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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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Anonymous - 2012-09-09
Do cockatoos require grooming?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-09
    Cockatoos pretty much groom themselves.  They will require spritzing or spraying with water or aloe bird bath a few times a week as they have more water in the rain forest than we do here and their feathers will get dry, scratchy and itchy without water.  Some love the shower and some love baths and some just like spritz.  Some can be pretty fussy and not like the spritzing but you should do it anyway. 
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Justin - 2005-12-20
Well i bought my 12 week old galah for $120. it had been hand raised alongside 15 other galahs. I have only had Dags for 2 weeks but he has already become the most lovable creature in the world. he gets a bit testy once he has eaten all of the sunflower seeds out of his parrot mix or when I'm busy typing on the computer, and he comes over and demands that my fingers give him a neck scratch. At night when i go to bed he is so quiet and goes to bed. during the day when i talk to him he responds with some sort of upbeat chirp.

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  • emma - 2012-08-26
    Hi Justin, We have just had 8 painted conures in our aivery but they unfortunatly had to go because of the noise they make. It is a terrible screeching sound and our neighbour has to sleep during the day, it really isn't fair. We was interested in getting a rose-breasted/galah cockatoo but then searched up their noise level and wasn't impressed. How much do they really make is it a horrible squaking or a chirping and tweeting?
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Brandon - 2012-08-13
I had an african gray for a while, and have a little experience with big birds. I'm getting a LSC that is 2 yrs old. I'm worried that I don't have enough experence. Is there any advise for someone getting a new family member? I could use it. Let me know if there is a good place to go for advice, or if there is a good book to read. Any and all help will greatly be welcome. Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-14
    The Lessor is so smart and just watch their body language as very difinitive.  I am sure she will train you very well.  I have a cockatoo and you know how i can tell when she wants papaya juice versus apple juice.  Well, if i give her the wrong one, she will hit my hand with her beak.  Not bite - just gently hit my hand (holding the cup) with his beak so I spill it.  He is 28 years old now and i often wonder how he got me so trained to bring hoim apple or papaya juice before bed. 
  • Brandon - 2012-08-14
    I appreciate the info. I have plenty of time to learn and plenty of time to dedicate to a bird. I think like anything it is mostly a learing game and unless you have been around birds your whole life its just a matter of common sense. Thank god for the internet. I will be fine, I'm looking forward to my new LSC. I was wrong about the age though, she has been DNA sexed and is 10 not 2. but either way I'm gonna hit it head on. Wish me luck, I will be posting my thought as I go. Thanks, I still welcome any and all advise, or comments, or suggestions.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-14
    If you can handle an African Grey, you will be able to handle any big bird that comes your way.  An African Grey says 'I am in CHARGE, you will do it my way.  You will do what I want, when I want, and possibly I will reward you by letting you pet my head and not bite you.  I will not like anyone else you introduce me to and I will let you know it.  I am independent and you had better love me for it'   A cockatoo says 'I will do anything so you will just hold me.  I will try and be real good all the time, I will like your home and I will always put you first.  I will love to cuddle and never tell your secrets and I will lick your tears if you cry.  I will always be there for you and if you just treat me as the feathered 3 year old that I am - I will always be loyal, loving and friendly.  I do chew wood but a pine two by 4 (untreated) cut into pieces works fine and is cheap.  I will just love you'.
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Janet Tuckwell - 2012-07-18
I have a mutant cockatoo that is mixed with Goffin, he is tiny like the Goffin but is 'peachy/pink' in color like the Mollucan. He is naughty! I just rescued him about 2.5 months ago and he had picked his chest and neck totally bare and now he is covered with beautiful feathers. He only ate pellets and now that I feed him fresh fruit and veggies and seeds mixed with pellets his battered looking feathers are now very pretty and have a beautiful peach tint to them. I'm just working on the stepping up and the screaming. He is a very smart little bugger and all he wants/needs is attention

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-19
    Hybrid between the goffin and moluccan?  Yes cockatoos are very smart and extremely affectionate and they want atention.  Once your little guy has you trained (and it sounds like it is working) you will have a lifelong friend
  • Rosa - 2012-08-05
    I just rescue mollucan cookatoo what do I do he picking is feathers out and trying to put its food under is wings acts to be like he itching
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marshall - 2012-02-14
I have a goffin, and I can say a real sweetheart, but lately she wants to keep picking at her chest till it start to bleed. what can I do to stop this. Need help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
    You or actually your little feathered guy has a feather plucking problem. There are so many - lots - of opinions on why this occcurs. If you have a competent avian vet in the area, then have some blood drawn (there is no way the bird needs to be put to sleep for this) and run a baseline to make sure there are no underlying medical problems. There probably aren't. Things you can do in the interim is really everyday spritz your bird down - really soak him but gently with water or aloe based bird bath. You can put him in the shower and turn the shower on. Just do this as gently as possible as he may not like it at first but they usually learn to love it. That's why there are parrot shower perches. Dry skin itches and we want to soak the skin and cockatoos are difficult to do that to as they have so much powder. Second, most say this happens because the bird is bored or not challenged. So we are down to more out time, more toys, and getting creative. Paper cups with a little peanut butter or honey and a nut in the bottom keep a parrot occupied. Paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls as they like to chew things up. Get a 6 foot 2 x 4 of un treated pine and cut it up in blocks and put a hole in the block and a chain through the hole and there is a chew toy that will keep him busy for awhile. Let him be out on a perch and watch TV - there are good kids shows they like (sounds nuts) but they like the cartoons and music. Just think of things they can chew up and on instead of their feathers. Some have used a collar that goes around the birds neck and that prevents the plucking but doesn't really solve the problem. I am sorry and this is one of those parrot owners nightmares but it does happen and not anybody's fault. Some are just prone to it but usually more activity, things to do and commotion help.
  • becky - 2012-08-04
    Hi, I am having the same problem with my goffin right now. He has had two surgeries to repair the gapping hole in his chest. We still don't know why he does this.This has been going on since Feb. His collar has been off and on for the last six months. In Sept my vet is going to try a medication (can't remember what its called) apparently it worked on another of her patients but she said it may not work on Corky. I am at my wits end because he gets all kinds of attention, he is on my shoulder the minute I come home from work until he goes to bed. I have bought numerous toys and most of them he doesn't play with. I really don't know what to do. Has yours gotten any better, if so what did you do.
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Wanda Kay Briscoe Robinson - 2012-02-14
Are girls better than boys? Are they about the same. I have agirl about 7months old. I do not work. I stay home all day. I let her out about 6pm with me till about 9pm. She is very happy. Her cage is large 4x5x6 she is happy all day but very happy at 6pm. Do I need to change her day some but it is working good now.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
    You know what they say 'if it isn't broken don't fis it'. Hey sounds like you and your little girl are doing great. She has taught you well and will continue to do so for many years to come. I would say that in some species of birds - girls and boys are different and possibly one can be easier or less demanding than the other. I just don't believe this to be true with Umbrellas. One is just not 'better' than the other. They are both wonderful.
  • Wanda Kay Briscoe Robinson - 2012-02-17
    THANK YOU SHE IS WONDERFUL. I LOVE HER SO MUCH.
  • mary ponson - 2012-07-31
    I have 2 umbrella cockatoos my female is the most loving. Madison is 14 months old and I have had her since she was 3 months. She calls me moma. Eli i have had since he was 5 months old he is now 8 months old he is also very loving but he shows it differantly. Both my babies are great birds they get along with all the other birds I help to take care of...a blue and gold macaw, a goffin cockatoo and a muluccan cockaoo. I love all of them
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denise king - 2012-04-08
Today, I added a 5 year old umbrella male named Angel to my family. Although I have had birds before, this is my first cockatoo. Therefore, I am eager for any and all advice and/or recommendations you may have to offer. He appears to be healthy, but his cage is sorely lacking any toys for his amusement and his nails are in desperate need of clipping. I understand that he will need lots of time and attention, and as a disabled veteran, I have lots of time to spend with him. I really look forward to hearing from you guys on this one.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-08
    Well, it is a good thing you have the time because a cockatoo is going to take it, love it and give you lots of love in return. Cockatoos eat wood- they eat wood. I mean they really eat wood. So don't leave your fella too close to a window or a cabinet. I am not exaggerating here and I think it is sorta funny but just wanted to warn you. Cokatoos love toys and the more the better. You can buy them but you can also save quite a bit of money by making them. Get a 2 x 4 (untreated pine) and cut it into pieces and drill a hole through the middle of the pieces. Put a dog collar chain through the hole and you can even color the wood with food coloring - Don't put anything in the cage your little one can get himself tangled up in. These toys that people make and sell from rope are dangerous for a cockatoo. They love to play and can get tangled. I say use a dog collar chain as it is heavy (get the heavy one) and big ring at the bottom so the wood pieces you drill won't fall off. Cokatoos are very smart and can learn to undo most locks and certainly undo any screw bolts you use to hang a toy with. Purchase small u-bolts or small padlocks to hang the toys. Nails - you should get a concrete perch for your cockatoo and place it at the highest point in the cage for him to sit on when he sleeps. They sleep at the highest point and that way his nails will be filed automatically and he can also groom his beak. Make sure that the perch doesn't overlap with another in the cage so when he poops, it doesn't get another perch full of poop. Do not use doll rods for perches - it hurts or cripples their feet. You can use cholla wood or sanded manzanita - manzanita woks best cuz it is hard and they can't eat it - at least it takes them awhile. They love play - fetch, balls, popsicle type sticks and will love chewing up paper into really small pieces. Toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls are fun. They love music and can keep a great beat. You sing and they will dance. You enjoy and give Angle a hug for me..
  • teesha - 2012-06-14
    I agree to what you say - I like birds <3 lol:)
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VIcki - 2010-03-22
I have a 8 year old Greater Sulfur Cockatoo named SugarBear. He is spoiled rotten he believes he should eat with the family 80% of his Parrot food hits the floor because he throws it there. He loves all types of potatoes mashed french frys, augratins &weet Potatoes it doesn't matter to him he loves them all. I also give him fresh veggies ,fruit and rice. But he's driving me crazy throwing his food out I want to make sure he's getting the right amounts of Vitamins

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  • kiah wiseman - 2010-04-12
    I have a sulfur crested cockatoo named jack he's about 6 years old and I got him when I was quite young I was about 10. He's very loyal and he loves my attention. His bond with me is very strong I can take him out side and he won't fly away his wings aren't cut, he can fly. I hand raised him from an egg but I just fond out a month ago I did a DNA test he's a she. I give him fresh fruit and veggies every day so I expect him to live for 70 to 80 more years so I'll be really old when she dies. I also own a red tailed black cockatoo named max. He's about 6 month old I paid about well my dad paidd $7.000 for him and he'll live for 100+ years it's nice to know that there's another cockatoo lover out there.
  • Alvain - 2010-12-13
    This week I just buy a Greater Sulfur, she is very very friendly, but I go way for less then 30 minutes she start screaming a lot,,. Even if I keep her outside the cage, she still screaming.

    So unfortunately, I could not keep her at home, I need your advice since you have a good experience with your bird.. please help out to reduce the screaming.... because I'm going to be crazy.

  • nicola - 2011-02-21
    These birds waste their food all the time. They mainly throw it on the floor to get your attention bc they know it makes you mad. I have decided that they are looking for a special daily treat when they do that. Mine is usually missing his coconut cracker or peanuts in the shell.
  • Roz - 2011-03-29
    I would beg to differ with food being thrown on the floor to gain attention and desirous of getting a treat. In the wild, Cockatoos are the propagators and horticulturalists in the Australian bush or rainforest. The dropping of seed pods and fruits is essential and is how a cockatoo is "wired" to eat. Don't get too discouraged with the amount of food wasted - just give them a choice of 4-5 vegies or fruit and leave it for them to eat and take away after 1-2 hours. They love spinnich, celery, bok choy, beans, peas, sugar peas, paw paw, corn, grapes, carrot, large red chillis and Capsicum.

    I am unsure if you are living overseas or in Australia, but truly, the best food to give your Cockatoo is what they eat in the wild - like wattle, grevillia, gum tree branches, banksia and bottle brushes. No doubt, in doing research you would know that sunflower seed, in particular black in colour is extremely bad for your cockatoo - it will give them a fatty liver and such a diet will drive them to bit and scream. Enough of myrant - good luck with caring for your darling Cockatoo - they are gentle and tender hearted and very forgiving - they will give back to you so much more than you could ever imagine - our Sulphur Crested certainly has - we are all in love with her - she is both gorgeous and exasperating - often at the same time. All the best
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