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JOHN - 2011-01-22
I have a pair of citrons that are approx 11 and have been together a long time. I want to put a breeding box on or in their cage and have been told to build a 12"x12"x24" t box. I don't understand the layout of a t box. Can someone help me 850-653-5114

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-18
    If you use a wooden box for Citrons = they will eat it faster than you can fix it. Suggest you go to China Praire farm and buy one. They are made from PVC = I blelieve. Still will chew but pretty indestructible. Other thought is a drum = I like the China Prarie with see doors and easy removal if need be.
  • enchilada111 - 2012-11-11
    Google a metal cockatoo breeding box. They come in a particular shape and are attached to the outside of the cage.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-11
    China Prarie farm makes excellent next boxes for all types of birds including cockatoos.  You select the box based on the bird - in your case cockatoo.  Link is http://chinaprairie.com/
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samantha ochs - 2012-08-22
PLEASE HELP!!! I recently purchased an '8' year old citron cockatoo. And lets just say this bird hates me..I'm not being dramatic one bit..I have always adored all animals and wanted a bird since i was very little..So Kacey is my first bird..I've done all my research and I just don't understand what the problem is. Any male can go to Kacey, stranger or not, and pick him up, cuddle him, pet and touch him anywhere..He isn't bothered by any of it...which i've seen that birds are either partial to males or females? Don't know how true this i but i can understand that..But whats strange to me is Kacey has had a few different owners recently which were all homes with a husband and wife and children. But they all just said the women didn't really mess with him much..BUT the kicker is, his first and longest owner was a woman, who he apparently lived with for '10' years or so until she passed away...I just don't get why he would suddenly hate women? He will step up on my arm and sit with me but wont let me touch him with my free hand...but a total stranger, as long as its a man, can do whatever he wants to him..he will even lash out at me when I just quietly walk by his cage and he's sitting on top...Please give me your opinions on what i should do...I've tried sitting quietly just one on one but he wont come around...if he doesn't stop the lashing out i'll have t find him new home..

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-23
    There is no way to know anything for certai.  She is obviously bonded to fellas and probably a gal.  I would think that a woman might have abused her or possibly someone like you might have abused her.  In any case - for whatever reason and just might have been a fluke - the bird is frightened of you and protective of your husband.  Ths may turn around but maybe not.  You can try giving her Stella Dora Almond Biscuits (just a 1/2), asthey love them, pieces of toast, cashews, essentially treats as you approach the cage.  You can try going slow and seeing if she will loook upon you with geater favor - but don't expect it.  Never buy a bird or a puppy or a cat you can not handle.  If you are willing to tame/train the bird - great but if you want a lovey , cuddly pet right now - don't buy one you can't love, hug, kiss and pet NOW.
  • Mack - 2012-08-28
    Do you want to sell your cockatoo
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-03
    Although, your bird might be acting up now, they can be tamed. I have a 14 yr old that I adopted 10 months ago, After he spent years of abuse that I will not even talk about. He preferred men. Acted like he hated me. But we kept working. I would pick him up on a stick and carry him to my outside cages with my other birds. Slowly, he is now stepping up on my arm instead of the stick. I need to be very slow arround him, and tell him what I'm about to do. Like 'touch' to touch his beck or his neck or shoulder. We are working towards his letting me touch his head or crest. Don't give up and celebrate small vistories. Now this is over 10 1/2 months. But he's going to make a good companion that now even calls me by name, 'Beverly'.
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linus chung - 2012-09-26
I have a young blue and gold and have fallen in love with keeping big parrots. Recently I found a white cockatoo in a friend's neighbour's house...it has no feather on his chest and back. The head feather is beautiful and complete...how do I tell if the bird is just feather plucking or if the bird is having a medical condition of the skin. The owner is willing to give me the bird, not wanting it anymore but I do not want to bring home any contagious disease to my blue and gold.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-26
    Chances are the bird is plucking.  Reason is because the feathers are gone where the bird has easy access.  Back and chest.  You say crest is fine.  You can take the bird to the vet and make sure - probably the best course of action just in case but probably plucking.  Could be an underlying reason though so best if see a vet.  Good luck.  Cockatoos are frequently pluckers and need lots of toys.  You can get a untreated 2 x 4 at home depot and cut it up and put a chain through it.  might keep him busy for a week.  Paper cuts or toilet paper rols.  They love to chew on things.  They also love cartoons and music.  Attention/toys might help with the plucking.  Take to a vet though -
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Nikki - 2012-09-15
I was recently given a Goffin's Cockatoo by a co-worker. She was hatched in April of 2007, so I guess that makes her just over 5 years old. So far she is like having a small child. She enjoys spending time on my lap while I watch television, and she will scream until I go to the cage to pick her up. I have two cockatiels as well that I was given a month prior to adopting my cockatoo. My cockatoo has started crouching down on my hand while I am holding her, and she will try to sit on my hand. The only time I see her do it is when she is on my hand. I am not sure I know what she is doing, but I have a pretty good idea. Is she trying to mate with my hand?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-16
    She is just reaching puberty and a natural behavior but chances are you have the behavior correct.  Just remove your hand and pick her up and hold her like the baby she is and tell her you lov her and put her down for a minute or so. 
  • Nikki - 2012-10-23
    Thank you.
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Toni - 2012-10-16
I need help dealing with a biter. My boyfriend has had a lessor sulphur crested cockatoo for 15 years or so. She's about 20 now. She is very bonded with him. And very jealous. For the first year I knew her she screamed if I went near him. I've lived with her for 2 years now. She's let me pet her through the cage and give her treats. And she usually doesn't scream when I touch him now. But sometimes when I pet her she tries to bite me. She got me once. Ouch. When I walk by her cage she'll reach out and grab me with her foot or her beak. But I've been careful not to get angry. And the book I have on her suggested not pulling my hand away, which is scary. I'd like to be able to handle her or open her cage without fear of being attacked. I'm always worried she'll need something or something we'll be wrong and he won't be home. She does have a history of flying at other women. Is there anyway to get her to trust me?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-16
    The amazing thing about parrots is their memory. Another amazing thing is their incredible ability to bond with another person or another bird. Some are more gregarious and can have a general bond with multiple birds/people. But in captivity the group they become gregarious with can often be limited and the bird adapts to live with that.  This bird has a very high need for socialization. In the wild it would have been with a small flock, and comfortable with all.



    It sounds like your bird's 'flock' has consisted basically of just your boyfriend, so its a big leap for her to learn to be gregarious as an adult of  15 years. She knows she wants (learned/adapted to) your boyfriend as her bonded companion, and preferably all to herself. But she also has interacted with you for two years now, and knows you for all your patience and the extending of a friendship. But of course wth her great memory and bonding ability, she still has her preferences and acts on them. That will probably not change as long as he is part of her life.



    But look at the great strides you've made. She recongizes you as part of the group, though not the center. I would continue to be patient and loving, over time your relationship will only get better.
  • Toni - 2012-10-17
    Thank you for your advice. It has just been the 2 of them, except for the cat who passed away. He spends a lot of time with her. He's a good pet parent. It's comforting to know there's hope for me and her and that I'm doing okay. Thanks again.
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Dave W - 2012-10-02
I have a 6 month old goffin that we just brought home on Saturday. He is always crying and fluffing up we have two dogs and it seems that the bird is afraid of them how can we get them to bond?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-02
    Goffins do that.  They cry a lot and they fluff up and shake their feathers.  I don't know any way to insure the bird will bond with the dogs but as time goes by and she realizes the pups aren't goong to hurt her and don't have access to her she should calm down about that.  As far as the crying - yes they do it but I would give her some bird formula (you can use a spoon and just lay the formula on her tongue) or baby food sweet potatoes, cereal, apricots etc    She is new to your home and possibly not eatings as much as she should and cryings.  They do it but no harm in giving her some food.  Consider it a bonding experience between you and her.
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-03
    Hatch date is 3/23/2012 not 5/12
  • Dave W - 2012-10-03
    Thank you i will try the feeding didnt mention his hatch date is 5/23/2012 he is very young
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allen cooper - 2010-07-13
I have two umbrella cockatoos of the same litter for about 8 years, and I think one is a male and the other female. What are chances that they would mate, and what are the dangers of inter mating? From their recent behavior and the things they are doing, I think they are trying to mate if they have not already. One of them the eyes are jet black and the other's is a dark colored brown. I need help!

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  • sswardah - 2012-09-25
    The one with the black eye is the male and the brown color eye is female.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-25
    Yes, most likely a male and female and doubtful there would be a problem if they mated.  Remember, it takes a clutch or two for them to catch on to the mating, incubatyion and feeding.  They do things like believe the egg is a soccer ball, or lay an egg of the perch.  They aren't exactly sure how to mate because they are not in a flock and no flock to teach them.  Siblings are bred by some to bring out recessed gene primiarily to do with color.  If these siblings were in bred and their parents were in bred and the grandparents - possibly a problem but just two siblings - doubtful any problems except the learning curve. 
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irish gavin - 2012-09-24
Hi everyone. I have a cockatoo not sure which one. Some one said it's a small umbrella cockatoo. I have him 3yrs. He has a small bit of yellow under his tail if anyone could help me my issue is he's losing his feathers on his legs and he's bit himself on his wing. I didn't see him do it but his back had some blood on it it now has me a bit worried as this is the third time he's done it. I can't find any mites on him any help would be great thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-24
    Some cockatoos are prone to feather plucking.  Also remember this is molting season and their feathers are prickly so they will pick at them - sometimes too much.  If it is feather plucking, it goes on throughout the year.  You can have his thyroid tested by a vet but usually it is from not being entertained or having enough trouble to get into.  A 2 x 4 untreated pine is great for cockatoos to chew on and at least it isn't a 430.00 toy.  They love cartoons especially with music.  Mine have their own TV and their own movies (RIO, Panda, Charlettes Web etc and they play all day and the birds talk to the movie.  They laugh and cry and talk to the movei.  Keeps them entertained.  More toys, something else to chew on such as the 2 X 4, cartoons and generally more things to keep their attention occupied.  There are books written on feather plucking - it is just not a fun thing to try and deal with but usually more activity works - or sometimes - get another bird - a conure would be a good friend.
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Tamara - 2012-01-20
Hello! We are the proud new owners of a 5 month old Umbrella Cockatoo. We picked her up from the pet store last week. She was so sweet and loved to be held. We were under the assumption that she was eating all on her own. We put fresh fruit and veggies and seeds with pellets. But after 2 days she just cries now every time we pick her up nonstop. She doesn't cry when she's in her cage but does scream here and there. We have tried hand feeding her, but she has no interest. Not sure if she's hungry and wants to be syringed fed? Any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-20
    This may just be a behavioral thing, your bird may be testing to see what kind of reaction she gets, or it may be more serious. I would take her to an avian veterinarian first thing, to have her and her feces checked, and to eliminate any health concerns. If she's fine and its a behavior thing, then you can look at suggestions to deal with that. Tricks like eating in front of her and offering her some of your food... toos love to eat what they see you eating.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    An Umbrella cockatoo, especially when young, will make a constant low sorta mewing/crying sound. I always thought it meant they just love the attention. I am not positive but even my big guy now will sometimes 'cry' when I hold him. A concern I have (as you mentioned it) is maybe she does want fed. If she won't take the syrings, then although this sounds a little crazy, you can try baby food and a spoon and start by having her lick it off your fingers. Baby applesauce, apricots, are usually a favorite. I have also read frequently that female cockatoos when they fledge the nest look for a mate - How does she find one? It is the older male cockatoor that 'feeds her' So it might just be instinct. Your little gal is looking to make sure that she has someone to care for her (through the thick and thin) via the preeening/cuddling/feeding. The female many times has fledged, picked a mate and brought him home (honest) to sleep by her side by 6 months of age. I think she is fine but yes, I would try feeding her with your hand.
  • Melissa Paige - 2012-08-25
    It sounds like she is hungry. Mine was shrine fed up until a year and a half. You are starving her!
  • Cookie - 2012-09-13
    Have you tried spoon feeding your U2? Sometimes they are spoon feed as babies. Might work!!!
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elese - 2012-09-11
I have a 4 months old Goffin, all is great but , he is so dirty , I give him a bath about 3 times a week. Just water no soap, but he is a gray color and has lost his pretty white to him. Plus he hates showers and bath and will not participate when he is getting wet. I try to wash my hands before I hold him but he sometimes gets makeup from my face or lipstick that rubs off. I am trying very hard not to get that on him but I can't get what is on him off! I was told to wait till he molts but is there any other way to do this ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-11
    Your lipstick or makeup is not grey (I would think) and is not the cause of the crey.  Cage????  He is getting against or into something where grey is rubbing off - usually a cage - used, color coming off, old, etc.  Goffins - other white cockatoos stay white.  They can clean themselves without problems - this is some sort of color (and possibly toxic0 that is coming off something and ono him.  Spraying or spritzing with water is plenty - do not use soap.  He is by or in something that is causing a rub off of color onto hjis feathers.  Whenhe cleans his feathers he is ingeting it.  Things that come off is solder, stained glass, cages, wire, screens etc ----   Figure out what he is rubbing up against or close to and the grey will just sorta come off.  Good thing moltings season is now.
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