He Duct Taped His Cockatoos Feet To The Floor

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Rick K replied (now also deleted) to my comment on “My wife is going to burn in hell for tormenting our cockatoo….”:


Mitch, take a breath, you’re blowing this way out of proportion.


I would never do anything to harm one of my birds.


Let me repeat the operative word. Never!


I was right there on the floor next to him.


There’s no way he could have broken a toe because the tape was not on that securely.


I also know my bird well enough to know that he would not have panicked it in a situation like that.


As for the adhesive, it was only placed over the toes and nowhere near the legs or body.


As for being traumatized, we can put a nix on that as he ran out of the room singing.


Okay, look. I could go on and on addressing your issue point-by-point, but the bottom line here is, I’ve had this bird for 36 years. I know him. I know he reacts.



I know how he thinks. I would never do anything to harm him


And, as for judging me and my situation when in fact you don’t actually know what is going on, the shame is on you!

Too late



I posted a subsequent comment to the same Quora question:




He made the incidents worse by making them seem funny giving a very wrong idea to people who now may try to duct tape a pet birds feet to the ground.


In most states he violated animal abuse law.


He would be fined in every EU country


In Germany all animals would be removed from his home according to Ann Castro, one of our blog contributors and Germany’s only consultant to the Tierschutzverein (animal protection union).


I’ve researched and published 1.25 million words on more than 1000 blog posts regarding pet bird care.


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.