The Challenge Of Rescuing An Older Injured Citron Cockatoo

Citron-crested Cockatoo - Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Author Doug Janson
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Thank you Constance R.


So often its important to hear from independent third parties who provide valuable feedback on our pet bird content.


Having been in the process of rescuing budgies, (current budgie census is at six) and spending a lot of time with Peaches, our Senegal parrot weighing in at about 115 g, our recent focus has been skewed towards smaller birds.


Constance has a Congo African Grey and an Umbrella Cockatoo and from her recommendations, this is going to be a cockatoo-lishish post.

For this we need to offer a round of applause for Constance .




With that as a backdrop let’s dive in to some concentrated cockatoo content


From FB messenger 

Hi Mitch, I have a question?

We got Andy our U2 about 4 years ago.

He is around 28 and we got him from a rescue.

I’ve read a lot about Umbrellas and they are frequently called “velcro birds”.

Andy does not fit that description.


We have him out of the cage 4 plus hours a day.


I still work so he is out more on my day off. We also have 4 Conures.


Two he gets along with and the other two not, so out times are rotated so everyone gets their play time. So my question is….


Andy often will put himself back in his cage.


If I have him out with us in another room he will hop down off the perch and waddle back to his cage. He doesn’t scream except in the morning when he wants to know where I am.


I am hoping this means he’s content? He has plenty of toys, he eats well and is a good weight averaging 550 grams.


We weigh him weekly.

He gets plenty of sleep usually 12 to 13 hours a night. He sees our Vet regularly.

I want to do right by him as he came to the rescue from a breeder and they told us he had a pretty rough life.


So is there anything more I should be doing?

I read Sunday Morning Birdy Brunch every week but I’ve never seen anything like this discussed.


He actually seems to look at cage as his “man cave” so to speak. Thank you so much! Kim S


Hi Kim,


We’ve spoken on the phone and exchanged communications.


My response is that you serve as an exemplary example to other cage bird keepers.


I encourage everyone to follow your lead in the care of their birds.


Kim has an open invitation to post on our blog with any content she can provide to help us all improve our bird caregiving techniques.


The challenge of rescuing an older injured Citron Cockatoo


I enjoy receiving your Email.

After taking the challenge of rescuing an older injured Citron Cockatoo we had another injury in which the leg was broken and locked to the 4 O’clock position.

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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.