I hope to go to the store today and speak with my vet about adopting Aurora. She has her new class in there tonight after the store closes, and the owner said it was okay for me to come and ask her before the class starts. I don't know what I will do now if she says she advises against it.
I am very attached to her already.
If, after speaking with the vet, I feel I can accommodate her needs, the next step is to be tested for an allergy to her. I do not think I have one. I do not have any sort of negative reaction after visiting with her. It is simply that she is so large and produces so much dust that I want to be certain.
While Cannary and I were visiting with her between work and going to our worship service on Friday evening, a gal came in with a 15 year old Moluccan. What a stunningly beautiful bird he was!!!!!!!!
He stepped right up to the workers to be groomed, and was friendly with everyone. He seems much larger than Aurora, and, in fact, they weighed them both. She is 1.2 pounds and he is 1.8 pounds. (I could convert that to grams, but I'm too lazy.) She and I talked at length about the birds, and I told her I am thinking of adopting Aurora. She explained that he is not agressive in the least. He is VERY loud whenever she has company. He does not show any signs of sexual frustration or behavior indicative of wishing to mate, and never has. (The vet says the same about her 20 or so year old Moluccan male.)
We all talked for some time about how sweet the Moluccan is. He is also in perfect feather. The owner made several comments that she wished she had not gotten such a large bird when she got him. She said repeatedly that she wished she had gotten an umbrella or other smaller bird instead. (Both Aurora and the store's umbrella hen were out with us, so we had the two umbrella hens and the one Moluccan male. You can imagine, there were many variations of the crest display going on.
Additionally, the fellow who bought the lesser sulphur crested baby that made me fall in love with cockatoos in the first place was in there, but he didn't have his lesser with him. Oh, and I fogot one other thing, there was also a goffins in there being groomed, too. It was cockatoo night.)
So, we all admired the Moluccan for quite some time, and he reveled in the attention. I was relaxing and thinking that it was the right decision to bring Aurora home. Here was the proof that cockatoos could be happily homed long-term. I've seen this gal bring in her Moluccan previously. I've been in there often when another gal brings in her slender-billed cockatoo. The manager and his wife have a greater sulphur crested and a goffins. I know another family with both a goffins and a citron. Another gal was in here the last time I was in here telling me about her seven year old moluccan male and how sweet he is. The vet has three large cockatoos. This can work!
Then, right before she leaves the store, the gal with the Moluccan says, "I would rehome him if I could."
She was serious! She asked me if I wanted him instead of Aurora. She then went to ask a gal who works there if she would really take him. She said he is simply too large and loud, and her responsibilities have changed. She honestly wants to find him another home and get herself a smaller bird. I asked her, just out of curiosity, what she meant by a smaller bird. She said she believes she would be happier with a finch than the Moluccan.
After she left the gal who works in the store told me I should take the Moluccan instead of Aurora, but she is always telling me that I should pick a different bird than the ones I have picked. I think she has a strange sense of humor, is all. I do not think she was serious.
OK - first - I am in NO WAY considering taking on the Moluccan instead of Aurora! I am either going to take Aurora or I am not going to take any cockatoo. If I can handle a cockatoo, it will be Aurora, whom I already have a serious attachment for.
The idea of picking a different cockatoo instead of Aurora is not my issue here. My issue is that this beautiful Moluccan who displays no behavioral issues other than being extremely loud when company visits is perhaps needing a new home. This woman has always seemed very devoted to him. Nevertheless, she now feels she cannot provide for him. It scares me.
I do not know if I've put it on here or not, but even my vet will say without reservation that although she loves her three cockatoos and would never give them up now, if she had known what she knows now before she fell in love with them, she would have stuck to cockatiels.