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Denise Fisher - 2013-04-19
I have had my Cockatoo, a male for 22 years! Over the past year, he has become a biter! If I have people over, he will run towards me and start pecking at my ankles. A couple weeks ago, I let him out of the cage while a friend was over and he went right by my friend on the couch and attacked me. I quietly put him back into the cage were he bite me two more times, sending me to the hospital for a very serious bite. I am told he is hormonal and sees me as his 'mate.' I am petrified to let interact with him for any length of time. This was once a darling, bird, with excellent temperament. Now, obviously, I am aware I can't let him out with anyone home. But how can you build trust after this... He is unpredictable.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-19
    That's a challenge, but a 22 year relationship speaks of a good friendship. I would analyse the environment and all the things you are doing to see if there are any changes in your lifestyle that may be causing some sort of upset with your bird. Try to figure out what's become different (besides your bird's reactions) over the past year.
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Olivia - 2013-04-07
I am thinking of selling my goffin cockatoo he has became to much work for me. Between school and homework I don't have enough time for him. how would he do if I sell him? would he adapt well since I have had him for a few years?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-08
    You could sell him yourself, or consign him with your local pet store. In either case it helps to have the prospective owner spend some time with the bird. This helps them make sure they really want the bird, that the bird likes them, and that they are prepared to give it a proper home. The better the match, the easier it is for a bird to adjust.
  • Brent Trehern - 2013-04-17
    Cockatoos, especially Goffins, are a mystery unto themselves. How he was raised will greatly affect how he will adapt to a new home and owner. One of my Goffins (this is not the first home for all three of them), a male named Coconut by the previous owner, has something of an unknown past and is afraid of men. He will listen to me and step up, but is otherwise afraid of me (or any other man for that matter). However he will cuddle with my fiance...even though I've had him for a year and a half and she's been in my life for only a year. If you raised him from a baby (and I mean after he was fully weaned...not from when he was hatched, mind you), and he's a sweet bird you've introduced to various people over the years, then he should adapt well to any loving home. However there are cautionary notes to selling or rehoming your bird. First, if you choose to use a local pet store to consign, make sure of the store's reputation. A good example (I live in Phoenix, Arizona) would be a store we have around here called Cageworld. The last time I visited this bird store I knew much less about pet stores than I do now so I was ignorant of how horrible it was to house a dozen birds in a single large cage. Not only did they pack the birds in cages but there were more than a few reported incidents (which you can find online) of birds being boarded there who 'accidentally' got sold. So be sure the place you go to has a positive reputation from either word of mouth or multiple websites (reviews can be faked so...check around). Whether you consign or sell directly to an owner, as recommended, make sure you meet the potential new owner and ascertain their suitability. You don't want the bird going to a home for the wrong reasons such as for breeding, being a gift to a kid who will lose interest once the newest video game comes out, or someone who says they can't afford the price of a consigned bird (if they can't afford the bird from a shop then how are they going to pay for food, toys, and vet visits?) just to name a few. Finally check with family who may be able to home the bird for few months (or years) to give you time to either catch up with school or finish it. This would be the easiest on your heart, as you would not truly be parted from your companion...as long as someone agreed to it.
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Klitsie - 2013-04-02
Hi, I would just like to know at which age a Goffin Cockatoo would normally start talking?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-04
    I really can't give an exact age, but I do know that cockatoos in general are not known for great talking abilities. I've heard that it can take a few years for them to really say comprehensible words. If you work with them a lot as they are coming of age you might have better results.
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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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