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Hi, I’m Dewey

PP number: PP975


Name: Dewey


Species: Ducorps Cockatoo


Cage supplied: Yes


Adoption fee: £250



Dewey is a funny character and loves to dance. His crest goes up when he dances and is excited. He loves to sit in the window shouting and barking like a dog at people in the street. He’s a funny character, loves a game of peek a boo in a box in his cage top, and gets really excited.
If he is left on his own he will scream a lot, he has massive separation anxieties so he wouldn’t suit a home where he’s on his own a lot.
He will not step up if he doesn’t want to and will give a warning nip, if you pressure him to step up then he has given me a nasty bite so this is something to consider.
When he’s excited he will screech but it’s a happy screech.
He loves space to fly, so needs a lot of space. He plays chase with our African Grey and after a fly around they go back to their own cages for a snooze. Dewey is a loving bird but will have a sneaky nip if he thinks he can, so any prospective adopters should consider this.
His chest feathers are slowly coming back in as he plucked it bare in his previous home.
His cage is ok, it will probably need replacing in a coupe of years time as it’s quite old and tired. He doesn’t play with his toys inside his cage but will play happily on top with little foot toys and some cardboard to shred.
He’s a handsome little fella with a Jekyll and Hyde personality, can be really sweet and wants to chill out, but when he doesn’t want to, he will nip you. He needs firm boundaries and somewhere he will be out of his cage all day. He was locked in his cage all the time in his previous home and has found a new lease of life and wants to live it to the max.

Safehouse Summary

Bird Age & Sex if known or N/A *

Male approx 14yrs old

Does the bird come with a cage *
Does the bird show any preference to either male or female *
No preference, he loves anyone.
Are there any children in the home and do they interact with the bird? *
Yes, he likes to have head scritches off them, will sit and chill out with them watching tv
In your opinion would the bird be suitable to be placed in a home with children? *
Yes, he’s a family bird for sure
Are there any other pets in your home? If so please detail how your safe house bird reacts to these pets (ie is he/she frightened when a dog barks etc) *
There’s an African Grey here who he has made friends with and a dog who Dewey likes to bark at the dog when he walks past his cage
What is the birds sleep pattern. ie hours sleep and is the bird covered *
He is covered at 7.30pm and sleeps right through until around 8.30
How many hours a day is the bird currently out of it’s cage? *
He’s out of his cage all day from around 9am until 6.30pm. He likes his time out to fly around and watch people from the window
In your opinion would the bird be suited to a home where there is someone home all day, or would the bird be able to be loeft alone while the adopter works? Please detail with reasons for your answer. *
Yes, he needs to have company all day if possible. He doesn’t like being left alone so a home where someone is home all day would be much better. He does make a lot of noise when he’s on his own, he needs to be able to see people.
Does the bird prefer to play on his/her cage or does he/she prefer a play stand *
He enjoys playing on top of the cage with his small foot toys throwing them around for someone to pick up, it’s a game he loves to play.
How independent is the bird. Does he/she play on their own, sit and watch the world go by, or do they require a lot of interaction from their human companion? *
He’s quite happy to play on his cage top as long as there’s a small cardboard box and some foraging toys. He also loves to sit in the window barking at people walking past, I’m sure he thinks he’s a dog. He does love human interaction, he’s not fussed who with, as long as someone is there with him.
How does the bird interact with other birds? Please detail including which other birds live with the safehouse bird. *
We have an African Grey Jojo here and they’ve got a bit of a bromance going on. They love to fly round the room chasing each other, but it has taken Dewey time to get used to Jojo as he was quite scared of him at first.
Feeding habits. What are the birds favourite foods? Do they eat chop, sprouted or pellets? Please detail. *
He eats AS30 seed mix and I add various nuts which walnuts are his favourite. He loves grapes carrots and apple, he has a good healthy appetite and will try anything but it has taken him a while to start eating fruit and veggies.
Does the bird step up? If so is this onto a hand or a perch. Please detail. *
He will not step up from his cage but will sometimes step up off the back of the sofa, it depends what his mood is. If he doesn’t want to step up he can give a little warning nip.
If the bird does not step up or is not handleable then what training tools do you use to interact with the bird and does the bird go in and out of it’s cage of it’s own accord? Please detail including any signs of aggressive tendencies. *
He will go in and out of his cage when he wants to eat and drink or if he’s sleepy for a snooze. If we tell him to go to bed he will fly to his cage and go in. If he doesn’t want to step up he will give a little warning nip but he is getting better with time. He will sometimes step up from the back of the sofa but he needs bribing with walnuts.
What other training have you done with the bird ie harness training *
Dewey isn’t harness trained, I have been looking in to target or clicker training with him but I need more info on it.
Is the bird vocal? Does he/she scream at certain times or just likes to chatter/talk. Are there any noticeable triggers. Please detail *
He loves to bark and laugh at people in the street and can be quite chatty. He does scream a lot if he’s left on his own and will be stressed and pluck his chest feathers.
Do you have an outside aviary and does the bird enjoy being outside? *
We have an aviary and Dewey loves being outside in it but will  scream if left on his own.
Does the bird enjoy a shower or does he/she prefer to bathe in his water bowl? *
He enjoys being sprayed with a fine mist, specially on his chest.
Does the bird require ongoing medical treatment? If so please detail *

 Location: Durham

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