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just wanted to say hello,i havnt had the chance to have a look around yet.

we have wanted a bird for a long long time,but never had the courage to take the plunge,not reALLY sure what breed we want,so suggestions would be great

 

thank you

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Can we recommend you have a look through our section of Information Topics©?:

https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/forum/22-parrot-link-information-topics/

 

Also a variety of topics you may like to wander through:

https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/topic/6216-welcome-info-pack%c2%a9/

 

Please, feel free to ask anything you would like more info about or hear others experiences of. We are proud of our friendliness and sense of community and welcome all who join us whether an experienced parrot keeper, breeder, hobbyist, one-bird owner or researching parrots as a possible addition to your life

 

 

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ta for the replies,i forgot i even joined this group lol i only found it again looking for some advice on net,so praps i could ask here?? we got our bird,we ended up buying a cokatoo,not my first choice,but if i waited for the breed i did want i would still be saving now, this one was cheap so thought may aswell

 

we got the bird as it was pulling its own feathers out,and i thought if i could get it to stop and get it to grow them back it would be worth more?? then i would have enough to buy the macaw i always dreamed of :D

 

but in the 4 months we have had her,she seems to be getting worse,to the point that it now has a really sore patch on its belly that looks like it has nearly broken the skin,can i just rub the kind of cream into it that we would use?

 

ive got some nappy rash cream,maybe it wont like the taste and help stop it?

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First of all, welcome to the site :)

 

Feather plucking seems to be a trait found in many parrot species, and is very difficult to stop. Some unfortunate parrots who have been plucking for a long time never re-grow their feathers. Take a look at this topic on feather plucking: https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/index.php?topic=25807.0

The first thing I recommend is a trip to an avian vet to get to the bottom of why your bird is plucking. It is important that the vet you go to is an avian vet and not a general vet - avian vets have special knowledge and training that normal vets don't. Often there is a nutritional deficiency or disease that is at the root of the plucking problem. If not, your vet may be able to come up with some other reasons and give suggestions on how to best help you to help your bird. A trip to the vet is especially important if the bird is self-mutilating (i.e. breaking holes in its skin). Another good person to talk to is June on this forum (username Jebirds) as she has a charity rescue and has experience in dealing with these kinds of problems.

 

Please ask your vet for parrot-safe medications to use - many human medications/creams are poisonous to parrots and can kill them. I believe some nappy rash creams have zinc/zinc oxide in them, which can be fatal to parrots.

 

I would also ask you to consider not selling the bird on unless you feel you can't handle a special needs parrot, in which case it needs to go to someone who can; not just anybody. Many birds are re-homed very frequently, and sometimes suffer for it (i.e. plucking gets worse, biting problems start etc). Please don't think I'm having a go at you - I'm not at all - I'm just thinking in the best interests of you and your parrot. I'm glad you came here; it's the first step to helping your parrot.

 

I would advise you to have a talk with June, and also your avian vet. In the meantime, here are some links for you to have a look at that may be of help:

 

On Cockatoos: https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/index.php?topic=25807.0

Feathers: What, Where, & Why: https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/topic/11067-feathers-what-where-why/

Advice for when you bring your first parrot home: https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/topic/7493-advice-for-when-you-bring-your-new-parrot-home/

Trying to alter a bird's behaviour: https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/topic/7094-trying-to-alter-a-birds-behaviour-a-note-of-hope%c2%a9/

Plucking and/or snipping feathers: https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/topic/6673-plucking-andor-snipping-feathers/

 

Hope that helps :)

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Yes definately talk to June Jebirds on here, she is an expert on Cockatoos with special needs, i notice on another of your posts that you are trying to swop her for a macaw, poor thing.

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Oh dear :(

What species of cockatoo do you have, you didn't say.

Cockatoo's are highly intelligent and demanding birds.

I'm afraid they're not a good choice for a first time parrot owner, and one that's plucking or mutiltating is telling you it's very unhappy :(

He/she needs long term dedicated loving care, there is no easy cure or magic cream, please speak with Jebird.

I've had my cockatoo for 5 years now, I love him dearly and do my very best for him, but I still have a lot to learn and I'm not sure if I could cope with a mutilating cockatoo so I know it's going to be very hard for you.

Please please contact Jebird.

This is so very very sad, I'm sitting here in tears.

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Welcome to the site.

 

You really need to get some help for this bird, if the plucking has gotten worse and its making itself raw then the next step will no doubt be mutilation.

 

Also owning a bird isnt like buying and selling houses, where you can get a cheap one, do it up then sell it on for more and move on to another, they really need lots of love, care and attention from their owners, and most of all devotion, especially cockatoos.

 

If you wanted a macaw you should have just saved for longer and waited. If this bird feels he is only there till something better comes along then Im not surprised he is unhappy.

 

Do you do anything with him, ie play, have lots of toys in the cage etc?

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Poor bird. I really do hope you can get to the bottom of why he/she is pulling her/his feathers out and find a solution to stop it.

I too am a new bird owner and new to this site. Like you, i would have loved one of the bigger macaws but not only could i not afford one, i also did a lor of research into caring for these birds and decided i was too much of a novice to provide a proper home for one - Not that i am saying you couldn't.

Anyway, my point is i took in a Hahns Macaw who's previous owner became too ill to care for him and he is exactly the right bird for our family. He is, as his name suggests, part of the macaw family but much smaller, in physical size anyway. Sometimes i think he believes he is as big as his cousins!!!

They guys on this site really do know what they are talking about and offer great support so i hope you have managed to talk to June and have taken a step forward with getting your cockatoo back to a happy place. xx

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Also owning a bird isnt like buying and selling houses, where you can get a cheap one, do it up then sell it on for more and move on to another, they really need lots of love, care and attention from their owners, and most of all devotion

Couldn't agree more :roll:

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First what kind of cockatoo is it please.

 

Please stop putting this cream on the poor bird it can only do more harm than good.

Most "human" creams are dangerous to birds.

 

If it is mutilating which it sounds like it is only going to get worse until she could hurt herself so badly that she bleeds to death.

 

Maybe you could put a photo on so we can see her wounds and be able to offer some advice.

How much did you pay for her, :?:

 

Cockatoos can be hard work for people that understand them, for people that have never owned one before they can be impossible.

 

If you get in touch I will do all I can to help this poor bird.

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