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What Will I Need to Provide for an Adopted Cockatoo?
Bird Rescue Organizations want one thing most of all, that is to find all their adoptable birds a forever home. Before thinking about Cockatoo adoption make sure you are committed to providing a Cockatoo a healthy home for many years to come. This is especially important with species of birds that sometimes have lifespans over many decades.
What Does a Cockatoo Need in Order to Be Healthy?
Cockatoos are social creatures just like us and will desire to spend time in the same room with you (and family) during the day and evening. It’s important to provide a Cockatoo with lot of natural light, as well as give them plenty of opportunities for exercise, which they can get by jumping and hanging, or flying indoors (or a sheltered aviary). Birds eat a variety of foods including seeds, pellets, grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Cockatoo will eat periodically throughout the day and will create a mess around their eating areas. Most birds will also want to vocalize their presence so be prepared for chirping, squawking, and in some cases talking. It’s all to get engaged socially. Very important! Cockatoos are sensitive to air pollution, and will need fresh air. If you smoke please do not adopt a Cockatoo as the negative effects of second hand smoke are amplified for birds because with every breath they renew 100% of the air from their lungs. Finally, immediately after adopting a Cockatoo find a local veterinarian who can give the Cockatoo checkups, and diagnose any major issues.
Why Cockatoo Adoption Is the Best Option.
Many Cockatoos suffer times of hardship and loneliness at the hand of Cockatoo breeders who are not sensitive to proper care. Breeders offering Cockatoos for sale sometimes wean young too soon to increase profits, this will harm the a Cockatoo as they need to learn how to find food and feed on their own. Cockatoo Rescue organization work hard to prepare Cockatoos for their next home, and will work with you to find a bird whose temperament will suit your lifestyle. Cockatoos from shelters usually end up there because the previous owner is suffering a financial hardship, moved, had a death in the family or gave up on caring for the Cockatoo, NOT because the Cockatoo is unhealthy.
How Can I Spend Time With Cockatoos Without Adopting?
The best method is to volunteer at a local bird rescue organization, or get in touch with local bird clubs, and enthusiasts. Birds are not domesticated animals like dogs and cats. They have not spent countless generations in homes alongside humans. Because of this and potential long lifespans before you adopt a Cockatoo seriously consider if your lifestyle will mesh with the needs of a Cockatoo, then spend time getting to know the habits of a Cockatoo.
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