I rang the RSPCA wildlife unit this morning for advice and was sadly told she probably has a debilitating illness called beak and feather disease. So tonight I will need to catch her and take her to the RSPCA to be euthanised. I am not looking forward to it and before I do this I wanted to share a small life.
Post script.. the chookatoo went off to the vet that very afternoon where they confirmed it was indeed beak and feather disease. She put up a bit of a fight but was treated well and euthanised straight away. The disease is apparently species specific and can't affect the chooks ( phew). My neighbour over the back told me how upset the chooks were with her company and how she thought with all the carry-on one might have an egg stuck! It is a shame - I loved the idea of a resident cockatoo and it is a pretty awful disease to catch. bye chookatoo