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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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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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