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They call me Mad Max. Well, not really.... my foster parents just call me Max, but you'd be mad too if you lived in an environment where your cage mates plucked out your gorgeous feathers. I am a normal grey male Cockatiel, this normal grey mutation occurs naturally in the wild and is the dominant of all the mutations. I am about 6 months old. With the right care my feathers should grow back again and I will once again be a handsome bird. Dominance factors, breeding frustration, boredom, territoriality, mate-bonding, and nesting drives, all triggered by hormonal development are rarely satisfied in a captive environment. A perception of threat for other pets or household members may initiate stress. These factors can result in frustration grooming, which often becomes obsessive, and viola, you have a plucked bird. When you come to the Mickaboo class we will teach you how to create an environment for your bird that will prevent this from ever happening. Love is new to me and I am warming up to being held and to new fresh foods as well... I love to eat minced hard-boiled egg, fresh parsley, and bird bread made from a corn bread mix (with seeds, crushed eggshell and Roudybush crumble mixed in) as well. My foster parent says, "Max is sporting the most ridiculous hairdo.... He is plucked..." Doesn't she know, bald is beautiful!
Notice: Cockatiels are flock animals, and most of them are much happier when they live with at least one other cockatiel! Because of this, unless a household currently includes another cockatiel, Mickaboo usually requires that a minimum of two cockatiels be adopted.
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