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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monasue - 2013-02-22
I have Goffin Cockatoo, her name is Summysue. She is very smart and playful bird. Also I have 2 cackatiel. All of them are different character. Summysue kiss, to my husband then never doing no more. I don't know why? She talk a lot say her own name, say how are you? are you okay?, hello, pangit, mickie name of one cackatiel. then the other one is alex. Irene.... come-on, good night, she sing and dance. I thought I just got lucky for this bird. Suddenly she doesn't come to me no more. It's hurt me a lot. I love this bird. and also she do plucking her feather too. It's very dis appointed for me and my husband. We just get good attention to those cackatiels. They sing, kiss and talk to the phone to my husband. I don't know how I return the sweetest Summysue again in our life? Hoping someday she's come to us again and give her LOVE some more.

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  • KNinVA - 2013-03-13
    Hi, I have a 1 yr old Goffin, and I'm nervous about behavior problems too. From my reading and research, this is due to stress and being upset because your Summysue wants to be your sole companion....she doesn't want to share you and is jealous. I have two conures as well and I notice this when i give them attention. I've had birds for about 40 years now. If you have eliminated any medical condition via your vet, then I suggest this is the reason. One suggestion is to move the Goffin cage to another room, and spend AT LEAST one hour a day playing with just her. Cocktoos are basically 2 year olds that constantly demand your attention and to be stimulated. Goffins can play in their cages more easily than the other cockatoo types, but they also need daily one-on-one attention. Oh, and one more thing, make sure you have plenty of toys in the cage that he can destroy....wood is best for cockatoos. Hope things improve for you!
Diana - 2012-08-30
I just got a 4 month old goffin cockatoo. Is there any inside info from other goffin owners know that the pet shop do not tell you cause they just want the sale ( they are concerned about weight and she is getting one to two bedtime hand feedings ). In the past I've had smaller birds. The one I have now is a cockatiel the biggest I've ever had any thing. I need to know that the pet shop will or forgot to tell me

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-30
    A goffin is an extremely loving, affectionate companion.  They love their humans.  Sometimes i say most birds say 'you should love me' but a cockatoo always says 'I love you'.  Tell me about these two bedtime feedings and how much?  I would be feeding her one bedtime feeding right before bed and posssibly 30cc in the morning.  So two feedings but not both at night.  Goffins like otehr cockatoos EAT WOOD.  I mean they can take a 2 x 4 by 6 feet long and make it look like a stack of tooth picks in a week.  Good toys is take a 2 x 4 by 6 untreated pine and cut it into blocks, put a hole through it and hang it on a dog chain.  It's possibly the only way to keep them in wood.  They should have their own perch separate from their cage.  Husband and wife told me they were having major problems as they would put their cockatoo in its cage at 6 pm (after being out all day) and then turn the TV on and eat dinner and their cockatoo would just scream.  I said to give the cockatoo a little of what they were having for dinner and come dark or when they turned TV off or after dinner - put the cockatoo away.  I said they were eating in front of a 3 uyear old dressed in feathers.  If you think of your new addition as a human child of three dressed in feathers who lies to destroy wood - you shouldn't have any problems. 
  • Paulette - 2013-02-06
    hahahahaha, I've never heard anyone put it any better, than you just did!!! Cockatoo's are big babies with feathers, that always stay like a 3 yr old little child!! Never, ever, eat in front of this little bird, without giving it a taste or have a bird treat handy. They love bread, like Arnold OatNut or any of the multi-grain breads. Have little carrot or celery sticks available to give them, while you eat. Always treat them like a companion, for they love you so much and look up to you, like a small child looks up to their mommy and daddy! I make sure that I give my Goffin at least 2 to 3 hours of 'hold-time' each day. When I say, hold-time, I mean just that, not out of the cage time, but in your lap, rubbing their neck time!! Yes, you must give them wood toys, or they will find the wood in your home and eat it, through and through, like your dining room table, door or window frames, or even your kitchen cabinets! If you do not have the time to give this bird, you should not buy this bird, for it will develop dependency issues and pluck themselves bald!! Good luck and the best to you and your new baby!! What a joy in life our little girl has brought into our home!!!
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....
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
kim - 2011-11-29
Please tell me how to get my one year old cocktoo to stop picking her fathers. She is a very loveable bird. I love her so much.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    You need many toys and much stimulation to keep a cockatoo from picking his feathers. You also need to spritz him with water or a bird bath mixture. A cockatoo needs a lot of attention, many toys, a lot of time outside the cage, stimulation to keep them busy - cartoons on the TV, music and they do watch TV - cartoons with singing Kung Fu Panda, Rio, Surfs Up etc. It is one of the hardest things to prevent and almost impossible to get it stopped. You can also speak to your vet about a collar which sometimes helps but you don't want to do that if it completely upsets the bird. A cockatoo needs to be with you and are not content on their own and so they pluck.
  • Rose - 2012-01-27
    I have had great luck using foraging techniques recommended by Dr Speer. Our goffin went from picking and destroying almost all her feathers except tail feathers, to almost completely feathered for 80% of the year. I cut paper towel tubes in half and place all over her cage and then wrap small pieces of food (Harrisons, roudy, and fruits and veggies) in paper towels and then place in the tubes all around her cage. I also place paper towels without food in the tubes, so not every attempt gets food. It is easy and inexpensive way of foraging. She barely plays with toys anymore, but she will do puzzles, pen boxes, and hang upside down to try to get food. Also, we feed her no seeds, and all food must be foraged for. Foraging also reduced her constant craving for attention. Now after being out of her cage for a short time, she will want to go and back to her cage and "do stuff". Good Luck! Foraging is fun!