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Adopting a galah (rose-breasted cockatoo)

Meet Flower, a female galah who will soon be coming home with me. She was hatched sometime in 2011, hand-fed but not very well socialized. Her original owner left her alone too often in a very small cage. He then gave her to a friend of his, because I guess he just lost interest (or maybe realized that he didn't have the time for her). In any case, I found the ad for her, went to see her, and decided she would come live with me.

She's very skittish around strangers (including me, for now), shy, quiet and reserved. I'm hoping to bring her out of her shell and gradually socialize her. I'd like to harness train her eventually, and bring her out with me in the warmer months. She doesn't seem to know how to fly, either. And she looks and feels very overweight. She's on a mostly seed diet now, which I intend to change.

I've ordered her a bunch of toys, a nice big play top cage, and am shopping for play stands now.





I'm going to see her again tomorrow; hoping she might let me handle her this time. Though I'm not expecting anything -- all in her own sweet time.

This is what I have for her so far...

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Looks like she's going to have a brilliant life with you. I love hearing things like this. Flower's a real beauty .

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she is so gorgeous!! this is a dream bird of mine lots of pics please!!!
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Thanks!

I will have some more photos tomorrow.
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She is beautiful. Nothing wrong with a seed diet, but it should be made up mainly of millets and restrict the amount of Sunflower and Safflower they get. And of course fruit and vegetables. In the wild they eat mainly seed and around me are often seen on the ground eating grass seeds and the grass and the roots as well. There is a Cootamundra Wattle next door to me and after it has flowered they love getting into the beans that develop.
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I'm not going to completely cut seed from her diet, but galahs being prone to fatty tumors, I know she needs a lot more low-fat things comprising the bulk of it. And she must be lacking in vitamins, in addition to being overweight. From what I've gathered after speaking to quite a few galah owners, they shouldn't be eating too much dry seed (especially not sunflower, as you said! I thought safflower was a lower fat seed than millet though? Now I am confused).
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Wow! She is gorgeous and so lucky to have a new owner like you! Love the cage and all they awesome toys! You might wanna only start with 2-3 if she isn't used to any, might add to her nervousness while she is adjusting. Keep us updated!

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Safflower is processed the same as Sunflower for oil, the oil is readily available in our supermarkets. But I have never seen Millet Oil. I may be wrong but I am pretty sure that millet is not that high in oil or fat.

Having had Galah's for many years now the only time I have seen problems with fatty cysts is when they are fed on a diet of just Sunflower and Cracked Corn. I had one come in that had a huge fatty lump on her abdomen because of that type of diet. After a couple of months on the seed I use which is a Peachface Mix (basically a good quality Budgie Mix with 10% Sunflower and Safflower) the lump had shrunk by over half.

All my birds get the same Peachface Mix from budgies right up to the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo's and they do very well on it. Sulphurs are more prone to fat than Galah's so the ones in cages I don't top up their feed container daily. If they throw it out they don't get anymore until the next time I feed up which is usually a couple of days. The Galah's are in a big aviary so they get alot more flying time than the Cockatoo's, so they can burn the fat off.
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Beautiful galah, congratulations

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Flower is a beauty, and you donated her such a nice cage and toys, awesome!

You don't have to leave out seeds, but the mixture must be composed very carefully.
I would try to find an organic seed mix with few oil seeds like this:

https://www.ricos-futterkiste.eu/gro...ch-3-fgs3.html

Millet only contains about 4% fat, sufflower about 40%, sunflower seeds about 50%.
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Thanks Kate and Karin! At home right now, I have cockatiel seed that looks very similar to that mixture in the link. I'll offer her that to start, as well as a mix of different pellet brands, and I'm planning to try all different methods of offering fresh food until I find some things she likes.

My visit with her this morning went really well! Her owner brought her downstairs, away from her cage, and she was a lot more outgoing. She warmed up to me quite a bit (even though she's still a little standoffish), and actually puffed and let me give her cheek and head scritches. I was also very relieved to see that she isn't as emotionally damaged as I thought. She seems to like wandering around on the floor, exploring, and getting into trouble like a normal galah. She went straight for my shoes, so it seems the sneaker dangly toy was a good choice! I can't wait to spoil her with lots of things to chew on.

I was also relieved to see that she does know how to fly. A noise spooked her, and she instantly flapped up into the air, gaining a surprising amount of lift for an overweight, out of shape, partially clipped puffball. She's not exactly graceful, but it does seem like she was allowed to fledge and knows the basics of flight control.

She's a really well-behaved bird. Doesn't nip or bite at all, barely makes a peep, doesn't make a fuss when she's put back in her cage. She's skittish, but even after she gets spooked, she settles down quickly and rolls with the punches. Honestly, she really doesn't seem to have any behavioral issues. I think I really lucked out in finding her!


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Flower is a beauty, and you donated her such a nice cage and toys, awesome!

You don't have to leave out seeds, but the mixture must be composed very carefully.
I would try to find an organic seed mix with few oil seeds like this:

https://www.ricos-futterkiste.eu/gro...ch-3-fgs3.html

Millet only contains about 4% fat, sufflower about 40%, sunflower seeds about 50%.
That is awesome. I wish I could read the ingredients.

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So glad it went well She's a really good looking girl. A bit tatty on the front but nothing a good diet and misting won't fix

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I am so jealous of you! she is amazing
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too cute. I love galahs.

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That is awesome. I wish I could read the ingredients.
That's what Google Translation says about the ingredients:

32 seeds without sunflower / for Galahs gloss, silver millet, oats, millet, white, buckwheat, safflower, rose hips seeds, then melon seeds, mountain ash, red millet, linseed, wheat, milk thistle seeds, Dari, hulled millet, hemp, paddy rice, niger, spinach seeds, millet Japan, evening primrose, turnip, Perilla, grass seed, fennel, sesame seeds, poppy seeds
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How are things going with flower I hope things are going well for you and all of the fids.

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She's beautiful!!
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Flower is gorgeous, and what a lucky young lady she is to have found a friend like you.
I'm sure that she'll enjoy living with you and being loved, which will probably be a whole new experience for her.

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