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Message #2431.

Date:Monday December 6, 2004 6:26:57 pm MST
Message:So I'm "inheriting" a 15+ year-old Umbrella Cockatoo named Houdini. My grandmother has about 20 birds in her care right now, but is getting too sick to care for them all. Since Houdini has a crush on Gus (a Greater Sulfur Crested Cockatoo), she needs to be the first to go (Gus's mate isn't too excited about Houdini's visits to the cage). And I agreed to take this one...

My problem is that I've never had an adult bird (or a large bird, for that matter). Here's what I know about Houdini: She's probably female, based on behavior. My grandma has had her for about fifteen years, but she may have been an adult when she was purchased. Her name is Houdini because she has a talent for getting out of her cage and letting all the other birds out as well (she now has locks on every opening of the cage she's in). I know that she doesn't get handled much~ her "out of cage" time is while she's being fed in the morning and in the evening. She has a large cage, but she doesn't have any toys. Oh, and she hasn't ever had her wings clipped. That's about it...

So what do I need to know about adult birds? I don't expect her to be entirely friendly at first, but we're hoping she'll warm up to us. (My boyfriend wants her to bond to him since Kiwi is definitely my little boy.) From what I've read, she seems to be old enough to have already gotten over that scary hormonal peak. Should I be expecting anything dramatically different from what I'm used to? (Obviously every bird is going to have its own personality, but is there anything that regularly changes with age?)

Not sure exactly what I'm asking here, but there are enough bird experts here that I thought maybe someone could figure that out for me :)


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