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Shannon - 2013-09-30
My 14 year old son found a Goffin's Cockatoo for sale on line in our local area, he has been wanting a bird for a very long time and had earned his own $ this summer so in July we adopted a Goffin's Too... She came with a large cage and lots of toys (thank goodness) we were told that she is between 3-4 years old (the women we got here from was not the original owner so she didn't know for sure..and we also don't know for sure that she is female (I have not had her DNA tested yet... I do plan to though) I assume she is female because she had brownish eyes rather than black. Anyway she is such a sweetheart, we live in Fl and have a covered patio by our pool and that is where her cage is.. She loves it outside... And we spend a lot of time outside (we live on our patio most of the time, we have a TV out here and we eat most of our meals out here too) so she gets lots and lots of attention, when we are home she is never locked in her cage.. So she's out a lot.. She is a very happy bird and has bonded with all of us, my son, husband and myself.. I have been doing a lot, a lot of reading and research on Goffin's and have read that an all seed diet is not good and that I should be giving her pellets, fruits & veggies.. Well here is my problem.. She does not want anything to do with anything I introduce to her... And I have tried a lot of different things from hard boiled eggs to green leafy veggies, fruits.. And of course I went and got her the all organic pellets as soon as I discovered that the all seed diet is not good for her... Any suggestions, advice.. I love her so much already and don't want her diet to end up causing her issues down the road...

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  • Cacatua goffini - 2013-12-10
    Congratulations! If your Goffin has brown eyes she's a female. I'm sure she is delightful. An all seed diet isn't the best for her. You are going to have to be as stubborn as she is. At first you'll just be wasting food, but if you keep at it eventually she'll start to see what you're offering her as food. It may take days, it may take months, but keep offering. Good luck!
  • Callista - 2014-04-01
    I, too, have a picky cockatoo. Try making her a quiche or an omelet, and stick what you want her to eat in it. Gradually decrease the amount of quiche/omelet fed with the veggies, and when there is none left, chop it up really small with something she does like. Eventually she'll learn to eat it.
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B.ISMAIL SHAKEEL - 2009-02-25
I'd like to have a bird like this.

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  • mamie owens - 2011-07-21
    I have a 14 year old male, that I am interested in adopting out to the right family. please reply to this email address.
  • James Lawrence - 2011-08-02
    Hello. I read your posting and was interested in your bird. My wife, daughter and myself have owned birds in the past but have always wanted a larger type bird. My wife is a stay at home mom and my daughter is a bit of a home body so he/she will hardly ever be alone. Are you still considering adopting your bird.
  • B.ISMAIL SHAEEL - 2014-02-24
    I wish to have birds like this too.
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MARIANA - 2014-02-23
I have had my male (had him sexed) rose breasted cockatoo since 2005. He never bit at first, but since last summer when he was boarded for three months he gets aggressive at times. He is not clipped so that he can fly around the inside of the house. The other night he went after a plastic cup that I was holding and I received a big bruise and cut on my wrist. Could he becoming ornery as he gets older? He gets tons of attention. Sleeps in the bedroom with me in his bedroom house. Can someone try to help me out?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    You didn't say how old your bird is, it could be a 'teenage' thing. As they become sexually mature, they can go through more aggressive (and childish) behaviors, usually for a year or two. However parrots are amazing, they have an incredible memory and sometimes events can also stimulate a new behavior. So it's really hard to say why she's gotten a bit belligerent at times. You may have to work on some behavior modification.

    One approach that often works is to put her in her cage whenever she goes a bit nuts, then walk away and ignore her for a bit (like 10-20 minutes). Give her no recognition at that time. Then approach her with a pleasant, loving attitude and take her out, giving her lots of praise and affection, maybe even a treat. The idea is - no love or attention if she's mean, but plenty of love and attention when she's good. You may have to repeat this for a while until she gets the idea.
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Cheryl - 2009-01-03
We have a family member named Charlie who is approximately 9 years old. He has been with us 4 years He requires a ton on attention and is very loving. He likes to cuddle and go for walks in the neighborhood. He sleeps in his cage at night, but sits on a perch all day in the living room, with the tv or radio on. He has lots of toys and is very well adjusted, but he won't talk. Anybody have any suggestions... He is not a big screamer, just his usual 5 minutes in the evening. He still bites occasionally, but it's usually when he is not the center of attention or is falling. I love him dearly and he is a big part of our family. He eats when we eat and just hangs out with us.

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  • sheila - 2014-02-10
    Some do not talk, are charlies wings clipped? Loved to take my 18 yr old out and about.
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Lilly - 2013-12-18
If you had a cockatoo for about 25 yers are you allowed to put another one in with it?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    Cockatoos are very social animals, and if you've had it for 25 years... it probably thinks you are its flock. Adding another bird is fine, but you want to give both birds plenty of time to get used to the new arrangement. It takes time, love, and patience.
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Cacatua goffini - 2013-12-10
I found a Goffin's Cockatoo. Her price tag is $1,000.00 . Is that a reasonable price to expect to.pay for a Goffin's?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    When I had my exotic pet store, I sold Goffin Cockatoos for about $600 - $700, but that was 10 years ago. Today I see them for sale anywhere between $850 - $975, so it may be about right in the current market. It seems like everything's gone up about 30% in the last couple of years, so I guess that goes for birds too.
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Courtney D Singleton - 2012-01-04
I am looking for a rose breasted cockatoo for myself. Please let me know if any of U out there has one. Thank U. Email or call 859-324-0479. I am in Ky.

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  • Teresa - 2012-10-01
    I have one for sale if you have not already located one in your area. I am in Colorado. He is just 1 1/2 years old, talking, steps up readily. Let me know.
  • susie varrone - 2013-01-05
    we have three babies...all under five months old...hand fed and very sweet!
  • susie varrone - 2013-01-05
    I am in knoxville tn
  • Nicolson - 2013-01-30
    Are you still searching? We have some wonderful rose breasted cockatoos among other parrots available and ready to go.
  • genia burbank - 2013-02-02
    Looking for Susi V in Knoxville, TN. I am also in Knoxville and looking for a rose breasted Cockatoo. Please contact me ASAP. THANKS- GENIA 865-660-8140
  • genia burbank - 2013-03-04
    I am looking for a rose breasted cockatoo. Do prefer a male... Thank you, Genia
  • Christine Jason - 2013-11-15
    I am looking for a baby and live in Otto, NC Does the person in TN still have babies?? Or even an older one and how much are they?? Please respond to this post so I can give you my number to talk
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Peggy Brown - 2013-10-21
I have a 6 month old male LSC. He is so sweet and funny, he loves me but bites my husband. When we first brought him home he was fine with both me and my husband. After about a week home my husband was gone on travel for a week, when he got back things were different. Trying to decide whether or not to keep this bird, I have no problem with him, he has bitten me but he gets a time out for that. My husband can pet him but cannot pick him up a lot of the time because he knows he may get bitten. Had a session with a trainer/behaviorist for the biting issues, distraction works pretty well but for my husband it does not work.

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Anonymous - 2012-02-01
I have a 10 month old goffin and I was told to start teaching her tricks and how to speak. She is very hyper most of the time and I really don't know how to teach her to talk or do tricks. I've gotten her favorite seeds as treats, but she will either just go for the seeds or lose interest and do her own thing. Help?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-01
    AHH it is sooo very ,much easier to let the goffin train the human - honest. Let's start with some really easy stuff. When your feathered one comes up on your hand say 'UP'. When you just sorta grab her beak and plant a kiss on the beak say 'Kiss' When you tickle scratch under her wing - just gently pull it out (extend it) and say 'PRETTY' I would say 'I am a bird I fly high, I am a bat I lay down' and I would raise my bird really high above my head and then lower it down on its back. Put words to the things your feathered companion does naturally. You can bop 'UP and DOWN' in a beat and she will learn to bop 'UP and DOWN' in rhythm - think country with a good bass works best for this. Start just putting words to the things she does naturally, then show her new behaviors. Remember, she is just 10 months - still really a baby. I found that most birds aren't all that receptive to actually training before 1 - 1/2 years but putting words to their actions just like you would a human child - works great. Let them train you - definitely works best. You will learn. She also does not associated her treats wityh a behavior. It is too soon - just put the words to her actions first. (NO TREAT) and when you know she has that one thing down - then say the 'Command' and give her a treat. No treats for regular obediance though such as 'UP' 'DOWN' 'POTTY' You wouldn't give a child a treat for those things - right. A feathered friend is a 3 year old human dressed in feathers but yours is just 10 months old.
  • Mary - 2013-05-06
    Goffins cockatoo's don't usually talk. I've never seen one that did. I had one for over 23 years. I would talk to her and she'd listen. She liked to scream and try to ram the other bird she saw in my mirrored walls. She became best friends with my female chihuahua when she was a pup. My goffins did not like people. She was a mature hen when I got her and needed medical intervention immediately to save her life. She lived a long time with me. I didn't trim her wings. I allowed her to fly freely throughout my condo. She ate my vertical blinds, tryed to nest in three couches and ate any plants I tried to keep indoors. She also ate my floor boards,furniture, kitchen cabinets and electrical wires till I started to lock her in her cage when I left my unit. It was hard but we found ways to get along. A squirt gun works great when trying to get her to settle down. I think she liked it. Water mist is helpfull to a cockatoo so that they can cleam up. So is a large water bowl. Also, loved to shred apples hanging on a spiked metal toy in her cage. Small PVC pipe can be fitted over your electrical wires, even use elbow joints at table edges so the bird can't chew the wires. a replacement electircal plug can be reinstalled at the end of the wire after the pipe is installed over it. Her name was Kiwi. I thought of getting another, but another bird might be afraid of my dogs. I have three of them. She used to dive bomb my boys (dogs) because she felt they were not freindly enough. She used to walk pigeon toed into my bedrooom in the mornings, looking for the dogs. She was content to sit on the edge of the bed an take a p**p. Kiwi decided where she wanted to sit. I just accomadated her. She was wonderful. I will miss her for a long time.
  • Shannon - 2013-09-30
    I have a goffins too and we have only had her for a couple months, (I don't even know for sure that she is a female for sure I havent had her DNA tested yet... I plan to...I am just assuming because she does have brownish eyes) anyway she has grown very fond of me as I play with her everyday, we have a routine.. And she also loves my husband and 14 year old son. But to reply to the earlier comment that stated that Goffin's don't really talk... I disagree... As our new baby's favorite statement is 'what aya doing' she says it numerous times a day.. Usually when she first sees me and wants me to play... She also says 'hello' but not as often, and she does this cute 'uh oo' too. .. And then she talks a whole bunch but a language only she understands!! LOL... so keep working with your baby, they can and will talk... I have been doing a ton of reading on Goffin's and am more and more excited about her the more I learn about her.
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Kathy - 2013-09-19
We are moving from Queensland to Tasmania and want to take our cockatoo who is over 30. He was with my Mum till she died and we inherited him, he doesn't like me much, but loves my husband who has a beard and long hair. He talks to him daily. He is a very healthy cockatoo and we need to know he will be OK moving to Tassie?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-19
    He should be fine, but will have to get accustomed to a new home just like people do.
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