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Ahhhh, I want a cockatoo too! ...but I found my BFA 8 years ago looking scared at Petsmart...I didn't know what i was doing, but always wanted a parrot - she was 1 year old and she cost $1199 - it took her 5 years to trust me and fly down to me - now she is 9 and she is my best friend too - if I knew what I was doing I would of got a cockatoo-but the BFA was fate and she is spoiled rotten, out of her cage 24 hours a day and chasing my husband around the house! hahahaha What about your cockatoo?
My Umbrella Cockatoo, Dulcinea (named after Dulcinea/Aldonza from Man of La Mancha) is now a little over 13. I got her from a breeder when she was about 9 months old, right after my husband died. I'd only had her about 2 months when I and my teen-aged twin daughters and their friends were watching a movie. We all said the same word at the same time and she repeated it. We all laughed. She has been part of the family ever since.
She has always been a very sweet girl. She has her moments, but I have never given her a reason to mistrust me, so she is fairly predictable in temperament. She spends her time either in her cage next to the window, right across the room from the computer desk, or on me, or on her T-stand, which is right beside where I sit to work on the computer. The T-stand is on rollers, so it can be moved to wherever I am at the moment.
I am 51, a widow, and disabled now, so I am home most of the time with her. When I leave for the night she usually goes with me. Tho the last time I went, she stayed here with my neighbor spending 10 minutes at a time 3 times a day with her. That was pretty much a test, and it went well. It's harder for me to pack her up and take her with me all the time now. When she is home alone she has the TV on with cartoons on it. I always have to tell her mama will be back, or else she flock calls while I'm gone. She flock calls to me when I leave the room unless I tell her mama will be right back but, more often than not, she just goes goes with me. She eats a bit of oatmeal with me for breakfast and, if I am eating food that is healthy, she gets a little of my lunch and dinner too. She has pellets in her bowl all of the time.
She absolutely loves my grandson, William....he is HER boy. He has Atypical Autism, and has learned to be very gentle with her. My daughter lived with me when he was born and until he was about 1 1/2 so Dulc was there with him from the start. Now he stays with me about every other weekend and she couldn't be happier to have him come visit.
I talk to Dulc all day and she talks back to me. She has a number of phrases in her vocabulary, including "pretty bird", "I love you", and "whatcha doin...doin....doin?". She says "Hi" whenever anyone goes past her window outside. She will be my "best bud" until I'm not here anymore.
OK, now that you've gotten a book on our lives, I'll stop now. I can go on for hours about her...lol.
Thanks for asking,