Cockatoo too distracted to pay attention to mom's question (pardon the poo)

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While I was asking Mr B what he thought of the new barricade placement, he was ignoring me in favor of attempting to perform the miraculous… He poo’ed right before I turned on the camera, so in this video he shares the spotlight with a splat of ‘Too poo. 😂
*** As a rescue bird who lived through stressful times before finding happiness, Benjamin would like anyone considering the adoption of a U2, to think about it long and hard before doing so. You can see by Benji’s lack of feathers, that a cockatoo (or any bird) in a stressful situation, whether intentional or unintentional by its owner, pays a price. All of that feather loss happened in the 2 years before Benji came to live with us. That’s all it took to lose forever, half of his natural feather growth – 2 years of plucking. And while he no longer plucks, he will never fly, and will forever carry with him the evidence of neglect. Most birds live in difficult situations far longer than Benji did, and many pluck until they are entirely bald.

It is important to understand that the difference in intensity between the needs of a U2, and almost any other bird, is like the difference between shooting a bullet, and throwing it. Cockatoos are extremely intelligent, emotional creatures, who require several dedicated hours of attention each and every day (watching tv in the same room where the bird is sitting in a cage does not count). They hate cages, hate to be ignored, love to chew on furniture, are chainsaw-next-to-your-ear LOUD, and easily stressed. Most are re-homed 3x by the age of 2 – and they live to be 60+, so you can imagine the emotional toll…

They are quickly adopted because of their adorable appearance and amusing antics, but many people are surprised to learn that caring for them adequately is difficult and time consuming. The bird is then stressed when it does not get what it needs, so it screams continuously, and self-mutilates by chewing on, and plucking its feathers, over and over again. In most cases, the follicles eventually die and the feathers do not grow back. Even more dramatic than the plucking, or the merciless screaming, some birds dig holes in their skin, creating pain and deep massive wounds – the bird version of a human method of dealing with stress, called “cutting.” These are habits they develop that sometimes stay with them for the entirety of their lives, even after they find loving forever homes.

If you adopt, please understand fully what you’re getting into beforehand. Provide them with as much space as possible, and boundless entertainment to feed their expansive minds. Be prepared to give them the time and attention they need to be happy, and do your utmost to be a forever home for your bird.

If you are the best you can be for the bird, the bird will be the best it can be for you. Believe me, the effort pays off a million times over.

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