The Plucking Parrot

sephira

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Hello, some friends told me they were given a parrot found in the rubbish dump of a nearby city.
The parrot is a sulphurer cockatoo yellow crested. There is no cities ring or microchip and he was found attached to a big heavy chain.
The parrot is kinda heavy deplumed on the chest. I could not see the parrot live yet.
Ofcourse they changed diet and stuff but I am afraid the parrot got an infection because he was living in the rubbish dump...
The situation is very delicate because the " nature police" of the city where he was found he is ok with the careres they called them.... the " nature police" of our city said that because of missing cities ring they would rehome the bird to whom they want.... and the actual careres are really scared.
Now, I think the cities ring can be ended to a peaceful solution in a way or another way.
I am worried for the parrot health, he is very aggressive, especially to the female carer.... this is all normal for sure, BUT I guess it should be examined by an aviary vet... which in my city there is no any trustable one.... I just knew it last night when I was having an emergency situation with my dog in labour....
I will ask later if the cockatoo has been tested for infections and stuff , and if not I will strongly advise to bring it to an aviary center as soon as possible. Normally these people do these things, just it is the first time they end up with a parrot in that situation....
Any advise is helpful... thanks
P.S.
jUST rememeber we are in Italy and birds associations and especially parrots helpers associations are kinda ghosts or untrustable so we will not ask them anything....
 

dianaT

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Poor poor Cockatoo how awful for it that made me both sad and angry.
I am not surprised it is aggressive after they way it has been left.
I suppose it could a microchip so a vet or a rescue who has one would be able to run it over it's chest area too see if it has one. That will confirm it's i.d.
If it is given a very nice aviary or large cage, toys and good food and vitamins it's health and life could improve quite a lot.
I hope it can stay with it's carers if they are happy to look after it well.
I think a vets check up would be good, you may not be able to find an avian vet but some vets do have an interest in parrots and may be able to help.
 

Michael Reynolds

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if you can get a photo of the bird we may be able to confirm if it needs CITES. not all too's do. being aggressive could mean its a wild or aviary too but being dumped the way it has been its not surprising that the bird cannot trust humans. well done to your friends for saving this bird.
 

sephira

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The thing is this one of my friends is a vet but not specific for parrots. The parrot does not have microchip or ring.... so it is rather a quite old parrot and one of the last captive ones, or someone took the ring away.... the microchip is not there otherwise they would have sued the owner.
It is logical it is aggressive, yes. It is ok with one of the carer.... I am still concerned he may have infection or some internal problem that causes the loss of feathers.... I will try to get more infos soon. It is not so common to find lost parrots so I will try to ask some of the breeders in the area if they have a clue it could come from them...
 

Michael Reynolds

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Too's unfortunately are one of the most common birds in the parrot family that will pluck them selves, most times this is caused by stress and boredom, its also more common with hand reared birds and birds that have been clipped when young. although an internal issue cannot be ruled out unless full bloods and x-rays are completed. the feathers that are remaining should look normal and not deformed in any way. if they are not normal then I will suspect PBFD so I will certainly recommend the bird to be checked for this and kept in full isolation and contact from other birds, taking great care to change and keep separate clothing that is worn in the birds presents and keep a strict to a hygiene routine
 

sephira

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Thanks for the tip when I will manage to talk to the carer again i will ask and just I can i will take a look at the feathers. from the photo the remaining feathers. There shouldn't be other birds there... I will remind but i think they are careful about this.
As the cockatoo was found linked to an heavy chain , it is highly possible that it was clipped before and the owner did not want it to go anywhere then where was chained to.....
Unfortunatly here I head many times breeders advise to use leash paw instead the aviary suit..... and then people keep using it also linked to the perch as they don t want the parrot to move much or escpae and they are unable to do other things.... example if this cockatoo was owned by some person older than 40 years old.... this chain for them is completly normal because all sellers and breeders in the old times advised this.... now infos about birds caring is going little better but we are still in the far west in here....
 
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