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Neelam - 2014-05-14
HI we have just brought in a sulphur creast cacatua.she is nice allows me to touch pamper her but suddenly bites don't come on my hand and also at times screems. Don't know what to do as I'm a first time bird owner. Please kindly guide me so I can make my bird more comfortable and be friends for long

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  • shehla - 2014-09-23
    They usually bite when they want to be left alone. Do you have a female bird. I am on a lookout for a female greater sulphur cockatoo. Can you recommend where to buy one. I have a male bird for the last 9 years. he is extremely wise and friendly.
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Paola - 2014-09-10
Hi! May I ask some questions to those of you who already live with a Goffin Cockatoo (if that's the case, I envy you so much!)? - are Goffin Cockatoos particularly loud? I live in the centre of a big Italian metropolis. I already own several budgies and a male galah, the best pet ever (trust me, he is: I was 16 when I bought him and deep in clinical depression; he's helped me so much during these years we've lived together and now, also thanks to his 'support', I feel muuuch better; without him my life would be worse). The galah is really quiet and generally silent. Are Goffins generally screamers? - usually, do Goffins get along well with other parrots? As I said, I live with a male galah and if I decide to adopt a Goffin I hope that they'll make friends. My galah is very shy, but also curious. While the breeder was hand-feeding him, he spent his days with his brother and other cockatoos and amazons, but since then he's never had any contact with other parrots. He sees the budgies, of course, but they look so different I wonder if he considers them similar to him. Probably, considering that they would have to live together (even if in two different cages) and that the galah is a male, it would be better to choose a female Goffin, don't you think? Thank you very much, I really need your advices. Sorry for my probable grammar mistakes, English is not my mother tongue. A presto!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    Yes, cockatoos are known to be very loud at times, and this is true of the Goffin.  Good that you are asking questions, because cockatoos are very needy for the affection of their human companion. If you decide to adopt another parrot, you may very well find yourself dealing with a jealousy situation. It also takes a lot of time for birds to accept new introductions. For your currently contented and quiet Galah,  you'll want to have a plan for each days interactions to make sure he doesn't develop behavior problems like feather plucking or screaming.  A parrot's cage is his safe place, and I would also suggest you will want separate cages for each bird as well, until such time as they show you they are best friends and happy to share a cage.
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M2mom - 2004-01-26
For really solid info on Moluccan cockatoos or just cockatoos in general please visit http://www.mytoos.com

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  • kathy Poirier - 2014-09-07
    that is a really good site, very informative.
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Animal-World info on Umbrella Cockatoo
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gigi - 2014-07-19
I am about to adopt an umbrella cockatoo and I'm a little nervous, I have the time and money to spend with and on the bird. He will never be completely alone in my home. I'm worried about what room temperature I should keep for her and my biggest one is how to help her adjust to her new home. Her current owner is leaving her behind because she's worried that the stress of a long trip might kill her since she doesn't do well with traveling she's the sweetest bird I ever met and very affectionate she took right to me but her current owner is to busy to give all the attention that I've read about. If any one has any ideas on what to do please let me know.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Umbrella Cockatoos make great pets but they are extremely social (and needy for affection). They do need a good amount of attention but it sounds like you are ready and willing to take this wonderful bird on and give it a good home. When a parrot goes to a new home, it takes it about 30 days to become established. That gives you a great opportunity to set up a 'permanent' routine for care and feeding, out of cage time, and playtime. Wishing you both all the best!
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Linn - 2014-07-02
I have 6 parrots. One female lessor sulfur crested about 14 years old. She just laid me an egg! I didn't think this was a problem with the larger species as opposed to parrotlets or cockatiels. I am not sure what to do. Any suggestions? I will call my vet, but any other insight would be appreciated.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    A visit to the vet is important at this time to ensure the health of the bird. What stimulates a parrot to lay eggs is still a mystery, but things like diet and additional summer daylight are known to increase the chances. Generally it is recommended that the bird always has a good diet, but when egg laying provide it with extra calcium and protein as these are known to stimulate egg laying. Reducing the calcium and protein along with a reduction in the amount of daylight can help, but you must be certain the bird is not carrying any more eggs, and a vet can help determine this.
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Bill Roberts - 2014-07-01
I rescued my bird, I have had her for a little over 1 year, she is very loving and smart. When I first got her she was in very bad shape, she now is a very pretty and happy bird lately she is taking to very softly bite my skin and then rubbing her beak on me, is this normal show of love?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I would say so, it sounds like a preening behavior, but modified for her unusual 'flock friend'.
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lauren - 2014-06-28
I am very interested in owning a cockatoo. Having trouble deciding on a breed, so far I've read my favorite breed, the pink/red/gold major Mitchell, has a rather difficult temperament. Looking for the best breed for a first time bird owner.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Cockatoos in general are very social animals, which translates into very needy pets. Some of best mannered and readily available are the Umbrella Cockatoo, Lesser Sulfer-crested Cockatoo, Goffin Cockatoo, and the Bare-eyed Cockatoo. Others like the Citron-crested are more high strung, and the Rose Cockatoo, though a fine pet, it more rare and more expensive. But no matter which species you get, be prepared to give a lot of attention (and I suggest setting up a routine immediately with dedicated affection times and 'self entertainment times, to avert any unintended problems).
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Lily - 2013-05-22
I recently acquired a goffin's cockatoo. Rescue bird. The previous owner that had him, I heard, got evicted and went to jail for drugs. He is extremely afraid and plucks his feathers. I have had him for about 4 months. I got him a large cage. He previously had a small one. He has lots of toys and gets fed well. I have recently gotten him off seeds, which is what he was sent with, and on Harrisons as well as fresh foods. He is still pretty picky with eating but getting better. I have taken him to the vet and am still waiting on results to see if there are underlying issues for his feather picking before I do anything else. He is supposed to be approximately 3 years old. He sometimes makes a few noises but most of the time sits in one spot and doesn't seem interested to get to know me. I also have a sun conure, approximately 12 years old and their cages are right next to each other. My sun is more bonded to me, and humans, but my goffin seems to identify more with my conure. I have had mainly dogs all my life except for my conure and am not too familiar with cockatoos, which I understand need a lot of stimulation. My boyfriend has had birds his whole life, 3 amazons growing up and the last just recently passed a few years ago. Any information on goffins, feather picking, fearful birds (cockatoos) than anyone can give would be extremely helpful. He is gaining weight and looks healthy but his feather picking is getting worse and he has developed some abscesses under his wings from picking. I got an ecollar from the vet but Im worried that this will be damaging to his mental health because of how he already acts. I tried it on my conure because he can handle a lot of situations and he had a hard time with it and would only flop around. Any information on a feather picking (flight suit) would also be useful as I think I may want to try that first. Im in this too the end and would not think of rehoming this bird another time as I understand its very damaging. I am planning on trying the foraging bit as well as tv for entertainment while I am at work. Thanks again for any help!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-22
    It's so great that you're giving this bird a great home, and a chance to get normalized. Here's a few thoughts. Birds have incredibly long memories, so it will take a long time for him to get brave with his new world. Birds also prefer other birds over people, so it's no surprise he does best with the Sun Conure, and it's actually really great that you have a companion for him (and for the Sun, though they're not as needy). But don't give up,he's smart and he is watching, so he will learn about you from observing you and your conure interact. Something that can help with the plucking, besides all the normal stuff you'll read and hear about... try a soft cotton blanket in the cage with him, or covering one side where he can pull on it. We've had success with that. If he likes it, he will chew on it constantly and it will be destroyed, but it offers him a soft replacement for his feathers and can help keep him occupied. Good luck and all the best to both of you:)
  • Eileen West email - 2014-06-18
    Lily how's it going with your goffin? My bird Abram has a plucking problem too, especially since my husband died on Jan 30 2014 Abram was inconsolable. The only thing that helps is lots of attention and more attention. However I've found red palm oil also helps, it comes in a little jar at health food stores like sprouts.
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Valerie Ann Wallingsford - 2014-06-16
I rescued a sulfur crest and a citron a few months ago. Their momma took her life and the 2 have been together for a while. They are around 10 years old from what I was told. I have 5 other birds from a blue and gold to a monk but this one poor citron is vicious. I have had biters and trained them out of it but Baby is a rough one. He has tore my arm up even when he bites he hangs on. I show him no emotion but he is relentless. He is the sweetest thing in his cage but when we let out with Coocoo he follows him around and you cannot get next to Coocoo. He will even fly at you to attack you. I am at my wits end. My heart breaks for him. He wants the attention but seems mad at the world. He is also missing a toe and plucks or was pulling his chest feathers but it does look like they are coming back since I have had him. I keep him in toys and he is plowing through toys my macaw doesn't mangle the way he does. I feel so sorry for him would appreciate any ideas tips and pointers. I've never seen a bird this bad before. Val

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Jai Speer - 2012-01-09
I am nine years old and I am looking for a galah or cockatoo as a pet. I live in Adelaide and I would like to know if anyone has one that they would like to give away. I have a cocky cage already. I would be a good carer for it.

Jai

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  • Kathleen wolf - 2014-06-14
    I just got a cockatoo a week ago. His name is BBY he is sulfur crested cockatoo. Here is my opinion. He picked me as his owner. He just came to my favorite Amazon Jungle in Ormond Beach Fla. Bby came to them about a month ago from another owner. I lv my Bby but they need a lot of attention.if and when u get one make sure it is a Bby cause from g
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