Can anyone tell me of your experience with Tritons? I am considering adopting a 15 year old from a local Bird Sanctuary. They are saying that he's a very quiet bird for a Too, and because their adoption process is very thorough and they're very picky about every aspect of re-homing a bird, I feel I can believe them. Jynx, heard anything about MAARS? Good, bad or indifferent? They have over 200 birds there right now and are absolutely full. There are many that will be there for the rest of their lives because they've been abused, abandoned and emotionally injured

I have always wanted a Cockatoo, but shied away because of the noise, but if this one is truly not a screamer, then I would consider it. I've visited the sanctuary a couple of times now and everytime I've been there he's been pretty quiet. No glass-shattering shrieks. I don't know if he's just scared of me and once settled in will start or are the smaller Toos just quieter than the big ones?
I would love to be able to give him, or anyone of the birds there a good home for life. It just breaks my heart to see all the plucked, blind, malnourished and sad birds there.
Laurie
Laurie,
First things first. Just because he didn't make any noise at the sanctuary doesn't mean he won't cut loose with glass-shattering shrieks when he gets to your house. I"ve had that experience several times with different species of birds, including the Goffin's too I recently adopted. Goffin's are the smallest 'toos, yet the sounds I've heard coming from this one are simply incredible.
So if you're going to adopt a cockatoo of any kind, be prepared for lots of loud noise. It may not make very much noise, but you'll never know until you bring it home, and even then it may take awhile. Yesterday was the first day Harpo (my new Goffin's) made any noise. I think he was making up for lost time. He didn't make a sound for the first week thus, the name Harpo. Yesterday he came to life He also did lots of dancing yesterday, so it's as if he suddenly came out of his catatonic state.
If you don't KNOW that you can handle lots of noise for the rest of YOUR life, then choose another species, like a grey. But if you know that no matter how loud a bird gets you will still be happy having it in your home, then go for it!
I was shocked at the volume and stamina of Harpo's shrieks yesterday, but only because it just seemed to come out of nowhere. But I'm happy as all get out that he's finally feeling safe enough so that he can cut loose. You'll probably have a similar experience if you adopt the 'too. . .
Lesley
Laurie, First things first. Just because he didn't make any noise at the sanctuary doesn't mean he won't cut loose ... so that he can cut loose. You'll probably have a similar experience if you adopt the 'too. . . Lesley

Thanks Lesley! It's not that I personally would mind the noise, but I'm more concerned about the neighbors. Our houses are pretty close together here. But then, they have dogs that bark their fool heads off all the time, so I doubt they'd have the gall to complain ;^)
I'm just going to keep visiting him until I can get a better feel for his personality.
Thanks again for your advice
Laurie
You know you want to :-p
Dave
Laurie, First things first. Just because he didn't make any ... similar experience if you adopt the 'too. . . Lesley

Thanks Lesley! It's not that I personally would mind the noise, but I'm more concerned about the neighbors. Our houses ... have dogs that bark their fool heads off all thetime, so I doubt they'd have the gall to complain ;[/nq]^)
You know you want to :-p

IAWTP
Go for it. You can make it work, and you will have a sweet, *expressive* companion.
XXgizzieXX
(whose GSC2 only screams when he wants what SHE is eating) ** " She kept her house pretty neat, though to be truthful, she had never gone overboard on the neatness thing. After all, some of the best things in life were a little messy sex , for one. Barbecue might be another.." Loop Group, by Larry McMurtry **
You know you want to :-p Dave

Yeah I know I want to! I just don't know if I should!

Laurie
because their adoption process is very thorough and they're very picky about every aspect of re-homing a bird, I feel I can believe them. Jynx, heard anything about MAARS? Good, bad or indifferent?

Well, my understanding is that maars, like many other animal orgs., is a very self-righteous organization. They stormed the home of the breeder that I got my BFA from and took her birds with no legal authority to do so. Her home was not in anyway a bad/dirty/unhealthy place for birds and you know me well enough to know that I'd say so if it were. At most she should have just been told/warned to be a little tidier.
So, if you decide to go for it and they allow you to have it, you'll know that you have a damn good home for birds. But that doesn't mean that they won't change their minds in the future.
ZQ
because their adoption process is very thorough and they're very ... them. Jynx, heard anything about MAARS? Good, bad or indifferent?

Well, my understanding is that maars, like many other animal orgs., is a very self-righteous organization. They stormed the home ... a damn good home for birds. But that doesn't mean that they won't change their minds in the future. ZQ

I know they're very anti-breeder there. It's part of the contract they make you sign when you adopt one of their birds that you will not breed the bird, or that you do not currently breed any of your birds. But I had no idea they would actually go into someone's home and take their birds. I have been having second thoughts about going through with it. They just have too many hoops they want you to jump through to adopt one of their birds. In a way, that's good, because not just anybody can come in and get a bird, and they see so many sad cases of unwanted and abused birds. On the other hand, as much as I love animals, I have a hard time with the AR types, and this organization seems to be one.
Thanks for the input.
Laurie
I know they're very anti-breeder there. It's part of the contract they make you sign when you adopt one of ... your birds. But I had no idea they would actually go into someone's home and take their birds. Laurie

I don't believe that they can do that, unless it's court ordered.

Regards