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Kristine - 2012-08-28
Hi. I have a 8 month old Goffin who is cute as a button. I can't get him to stop crying. It is a high pitched wine, not loud, but worries me. He does this even when I'm rubbing his head and spending a lot of time with him. I'm also worried that he isn't eating any vegetables and fruits. He likes carbs, and does eat pellets but not many. Please help....I want him to be happy in his new home. Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-28
    It is 1000% normal and by the time you are totally crazy, it wil stop that sound.  It is a baby sound - they will make that sound their entire life at times but for the most part they just revert to that baby sound when they want attention - of course that baby sound comes first and then there is the temper tantrum.  The baby sound will go away but up to a year.  I would go to a seed mix - as they also make this sound constantly when they are hungry.  May not like pellets and ....  Try cooked sweet potatoe, try giving it some baby foood, (apricots, sweet potatoe, with a spoon) of feeding him cooked sweet potatoes or pieces of vegetables (string beans semi cooked) with your fingers.  I know stress is given to fruit/veggies and pellets but a good seed mix will have dehydrated fruits and vegetables etc right in it.  Look up Goldenfeast and look at the contents of their seed mix.  Dehydrated apricots/peas/beans have the same nutritional value as fresh - at least that is what i was told by a nutritionist.  The spound is normal - it is chronic but is also a sound they are hungry. 
  • Kristine - 2012-12-03
    Wow. Thank you for the response. I really appreciate it! I don't feel so alone now...
  • Darlene Kessel - 2013-03-26
    Mu goffin cried like that for almost 2 yrs. and she is a very good eater. sometimes she does that when I'm petting her and she's content. Now we are on the vocal stage when she wants her own way which is all the time. I offer food that we eat. loves noodles and oatmeal, potatoes. I do cook the veggies so they are not that hard sometime she eats them or will throw it. You just have to try different things
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chante greene - 2013-01-16
Hello everyone! Im desperate here! I have a female goffin who is 1 year 6 months. I love her to bits but for the past few months she has been screeching,nonstop! All day,whether she sees me or not. I am 4 months pregnant and people say its not good for me too be getting so worked up and stressed. She is driving me insane! I dont want to give her away :( is there anything that can be done? Im at the end of my rope....thanks

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  • Cynthia Orsburn-Lopez - 2013-01-20
    I think you might want to talk to an audiologist about the bird's loud voice.. The pitch that the bird use may be damaging to ear drums,, Also please make some type of plans where your baby and the bird can be seperate whenever the bird is being too noisy.. I believe that all that screamming while making convertations, while doing homework etc can effect on the kid's mind and personality.. Heck you might even be fustrained by trying to talk to your kids over the bird's voice..Everybody being in a good mood and can hear eachother makes the difference in kids life.. I'm not saying get rid of the bird but make a ' family and pet time' and family time without the noisey pets..It's something to think about and if you agree.. Now's the good time before the baby's born.
  • Darlene Kessel - 2013-03-26
    I got my Goffin at that age and for the first six months I had no problems then she would start yelling to the point that my Severe tells her to shut up...lol. They are very needy birds and if my Cricket had her way she would be with me 24/7. I would put beaded things and straws and white paper in her cage as well as her other toys and that would keep her occupied for a while, also paper cups. I do take my bird out for a couple hrs at a time throughout the day and the last after dinner til bedtime. I  also sew beads on an old purse and have it on top of the cage and she will spend hrs taking them off and gives me quiet time. I know sometimes it drives you crazy and that's when we take a ride..lol. If you know what your bird likes try working that into the cage. I wish you you luck
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chante greene - 2013-02-18
My goffin is almost 2 years old and ive tried all i can to get her to eat fruit and vegetables. She only eatsif there are seeds for her. Please help....how do i get her to eat better?

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  • Jennifer - 2013-02-21
    That's tough. My bird doesn't really care for fruit and vegetables that much ether; I suggest you try all the ones you can and your just going to have to find the one he likes. Best of luck!
  • KNinVA - 2013-03-13
    Hi, I am finding the same thing. However, lately I've tried cooked corn, carrots, peas, and broccoli heads and he seems to like that---but they have to be cooked and warm. Be careful not to give hot food to your bird. I have also noticed that he will eat apples, but only if they are cut up in very small pieces. I've also noticed he is liking freshly squeezed grapefruit and orange juice... My problem is, once he tried seeds, he has decided not to eat any pellets. So, I have to tackle that issue. Oh, another couple things mine like is oatmeal (cooked), rice, and cooked noodles (love this). Hope my discoveries help you. Basically when I talked with the vet about my concerns, he said that over time the bird's taste for things like veggies and fruits will change. He said just make them small bites, periodically available, and change the options regularly. Having the same food daily is not something they like...just like us humans....
  • jayashree - 2013-03-13
    offer some corns in the morning then followed by few seeds. repeat i t for a week and gradually add some seeds with a cup of fruits. u must give variety of fruits (seedless grapes. similarly with vegetables. at beginning my bird was also refuse to eat fruits and vegetables. but now he is good in eating. so try this
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Joseph37 - 2012-10-29
I have a goffin and he's around 3 years old and he keeps like gaging his self with his foot. why is he doing that ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-29
    They do that and it is pretty normal but to be on the safe side I would take a look at the inside of his mouth and make sure there is nothing stuck on the top of the roof of his beak or toward the beack to the mouth.  Easiest way to do this is to hold him on his back and place a screwdriver/wrench/   something metal that he can bite down on but not break which will keep his mouth open and just look with a flashlight.  He probably won't like it but should look.
  • KNinVA - 2013-03-13
    I recommend you have your vet do this. If you in-inadvertently hurt your bird, he will remember that is loving owner hurt him....you don't want to start behavior problems. Your vet also has good tools and more helping hands...
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domarise - 2013-01-12
i have a 1 year old coffin cockatoo and he bit me.  how can i make him stop bit in me..

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-13
    It takes time.  Earn the birds trust and do not push it too much.  It will come around.
  • KNinVA - 2013-03-13
    Hi, I have a 1 year old goffin too. He is starting to test his beak with biting. I've noticed this more since he has been not too nicely treated by my conures (I think they nipped his toes). Anyway, he now knows that is a good weapon and can persuade me to do what he wants. This is what I'm doing when he does that. First, at the very moment he attempts to bite harder than just grasping, I voice a strong 'BAD' and put him either in his cage or back on his perch. If they are not around, I put him down several feet away from me. He is learning that that behavior will not be tolerated. His goal is to be near me and play with me...so I think he's learning. So far so good....I do catch him occasionally (once every few months), but the 'BAD!' sounds quickly makes an impact. Hope this helps!!!
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Penny - 2004-08-04
You could not ask for a more fun loving, busy little bird. I have had Chloe for 4 years now,( she was a rescue bird). And I would not trade her for the world! She is sweet, loving, happy go lucky, center of attention, spoiled lil brat. She cries for attention, but knows I will not give in to her every whim. She has tons of toys and plays with every one of them. Her favorate thing to do is string beads! She will string beads for hours, and I spend hours picking them all up and stringing them for her so she can start all over again, destring and string. She is a Blast.

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  • KNinVA - 2013-03-13
    Great idea! thanks for the tip....
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Terra Baker - 2008-12-01
Hi all you Goffins lovers. I have a 4 year old male Goffins. I got him at a bird show when he was quite young and he was parrot raised so he wasn't real people orientated. People just kept holding him and cuddling and you could see he was scared, but when I finally decided to hold him he went right under my hair and started to play with it and give me kisses. That was it, I bought him and home we went. It took a few weeks for him to get used to me putting my hands in his cage to get him. I literally had to pry him out and then just cuddle and talk to him. Now a few years later he loves me to death, he talks to me, dances, and sings. If I am sitting on the couch he climbs down from his playstand and climbs up the couch to visit and play. He is so funny. I love all my birds but he holds a special place in my heart. So if you decide a Goffins is for you then you will not be disappointed in him but as people have said they are escape artists and they will chew up anything. So be prepared, and as big a cage as you can get is the best. Mine is in a macaw cage. He is very active, so this way he has lots of room to jump around. Terra, Kermie (Eclectus). Geromino (Goffins). and Miso ( African Grey), all from chicago.

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  • KNinVA - 2013-03-13
    Hi Terra. I totally agree with you. My Goffin loves to cuddle and play AND DESTROY Toys....but they are supposed to. The downside of this is it is costly. For those of you thinking about getting a Goffin - I spend about $100 every two weeks just on toys! I'm now starting to purchase toy parts and make my own because it is costly.....be prepared...these little guys need lots of stimulus and a daily does of destruction!!!
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monasue - 2013-02-22
I have Goffin Cockatoo, her name is Summysue. She is very smart and playful bird. Also I have 2 cackatiel. All of them are different character. Summysue kiss, to my husband then never doing no more. I don't know why? She talk a lot say her own name, say how are you? are you okay?, hello, pangit, mickie name of one cackatiel. then the other one is alex. Irene.... come-on, good night, she sing and dance. I thought I just got lucky for this bird. Suddenly she doesn't come to me no more. It's hurt me a lot. I love this bird. and also she do plucking her feather too. It's very dis appointed for me and my husband. We just get good attention to those cackatiels. They sing, kiss and talk to the phone to my husband. I don't know how I return the sweetest Summysue again in our life? Hoping someday she's come to us again and give her LOVE some more.

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  • KNinVA - 2013-03-13
    Hi, I have a 1 yr old Goffin, and I'm nervous about behavior problems too. From my reading and research, this is due to stress and being upset because your Summysue wants to be your sole companion....she doesn't want to share you and is jealous. I have two conures as well and I notice this when i give them attention. I've had birds for about 40 years now. If you have eliminated any medical condition via your vet, then I suggest this is the reason. One suggestion is to move the Goffin cage to another room, and spend AT LEAST one hour a day playing with just her. Cocktoos are basically 2 year olds that constantly demand your attention and to be stimulated. Goffins can play in their cages more easily than the other cockatoo types, but they also need daily one-on-one attention. Oh, and one more thing, make sure you have plenty of toys in the cage that he can destroy....wood is best for cockatoos. Hope things improve for you!
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Diana - 2012-08-30
I just got a 4 month old goffin cockatoo. Is there any inside info from other goffin owners know that the pet shop do not tell you cause they just want the sale ( they are concerned about weight and she is getting one to two bedtime hand feedings ). In the past I've had smaller birds. The one I have now is a cockatiel the biggest I've ever had any thing. I need to know that the pet shop will or forgot to tell me

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-30
    A goffin is an extremely loving, affectionate companion.  They love their humans.  Sometimes i say most birds say 'you should love me' but a cockatoo always says 'I love you'.  Tell me about these two bedtime feedings and how much?  I would be feeding her one bedtime feeding right before bed and posssibly 30cc in the morning.  So two feedings but not both at night.  Goffins like otehr cockatoos EAT WOOD.  I mean they can take a 2 x 4 by 6 feet long and make it look like a stack of tooth picks in a week.  Good toys is take a 2 x 4 by 6 untreated pine and cut it into blocks, put a hole through it and hang it on a dog chain.  It's possibly the only way to keep them in wood.  They should have their own perch separate from their cage.  Husband and wife told me they were having major problems as they would put their cockatoo in its cage at 6 pm (after being out all day) and then turn the TV on and eat dinner and their cockatoo would just scream.  I said to give the cockatoo a little of what they were having for dinner and come dark or when they turned TV off or after dinner - put the cockatoo away.  I said they were eating in front of a 3 uyear old dressed in feathers.  If you think of your new addition as a human child of three dressed in feathers who lies to destroy wood - you shouldn't have any problems. 
  • Paulette - 2013-02-06
    hahahahaha, I've never heard anyone put it any better, than you just did!!! Cockatoo's are big babies with feathers, that always stay like a 3 yr old little child!! Never, ever, eat in front of this little bird, without giving it a taste or have a bird treat handy. They love bread, like Arnold OatNut or any of the multi-grain breads. Have little carrot or celery sticks available to give them, while you eat. Always treat them like a companion, for they love you so much and look up to you, like a small child looks up to their mommy and daddy! I make sure that I give my Goffin at least 2 to 3 hours of 'hold-time' each day. When I say, hold-time, I mean just that, not out of the cage time, but in your lap, rubbing their neck time!! Yes, you must give them wood toys, or they will find the wood in your home and eat it, through and through, like your dining room table, door or window frames, or even your kitchen cabinets! If you do not have the time to give this bird, you should not buy this bird, for it will develop dependency issues and pluck themselves bald!! Good luck and the best to you and your new baby!! What a joy in life our little girl has brought into our home!!!
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Libba - 2006-09-30
I just recently got a cockatoo, the blue eyed kind. She is now 9months old. I also have a quaker, indian ring neck and two love birds. Angel my cockatoo is the sweetest bird, she had learned within days of having her how to say mommy, I love you, give kisses, and I am working on teaching her more words. She has a stand and a large cage. She is held by me, and my two 8 year old daughters. I do put her on her stand and her cage so she is not being held all day. I have learned that is bad for her and can harm her. In don't want her used to being held all day then putting her up and having her hurt herself out of depression. Angel has never bitten anyone in my family, she is so loving ans sweet, she has the funniest personality, she loves to dance and show off her feathers. She loves to go outside with me, I just got her a harness for extra protection. I just recently had to take her to the vet ER, she broke a major blood feather, so please on the young ones watch their blood feathers. they are still babies, clumsly and can die fast if their blood feather is broken. if you do not have the Styptic powder you can use flour until you can get your cockatoo to a vet. The best thing is to have the blood feather pulled, because there is a good chance they will continue to hurt it. I am so glad Angel picked me when I went to the pet store, I can't imagine my life without her and I find the cockatoo is one of the most beautiful, smart, outgoing and silliest birds out there. Just please make sure you have time for them before you buy them, they are cuddle bugs and do need extra love and attention. I am disabled and believe me the love you get in return is worth the extra time and effort, you have just found a best friend for life.
Thanks, Libba

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  • Cynthia Orsburn-Lopez - 2013-01-20
    I have a cockatiel.. I would love to buy more birds.. I've seen in pictures that there are birds all different size get along well.. I'd like to know if it's hard to get all the birds to get along and is it safe for then to share cage?
  • Paulette - 2013-02-06
    Oh, I totally agree, for I too, own a Goffin's Cockatoo! They are extremely sweet, but yet, extremely needed little bundles of love! It takes a special owner to own one of these God's creatures! You have to hold these birds, but yet, not too much, for they will become depressed and turn to feather destruction. So, a nice balancing act of affection and alone time is required each and everyday of these bird's lives! I own 15 lovebirds and just one little girl Goffin, who will be a year old in April 2013. I, too, am disabled and have ample time for all my birds. The lovebirds and cockatoo do NOT get along at all!!! Each one is jealous of the other! Heck, the lovebirds are jealous of each other, as well, not at just the cockatoo!!! But, you do NOT for any reason, what to allow these two different birds, any time alone with each other, for the little lovebird will be killed instantly! My live is so much better with my babies in it! I honestly, do not know what I'd do without my loving babies!! Thank you, Lord, for bringing each of them into my life! I hand raised each and every one of the lovebirds from eggs, so they are so, so, sweet!! Still, today, I have to hand feed my goffin twice a day, but I'm working on weaning her little by little, with less and less hand formula. She sits and cries constantly, each and every morning, until she gets her nice, hot, food, fed by her mommie!! What a life! I honestly, would not change a thing....
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