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sharon Rock - 2012-02-24
Want to sell three of umbrella cockatoo. Any interested person? Please email via sharon_rock@live.com.
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  • Leslie - 2012-02-27
    I am very interested in a baby or young umbrella cockatoo. Are they still available and what is the price for one? Do you know their sex? I currently have a 3 yr old female blue and gold macaw.
  • CRAIG - 2012-04-15
    The age of a cockatoo is not really a concern. There average life span is more than 60 years. I have a nine year old that laid three eggs this year. By the way, I live in an apt. . . . . . . . No complaints. Sophia is love by everyone around me. Craig
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kathy - 2012-03-31
Hi, I just got my umbrella cockatoo. His name is Marley. He is 3 yrs old. He is so sweet but some times, I think he knows about time ever day at 6 at night time he will screech so lound. I found out what to do about that you go to another room untill the bird stops and when he stops that is when you give him a treat for doing good. It is working. We play ball and I made him some home made toys. He just loves the toys.

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iVibe - 2010-10-14
I recently acquired a (12 year old?) male Moluccan Cockatoo. He began to sneeze this evening. I have had him three days. His previous owner was very afraid of him. Supposedly a woman had owned him. I am a single, older woman myself. When I went to pick up the bird, he stepped right onto my arm with a "death grip" and has sat upon a (small) cage for the past three days, entering the cage at night. I realized he is as afraid of me as I began to become somewhat intimidated by him but offered no "feedback" and remained calm. He is settling into what I would consider a regular schedule. He is near a North-facing window and loves to watch the birds outside. He has had two, short-minute screeching sessions but nothing I would consider abnormal. I was outside the window yesterday and he was knocking on the window, I suppose, at me. I have been observing him from a distance yet interaction by offering food and water by hand. He moves very slow, almost sloth-like unless I accidentally startled him (when I was intimidated) and he flapped his wings onto the back of my head from atop his cage. Now I enter the area by announcing his name and giving a laugh which he imitates on occasion. A few times he began to make noise - almost alien sounding - but the laugh is the only recognizable noise I have heard thus far. I do care greatly for birds and would not want to get him used to constant attention but want to be able to handle him. I sit in the same room hours on end, on the computer. Today he flew to the floor and wandered about, trying to get into a silk tree at the other end of the room. When I entered and up-righted the tree, he walked calmly back to climb back to his cage. I was very surprised that he recognizes this as "his" area. I can't say enough about the intelligence of any creatures we share this earth with. I don't agree that nature should be domesticated but have a cockatiel that I indulge greatly. It took the cockatiel 4 months to warm to me but now expects a head scratch upon my approach. I offer a cup of water to the Cockatoo to which he drinks with gratefulness (very easy to see), and does have two clean water's to his avail. I provide seed and fresh fruit. The sneezing is concerning me though and yet not the only reason I write. If anyone can provide me with some other suggestions, all are welcome. His tail is only slightly frayed and he has not lost any other feathers. His previous owner (of 6 months) was a man without time and who was "very" afraid of this bird, ducking at the bird's every move. When I walked the bird to my car on my arm, the man stayed 6' behind me and the cockatoo hissed the entire way. He has not hissed once since being here the past three days. Well, wish me luck? I'd like to see all caged birds in a giant aviary. My other concern is the safety of my cockatiel who is deathly fearful of the cockatoo so I have her in another room but she will fly into a wall or window if she sees the cockatoo! I have to have day surgery and my pea-brain is trying to come up with a solution to being away for the day and the birds being safe together (I live in a small, three room trailer). Thanks again

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  • Christine Bell - 2010-12-09
    iVibe, congratulations to you for taking on this wonderful bird. Mollucans aren't the easiest birds to handle. It sounds like he really did not like his former owner (the hissing ) and he is bonding to you. I have two female mollucans and had a male before them that I dearly loved. I would be sure your bird is kept warm and out of drafts if he is sneezing. He may have a cold. Warmth is the very best thing for a bird who is sick. But you may have to take him to an avian vet if he doesn't improve.
    I keep my birds flighted as I feel it keeps them way healthier. But I realize that this is very difficult in a small space as cockatoos can get into everything and must be watched at all times if free flying! I keep mine in a large heated aviary. They are so much fun to watch flying around. I do think the exercise is so healthy for them and keeps them happy.
    My first Mollucan did not know how to fly. He had been clipped from early on. It took me a year to get him to fly (once his flight feathers grew in). He started by hopping to my arm and then I would stand further and further away from him. Gradually he gained strength and then he could fly quite well.
  • Anonymous - 2011-11-09
    Hi I read your post and thought I might offer an little insite from my own experience. I have a 31 year old female M2 named wackoo. I had not had her very long when I realized she was sneezing every once in a while I went to the friend of mine who had given her to me to care for. He said she mimics sneezing every time someone around her has a cold. And low and behold I had just gotten over the flu. About a week after I stopped sneezing, so did she, though she still does it every once and a while then she laughs at me. If you're really worried take your little one to the vet. But I thought I would let you know sometimes it can just be something they are doing to get you attention or to entertain themselves. Good luck!
  • Angelique Marie Delgado - 2012-03-24
    If you did not want to give him constant attention then you should never have gotten a cockatoo. I have a cockatoo and he requires alot of attention, if they do not get the loving attention they need regularly, they will start pulling out feathers and biting. There is no reason to be intimidated by him. If you pay attention to him by holding, talking, cuddling (which cockatoos love will be very friendly with you and will start talking clearly. It is like the old saying goes, you get as good as you give. As for your cockateil you have got to have his wings clipped for his own safety. As with anyother animal on the planet they have to get accustomed to eachother and that does not happen over night. Suggestion have someone you trust completely to spend the day/night at your home to take care of the birds, as you can't leave them cooped up so long.
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rosie - 2012-03-22
Is it ok to feed a cockatoo or any bird milk?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-22
    A little sip is not going to hurt them but they can't digest milk - at all. They are lactose intolerant and just can't digest milk or other dairy products.
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Anonymous - 2008-06-24
Jennifer, you sound like someone who will make a great bird mom! Your concerns are what makes you a potentially great parrot owner. Just make sure that you give him tons of toys, huge cage (best by the window, no drafty areas), great food like dried fruit mixes (human), bird pellets, safe vegies, cooked pasta, and read read read everything you can so you can't make a mistake. You'll be fine! Talk to your bird and handle him tons, and when your not home he can watch TV. I wouldn't change buying my bird for anything in this world! He looks like the world's happiest bird! Everyone who meets him says that and has to laugh, because no one expects him to be as awesome as he is. So go and get your Goffin's and just remember love, hygiene, diet, entertainment, and absolutely no ignorance at all! They are smart-bums! Hahaha, all the best!

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  • jennifer - 2012-03-12
    Hi. My name is Jennnifer. I have a goffin cockatoo. He puts his food out of the cage and when I leave he start to make loud noise. What can I do
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das - 2010-05-01
I just purchased a LSC today. I did think long and hard as this is a life long commitment. I was told that she was a he, but after getting her home and in her new cage she kept lowering her head and raising her bottom and shaking (breeding posture). She is amazingly sweet, letting me pet her already and not biting. The place I purchased her from concerned me. There were so many other Cockatoo's in dirty cages without toys and missing feathers. It reminded me of a puppy mill but only a bird mill. I felt so sorry for those poor birds. The people who breed these birds related they are selling all their birds and getting out of the business and I hope they do. Too many birds are purchased and then abandoned or resold back to breeders who do not give them the kind of attention or care they need. It is very sad and I feel like I rescued this bird. She is going straight to the vet on Monday. I offered to come back and help them clean cages but they didn't seem like they wanted the help. I know not all bird breeders are like this, and I had no idea when I contacted them off the internet what I was going to find, but it makes you wonder.

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  • Jade Lindholm - 2010-12-07
    Hi,
    I have been searching for a cockatoo who needs me such as a rescue and wondered if you would tell me where this breeder is so that I can buy one from them to get the bird out of trouble. Thanks for letting me know. Best Wishes and thanks for your post. Jade
  • Barb Dozier - 2010-12-31
    Report these people immediately. There is no time to waste. Those birds are suffering. Don't allow it to go on. Call animal control in your area, they will know what to do.
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Lara & Matt - 2008-02-15
We just bought our citron from my boss. His name is Sinbad. We first met Sinbad while my boss was away on vacation and I was caring for all his birds. He has 27 birds of different kinds. Sinbad immediately flew to me and it took me a while to get him off when it was time to leave. My boyfriend would come to help me sometimes and Sinbad loved him too. He would fly back and forth between us, and it was hard to get anything done! Hey, its not easy sweeping under dozens of cages with a bird hanging off your chest! After my boss came back, Sinbad would sometimes bite him and seemed unhappy. When we would come to visit Sinbad would come right to us, talking and playing! This is very unusual because I have heard they have very strong bonds with their owners. My boss owned him for 12 years, since Sinbad was a baby! After a lot of begging, he agreed to sell us the bird. Whatever the reason he took to us, we feel blessed. Sinbad is such a joy to have around. He has such a personality, and everyday is full of new surprises! He does demand a lot of attention. Luckily, Matt and I usually work seperate shifts, because Sinbad doesnt like being in his cage. He chews anything he can get his beak on, so he has to be caged when no one is home. If you have A LOT of extra time and energy, a cockatoo is a good choice. They are so loving and wonderful companions. But its almost like having a child, very high-maintainence! They have needs that must be met. If you cant make a commitment to your cockatoo, maybe you should look into a different kind of bird.

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  • james - 2010-10-11
    I think this is gonna be the right bird for me but the high maintenance part scares me. How exactly are they? I'm currently renting and my landlord also stays in the yard. Do they make a lot of noise?
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krystal - 2011-11-05
My grandprents have Admiral, hes a mollucan cockatoo.Hes been in the family for awile.Admiral only likes my grandfather ,howeve he does seek attention from everyone.No one wants to take the chance to get him out of his cage becuase he runs a muck,chaseing people ,andif you dont run or avoid him he will bite. I make him toys to help entertain him and share penutbutter with him by his cage.Unsurprisenly he bit me recently while tryeno give him a toy. how can i get this bird to like me and what can i do to e him out . he does not get out that much becuase he likes to eat the furniture ect. is there like a bird play yard ? could he be train to siton a perch ,so he could be included in the family. ps when i sAid he dont get out much i ment heonly gets out once a day for like a hour with my pops.

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Jessica - 2012-02-02
My boy Fred is about 4 years old and is a mama's bird...I bought him toys and play things and he doesn't play at all he either will just dance on/in his cage of is with me, in my lap, on my shoulder. He seems happy because he is always dancing and playing with my hair but I worry because he never wants to play. He is extremely terrified of anyone but me and I wonder if maybe that is why. I'm not sure...any words of wisdom out there?

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  • Wanda Kay Briscoe Robinson - 2012-03-07
    Put a tv and boxes and paper when you are not in the room and just watch him. He may start playing.
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rabz - 2011-11-29
In what age does a cockatoo start talking?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-30
    They make noises pretty young but won't usually start saying words or trying to before a year old. Most cockatoos are not great talkers and only learn a few words.
  • dolly - 2012-02-11
    I have had a greater sulphur cockatoo for 4 weeks and it was about 6 weeks when I got him. He is talking already 4 words and he can also laugh like a human when I say tickle he raises both wings and waits for a scratch then he laughs. Be patient and consistant your bird will talk if you stay at it.
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