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gabrielle - 2007-09-02
Pepito, a Tampa photographer, decided to buy one of these Citron birds. He or she was about 6 weeks old. We are currently feeding him via squeezing liquid food down the throat - what a job that has been. We found out he might need to be fed for the next 6 months. I've actually gotten very attached to him now and he sits with me daily as I try getting paperwork done in the studio. On top of my regular paperwork, he creates another huge pile of paperwork by shredding up documents, orders and everything else you can imagine. In addition he thinks my shoulder is now the place to sleep. He tries plucking my eyebrows and climbing up to top of my head by using my reading glasses as his private ladder. Once on top he's gets ahold of my hair (very long hair) and he slides up and down until he's so tangled up I can hardly get him back out of my hair. It takes Pepito pulling him off of me to get him back in line. I actually love this bird, but had no idea what a full time job he actually could be. He isn't a bird - he truly thinks he's a real person and demands real attention. Now I am thinking of taking him on trips with me making sure he's always got company. I've never wanted kids...I think I might have one now. Although Pepito bought him and is the real owner, I feel like I'm his mother. Pepe, yes, that's his name, loves to kiss and there's no hope for me wearing lipstick anymore - it's gone once he gets ahold of me. He kisses endlessly and it's a hopeless case...he's only 10 weeks old - can you imagine the future?!

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Hailee - 2007-09-01
I used to have a Goffin Cockatoo named Tequila. He was a great pet and was really smart. He loved to sing and dance and was very affectionate. He would give me kisses all the time and would always answer when I talked to him. I think he knew a lot more words than he would actually say because once in a while when I was in the other room I would hear him say things that he's never said before. Unfortunately, he died about a year ago when he was only nine years old. I don't know what was wrong with him. His death was really sudden. I wasn't home at the time, but my dad said he just fell off of his perch. My dad picked him up when he fell off and Tequila died while my dad held him. He died really young but at least he had a peaceful death.

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mandy - 2007-08-14
I am considering adopting an Umbrella Cockatoo. I saw somewhere that they are very costly to have. I have two Senegal Parrots and I make most of their toys as they love to chew.

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Frank - 2007-07-17
My wife and I just adopted Dee-Dee from a friend. She is 2 years old. We have had her for just a week but we have all adapted to each other very quickly. She loves the attention we all give her, including our three year old daughter. She has never tried to bite any of us since day one. We are obviously all still getting to know each other but she is really showing her willingness to cuddle. My wife works from home so Dee-Dee is never alone. She has had a good apetite, loves to come out of her cage and stand on the perch adjacent to the roof of the cage. We are having problems getting her to step up onto our shoulder or hands, but we are working with her. The one thing that we have noticed, and I have read so much about how they like to play with toys and chew them up. We have spent about $100 in toys and she hasn't touched any of them. We went to a person that works in a pet store that owns a Cockatoo and she pointed out some toys that her bird loves. We purchased them and Dee-Dee pays no attention to them at all. We hope this is just a timing thing and as she gets more comfortable she will start enjoying her toys more. But for the week we have had her, she has already made a loving impact on us all.

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Wyatt caccia - 2007-05-09
hi, i dont hove a cockatoo but i think they are really cool. even though they bite, scream, pluck feathers, send people to the E.R., and hate everybody but there owners, they probably make a good pet for the right person. the reason im saying this is because people who neglected there cockatoo get horrible bites and the bird becomes miserable. if you want a cockatoo you should visit mytoos.com first for some info on keeping one of these amazing parrots

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Maggie - 2007-04-27
I have a Citron-crested Cockatoo that I rescued from a family that couldn't take care of him anymore. He is a wonderful bird named Rah. He is obviously stressed because he screams at times incessantly and his feathers are not groomed very well. The bottom part of his beak is not pointy, it appears to have broken off. It is in the shape of a crescent. I think he is having trouble feeding himself. I just bought him food that he doesn't have to shell but has all the vitamins he needs. He immediately came to my hand the next day after he arrived and I took out of the cage and let him hang out on the top of his cage. He bit me twice already! I don't understand why? He lets me rub him for hours and likes to be rubbed under his wings. He will let you know when to change wing. :) I am very worried about him. He also bit my nephew Michael. He will chase Michael around the house, we don't know why he doesn't like Michael. Michael is 26 years old. Nothing Michael does pleases Rah and Rah will try and bite him every time.

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steph - 2007-04-13
i think i have a goffin but some i know seems to think its a bare eyed corella. i have asked at a parrot breeders and he looked at him and said he believed it to be a goffin. i aquired peppy from my mum who couldn't get on with him. hes quite destructive to the wallpaper and is recently jealous of my grandaughter. he won't go to anyone except my husband but still hisses at him. he does come down if we are eating and waits for titbits but wont come directly to you. i have considered selling him due to the jealousy as it becomes quite trying.

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Brown Family - 2007-03-15
Ritz, our goffins cockatoo is a little sweet pea. He's only loud at play time and when he wants a shower. He loves his showers. We can't imagine not having this little bundle of sunshine in our family. You need to have a lot of time with this kind of bird though. I am a stay at home Mom and let him stay out of cage most of the day. He only goes in his cage at bedtime and when I am not in the same room,otherwise you'll come back to chewed furniture. =O)

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LENKA - 2007-02-21
This is an update on my 4 year old Dinosaurous! He is still quite the character. Lately he got into a huge chewing mood and I am going through wood toys like crazy, but somehow I think that I have a compulsive obbsesive personality on my hands and this period will pass again much like his previous habits. Have had cage bail-outs, millet stage, plush toy stage, wing feather distraction stage, climbing on the curtains stage, and many more that I can't recall right now. I am embarrased to say, but his favorite toy is a new wrapped tampax! So, from time to time when I am taking a bath, I bring Dino in the bathroom and give him his very own tampon to destroy. He is sooo funny with it, because of its many layers and textures he loves to peel off the soft paper, then he loves the cardbord applicator, and when he gets to the string... he starts throwing it around on the mat. It's absolutely hilarious! I LOVE HIM SO MUCH

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dana - 2007-01-27
I am proudly owned by 4 birds. Yellow-nape amazon, goffin cockatoo, african grey timneh. They are like my children. I got "Jericho" (his middle name is Houdini,...and for good reasons LOL) almost 2 years ago. He is almost 3 now. He was the 2nd parrot I purchased. I can't imagine life without him. I can't tell you how many times I came home (before I got his cage to where he couldn't escape) and found him waiting at the door saying "Whatcha doin?" when I open the front door. Of course being concerned for his safety I had to find a way to keep him in his cage when I was gone. He is a clown,..he chases my son around the living room. He has related that when my son gets off of the carpet and steps on tile he is safe and will wait for him to get back on the carpet. He plays simon says with my son when my son says simon says flap your wings,...Jericho will flap his wings and say " I did it,..I'm a pretty birdie" He is nothing less than an angel. :) My hubby whom isn't a bird lover has grown so attached to Jericho. Jericho rides the motorcycle at low speeds. My hubby told him one day after they rode "Jericho you're the man." It went to Jericho's head. I brought him inside and the other birds were all talking. All of a sudden Jericho blurted out "Shut up didn't you know I'm the man!" He is very good talker and puts sentences together himself! I LOVE him so much! I love them all but have grown quite attached to him myself! :)

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