We wanted you all to know that we really lucked out and have found the perfect new home for our baby cockatoo already! :)
Azriel has been invited to join the flock at the most progressive and innovative aviary in this country.
I have been following their work for years and they are regarded very high in the bird community. They are operating under a whole different philosophy than any other aviaries/breeders. Through a selective breeding program they are developing a domesticated breed of parrots better suited as pets. They do this by taking well adjusted pet birds such as Azirel who has proven to already have the genetical disposition to be a good pet in a family environment, then re-school them (over the course of two years) to become a "bird" again and live in a flock of other birds of the same species. Here they are allowed to, in their own time, choose a mate if they want to, and breed (these birds mate for life and are very close to their chosen mates, so that would be fantastic for us).
This place is in Ohio, and since the whole midwest is frozen over at the moment she will stay with us until it is warm enough for her to travel (40's). Even though this is still the hardest thing we've ever done, we feel this is a fantastic opportunity for her and we feel good that we can give her a better life than we could ever provide for her ourselves. We feel very lucky to have found this solution.