problems, I just worry it wouldn't be different actually living with the bird. Due to living so far out of town, I don't get to the doctors often so I'm not entirely sure what it is that bothers me. I was treated for mild/seasonal asthma but the reaction I get to large amounts of dust is more of an allergy reaction. Even then it's no more than an itchy nose and some sneezing thankfully

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Cockatoos are indeed very dusty birds, so if you have allergies or asthma, air purifiers are a must!
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