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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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Nikki - 2013-02-01
I have a 5 1/2 year old Goffin Cockatoo, her name is CiCi. She is so spoiled. She sits on my husbands chest and watches television every night. Recently she had been plucking the feathers on her chest. She isn't missing many, but I can tell they are gone. She gets a new toy every week or so because she destroys them so quickly. She has a perch she plays on most of the time. Nothing has changed in our environment that I can think of. I just don't want her to be bald one day. What can I do? I have made an appointment for her to see the vet, but was hoping I could get my question answered prior to getting there.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-01
    Cockatoos are very prone to plucking their feathers. How long has it been going on? I think it's a good idea to take her to the vet. I would take a watch and see approach for a few days and see if any more go missing. If they get  too bored that can bring on plucking. Has she been getting less attention recently? It's also possible she is getting sick - a respiratory illness - or has parasites. All things to check for.
  • Nikki - 2013-02-03
    I have made her an appointment. She goes in this week. I have not seen any signs of plucking over the weekend at all, but I was with her all weekend. She has been getting a little less attention than normal. My husband started an internship for school, and he is gone more. Maybe that is it because she normally is with him. I noticed this past week that she is paying attention to both of us, and that is not normal for her either. She started out with only allowing me to handle her, and then it was only my husband. Now she spends equal time with both of us. She will jump from one of us to the other. We are still in the adjustment period I think. We have not had her very long. My boss had her for over two years, and then when she started traveling a lot she gave her to us. She hasn't been with us a year yet. So I will see what the vet says, and continue to love her! Thanks.
  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-04
    I'm glad she seems to have not been plucking her feathers over the weekend! From my experience, feather plucking is almost always related to not receiving as much attention and/or stress. Cockatoos are very needy birds in the social department! I hope things work out and that the vet has some good insight. Best of luck!
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GRISEL - 2012-11-08
I want to buy an umbrella cockatoo. Anyone selling some in or around dallas texas. Thanks! !

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-09
    You can look at the ads in the back of Bird talk Magazine.  You can Google search to see if there are any breeders near you and call them.  You can also Google search any bird sanctuaries in Texas - between the three places you should be able to find one.  When you are purchasing a feathered companion - you want to be able to hold it, cuddle with it, talk to it etc - you want the same sorta warm fuzzy feeling you get from holding a puppy or kitten.  A slightly older bird may be nervous or shy but you should be able to sit down on the sofa or floor and play with it.  If you wish to purchase an untamed bird - that is wonderful but read up on it a little first.
  • GRISEL - 2012-11-12
    are these birds good around children, and do these birds talk?
  • Nicolson - 2013-01-30
    Hey Grisel, are you still searching? We have some wonderful umbrella cockatoos among other parrots available and ready to go. Get back to us for more info and pricing.
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Nad - 2012-12-30
Hi all need a bit help...I just got a major mitchell 7 weeks old..all looks ok so far but he continuously started breathing from his mouth. It is a bit hot as well as temperature is above 30 here in perth. Is there any thing to worry about or is it normal. Thanks

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  • Rishi - 2013-01-25
    Your cockatoo should not be in a hot weather
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Lava Richards - 2013-01-11
I have just bought a cockatoo, yet I am concerned about his feathers, they are in terrible shape mostly his tail and around the edges .. is there something I should be doing for him.. I'm waiting on an appointment with a bird guy. So I figured I'd ask you all.. plus it sounds like he grinds his beak ::(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-12
    I love cockatoos, they are so social and friendly. One of their best attributes is their loving nature. But this strength is also their greatest weakness. They have such a high need for social interaction that they often develop behavioral problems when kept as pets, common ones are feather plucking and screaming. I'm so glad you are taking him to a bird guy. You should be able to learn about lots of things you can do to make your new pet happy and comfortable.
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Darren - 2012-12-10
Just four days ago my family and I became companions to a mollucan Cockatoo named Jamie and he is approximately 30 years old. His owner was unable to give him the required attention any longer and she reluctantly needed to find him a loving home. He had been plucking out his feathers and generally misbehaving so I eagerly took him in. He is doing well but he is slightly nervous with me, although I am able to hand feed him he is not willing to allow me to touch him yet. Last night while spending some time w/ him my wife approached the cage and to our surprisese he came out of his cage and was extremely affectionatete w/ her, allowing her to pet him, hold his back, and even climb onto her arm. I will admit that I am a bit jealous but very happy to see Jamie in such a happy state. Does anyone have some advice on how to teach him to accept me and the rest of my family or has chosens his person?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-10
    Cockatoos are usually a family bird and will get along with all members.   The moluccan probably went to your wife right away as she sesnse or sees some familiar between your wife and the previous owner.  I would think given some more time and a few treats for bribes he would adjust to other members of the family.  Feed him/her treats with your hand.  Let him be closer to you while on his perch when you are eating dinner/lunch and feed him from your plate.  Talk to him.  If the previous owner had similar hair or was the same sex or  etc etc - the molluccan senses the familiarity.  It has only been 4 days and this takes awhile so hang in there.
  • Darren - 2012-12-11
    thanks for the advice Charlie, I will keep you posted on our progress. I am sure in time he will adjust and be very happy in his new home but if i may, any additional advice on his feather plucking would be greatly appreciated as well. I am aware that this is one of the hardest ticks for them to stop but it is very sad to see him continue pulling his new feathers despitee almost constant attention . is there a product than can help w/ this? he also picks at the dry skin on his feet which leads me to believe that perhaps he is uncomfortable. I am allowing his to sample every thing we eat ( except Avocado's and fatty processed meats) along w/ fruits and veggies.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-11
    Lots of toys, lot of wood to chew up.  Buy an untreated pine 2 x 4 and cut into pieces and let him at them.  Aloe Bird Bath that you spritz him with can sometimes help with the dry skin.  Walnuts - just crack them in half and they are on sale after holidays really help cuz oil for dry skin.  Almonds help.  You can think about possibly a collar later.  They work as they prevent them from plucking but I am not crazy about them as can upset them also.  The flight suits birds wear - some birds like and some don't but they can help.  Go slowly when introducing and make a game out of it for him.  I'd wait till he is a little more settled in the home and used to your guys though.  He won't be plucking when you are holding him.  Good luck - it is hard -
  • Darren - 2012-12-12
    Thank you so much! that was more valuable information that I was able to find after hours of research, I will check back in to update you w/ our progress.
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Wendy Miller - 2012-12-08
I was hoping that u could recommend an in-depth book on cockatoo behaviors/psychology-I have a 5-month lessor sulphur-crested cockatoo and when I play with him-he loves to play 'gonna get ya' He runs away on the floor and I play chase him-then he will turn around and runs at me-laughing because that's what I do, anyway this is a game that we have played for about 1 month and my concern is that when he gets older is this going to be a bad thing that I have started-a couple of times when he was playing this with my 16 year old-I noticed that he was more aggressive than he is with me. As he matures could this potentially become even more of a problem. He loves this game but I am concerned! Can someone give me some insight into this? Thank You!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-08
    It is nomal - although may seem a bit strange.  It's the typical tag.  I had many people actually call me and so scared cuz there bird was 'chasing them' and they would be standing on a chair or whatever and would want to know what to do.  The answer is just stop running.  Puppy will chase you and then when he catches you - he will turn around and run the other way and you have to chase him.  More agressive with your 16 year old than he is with you - mine would really seem way more agressive with my daughter than me.  He'd just would pound his feet and bob his head and holler out and then chase her and catch her.  When he would catch her - he would hit her shoe sideways with his beak. Odd.  If you are nervous or it seems to be getting out of control cuz sometimes a parrot will get wound up - just like a child - then time out time or calm down time. 
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-08
    Forgot about the book.  I don't know of a specific book on cockatoo behavior but I am confident if you think of a 3 year old child dressed in feathers - you will underatdn the behaviors.  Don't eat in front of a 3 year old with out sharing.  Do not attmept to put a 3 year old to bed when the company is around.  Do not
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reaperess67 - 2012-12-06
I have just rescued a mollucan cockatoo -  had her about a month and a half. She's wonderful. A little loud sometimes. We've been working on trust issues. She now comes on my arm frequently if I go to her cage, not all the time, but most. Then she rests on my chest and just wants me to pet her and talk to her. Tonight she was a little weird, so I figured she just needed more talk and contact and she started rocking back and forth while laying on me. Next thing I know, she laid an egg on me. I know absolutely nothing on birds, and was wondering if this is normal? I also will be going on vacation for 6 days over christmas. My brother in law will be staying here to take care of her. Should that be sufficient for her? Any comments are greatly appreciated.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-07
    Not abnormal.  Parrots will sometimes lay eggs without a mate.  I have to admit i have never heard of a parrot laying an egg on a person but there is a first time for everything.  Take a bowl/ box anything and put some shredded newspaper or paper towle in it and put the egg in the bowl or box.  She will probably lay two more.  After about 30 days or when she gets bored with the eggs just throw them out.  Don't be too concerned if she gets a little protective of the eggs or testy with you while this process is going on.  It is obvious she loves you and trusts you cuz the laying of the head on the chest and waiting to be petted is the love a cockatoo has for its human.  Good luck.
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Danny Bryan - 2012-06-18
How do I stop my male Citron-crested Cockatoo from being agressive and screaming for hours. I recently got him from my parents he is used to me but bites any chance he can get.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-18
    Doesn't sound fun.  Cockatoos, by their nature, are extremely loving and affectionate parrots.  Yours has been moved and relocated and the people he was attached to are gone.  Big adjustment.  Think of trying to babysit a two year old.   Give him some time but talk to him, leave the TV on, let him see you and most important try and get him away from his cage and on a separate perch.  Perch on wheels that has toys and food dishes would be great cuz then you can move him by you as you are different places in the home.  Go slow with him and let him get acccostumed to you and your home.  Then I would just wait till he came to you - sorta like a pupppy does.  Was he affectionate and loving with your parents?  If he was then he will come around with you.  Toys - even sawed up 2 X 4 pine non treated will help give him something to do besides sceam.  If he wasn't loving around your parents - you might need books on training.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-21
    If I get all of this, you have a male and female Citron?  If so, the male is going to be very loud if you approach the cage and yes, he will bite.  He is protecting the female.  The female will also become very loud and extremely agressive during breeding season.  I don't know that they will return to their loving/ pet natures with humans once theyhave decided breeding season is over - or they have laid eggs. Some do and some don't.  I'd put up a nest box.  They will need to learn mating and breeding behavior (as will you) and the first couple of clutches may not result in babies, but they will catch on.
  • Danny Bryan - 2012-06-21
    He was not to friendly with my parents in the last few days. He's been getting alot better but the female is getting louder and louder
  • Richard - 2012-12-03
    Do NOT give your bird any milk, that is NOT good for them. Neither is caffeine, which can kill your bird. No chocolate You can give your bird apples, but NOT the seeds - that can kill the bird.
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Caryn Williams - 2012-11-26
Hi, I have a five year old lsc. He is my baby boy and I love him to pieces!! He's very spoiled! We just got another one (4month old) we have two large cages so they can see each other. Do you think they will get along? The 5 year old is a male. Can two birds of the same sex get along together? We will DNA test the baby soon.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-26
    Sure - two same (or different) birds of the same sex will get along.  If they are a different sex - they can easily pair bond - keep them in separate cages.  People have had good luck with their cockatoos - even if they pair bond - going back to being pets even if they do nest.  Good luck and have fun - enjoy them both.
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