Can You Address Feeding And Care For Larger M2s (Moluccan Cockatoos)?

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As far as the vet visit tomorrow,

 

I’ve decided to cancel.

 

That, and the fact that tube feeding is what killed my last cockatoo and I think that’s the prescribed procedure for plastic in the stomach unless they feel the need to operate.

 

I’m going to go with my Spidey Sense, and look for a vet in NYC.

 

A two hour Drive. but this is my lifetime companion 🙂

Laura

 

Interesting, I would advocate that you keep your appointment with Dr. Hess.

 


Tell her I said “hello”.

 

She is not only in private practice but as a spokesperson for Zupreem bird food a national and internationally recognized brand.

 

All eyes are watching her and any misdiagnosis would be a social media calamity for her and her bird food brand.

 

I like her because she is one of those people where the zygodactyl foot meets the perch or in lay terms “where the rubber meets the road”.

 

She’s experienced, articulate and knowledgeable.

 

Anyone else you choose is a “best guess”.

 

re: “That, and the fact that tube feeding is what killed my last cockatoo and I think that’s the prescribed procedure for plastic in the stomach unless they feel the need to operate.”

 

Your bird has two stomachs, have we determined and at what point the plastic was found?

 

If you decide to continue with the visit asked Dr. Hess if you are able to make a video with your smart phone of the examination and subsequent testing.

 

This is better than pulling answers out of a hat.

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Follow up 10/09/18

Thank you for your time and kind answer! My guy is over 2 pounds, (he’s a huge moluccan) 977 grams at last weighing…and I am kind of the third owner…if you count the breeder, then the first owner, then me.

 

Distraction is a great idea but once he’s got it into his head he wants to bite and charge at me, (he also charges the cat but she’s fast) I have to try to distract him in many ways and often end up eventually disappearing upstairs so he has to come looking, getting him with a towel, or turning on the vacuum cleaner, which makes him chase that instead of me. 🙂

 

He’s just so big and dominant at times!

 

Hi Audrey

 

Sorry for the problems you are having.

 

This scenario is not uncommon with Moluccans

 

I don’t recommend this a lot but I think we have to take a couple of extreme measures.

 

First of all I am a huge advocate of keeping birds flighted.

 

If the bird is attacking you from above it’s time to clip his or her wings until we get into a program that I’m an outline for you.

 

Wing clipping won’t neutralize them in any way there is no physiological connection between clipped wings and hormonal activity but it will reduce the dive bombing.

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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.