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I wanted to wait until it was set in stone before telling you all but I just can't hold it in! I am getting an umbrella cockatoo!!

After the recent loss of the cockatiel eggs, I've been very discouraged and confused about what I wanted to do bird-wise. I had my heart set on raising those babies and keeping them. However, since I have the suspicion they are siblings, I really don't want to try breeding them again. Besides, my family would prefer I didn't breed. So, I think I will find them a new home pretty soon. I will let the new owners know of my suspicion that they are siblings and let them decide what they want to do from there. Honestly, I'm tired of birds coming and going. I have had issues in the past that have not allowed me to keep birds, and or I have bad luck (such as with my goffins, the owner wanted her back).

However, after lots of thinking and consideration and discussion with my family, I'm ready to commit to ONE SINGLE large (and needy!) bird. It's something I take very seriously, as I understand the kind of commitment I am signing up for when it comes to taking in a bird like this. I'm currently researching umbrella care specifically and coming up with a care routine and other plans to make sure my cockatoo has the best possible life with me.

Her name is currently Sassy, she is 2.5 years old and is about two hours away from me. I plan on renaming her Ava as I really don't like her current name. She will come with all supplies and whatnot. I will be making payments on her. The very kind owner and I agreed on the amount I am required to have paid before I bring her home with me. I plan on making my first payment within the next few weeks when I go to meet her. I can't wait!

When I get on my computer I will post a picture of her. She's so lovely!




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That's great!! I really urge you to read through the MyToos website. Whilst I'm not as anti cockatoo as them, I think it's good to know the worst of the situation you are getting into as well as the best there are way too many homeless cockatoos, I think everyone should be well aware what they're getting into. On the other hand, I've my fingers crossed that she is perfect for you, hopefully you won't have to put up with puberty haha, best of luck, can't wait to seepictures!!!!

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That's great!! I really urge you to read through the MyToos website. Whilst I'm not as anti cockatoo as them, I think it's good to know the worst of the situation you are getting into as well as the best there are way too many homeless cockatoos, I think everyone should be well aware what they're getting into. On the other hand, I've my fingers crossed that she is perfect for you, hopefully you won't have to put up with puberty haha, best of luck, can't wait to seepictures!!!!
This will be Abby's second cockatoo. She's already had one, a Goffin's. Although it's not the same as an umbrella or M2, she was definitely a handful! I'm sure any bird owner has visited the MyToos site

Anyway, congratulations Abby. I really hope it works out for you. I definitely think female cockatoos are a lot more mellow and definitely less loud!
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Yay for the umbrella. Congrats! Can't wait to see sum pics

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Congrats, Abby, umbrella cockatoos are great birds.
But I thought you wanted an African Grey. What made you change your mind?
And why don't you keep the cockatiels as pet birds?
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This will be Abby's second cockatoo. She's already had one, a Goffin's. Although it's not the same as an umbrella or M2, she was definitely a handful! I'm sure any bird owner has visited the MyToos site

Anyway, congratulations Abby. I really hope it works out for you. I definitely think female cockatoos are a lot more mellow and definitely less loud!
Ah all good, I read about her Goffin's somewhere too. It's just whilst I'm not terribly experienced with birds, I am with animal rescues and there are always countless 'toos of the large, white variety. Even when adopted, so many come back after the trial period. She's definitely already way more knowledgable than other adopters but, as I'm sure everyone else on this site will agree, I want to do anything I can to help the birds find forever homes

But yes, congratulations!!

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Is the MyToos website the site that has the audio file that plays a Too screaming on the home page?
I really, REALLY wanted a Cockatoo when I was younger because the local pet store had one for a really long time and he was lovely.
Then I visited that site (I think it was that one) and they had a file you clicked on to listen to a Too's scream and I think I lasted like 3 seconds before I had to shut it off, LOL.

Good luck Abby! I have already said this but I hope everything works out for you and her!



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Haha yes Kayla that's the one. However, no matter how loud the average speaker goes it doesn't compare haha. At Loro Parque they've got an aviary of umbrellas, Molluccans and blue eyed cockatoos. The noise is. Wow


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Lol oh man, I don't think I could handle it. :P



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I had 2 umbrellas. Lovely, lovely birds! They did not bite, ate very well, got along with all the other birds, etc but they flock-call every morning and evening like clockwork even if they don't scream the rest of the time. Mine didn't because they were bonded to each other and lived cage-free 24/7/365 on a strict solar schedule but even under the best of conditions, they will flock call twice a day and you can hear their screams for miles! (Imagine a pterodactyl screaming and you will have a pretty good idea of what they sound like -LOL- so I hope you have plenty of empty space between your house and the neighbors because, if you don't, there might be complaints). The other big problem with them that you don't have to the same extreme with Goffins or Sulfurs is their chewing. No other bird is as destructive as a U2 during breeding season and they have them twice a year. There is a very good reason why U2s are the most given-up bird so, please, make sure everybody in your family is on board on this because they are VERY difficult birds to keep as pets -even when they are happy!

PS Mine are living in an sanctuary aviary with 30 other umbrellas but it cost me an arm and a leg to get them this arrangement. (I didn't want them to keep on going from one hand to another which is what usually happens to them).
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Thank you for your post Bibi. I completely feel I am able to handle this cockatoo, if I didn't, I definitely wouldn't be getting her! My family and I are going to be visiting Ava pretty soon, so we will get to meet her and make sure this is the best decision.

Also - I think it's great you went out of your way to get your cockatoos into a sanctuary like that.




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If everything goes well, we are going to be visiting Ava tomorrow after dinner!!




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That has got to be an awesome Christmas present! Make sure to take pictures, umbrellas are so cute!!!

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Yay, so exciting Abby! Good luck and I hope all goes well and that she loves all of you!



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Better put the photos up when you get back Just saying

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