Discussion in 'Cockatoo Causeway' started by Brittany0208, 10/3/19.
LMAO that's a good theory, and it would explain A LOT!!!
ok you had me for a minute!
Growning up around two Too's for many years was crazy! People thought I had to be nuts to own them through the years. I always want a shirt with my two Too's on it, and me in the middle saying, " of course I'm crazy, my Too's took and now have all my marbles!! "
I love Gotcha because his mom shows the bad side too! She posted a video of her teenage son playing with him and getting bit, plus her bruises. He's a very young Too I think, probably right in the middle of the terrible twos! I also looooove Pickles on Facebook, his mom makes the funniest videos, she pairs the music just right!
Even shy Chipper has shown a goofy side..My favorite is the hopping on the top of his cage! He's definitely a life altering bird for every member of the family, all the way down to baby Natalie. He's such a mushy love bug under that hard exterior, as long as you catch him at the right time! Lol
Well...could you imagine a flock of Too's in the hundreds in jungle, all laughing and talking in the tribes language, could scare a tribe away!
Here's food for thought....
Huitzilopochtli from Aztec theology: The Aztec god of war, Huitzilopochtli is also the god of the sun and is depicted as a hummingbird or with hummingbird characteristics, including feathers and a hummingbird helmet. It is believed that when Aztec warriors die, they become hummingbirds and fly away to join Huitzilopochtli.
Parrots were popular pets in the ancient Anasazi civilization, and they were one of the earliest and most popular luxury goods brought by Mexican Indian traders. In colonial times, macaws and Amazon parrots were both kept in captivity among Southwestern Native American tribes. The Hopi tribe (descendants of the Anasazi) still have a Parrot kachina among their divine spirits, and parrot imagery is common throughout Southwest Indian art. The Hopi see the parrot as a directional guardian, associated with the south, and some Pueblo tribes consider parrots a symbol of fertility.
...I think I've figured out something...Life with a Cockatoo (apologies to Milton for using that word ) is like a daily game...sometimes the 'too wins, and the other times you lose...
LOL. So true. I think I posted the other day that the score is Elvis 107, me 2.
Thank you for all that info!
Lol....did you really expect to win against a too???
That never happens!!! If it did, by golly gee, it would be in world book of records....humoon beats too at its own game..!!
But as mentioned, it will never happen, best bet take two Tylenol and call me in morning.
There are victories that I can have over my feathery tormentor...as when I call him COCKATOO...for some reason, Milton doesn't like the word...it's a small thing, so I use it only when it's absolutely necessary...
Lol....that's interesting. So Milton doesn't view himself as a too, he's part human!!
Bet he's related to spock!!
...never thought of it that way...it could be, though...
I had a grumpy Umbrella tonight. He didn’t even want to play with his box of blocks.
They sure are a special kind of crazy....the trick is keeping them busy. And excepting some days will have more screaming than others. But all days will have some screaming.
I have one human child and an umbrella cockatoo. They both call me “Dad”. And verbally demand things. Also, one bites harder than the other.
How old is your human child, @BirdEE ? I've yet to meet someone with young kids and a U2, maybe we could bounce ideas off each other periodically!
7 years old. My too’ is 13. They co-exist together. My daughter can pet him but aside from that they pretty much leave each other alone. I watch him around her simply because of his beak. She can also give him food without any fear of biting (which wasn’t always the case. She had to work with him). I don’t let her handle him though, and he really has no interest in going to her. They’re friends, but at a distance. I think once she gets older he will want to go to her. He likes adults, and is fine with kids. He just doesn’t have any interest at being handled by a kid. At first he tried intimidating her a little bit. But she learned his tricks and she doesn’t let him pull one over on her anymore. Likewise, He learned his tricks didn’t work on her so he doesn’t try to do anything to her anymore. That’s the big thing with cockatoos, especially umbrellas and Moluccans. They’re master manipulators, they’ll test you. And if they get away with it, they’ll keep doing it. That’s one big reason they become out of control. He likes my wife a lot too. But he’s chosen me as his human...
We never really intended to live with an Umbrella Cockatoo and a young child. It kind of just happened. I’ve always had birds and I’ve handled a lot of them. We had (and still do have) a plum headed parakeet, and then comes along this loud screaming cockatoo who was unable to be handled by the pet store he was given up to. He bit lots of fingers and screamed for hours on end. I knew him through there and eventually he ended up at our home. Where he will remain for the rest of his days. He’s a lot of work, but he’s a completely different bird from the pet store he lived in for 4 years. Like anything, they just need love and understanding. And with a cockatoo there’s A LOT of understanding hahaha.
I agree with this too. Macaws are beautiful, I just feel like they want to kill me whenever I am around one haha. Which is funny because I feel the exact opposite around large cockatoos.
Thank you for that, @BirdEE! I will remember to PM you if I have any child/too questions. I never imagined my life to have both small children and a large bird, but here we are! So far, the only contact between my toddler and Chipper is highly, highly supervised. She's got a masking tape line on the floor that she knows she's not allowed to cross. It will be a long few years watching them all like a hawk, but it's worth it, especially since Chipper has made it clear that he is not comfortable with either kid, even the tiny baby. I'm sure a lot of it is fear of the unknown.
Sure. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions. I’m not an expert but I can share my experiences.
Fear of the unknown really is the biggest thing. Once Chipper settles in you’ll see how things are going to be. He’s learning you all and you all are learning him. He may or may not be on his best behavior now. We didn’t really have a “honeymoon phase” with Casper. He was just more scared and quiet than he is now. He has really opened up with his talking and babbling more recently. And he opens up more and more as time goes on. Sometimes it can take years for them to open up. Cassiesdad said Milton took 4 years to fully open up. I believe Casper will be similar. He’s coming out of his shell a lot, but he’s been with us more than a year. He’s much more open now than he was, but he’s still reserved in somethings. Maybe he’s just a big chicken haha. I will say it took me a good 6 months or so before I felt completely comfortable around his beak and knowing what he was going to do with it.
I definitely feel the same way, still on edge about the beak when I'm in a veunerable position, like adding toys to his cage tonight. It's impossible to know what their triggers will be until it happens! I'm not sure if we're in a honeymoon phase or not, he's happy to scream, lunge (working on that...) and today I must not have latched the feeder door properly before I left for the store, and hubby came home to the water bowl on the floor, and Chipper eating the baseboard again. I don't care, the wood can be replaced, he cannot! Thank goodness our cats are afraid of him, and our dog is left behind a baby gate when we leave. I came back with $50 worth of bird toys... Guess he doesn't need them, just the walls!
Hey there chelsea!
Don't worry about chipper, he'll come around. I raised our kids around 2 Too's and a macaw. The birds were already settled in when kids came about after.
It could take a few months to where chipper is much more settled. He's still new there, so there's still a lot to overcome yet, but Your getting there. Your too is actually being quite good about it. Trust with the kids are on his terms. That takes time..
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