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Scott Reid - 2005-06-02
I used to have an LSC. She was given to me on my 13th b-day in Singapore and had her as my companion for 20 yrs. I think in hindsight that she had been wild, for she bit me for the first year I had her, but after we were pretty much inseparable- I guess we "bonded". They do need a LOT of attention, patience, and love, but they return it in spades and can be very entertaining and loyal- jealous, even, in my case. I miss her(she passed away last year) and wish there had been a website like this I could refer to, but I wouldn't trade those memories for anything!


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  • Lori Schaller - 2011-09-18
    That is awesome, but I am sorry to hear that she passed away. I felt better knowing that I am not the only one who is going through living with a very loving and jealous friend. I thought that my bird, Baby, is just a bird with mental issues. LOL
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-18
    Sounds like you had an awesome pet. I love the Sulphur-crested, they are such beauties and clowns, a bit more rambunctious than the umbrella's. They have always been a favorite. I'm sorry for your loss Scott, my birds are part of my heart too, and those that I've lost (or had to re-home) are still a big part of me and such fond memories.
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anna - 2011-09-17
I have had my one goffin cockatoo for 36 years, and one for 25 years, very funny birds they do flips, they are fun to watch, as they get older,they get a beautiful peach color, but i never thought i would have them this many year's, if you have alot of year's, i would get one, they are alot of fun, just make sure the one you want is young, and it make's good eye contact with you, a bird that wont look you in the eye is alot harder to train, you can tell how old it is by the color, baby's are white, it take's time to get that color in them. hope this helps you. anna

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  • - 2011-09-17
    P.S. they are great escape artist,mine have a very heavy lock on there cage, if i leave the key in it, they can unlock it, that's why her name is houdini. anna
Jennifer Randall - 2011-05-29
I have been thinking about getting a Goffin's cockatoo for sometime. However i work 8 hours a day from one pm to ten pm. i would be more then willing to give this bird all of my time before work and after work. But i am not certain with the hours that i work if this will be enough. has anyone else worked these kinds of hours and been able to maintain a healthy relationship with there bird?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-29
    Yes, you can have a cockatoo - a little goffin. I have had birds for a long long time and I know they know sunrise and sunset. However, my birds think sunrise is when I get up and sunset is when I watch the last TV program. I had a moluccan and I worked. I had breakfast with my Sam and I left him lunch - human food and I got home about 7 pm. He knew when I got home that it was dinner and we would eat, then he would sit outside the shower and then we would watch the Equalizer that came on at 11 pm. Then he knew it was bedtime. It isn't the hour of the day but the time you spend with them. Today, my Czar (another cockatoo) knows when late night Law and Order goes on (at 11 pm) and he will holler till I get him to play and watch the program. They adjust to your routine. You have the morning and I am sure a little time in the evening. Get one and enjoy and they will love you. Just do plenty of toys and leave music (preferably a TV) on for them during the day. I buy movies for my guys so they can watch Surf's Up or Nemo or whatever. They learn talking that way also and they love the movies.
  • Karen Stevenson - 2011-07-10
    Hi Jennifer! I've had my Goffin Cockatoo for four months now. His name is Casper. He is fun, loveable and very playful. I felt like you too. I was worried about not being able to give him enough attention, but he gets plenty. My hushand and I work the 2nd shift and are away from home 9 hours a day and Casper does pretty good. He is so happy when we get home, he even dances. I'm always so happy to get home and hold my bird. He is a great tv buddy, he will even watch tv with me. I don't regret buying him at all. Casper has been such a delight to our family. Good luck picking out your new bird. Make sure you get your Goffin a lot of toys, it helps out a lot, especially when you go to work. My bird even likes to chew on straws and peel the paper off.
  • Tammie - 2011-08-29
    Hello Jennifer,
    Obviously several months after your posting. I have a 6 yr old Goffin also named Molly. I work a day job 8-9 hours and I leave a radio playing for Molly and I change out her toys often. She knows when I get home and will start bouncing up and down and if I don't acknowledge her within approx. 20-30 min after I get home she will yell. I give her a little food and fresh water and pet her and then she is fine. On weekends she loves having coffee with me. When I first got her she did bite and hard but we went thru that for awhile and then she was great - now with others if she's out she will walk up to them and get on their arm, but just for a few minutes then I take her back just in case. She loves attention and because my children yell "mom" and I answer "what" Molly will yell "mom" so I will always answer her back to with "what". She is really a good bird - I cover her at night and she's quiet now since I get up by 7:00 any later she will put out a scream. I think they get use to your schedule and they stay on it. At night she will actually start screaming around 8:30-9 if I don't cover her to put her to bed.
  • anna - 2011-09-17
    I have had my one goffin cockatoo for 36 years, and one for 25 years, very funny birds they do flips, they are fun to watch, as they get older,they get a beautiful peach color, but i never thought i would have them this many year's, if you have alot of year's, i would get one, they are alot of fun, just make sure the one you want is young, and it make's good eye contact with you, a bird that wont look you in the eye is alot harder to train, you can tell how old it is by the color, baby's are white, it take's time to get that color in them. hope this helps you. anna ps they are also escape artist and can pick locks,mine have a very heavy lock on there cage, and dont leave the key in it, they can unlock it.
Jennifer Arckivy - 2008-04-12
I am about to purchase a Goffin Cockatoo and I am very scared because of all the different things I keep reading. I have been wanting a Goffin for so long and have read up on them so much. When I read great stuff I get all excited and then I read bad and get nervous again. I think that he would get enough attention with our big family. I work from 6:30 am to 2:30pm and will be home the rest of the time as so will my husband, 4yr old daughter, and twin boys 13yrs. We also have a cat and a dog. I would do what ever I needed to make sure the baby is happy. Please if anyone can write me back and let me know what you think, PLEASE. Jennifer

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  • Donna Throckmorton - 2011-05-02
    Hi Jen, our Goffin girl Shera, gets along with our 17 year old Shelitie. Our Collie Dora died a year ago. Shera really misses Dora. I also have Persian cats and they get along well together. But I never totally trust the cats, They are afraid of my amazon Max because he bites them. So I gues that's why they respect Shera.She likes kids as long as they aren't jumping around being crazy. She likes quiet kids.
    She also likes to chew the lamp shades. Or her favorite is the key board on the computer. You can't do anything about the chewing except kept an eye on it, and give it lots of toys. Small foot toys. Encourage independent play .
    That way it knows how to amuse its self when you can't be there to amuse it. Try if you can to get a young one. Easier to train. Good luck
  • Lisa - 2011-09-06
    A Goffin loves to chew. Buy a box of popcicle stix at any craft store like A.C. Moore for about $4.00/ 1000 stiz and put them in a bowl in his cage with other wooden blocks.Mine likes to ring his bell and chew on the wooden blocks. You can get these pieces in any bird catalog like Foster and Smith in the (make your own toys) section.Yoy don't have to spend lots to entertain your buddy.
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SLISS FAMILY - 2004-05-25
We have a rose breasted cockatoo for over 3 years. She is very caring and loves to be around people and other animals. She is over 3 and a half years old. We take her out whenever we can (most times) with a harness. This type of parrot is the best we have ever seen!!! She will be with us always and she is a great alarm system when any one or other animal is around the home! These bird are not biters but will peck sometimes for play!

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  • diranben - 2010-05-22
    I'm diran I have two Breasted Cockatoo birds that I am giving out for free do let me know if interested. Here is my email ( )
  • Linda - 2011-05-15
    Hi my name is Linda. I read on one site that a male Gala makes a better pet. Have you ever been around a male? I met a female Gala today and she was something else. She was friendly enough and very playful, she would pinch, have you ever had to deal with this behavior? I would appreciate anything you can tell me about a Gala. Thanks, Linda
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-30
    It has been done. The rose breasted (gallah) has been bred with the corella and the umbrealla and possibly others. This is a site where there are photos of a couple of hybrids of cockatoos. I know it is far more prevalent with macaws and in many cases you wind up with extremely gorgeous birds. ARBC (a huge aviary let his macaws select their own mates and many did select mates not of their own kind. I don't know if that is in any way true of the cockatoos. From the photos, it doesn't seem that you wind up with a more beautiful bird. Why not just allow her to breed with another rose breasted? Rose breasted are excellent pets, fun to hold and play with and unique onto themselves in personality and looks. I am not against hybrids and I did breed them and found that many times, the hybrids were totally gorgeous and pleasant personalities but from these photos it just doesn't look like the same thing is true for cockatoos. I let my birds (pets) select their own LOVE and macaws didn't necessarily pick one of their own but all the cockatoos did. Anyway here is a link with photos.
  • frankie - 2011-05-30
    i have a rose breaseted cockatoo...and i would like to know if I can breed her with any other kind of cockatoo like umbrella cockatoo or goffin cockatoo...thanks. Can I?
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Candice - 2010-04-18
My 18 yr old male umbrella is becoming more & more addicted to my presence. I am trying to incorporate a "self directed play" time into his afternoons, but the screeching is really getting to me. Any suggestions?

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  • mamie owens - 2011-07-21
    Find a channel on your radio that your bird feels comfortable with and leave
    it there. This will fill the void when you are away. Then when you are at home
    share that same radio station in your quiet time with your bird this should
    help and control his fustrations.
  • Derrick - 2011-08-03
    I find that a bit contrary. Birds have a very small brain but are still smart enough to associate a particular radio with "parent time" and if parent isn't there,they will spend most of their time trying to get their attention if the owner is home or not.
Darlene - 2011-07-12
We have a 15 year cockatoo and she is litteraly mean and turns on anyone who handles her. We are our wits end cuz she screams constantly. We put her out on our screen porch and she hollers out there too. I guess I need some training tips on her or need to find someone that can give her obviously more attention than we can. We have other birds and she gets to hollering and disrupts all the others. Help what can I do.....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-12
    The more you try and isolate the cockatoo, the more she is going to scream. They are extremely social in the wild and when removed from the flock, they panic and scream. If she is in the home and around the other birds, is she content playing and just talking to them? A older couple had a cockatoor and they said bird would scream every night when they ate dinner. I asked if the bird ate with them. They said NO. I said you are eating in front of a 3 year old without feeding the child. Feed the cockatoo and let him be with you when you eat dinner. They called me and said that worked. Your cockatoo is totally dependent on you but this doesn';t mean you have to give her attention 24/7. But you can't just put her away> You can have a perch close to where you have your activities and as long as she can see you, she should be fine. The more you try and keep her in her cage and you are home, the more she is going to holler. She just needs to see you and know that she has not been isolated from the flock. The flock will isolate sick birds in order to protect themselves. Think of a 3 year old child left behind.
    Does she play well when outside her cage on a play pen or perch? I need to know more about what you mean when you say "turns"? Does she get mad when you try and put her back in the cage? Does she get mad when you try and pet her? Tell me more. Please? I will try to help.
    Other options are possibly someone who knows about Cockatoos or possibly a breeder.
    In any case, give me more info on the behaviors and I will try and help.
  • mamie owens - 2011-07-21
    Darlene. Have you tried music with your bird? This has helped my Izzy
    with that problem. Izzy was extremely mean and would bite anyone that
    tried to handle him, he has gotten much better. When all is quiet in the house I talk to him and constantly uses his name in every sentence, this
    has made him easier to handle and control. when you bird does well always
    reward her.
  • Derrick - 2011-08-03
    I have a Moluccan x Umbrella of about 25 years old. He is a male and I am his primary caregiver. I'm somewhat new to the avian behaviors,but I do know this. The more time you spend with them the more they love you. I feed my bird what I eat (but not nearly as much in proportion) along with his semiseed diet,fresh fruits picked off a pear tree, and try to generally give him at LEAST a few hours per day.

    I've also noticed when they feed,they get drowsy if the food is warm-hot. If its steaming it's probably a bit too hot. Warm meals do WONDERS.

    If the companion sees a lot of arguing or hitting or hears a lot of screaming,they will also get really hyped and it takes a while for mine to cool off, after a few a-holes and go away etc.
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holly - 2011-07-30
My pop had a cockatoo named lala. He would dance and speak very very clear. He saved a persons life he would call out your name when he wanted somthing off you. He was the most friendliest bird. He loved kids. You say dance lala dance and he would repeat and dance. My family will miss him as he later passed.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-01
    When birds talk and mingle they become such a part of the family.
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Pat Mier - 2010-07-05
My cockatoo is 12 years old, she surprised us one day we found a small egg in sidney's cage. It happened twice. Anyway that was about 8 month's ago. She now has a red something coming out of her bottom, sometimes it's about the size of a small egg and then other times it's not even noticeable, Can you please tell me what you think it might be?

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  • Terry Dorland - 2010-07-23
    My vet says it is related to sexual behavior in that she is trying to attract a male. If the sac extrudes too much and too often he says that it may not retract and have to be surgically put back in place. Don't go wild with this info, see your vet, all birds like people are different and require different remedies. I freaked out when I saw it on my Too but I'm calm about it now.
  • petloverstuart - 2011-06-21
    It's a rupture that your bird has. I found when I bred birds this hapened occasionally. Put 2 t-spoons of cod liver oil to aprx, 4 pint of seed and shake well. It's a good idea to do this all the time as its good for the bird.
  • cheryl - 2011-07-08
    Hi, please contact me about your bird. What you are describing can be a very serious problem. I need to ask you a few questions though before I alarm you.
    Please contact me. I run a parrot sanctuary and answer questions at no charge.
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Faye - 2010-04-13
This morning a flock of Cockatoo's screeched and squawked in the trees next to my garden. I do not know if they are greater or lesser Cockatoo's.
When I went outside one of my half grown bantam chickens was missing.
Can anyone tell me, Do Cockatoo's pick up prey and take it away to eat?
Is it possible that a cockatoo took my bantam.

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  • sally - 2010-06-16
    Haha, no, that is definitely not possible. They are not raptors. The only meat the eat is the odd bug.
  • Sandie - 2011-06-21
    My name is Lucy, I am a greater sulpher crested cockatoo and I have asked my owner to reply because I love love love meat, but not something I have captured, although I love catching flies and bumblebees mid-flight. No, I want steak, love pork chops (bone-in please), italian meatballs, chicken bones, hotdogs, I think you get the idea. I actually feel that if it is good enough for my family then it is good enough for me. I am almost twenty years old and have been eating right along with my family every day. My cage sits right next to the dining table. I can read the packages before they are opened or prepared and I place my meal order right away. Let me tell you, some of the family (Dad) doesn't like to share EVERYTHING he eats so I have to remind him that I am still here and need some of his nachos. Boy do I love nachos with the works!!
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-21
    Cockatoos do like meat but they would just pick it up - more like a small bug or lizard. They wouldn't swoop down and pick up a half grown bantam. It is just too large. I can see where you would think it though but they are primarily seed/nut/vegatable eaters and are not birds of prey.

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