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Bea Sevens - 2013-09-03
I have a 28 yr. old triton cockatoo and live far from a bird vet. I can clip his nails, but his top beak is over-grown. How can I safely trim the upper beak? He has worn his lower beak in to very crooked shape. I am watching carefully to see that his diet has remained the same.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-03
    You could use clippers to trim his beak. My bird farm uses a dremel too to quickly grind a beak down, but either of these can be very stressful for a layman that isn't aren't well versed in these methods and able to do them very quickly. You may want to just bite the bullet, and take him on the long journey to a vet or a bird farm. Afterwards provide him with good chew items to wear the beak down. One thing about cockatoos... they love to chew!
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Jennifer - 2013-02-21
Recently I had bought a beautiful parakeet at Petsmart. He had a pretty blue body a yellow head and a beautiful teal green tail feathers. He was about 4-5months old. He died four days later!!! It's a disgrace to pet stores the way they keep their animals. Please reply I agree if you would like to change the way pet stores keep their animals.

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  • Charlie - 2013-02-21
    That is terrible. I am sure it wasn't your fault. You couldn't have done anything wrong in four days. When I was younger I had bird that was a beautiful macaw. I too love birds and I agree.
  • KNinVA - 2013-03-13
    Jennifer, I hope you went back to Petsmart with your receipt and got your money back. They have a 15 day policy. I'm sorry for your loss!
  • Louise Callcut - 2013-08-21
    I'm sorry for your loss, I refuse to buy any pet from there as I got my little boy a baby guinea pig and it died after 3 months, he was devastated. I went to the store they weren't interested. I said I took it to the vet and it had something that an adult pig would get. I went to the head office and got no joy I think something should be done about these pet stores.
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chris miller - 2013-03-23
I have a rose breasted cocatoo for sale in sevierville tn. Please call if you are interested . 865-621-9758, girl . 4 year old verry friendly

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  • Kimberly - 2013-07-29
    Hi, I was wondering if you still have your rose breasted cockatoo and how much you are wanting for her? Thank you. Kimberly
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Caryn Williams - 2013-07-21
Hi, my 4 month old is now almost a year old... My older bird is 6 years. The younger one really wants some interaction with the older one. She chases him around the cage. If she gets too close the older bird screams his head off until she backs off. At night they sleep in different cages. The older bird has never attacked the younger one, he just does not want anything to do with her at all! I really want them to get along and share a cage. We have tried a couple of times to put them in together, but the older one pitches such a fit, we give up. I don't want anyone to get hurt! Is there anything I can do to help them become friends?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-24
    Hmmm, well it sounds like your older bird has gotten quite used to being solitary! I really can't say as to whether he will ever want a cage mate. It might be better to just keep them in separate cages. Over time (a long time!) maybe he will warm up to the younger bird and want to share a cage.
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Jaylee - 2013-07-19
Hi. Two and a half months ago i re-homed a 9 year old female goffins cockatoo. She refuses to eat. At first i thought it was because of the stress of moving to a new home. I took her to an avian vet who checked her over and trimmed her beak. She advised to give her time and didn't seem worried. It's been 6 weeks and she still will not eat anything healthy. She doesn't even eat seed. She demands peanut butter on a cracker and will go as far as grabbing a cracker and trying to spread the peanut butter on it. I hid the peanut butter but she knows where it is stored and tries to get it. She will eat hard boiled egg and plain shredded wheat. I have tried buying very expensive feed mixes to boil for her but she refuses. Her feathers are starting to look stressed. She is out of her cage and has free run of the house 95% of the time. She is fully flighted and prefers to sit on top of a doorway most of the time. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-07-26
    It may take days, weeks, or even months to modify your bird's diet. You have a 19 year old bird that is very smart, and has some very well learned behaviors. The first 30 days in a new environment are an adjustment period when its easiest to establish new behaviors, but that time has passed and he has figured out how much control he has and is using behaviors he knows well. The best thing to do is to continually provide the diet, but have new foods available as well. Never withdraw his comfortable diet completely until you are sure he is eating the new foods. (A bird will never 'accidently' try a different food.) Powdered supplements for birds can be added to the water to help balance the diet.

    In the wild these birds eat a vast assortment of seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, blossoms, roots, vegetation (leaf buds), farmers' crops, and sometimes even insects and their larva. In captivity we try to simulate all the nutrition they get in nature.

    As a rule, any wholesome, nutritious food that you and your family eat your bird can eat, including small amounts of lean cooked meats, fish, eggs and even cheese occasionally. Offering parrot foods that includes forumlated pellets can help with nutritional balance. Additionly about 20 - 25% of the daily diet should be fruits, vegetables and greens. It's been found that seeds alone don't offer a complete diet, yet cockatoos are drawn towards peanuts and sunflower seeds. Though these seeds are not 'bad',  they are particularly high in fats while being deficient in calcium, vitamin A and other nutrients.
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Milla - 2013-07-15
I have read about cockatoos and saw videos about them and I just think that they're SO AMAZING, and I thought that it would be SO AWESOME to have one! So if you have one for sale or you know someone who has one for sale then PLEASE, PLEASE, pppppllllllleeeeeeaaaaaasssssseeeee tell me! (; Thanks for listening! (;

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wardog1946@yahoo.com - 2013-06-25
I just took in a goffin cockatoo she is very sweet but she only wants to eat striped sunflower seeds. I put pellets in because they said she used to put them in her water and eat them, but she won't do this. Also I wondered about her not chewing up anything like her toys she plays with but she doesn't chew them up at all. I am used to a parrot. She won't eat any fruit or fruit treats I put in. Any help I will appreciate. Thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-06-25
    It sounds like she is picky and has gotten used to a bad diet! You may want to try offering mostly pellets, fruits, and veggies with very little sunflower seeds. If she is hungry she will probably start to try other foods, especially if there aren't very many sunflower seeds. I wouldn't worry about her not chewing up her toys - at least you won't have to replace them all that often! Does she seem healthy otherwise? Good luck!
  • wardog1946@yahoo.com - 2013-06-26
    Thank you for the reply. She has started to try a couple different things just yesterday. She is sweet I was just worried. She does love toys I try to give her different things to play with. She talks and seems to be happy enough.
  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-06-26
    I'm glad to hear she seems happy and healthy otherwise. Switching up toys is a good idea too, because they definitely can get bored with no change in scenery!
  • Dane - 2013-06-27
    I have Goffin as well, he's about 5 years old. He was going alright for 4 years, and then stopped being 'himself' (talking, active) and then proceeded to feather plucking and progressed to self mutilation...very sad. Any way went to a vet, after blood test's it showed that poor diet caused less than normal kidney and liver funtion, also an x-ray showed a cracked breast bone, and tape worm as well as crop fungi. This was all caused by sunflower seeds, do not feed your bird. They are low in nutrtion and cause crop infection. After this been found out I checked my bird into 'parrot hospital' for 2 weeks, after light treatment (for wound) and a anti pluck collar to protect the wound for 4 mounths as well as supplemented foods of muesli, plumage, water additives; and kindey and liver repair drugs (sneaked in his food). He is on his way to recovery. Stay away from sunflower seeds. If the bird will not eat pellets, I have a goffins porridge, When mixed with hot milk it makes like a warm soup/cearal. Unfortunatley u have to be cruel to be kind, if you don't, bird will die.
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Sam - 2013-06-25
I live in Madras, (South) India; One Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo probably brought to India by pet trade is free living now for over a year around my neighbourhood... The bird refered to as Australian in the neighbourhood chooses to spend most of it's time in my roof top garden and the tress around... I have seen her eat Gauvas (from the trees around) and have recently started leaving some Gauvas for it to eat... I leave water too but am not sure if she uses it... The bird is shy and that gives her a good chance for the long term survival, considering many have tried to catch her over the last many months... Wonder what can be done to ease from the pain of being the lone free ranging Cockatoo in this part of the world! Sam Kottivakkam, Madras, India. +91 9841034180

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Joanne - 2013-06-07
I have had my goffin Cockatoo for 2 years now. Its seems that he is screaming more than usual these days. He was also rescued from a lady who was going to leave him go lose because she was having a baby. I recently got a kitten who is six months old. Do you feel that he is screaming more because of the kitten? Does his food need to be changed or something else? I have tried all kinds of toys too. Any help would be appreciated?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-07
    The kitten could be causing the disruption. These birds are so very needy socially, that anything that takes attention away from them is a big deal. A more extreme example, I've known cockatoos that went absolutely nuts when their loving, devoted keeper had the audascity to have a baby. They simply don't understand, and become extremely jealous.  In your case the kitten is possibly causing this, and it will be at risk if the bird is out unattended when its around. So be watchful. It could be something else, but I would look at this new friend of yours as the most likely!
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Dean La\'Venture - 2013-06-02
Hi i have a male 2 year old Triton cockatoo,and a female Citron-crested cockatoo she is 7 years old. My problem is she will not go no were near him what can i do. He wants to play with her but she dos'ent want to no him

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-03
    Well why not just keep them both in the same room, but not in the same cage. That way, they can have some companionship, but don't have to be best buddies. Over time, they will probably become much better friends, but let them take it at their own pace. That's what I would do:)
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