||Twelve years old|
||Citron Crested Cockatoo|
||St. Albans, West Virginia, USA|
Mae lived with her past owner in Missouri for nearly thirteen years
of her life (her birthday is in August, she'll be thirteen then), but then
had to give her up as she could no longer take care of her. They were both
attached to each other and the surrender was hard on both of them.
After we got Maggie home and introduced her to her Birdie Quarters, near
the other birds, we did not think she was going to be happy here. But by
the second day, she started to warm up to me and by day three we were
already inseparable. We have become very good friends. During her "I don't
know if I am going to like life here stage" I decided it would be a good
time to try pellets with her as her previous owners said she wouldn't have
anything to do with them. I kept two bowls filled with pellets and easy to
get to, and one bowl filled with seed and hard to get to. She had to sit
on a corner shelf I purchased just for her to help steady her feet, as she
was always falling in the night. She tends to sleep at the side of the
cage I do and she cries just like a human baby. We have been giving her
misting baths twice a day which is in preparation for Avian RX spray when
it gets here, as that will help her feathers feel better and keep her from
preening so much. And she is now used to the misting, so that won't be
added stress for her.
By three days into her life here, Maggie was almost ready for a dry run on
Pellets only. We gave it a try, and it is a success. Maggie loves them,
and now she turns her nose up at seed when offered. The pellets are
specially balanced to be good nutrition for her, so this is a very good
thing. In the wild in Indonesia where they are native, they eat berries,
seeds, nuts and roots, not just seeds. Now we will work on getting her
playing with toys - that's the next thing. We are glad to have this
beautiful bird, and hope her life with us will be a long, happy, healthy one.
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