Jo needs a home

by Juliet
(Bathurst NSW)

We have rescued a beautiful sulphur crested cockatoo (male we think) from our neighbour who's speciality is cruelty to animals. Could any one steer us in the right direction for finding him a good home?? I have been looking and asking for the past 6 months, but have had no luck at all. Jo has taken a real liking to my husband, who lets him out each day and feeds him. But the rest of the family are fair game! My husband goes away for work a lot, and at those times we cant let him out or feed him properly. We don't want to give him to the pet shop for just anyone to walk in and buy him. We live in Bathurst, NSW.

Cheers, Juliet

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Mar 06, 2012
Jo needs a home
by: Elizabeth Barrie

We have out of 12 Parrots 4 that were very badly abused. It takes a lot of patience and effort, with many bites to regain a birds trust. If people would not take the aggression and biting personally, and understand this is just fear the bird is exhibiting.

I rescued two blue crowned conures, that had been tossed around to 5 homes. They were placed in a pet store, in a bathroom with the lights out for two weeks. Then sold to a young couple that didn't know how to care for them properly, they were near death by the time, we bought them. One ripped out all of her body feathers, she was so stressed out. After one year I finally got each of them to step up on my arm (before that it was a sweater, since they bit very hard)

Usually I train a bird to step up on my skin, so they can smell your scent. But abused or neglected birds have the fear of being mistreated and will classify all humans initially as a threat. These lovely creatures have excellent memories.

I had one of these birds on my arm and got just a little too close while we were talking and sharing laughs and hellos. Now I have a pierced lower lip. It is common when parrots bite, for owners to get angry and "punish" the bird by jerking it and putting it back in it's cage. But to the bird, if it's been jerked, yelled at and put back in the cage, it again feels afraid and then goes back to the security of their home.

Jo most likely senses your fear. Have you tried offering a special treat with one hand and at the same time being brave enough to try to get her to step up. If you've tried all you can and are at the end of your rope, I would certainly love to have Jo. We have an Aviary where all the parrots are allowed to fly freely. I have many parrot bite scars on my lips, arms and shoulders. Shame on your neighbour for abusing such a wonderful parrot. What did he do to her? If you still need someone to take Jo you can contact me (Elizabeth) using the Contact-Us page. Please provide your email address or phone number if you wish us to contact you.

If not, please do write a comment to this entry to let us know how you and your family are doing with Jo!

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