Tinker likes to shred newspaper with my husband; he thinks that all newspaper belongs to him. He likes to hang out with me and try to help me do whatever that I'm doing. He also likes to hang out on top of the other birds cages.
This is Tinker sharing a forbidden ice cream cone with my husband; he is not allowed to have sugar, due to birds tendency to suffer from yeast infections, which sugar feeds. I got a picture right quick before I had to tell the guys that the party was over. (I'm the resident party-pooper, LOL.)
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He goes through cycles with his feathers, Robyn. His good side is to the camera in the ice cream cone picture, but his other side is not too pretty. His chest feathers are trying to grow out, due to wearing the collar, but I knew when I adopted him that he had issues that I would have to deal with for the rest of his life. His feather issues depend on how stressed that he is. If it just didn't take so darned long for the damaged feathers to grow back, he would cosmetically look beautiful most of the time. To me, though, he is beautiful, no matter what the feathers look like. I love my Tinker-Bird!
He looks as if he is doing better, his feathers are doing better too! I love to see Cockatoos! They are so amazing!
Might be a "No-No", but it's so cute. It's so hard not to give them what they want when they want it.
Tinker is such a pretty bird.
Tinker is a 14 year old Moluccan Cockatoo. Tinker was to be a permanent resident of the Avian Rescue, where I volunteer, due to his habit of self-mutilation. However, when I started volunteering, one of the things that I would do, as I would clean each cage, and change food and water dishes, was to talk to each bird. Tinker showed so much interest and animation on the days that I would come, that the administrators decided to let me try to foster him.
The fostering went so well, that I was allowed to adopt him. Tinker loves to shred newspapers, cardboard boxes, heavy-duty toys made of 2X4's, and window-frames. (I already know that the baseboards and window-frames will have to be replaced when we move, and I try to prevent him from doing this, but the minute I turn my eye to something else... He likes to be with me at all times, (cockatoos are very demanding, and "all about me" and yells loudly when Mom is out of sight.
Tinker DOES NOT like to be confined at all. He likes everything to be his idea; if it is not his idea, then he does not want to be a part of it. Bath-times are very interesting. When I finally do manage to get him into the tub, he snuggles and loves like the whole thing was HIS idea, silly bird! He likes to be syringe-fed from time to time, I think that he must remember when he was a tiny baby. (Most pet birds are hand-fed in this manner.)
Tinker has been my buddy for a year now, and I truly treasure the relationship that I have with him. Cockatoos are temperamental birds, and due to Tinker's past neglect and abuse, he self-mutilates from time to time, and has to wear an acrylic collar, to prevent him from doing further damage. Tinker is truly a unique individual, but I am so thankful that he decided that he liked me, and that we were able to be a part of each other's lives. I need him just as much as he needs me, and we make a wonderful pair.
By Robyn Fed
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