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Greetings from Benicia, Ca

Hello I am happy to find a forum of friendship, support and information sharing with other 'Parronts'.

After the tragic loss of our beloved 13 y/o U-2 girl, Nani, last February from pancreatic failure our hearts were broken and the thought of opening my heart to another seemed inconceivable. A dear friend and rescue advocate always said, "Someday the right parrot will fall into your lap when you least expect it". She was right. Connie actively tried for 2 years to convince her neighbor to relinquish the U-2 who lived a life of misery, isolation and neglect: seed and fetid water in 4 oz bowls, 16 x 20 " cage on a porch, 365 days a year ~ ONE 8 inch perch to stand on; no toys and limited interaction with people. One month a ago I received the call - they are ready to let go, can you find it in your heart to at least foster this girl? I was in the car before I knew it, and when I met 'Paco' (they thought she was male) she was so timid, but I knew I could not walk away ... One month later, with much patience and love, "Leilani' (her new name, Hawaiian for 'Heavenly Flower') now lives in her palace cage, is converting to fresh food and pellets, learning how to play, use enrichment and foraging toys. I believe Leilani is between 15-20 y/o. She was passed around the clans in her prior family, and I think this is now home # 4 or 5. She is so smart, and touches my heart with her willingness to try as she has no reason to do so. Leilani is taking baby steps toward handling/stepping up/staying on her cage (unless invited off) through positive reinforcement training. And yes, she is now in her forever home Our 15 year old Green Cheek 'Lilo' is not thrilled with this interloper, but she will come around in time, as she did with Nani girl. We love 'Lilo' dearly, and are making sure she still feels like "Numbah 1"

I have some challenging issues, as Leilani is a nervous plucker, and very hormonal as she finally has adequate light, food, a clean and roomy cage to spread those beautiful wings, and attention from a loving flock. Advice as to how to minimize her excessive breedy behavior, get her to accept showers (skin is so dry), and how much worry is warranted over the bare little chicken legs - I guess its like nail biting - hard habit to break - but she had nothing else to do for 6 years in 'prison'. I'd like to see her accept Chia, flax, legumes in her diet, but it all hits the floor - any advices about that?

A little about me: I have a 22 y/o son (still at home, trying to find his way), a 19 y/o daughter - 2nd year college student studying Marine Science, an incredibly awesome (and tolerant) husband of 25 years, two BIG lug nut rescue dogs, two parrots ~ quite a flock! I volunteer with the Marin Marine Mammal Center, where I have the privilege of working with rescue, rehabilitation, and the happy endings of releases back to Mother Ocean for Sea Lions and Elephant seals. Thank you for reading this long intro! I look forward to developing friends and mentors!

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Hi and welcome, what a heartwarming story... Congrats to both you and Leilani! You will both benefit from this match! As far as helping with diet I have no experience with toos so my only suggestion is to try making these goodies into a birdie bread and see if she will eat that... My birds all love birdie bread.
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Welcome to our forum!
Thanks so much for adopting the little cockatoo lady.
I'm sure you'll find help from experienced cockatoo keepers soon.
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Welcome Cheryl! Wow what an interesting intro to your life. Your too will love you forever for giving her a second change at a good life. In time I'm sure you both will feel Blessed! Kudos for her rescue!!! You came to the right forum.

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Welcome to the forum and what a lovely intro, much better than the usually "Hi see you around" haha What a wonderful story, so glad she came in to your care. Unless I'm completely blind and haven't spotted it, how long has she been with you for? Having such a rough start she must still be very wary of everything and it can take months, years etc. before she becomes completely settled, happy and eating the right things. I highly recommending making chop though, gets them to eat everything!
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Actually Catalinadee, she's been with me a month, so she is making remarkable progress! I have to search Cockatoo 'chop' recipes as this sounds like a good idea, OR if any Too owners out there have one please share! I have bought SO many fresh varieties of fruits/veggies, cooked numerous beans and grains only to have them hit the floor, ha! Her rejections have ME eating very healthily, however! So far fresh snow peas, edamame, green beans, broccoli, pomegranate seed, bits of orange and banana, AND thawed frozen peas/carrots have been accepted. Not bad for a Too who lived on dry seed diet forever. Leilani will eat the Conure's Zupreem fruit pellet, but hoping to wean her on to Harrison's eventually ... one baby step at a time. Thanks for the welcome!

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Thank you everybody for the warm welcome. There's no people like "Bird" people, the best!

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Does she like to eat when you do? If you made her a plate with good things on it and let her pick at her plate while you ate would she try new things? Just thinking out loud ( well not really... Thinking with my fingers??...lol )
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Cheryl! I have a red rump girl, Goldie, who is a plucker. I adopted her when her first family was at wits end trying to work with her. I've worked with an avian vet for many years on how to help Goldie. She is much loved by my male red rump, JJ, so she has a partner and friend who is always by her side.

What I have found that helps the most for hormonal plucking:
--Put Releaves, an Avix product, as a top dressing on her food every day. (I put it on some of the Harrison Birdie Bread - millet and flax.)
--Put Pluck No More (a Kings cage product) in her water bowl every day.
--Give her lots of chew toys. Goldie's favorite is the birdie kabobs. She goes through a lot of them.

These two products work as good, if not better than lupron shots. Good luck with Lilo and thank you for adopting her and for working at the marine mammal center. You have a good heart!


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Wow she did settle fast! Well done You must be proud! It really is all about baby steps. I would introduce a new food daily, or at least something alone those lines. It helped with my lesser sulphur crested. It also helped to stand in front of the cage, pretending to eat, making it look like the best thing ever because then of course he'd want some
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Hi Cheryl and welcome to the forum! I love the name you chose for her. I am amazed that birds like her can live so long with a seed diet only. I will be looking forward to reading your posts about Leilani. You are commended for taking her into your home and rescuing her from the prison she had to withstand for a long period of time. I also enjoyed reading your welcome post, and look forward to seeing you around the forum.
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Welcome Cheryl and God bless you for rescueing Leilani. You gave her a beautiful name! (makes me think of South Pacific when I hear it!) Hope to see pictures soon!


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Smile Sweet Leilani :)

Hi All ~ I did some research on Avix Releaves and it may be helpful. Any idea on how much to use at a time? One article said 2 Tbl per pound of food as I guess it's used cross species, and I was like, whaaat??!!. I am not sure how an all seed diet has impacted her overall health. Her feather condition is brittle and lacks sheen, and this is partially due to poor diet and to not having access to water baths or showers. When I tried to spray her down a bit she acted like the bottle was spewing acid, poor thing, so on to plan B. Biggest concern would be liver issues as seed has high fat content and that is not healthy as a single source of diet for cockatoos. When I went to get her the little 4 oz bowl didn't have much food in it, and there's question as to whether they even bothered to change it out daily. I didn't chat much about the level of 'care' she'd had. Everything I'd have said would have sounded critical and the goal was to get her out of there. Once Leilani calms a bit more she will go to my vet for a CBC work-up, exam, and nail trim; She is just now coming to me for step-ups and loves so its too soon to violate that trust - "Oh fine! I come to my new mom, she shoves me in a carrier, sticks me in the car for 45 minutes and people poke me and cut my feet!" lol. She is eating remarkably well with diet changes - the nervous plucking is not chronic, but I thought it would cease once in a better environment. It is clearly habitual, so thats what I'm focusing on. She is a smart girl; if on me and begins plucking I gently touch her beak and say, "No pick" and she stops ... until she's back in her cage. Soooo, the Avix is on order, the aloe conditioner is on order, the spray mister is on order, the foraging toys are on order, la la laaaa! Told hubs I suppose I'm having a bird supply Christmas, he did not disagree - oh well, better than coal! I'll post more pictures of out new girl soon. Thanks for all the cyber hugs and support, you are all awesome <3

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Daisy, that is EXACTLY what I've been doing, making major yummy sounds while eating whatever I want to offer. It has worked well with a number of foods she's accepted ~ with others she looks at me like "You're crazy", and another one bites the dust, ha!

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