Animal Stories - Goffin Cockatoo


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   The Goffin's Cockatoo are known to be clowns, and are extremely playful!
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Lily - 2013-05-22
I recently acquired a goffin's cockatoo. Rescue bird. The previous owner that had him, I heard, got evicted and went to jail for drugs. He is extremely afraid and plucks his feathers. I have had him for about 4 months. I got him a large cage. He previously had a small one. He has lots of toys and gets fed well. I have recently gotten him off seeds, which is what he was sent with, and on Harrisons as well as fresh foods. He is still pretty picky with eating but getting better. I have taken him to the vet and am still waiting on results to see if there are underlying issues for his feather picking before I do anything else. He is supposed to be approximately 3 years old. He sometimes makes a few noises but most of the time sits in one spot and doesn't seem interested to get to know me. I also have a sun conure, approximately 12 years old and their cages are right next to each other. My sun is more bonded to me, and humans, but my goffin seems to identify more with my conure. I have had mainly dogs all my life except for my conure and am not too familiar with cockatoos, which I understand need a lot of stimulation. My boyfriend has had birds his whole life, 3 amazons growing up and the last just recently passed a few years ago. Any information on goffins, feather picking, fearful birds (cockatoos) than anyone can give would be extremely helpful. He is gaining weight and looks healthy but his feather picking is getting worse and he has developed some abscesses under his wings from picking. I got an ecollar from the vet but Im worried that this will be damaging to his mental health because of how he already acts. I tried it on my conure because he can handle a lot of situations and he had a hard time with it and would only flop around. Any information on a feather picking (flight suit) would also be useful as I think I may want to try that first. Im in this too the end and would not think of rehoming this bird another time as I understand its very damaging. I am planning on trying the foraging bit as well as tv for entertainment while I am at work. Thanks again for any help!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-22
    It's so great that you're giving this bird a great home, and a chance to get normalized. Here's a few thoughts. Birds have incredibly long memories, so it will take a long time for him to get brave with his new world. Birds also prefer other birds over people, so it's no surprise he does best with the Sun Conure, and it's actually really great that you have a companion for him (and for the Sun, though they're not as needy). But don't give up,he's smart and he is watching, so he will learn about you from observing you and your conure interact. Something that can help with the plucking, besides all the normal stuff you'll read and hear about... try a soft cotton blanket in the cage with him, or covering one side where he can pull on it. We've had success with that. If he likes it, he will chew on it constantly and it will be destroyed, but it offers him a soft replacement for his feathers and can help keep him occupied. Good luck and all the best to both of you:)
  • Eileen West email - 2014-06-18
    Lily how's it going with your goffin? My bird Abram has a plucking problem too, especially since my husband died on Jan 30 2014 Abram was inconsolable. The only thing that helps is lots of attention and more attention. However I've found red palm oil also helps, it comes in a little jar at health food stores like sprouts.
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Lion - 2014-05-11
Hi Ido have my cockatoo that I bought, he seemed to be sick when I first got him. He doesn't talk or eat much and he does have a shortness in breath when he flies a short distance, so I went to robinson animal hospital to get him checked and they gave me bene bac pet gel and baytrill antibiotic. That was 7 days ago and I didn't notice any changes in him so please give me some advice, what might he have a problem with and what I should do? Thanks.

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Shannon - 2013-09-30
My 14 year old son found a Goffin's Cockatoo for sale on line in our local area, he has been wanting a bird for a very long time and had earned his own $ this summer so in July we adopted a Goffin's Too... She came with a large cage and lots of toys (thank goodness) we were told that she is between 3-4 years old (the women we got here from was not the original owner so she didn't know for sure..and we also don't know for sure that she is female (I have not had her DNA tested yet... I do plan to though) I assume she is female because she had brownish eyes rather than black. Anyway she is such a sweetheart, we live in Fl and have a covered patio by our pool and that is where her cage is.. She loves it outside... And we spend a lot of time outside (we live on our patio most of the time, we have a TV out here and we eat most of our meals out here too) so she gets lots and lots of attention, when we are home she is never locked in her cage.. So she's out a lot.. She is a very happy bird and has bonded with all of us, my son, husband and myself.. I have been doing a lot, a lot of reading and research on Goffin's and have read that an all seed diet is not good and that I should be giving her pellets, fruits & veggies.. Well here is my problem.. She does not want anything to do with anything I introduce to her... And I have tried a lot of different things from hard boiled eggs to green leafy veggies, fruits.. And of course I went and got her the all organic pellets as soon as I discovered that the all seed diet is not good for her... Any suggestions, advice.. I love her so much already and don't want her diet to end up causing her issues down the road...

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  • Cacatua goffini - 2013-12-10
    Congratulations! If your Goffin has brown eyes she's a female. I'm sure she is delightful. An all seed diet isn't the best for her. You are going to have to be as stubborn as she is. At first you'll just be wasting food, but if you keep at it eventually she'll start to see what you're offering her as food. It may take days, it may take months, but keep offering. Good luck!
  • Callista - 2014-04-01
    I, too, have a picky cockatoo. Try making her a quiche or an omelet, and stick what you want her to eat in it. Gradually decrease the amount of quiche/omelet fed with the veggies, and when there is none left, chop it up really small with something she does like. Eventually she'll learn to eat it.
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Cacatua goffini - 2013-12-10
I found a Goffin's Cockatoo. Her price tag is $1,000.00 . Is that a reasonable price to expect to.pay for a Goffin's?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    When I had my exotic pet store, I sold Goffin Cockatoos for about $600 - $700, but that was 10 years ago. Today I see them for sale anywhere between $850 - $975, so it may be about right in the current market. It seems like everything's gone up about 30% in the last couple of years, so I guess that goes for birds too.
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Anonymous - 2012-02-01
I have a 10 month old goffin and I was told to start teaching her tricks and how to speak. She is very hyper most of the time and I really don't know how to teach her to talk or do tricks. I've gotten her favorite seeds as treats, but she will either just go for the seeds or lose interest and do her own thing. Help?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-01
    AHH it is sooo very ,much easier to let the goffin train the human - honest. Let's start with some really easy stuff. When your feathered one comes up on your hand say 'UP'. When you just sorta grab her beak and plant a kiss on the beak say 'Kiss' When you tickle scratch under her wing - just gently pull it out (extend it) and say 'PRETTY' I would say 'I am a bird I fly high, I am a bat I lay down' and I would raise my bird really high above my head and then lower it down on its back. Put words to the things your feathered companion does naturally. You can bop 'UP and DOWN' in a beat and she will learn to bop 'UP and DOWN' in rhythm - think country with a good bass works best for this. Start just putting words to the things she does naturally, then show her new behaviors. Remember, she is just 10 months - still really a baby. I found that most birds aren't all that receptive to actually training before 1 - 1/2 years but putting words to their actions just like you would a human child - works great. Let them train you - definitely works best. You will learn. She also does not associated her treats wityh a behavior. It is too soon - just put the words to her actions first. (NO TREAT) and when you know she has that one thing down - then say the 'Command' and give her a treat. No treats for regular obediance though such as 'UP' 'DOWN' 'POTTY' You wouldn't give a child a treat for those things - right. A feathered friend is a 3 year old human dressed in feathers but yours is just 10 months old.
  • Mary - 2013-05-06
    Goffins cockatoo's don't usually talk. I've never seen one that did. I had one for over 23 years. I would talk to her and she'd listen. She liked to scream and try to ram the other bird she saw in my mirrored walls. She became best friends with my female chihuahua when she was a pup. My goffins did not like people. She was a mature hen when I got her and needed medical intervention immediately to save her life. She lived a long time with me. I didn't trim her wings. I allowed her to fly freely throughout my condo. She ate my vertical blinds, tryed to nest in three couches and ate any plants I tried to keep indoors. She also ate my floor boards,furniture, kitchen cabinets and electrical wires till I started to lock her in her cage when I left my unit. It was hard but we found ways to get along. A squirt gun works great when trying to get her to settle down. I think she liked it. Water mist is helpfull to a cockatoo so that they can cleam up. So is a large water bowl. Also, loved to shred apples hanging on a spiked metal toy in her cage. Small PVC pipe can be fitted over your electrical wires, even use elbow joints at table edges so the bird can't chew the wires. a replacement electircal plug can be reinstalled at the end of the wire after the pipe is installed over it. Her name was Kiwi. I thought of getting another, but another bird might be afraid of my dogs. I have three of them. She used to dive bomb my boys (dogs) because she felt they were not freindly enough. She used to walk pigeon toed into my bedrooom in the mornings, looking for the dogs. She was content to sit on the edge of the bed an take a p**p. Kiwi decided where she wanted to sit. I just accomadated her. She was wonderful. I will miss her for a long time.
  • Shannon - 2013-09-30
    I have a goffins too and we have only had her for a couple months, (I don't even know for sure that she is a female for sure I havent had her DNA tested yet... I plan to...I am just assuming because she does have brownish eyes) anyway she has grown very fond of me as I play with her everyday, we have a routine.. And she also loves my husband and 14 year old son. But to reply to the earlier comment that stated that Goffin's don't really talk... I disagree... As our new baby's favorite statement is 'what aya doing' she says it numerous times a day.. Usually when she first sees me and wants me to play... She also says 'hello' but not as often, and she does this cute 'uh oo' too. .. And then she talks a whole bunch but a language only she understands!! LOL... so keep working with your baby, they can and will talk... I have been doing a ton of reading on Goffin's and am more and more excited about her the more I learn about her.
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Jennifer - 2013-02-21
Recently I had bought a beautiful parakeet at Petsmart. He had a pretty blue body a yellow head and a beautiful teal green tail feathers. He was about 4-5months old. He died four days later!!! It's a disgrace to pet stores the way they keep their animals. Please reply I agree if you would like to change the way pet stores keep their animals.

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  • Charlie - 2013-02-21
    That is terrible. I am sure it wasn't your fault. You couldn't have done anything wrong in four days. When I was younger I had bird that was a beautiful macaw. I too love birds and I agree.
  • KNinVA - 2013-03-13
    Jennifer, I hope you went back to Petsmart with your receipt and got your money back. They have a 15 day policy. I'm sorry for your loss!
  • Louise Callcut - 2013-08-21
    I'm sorry for your loss, I refuse to buy any pet from there as I got my little boy a baby guinea pig and it died after 3 months, he was devastated. I went to the store they weren't interested. I said I took it to the vet and it had something that an adult pig would get. I went to the head office and got no joy I think something should be done about these pet stores.
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Jaylee - 2013-07-19
Hi. Two and a half months ago i re-homed a 9 year old female goffins cockatoo. She refuses to eat. At first i thought it was because of the stress of moving to a new home. I took her to an avian vet who checked her over and trimmed her beak. She advised to give her time and didn't seem worried. It's been 6 weeks and she still will not eat anything healthy. She doesn't even eat seed. She demands peanut butter on a cracker and will go as far as grabbing a cracker and trying to spread the peanut butter on it. I hid the peanut butter but she knows where it is stored and tries to get it. She will eat hard boiled egg and plain shredded wheat. I have tried buying very expensive feed mixes to boil for her but she refuses. Her feathers are starting to look stressed. She is out of her cage and has free run of the house 95% of the time. She is fully flighted and prefers to sit on top of a doorway most of the time. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-07-26
    It may take days, weeks, or even months to modify your bird's diet. You have a 19 year old bird that is very smart, and has some very well learned behaviors. The first 30 days in a new environment are an adjustment period when its easiest to establish new behaviors, but that time has passed and he has figured out how much control he has and is using behaviors he knows well. The best thing to do is to continually provide the diet, but have new foods available as well. Never withdraw his comfortable diet completely until you are sure he is eating the new foods. (A bird will never 'accidently' try a different food.) Powdered supplements for birds can be added to the water to help balance the diet.

    In the wild these birds eat a vast assortment of seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, blossoms, roots, vegetation (leaf buds), farmers' crops, and sometimes even insects and their larva. In captivity we try to simulate all the nutrition they get in nature.

    As a rule, any wholesome, nutritious food that you and your family eat your bird can eat, including small amounts of lean cooked meats, fish, eggs and even cheese occasionally. Offering parrot foods that includes forumlated pellets can help with nutritional balance. Additionly about 20 - 25% of the daily diet should be fruits, vegetables and greens. It's been found that seeds alone don't offer a complete diet, yet cockatoos are drawn towards peanuts and sunflower seeds. Though these seeds are not 'bad',  they are particularly high in fats while being deficient in calcium, vitamin A and other nutrients.
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wardog1946@yahoo.com - 2013-06-25
I just took in a goffin cockatoo she is very sweet but she only wants to eat striped sunflower seeds. I put pellets in because they said she used to put them in her water and eat them, but she won't do this. Also I wondered about her not chewing up anything like her toys she plays with but she doesn't chew them up at all. I am used to a parrot. She won't eat any fruit or fruit treats I put in. Any help I will appreciate. Thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-06-25
    It sounds like she is picky and has gotten used to a bad diet! You may want to try offering mostly pellets, fruits, and veggies with very little sunflower seeds. If she is hungry she will probably start to try other foods, especially if there aren't very many sunflower seeds. I wouldn't worry about her not chewing up her toys - at least you won't have to replace them all that often! Does she seem healthy otherwise? Good luck!
  • wardog1946@yahoo.com - 2013-06-26
    Thank you for the reply. She has started to try a couple different things just yesterday. She is sweet I was just worried. She does love toys I try to give her different things to play with. She talks and seems to be happy enough.
  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-06-26
    I'm glad to hear she seems happy and healthy otherwise. Switching up toys is a good idea too, because they definitely can get bored with no change in scenery!
  • Dane - 2013-06-27
    I have Goffin as well, he's about 5 years old. He was going alright for 4 years, and then stopped being 'himself' (talking, active) and then proceeded to feather plucking and progressed to self mutilation...very sad. Any way went to a vet, after blood test's it showed that poor diet caused less than normal kidney and liver funtion, also an x-ray showed a cracked breast bone, and tape worm as well as crop fungi. This was all caused by sunflower seeds, do not feed your bird. They are low in nutrtion and cause crop infection. After this been found out I checked my bird into 'parrot hospital' for 2 weeks, after light treatment (for wound) and a anti pluck collar to protect the wound for 4 mounths as well as supplemented foods of muesli, plumage, water additives; and kindey and liver repair drugs (sneaked in his food). He is on his way to recovery. Stay away from sunflower seeds. If the bird will not eat pellets, I have a goffins porridge, When mixed with hot milk it makes like a warm soup/cearal. Unfortunatley u have to be cruel to be kind, if you don't, bird will die.
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Joanne - 2013-06-07
I have had my goffin Cockatoo for 2 years now. Its seems that he is screaming more than usual these days. He was also rescued from a lady who was going to leave him go lose because she was having a baby. I recently got a kitten who is six months old. Do you feel that he is screaming more because of the kitten? Does his food need to be changed or something else? I have tried all kinds of toys too. Any help would be appreciated?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-07
    The kitten could be causing the disruption. These birds are so very needy socially, that anything that takes attention away from them is a big deal. A more extreme example, I've known cockatoos that went absolutely nuts when their loving, devoted keeper had the audascity to have a baby. They simply don't understand, and become extremely jealous.  In your case the kitten is possibly causing this, and it will be at risk if the bird is out unattended when its around. So be watchful. It could be something else, but I would look at this new friend of yours as the most likely!
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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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