adopting abused cockatoo
Dear Sirs or Madame;
I have a dear friend whom adopted a cockatoo from a woman who didn't have the time to spend with her. Apparently this bird had been somewhat tormented earlier in life by the X spouse as well as a subsequent male child. Upon adoption, this bird went from a lonley setting to a home with Mom, Dad, four kids as well as many other friends etc. My friend (the adopted mother of this bird) said to me, "this bird hates me". Yes, at that moment I knew she got this creature without first spending time with her.
The day I met Lacey, she stood on my shoulder, presented her head for petting and spoke her entire vocabulary into my ear. I was told, "she never speaks or puts her head like that for anyone else." I felt very at ease with her and she with me.
It has been approx two weeks since I have seen her. From what I understand, she has begun screaming and showing aggressive behavior and they are thinking of giving her back to the woman who had no time for her.
I am a single mom, I live in a house in N.C. with my two teenage sons and my five year old daughter. All of my children respect animals. However even though the bird lives with a multitude of dogs now (5or more), I have two neutered male cats as well as an eight year old female who is spayed. Also there is a VERY Docile Rottie, who was also a rescue and thinks she is nanny to the kids and cats. I am home 85% of the time, cooking cleaning ...... life of a domestic engineer!
I have only thought to myself about what a joy it would be to have her. However I wouldn't want to entertain this option if for some reason I wouldn't be good for her, or she for me. My youngest starts school in the fall. I will be alone most days, taking classes online. Please tell me your honest opinion with regards to this beautiful creature and if I could be of help to her in anyway. I thank you for your time and consideration on my and Laceys behalf.