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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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John Shelley Show - 2008-08-22
After all our kids moved out, we purchased our Aussie (umbrella cockatoo) when he was only 9 weeks old. Neither of us owned a large bird before (just small birds). HE IS THE BEST! He is 1 yrs old now. He doesn't say clear words yet but sure tries to say "good boy" and "Hi". We were amazed when we were able to potty train him in only a week. YEA. His wings are clipped but he walks all over the house as if he's the boss. When we get up and get ready for work, we bring Aussie out to keep us company and let him play while we get ready for work. Then when we have to leave we tell him we have to go to work and put him in his cage with the tv on and say "by-bye". He is in his cage during the day while we are at work which is a 72x36x48 loaded with toys, light/ceiling fan on, and a tv that is on while we are away (of course, cartoon network so he doesn't pick up anything bad). When we get home, we bring him out, he goes "potty", we applaud his good behavior and then he does whatever. He has a play gym in the living room that he can go on whenever he wants and a toy box loaded with all kinds of toys. He loves his balls he plays with that are soft rubber and some with little balls inside that he removes within seconds. He gets play time until 1 hour before bedtime and then we allow him to sit on our laps and get his nightly backrub/neckrub. He loves to be rubbed while he hides his head in a blanket or even our shirt. When he gets loud or out of control, we cover him with a blanket. If that doesn't work, then we have a "time-out" cage (36x36x48-his starter cage)in another separate room with a door. If he is naughty (perhaps bites), he gets "time-out". Usually only 10-15 min depending on the issue then we get him out and continue on as if nothing happened. He is a perfect angel when he comes out. He always tries to come to the one that put him in time out as if to say he's sorry---way awesome. He goes to bed at the same time every night-around 9pm. He is an awesome addition. Time out really works as it is in a different room from his normal cage and there is no toys and we leave the room dark. When he does good, we literally clap our hands and say "Aussie, good boy" and continue to reinforce that he is being a good boy. He knows commands such as: no, eat, potty, come, standup, stepdown, nite-nite and yes he can shake. We are looking forward to him talking, hopefully soon. He eats Zupreem fruits and veggies (pellet foods). He likes broccoli, carrots, king crab legs, shrimp, lobster and some fish. He also loves scrabbled egg beaters with me for breakfast. He eats raisens, soup crackers, animal cookies, peanuts and dry cereal. He likes to "chew" so we be sure to have things he can chew on everywhere so he won't chew on what he shouldn't. Oh yea, he loves to shower with us--this is a funny experience. He is quite at night and even when we sleep in on a weekend, he doesn't make a sound until we open his door and say "good morning".
These are awesome pets if you have space, time, compassion and lots of luv to give.

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  • vallerie - 2010-09-18
    My cockatoo is 12 weeks old. He"s had his first shower and loved it.
    He goes to bed at 9 also in the morning I say good morning and open the shade at the window so he can look around out side.. trying to talk almost there, 99%potty trained
    but when I want him to stay on his perch in the living room sometimes it just does not happen working progress (lol) jrakkar is a picky eater not much for human food but still only 12 weeks old....
  • vallerie akerblom - 2010-10-12
    Mine is 15weeks old he says hello-supper-wacka wacka - working on how are you ..his name is jrakkar he knows his name very well we go for walks he has also been on the channel news last week..could not imagine not having him very picky eater.
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IAN WEBB - 2009-06-23
As a pet these are not a bad bird but can be nasty when cleaning out the cage etc. I have heard of people losing fingers, but in the wild these are Australia's second worst pest. They are the farmer's nightmare and a very very destructive devastating bird. Myself I rank them up with the Indian Myna and the Cane Toad as this country's worst pests. I hope that my view does not hurt but having been on the land myself. I see the damage this bird is doing to the man on the land, who is struggling with this and the worst drought in at least 100 years. The farmer has to make a living, thank you and have a nice day

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  • Ros Stiles - 2011-08-11
    Perhaps you need to remember that humans came and took over the cockatoos food source, felled their trees and cleared their forests. So if the poor birds actually dare to take some food from your trees when you have (your ancestors or previously land owner) raped their land took away their food and shelter etc. Perhaps you could plant a few trees for the birds to help them out instead of complaining about them. And I do understand - I come from a farming background.
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Anonymous - 2003-08-04
I also have aquired a wild caught Moluccan. I don't know his way back past, but he was in an animal training program here in Southern California for many years. I was assigned to his during one year there. During the teen years there he started mutilating his chest. I've had him for 9 years now. 6 of those years he wore a collar to prevent the mutilation.In the past 3 years I have been giving him Haloperidol, a human drug, 3 drops in the morning and that is it. He ceased mutilation and now lives beautifully collar free. I think of it as a miracle. He still plucks his chest a bit, but no mutilation. There is no change in his personality, it just removed the obsession he had with his chest. He is once again the pretty, fluffy, white bird I fell in love with....

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Tina - 2004-04-01
I have had my cockatoo since he was 5 months old. He is now not only a pet, but my best friend. He is so much fun to play with and even knows when you are having a bad day in which case he will snuggle more than usual. If you are thinking about getting a bird I would suggest an umbrella cockatoo if you want a bird that is sweet and kind.

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laurie - 2008-11-30
We acquired a Greater Crested Cockatoo at our store as a lady had him, Val'dore
for a week and he bit her. This lady had gotten him off another couple who used brooms to chase him and apparently the people before that threw stuff at his cage to shut him up. They have put him on drugs etc. He is now drug free and I have brought Valdore home. He has sat with me and talked with me but knowing he is not going to be chased by brooms things thrown at him I think he has a chance. I have let him out on his playtop and his cage is open for him to feel he is not enclosed and welcome to come down and sit with me when he so feels like it. This day is my first day other than visiting him at my store. We will just see how sychotic they say he is. I would be if people treated me that way, the thing is everyone want one of these lovely parrots but do not do their homework as cockatoos need a lot of love and attention and are not very independent in comparison to an African Grey or Blue and Gold (which I also have). Feel free to visit our website @ www.parrotparadise.ca.

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Lillie LeBlanc - 2012-01-21
We purchased our umbrella cockatoo - Abby for Christmas. She is 6 months old. She loves every toy we've either bought or made for her. We have no children & she is our only pet. I am a previous parrot owner - 12 yrs. and went 5 yrs. without one. Never owned an Umbrella Too. She is such a joy to have. Only problem so far is that she hates it when the TV is on. We watch it only at night & weekends. She ends up in her cage because she screeches & carries on so much we can't hear the TV!!! She actually doesn't mind going in her cage because she quiets down. Maybe I'll try leaving the TV on during the day....
No words yet but hopefully she will begin talking soon.

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-21
    What a fun addition to your family! Just like any 'new baby' you will see her little personality emerge as time goes on. Seems to me, possibly, that when she sees you watching TV, she is feeling like she is not the center of attention. After all, if you were a bird, and your humans became very still and didn't move and looked at a box in the room, you may be a little disturbed too! lol Maybe try petting her or having her sit with you when you watch TV. If that does not work, maybe she will grow out of it, like all little kids do! Enjoy and thanks for the information!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    I don't know for sure what is true - only what is real. My birds would go nuts and talk and jabber and make me crazy if I wanted to watch a movie. I bought them their own TV with DVD's and would set up their TV for them. Surf's Up, Little Mermaid, Ninja Turtles etc. They love their TV and they talk to it and they learned many of the words. I then realized they weren't so much 'pitching a fit' when the TV went on as they were communicating with it and also trying to compete with it for my attention. My Panama Memorized Ninja Turtles and a couple and their teens came over to the home and my Panama said clearly 'drop your drawers, I have a pistol'. If it is your little guys bedtime, sure put him to bed, but otherwise you might want to just let him watch TV - their are kids programs during the day.
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