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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Gloria - 2009-06-21
Hello everyone. I have a Goffin Cockatoo named BeBe. He is about 8 years old. He means the world to me. I find that cockatoos have the funniest personality. My Bebe loves to dance, jump around, give kisses and loves for me to pet him all over his body. They do require lots of attention. If he doesn't get it, he will squack and chew on things. I have had to replace molding in my house because of it. I almost lost him a couple of weeks ago. I took him outside and he flew off my shoulder. He flew so high into a tree, that we could not get him down. We tried throwing a football to try and scare him down but he flew out of sight. I was so devastated. That night I put his cage outside and prayed to god to please bring Bebe back to me. The following morning after putting out flyers on a lost bird I went out back and heard him squack. He was yelling "I love you". I found him high in a tree, and again tried to scare him down. He tried to climb down to me but couldn't get a grip of the branches. Finally after 4 hours of this, he tried flying down to me, but got startled and flew to another branch. This time the branch was low enough a ladder could reach. I put the ladder up there stuck my hand out and he climbed onto my finger. We just sat there and gave each other hugs and kisses. God answered my prayers. I don't know what life would be without him and I don't want to find out. I love you Bebe.

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  • Donna Throckmorton - 2011-04-27
    Hi, If God forbid that should happen again, especially if it is going to be dark soon, put his cage outside where he can see it. Hang a light next to the cage. Like one of the work lights guys use when they work on cars. Get up at dawn and start calling him. Hopefully he hasn't flown off.
    My husbands Sun Conure got out the back door an hour before dark. I stayed out to 1am talking to him. Then I put his cage out, and hung the light in the tree right above his cage so he could keep it in sight. Next morning I was up at dawn calling him. He was in the neighbors yard so high up that I could barely see him. He was scared, but three hours later he finely came back a little closer, and a little closer, then flew back on the house then hopped on his cage. When my husband got home, he cryed he was so happy to have his little buddie back again. I trained my Goffin to a harness, and thats the only time she goes outside unless she is in a cage. I take her lots of places in the summer time.
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Marina Bomb - 2010-08-24
Hello! I am Marina and I'm 13 years old. I am bored all the day and I told my mom that I want a Cockatoo for Christmas. She said it's okay, I'm going to have one, but I need good grades at school! I'm so excited, I think this Cockatoo will make my life happier because I read what you wrote on this web-site. I heard that this Goffin's Cockatoo is quite, is it true? I actually can't wait to teach it tricks and teach him to talk! Is it better to buy a baby 'too or an older one?

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  • Gemma - 2011-01-15
    Hi Marina! Okay, time for the toughie: Cockatoos are very likely to annoy you to no end very quickly. Goffins are not quiet at all. This website may not get down to the hard facts, so try out www.mytoos.com. Your whole family has to back you up and support you on this decision - it is not going to be just your pet, it will be the whole family's. Goffins Cockatoos are not known for talking ability, though they can learn a few words as this says. If you must get a too, go for a hand-raised baby from a reputable breeder.
    Keep in mind though, that you're probably going to have this bird for over 30 years. Are you really okay with that? What are you going to do with your bird when you go to slumber parties? Is your future boyfriend going to like this bird? Is your future husband going to like this bird? Cockatoos produce a large amount of bird dust, so if you or anyone in your family are allergic, don't get one. Another thing is prices. Buying your bird will be about a thousand, a good cage about two hundred, and toys, vet visits, food, and everything else about another thousand. Do you have $2,200 dollars saved up? Will your parents pay that money?
    Do a huge amount of research and make sure you - and the rest of your family - really know what you're getting into. Good luck - and if you do get a too, have fun!
  • Donna Throckmorton - 2011-04-27
    Hi, just wanted to make the comment that Goffins Cockatoos are great. I love my three year old Shera so much. But they are a life long commitment. They can live up to 40 years. They also need a lot of attention. What happens when you get older and start dating?
    If you do get one I would recommend a young one, 3 or 5 months old. Teach it to play independently. Meaning lots of toys, and change them frequently. They are very intelligent, more so than dogs. But they also need a lot of attention and training. Maybe you should start with something a little less demanding for a first bird, like a cockatiel. Cockatoos are not like other parrots. I have a amazon, and a Sun Conure. Goffins are not as loud as the other toos. But they can screech when they are unhappy. They can also pull all their feathers out if they are stressed or bored. That can become a life long habit. They also cost between $850.00 to 1,300.00. So please think it over carefully, for the birds sake.
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Kelly - 2010-12-14
I have a three year old female Goffin. I've had her for about nine months. We are buddies and spend hours a day together. She'll Say "Hello Zelda" which is her name and night night when I cover her for the night. She used to say good morning. I don't understand why she stopped. I've also been trying to teach her new things to say but she hasn't yet said anything else. I say How are you? And my grandfather wants me to teach her how to say Oh hell. I say these things to her several times a day but she never says anything back. Also, she constantly squawks when she's in her cage. I do not let her out when I clean the house because I am afraid she'll get into something harmful. It takes me about an hour and a half close to two hours until I am finished. Does she squawk because I spoil her too much? I would really appreciate if someone could help me out. If anyone has any advice for me please let me know.
Sincerely,
Kelly

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  • Gemma - 2011-01-15
    Hi Kelly! Goffins are really, really sweet birds, but they aren't great talkers, which may be why she isn't learning. To try and teach her, though, whenever you come over to her tell her "Oh hell" or whatever you'd like to teach her. Also, whenever you do anything positive (like give her a treat, feed her, pet her, snuggle with her, etc) tell her the same phrase. Hopefully, she'll associate this phrase with good stuff, and then say it expecting good stuff. Reward her when she says it!
    Good decision not letting her out while you clean! No, she's not screaming because she's spoiled. When she screams, resist the urge to tell her off - instead, completely ignore her. Don't even look at her, just ignore her. Don't expect instant results and keep doing it even if you really want to walk over and tell her to be quiet. If she's still screaming, put a cover over her cage while you clean or consult an expert.
    Good luck!
  • Donna Throckmorton - 2011-04-27
    Hi Kelly, I suggest getting her lots of small toys. My Goffin Cockatoo Shera loves little plastic cat balls with bells in them. She also likes little plastic pacifiers that you get to decorate baby shower presents.Toys and toys. Like I take newspapers, and show Shera that I put a almond in the middle, then crumple it up, I also crumple up a few at a time an throw them in the cage. I taught her from the time she was 11 weeks old to play independently. She's three now, and spends her time happily playing. She is out in the morning for a hour and a half. Then in the early evening she is out for a hour or so. Depending if she is a good girl or not. Now that she has hit her teenage years, she can be a handful sometimes. But she is very forgiving of me on days when I don't feel well enough to take her out for long. I am in a wheelchair, and all three of my parrots seem to have a understanding that I am not like other people. Hope this helps you. Toys, all kinds her size. Donna
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-28
    They squack cuz they squack - especially if you are running a vacumn. They want to be with you. They need a lot of toys and will eventually settle in. Try a perch or having her in front of the TV with cartoons. That sounds nuts but they seem to like it. I have most birds are not receptive to saying something like "Bells on a tree". If you clap hands in rhythm and say "CLAP HANDS" then they will say that. They need an association. It has to mean something to them. My daughter said "CRACKER GOOD" and then did this huge burb and the bird would constantly go WANT CRACKER GOOD and then burp. It was hysterical. So try rythm or association.
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Peggy Frankenfield - 2009-12-10
I have two Goffin Cockatoo's. Floyd is 11yrs. old and Louise is 6. I got them both as babies and have loved them every minute of their lives. They are so sweet. Louise talks better than Floyd and actually puts sentences together. When my husband leaves the room she will ask me "what's daddy doing?" If Floyd screams she tells him to "stop it, that's bad!" They have a big cage in our kitchen, a cage in the livingroom and a sleep cage in their very own bedroom. They sleep about 12 to 14 hrs. a day and are the sweetest "kids" ever!I take them both into the living room together for an hour every day. I recline in the recliner and they watch my soap with me. They cuddle one on each side of my neck and make smooching noises in my ear.... they NEVER try to leave. If my husband or one of my cats trys to come in they both put their crests up and make warning noises. It's hilarious. They are both potty trained and never have accidents. They poo on command before exiting their cage. They are entertaining and love to show off to our friends. I do hope they live for the 40 years we were told they would. I can't imagine life without them. We have a motorhome and take them camping with us all summer long. They have a big cage in there as well. They love to watch TV, especially Sesame Street.When we go away we just leave the TV on for them and they also have each other for company. They are truly the best thing that's ever happened to me.

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  • jamie - 2011-04-21
    How did you potty train them?
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-04-21
    Nice to have Goffin's. I want one!
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Suzanne M. - 2011-01-16
Hi, I'm Suzanne. I love birds and own a pair of two Lovebirds. I shop for pellets at "The Bird Shop," which sells products and birds. Today I went there and found a wonderful 9-year-old Goffin's Cockatoo there. I fell heads over heels in love when I scritched her neck and she told me hi. Unfortunately, my only bird experience comes from my two sweet Lovebirds, and I'm not sure if I have the level of experience necessary for a too. Any help is appreciated!

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  • Rob Parker - 2011-03-24
    Hi Suzanne... Goffin's are pretty low maintenance birds with the exception that the more attention you give them, the stronger the bond between you two. Just make sure you have a big enough cage (the bigger the better, especially if you are away during the day). Cockatoo's need room to move as they are naturally curious - which can lead to some sometimes funny events, and sometimes not funny. They LOVE to chew. Make sure you have plenty of wooden toys that are painted with DYES, and NOT PAINT. If you let you buddy out of the cage lots, I would recommend clipping the wings a little so he cannot fly too far, and MAKE SURE ALL ELECTRICAL WIRES are out of his reach - THEY LOVE TO CHEW.
    Feeding them is fairly easy, however I would stay away from any pellets that are colored. The coloring usually contains sugar, and processed sugar is not good for them. NEVER EVER give your cockatoo (or any bird) Avocados. They are deadly to birds. They love all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. While nuts are good for them, they contain high amounts of fat, so you want to use seeds and nuts more as a treat than a staple of their diet. Fresh water daily (put the dish high in the cage so he does not defecate into it). I give my two buddies a cup of fruit (apples, c antelope, bananas, and sometimes a small piece of orange) in the morning, and leave it with them for 3 hours. I then take it out, and replace it at dinner time with a dish of pellets. It is easy to see what they do not like as they have NO problem tossing the food that is disliked out of the cage or onto the bottom of it! Mine used to toss the whole dish if he wanted something else.
    Never EVER yell at your Goffin, or hit it, or spray it in the face with water to reprimand him or her. They can hold a grudge for a looong time and you can lose a great friend. Rather than scolding him or her, simply ignore the behavior - especially screaming. If you simply leave the room without a word, and only return when the screaming stops, your buddy will learn pretty quickly not to scream to get attention. Reward good behavior with treats (they LOVE sunflower seed and peanuts). You will find that they are very much like children.
    You do not have to be a genius to own or care for one of these birds. You just have to use common sense, and realize that these birds are HIGHLY intelligent. Oh yeah.. make sure you buy clasps or small locks for all access doors in the cage.... if you don't, do not be surprised (or upset) when you find your cockatoo sitting on the top of his cage or making a mess somewhere else...

    Hope this little bit helped.
    rhparker@xplornet.ca

    Rob
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brandi - 2010-10-02
My friend could not take her bird with her she will be gone for a couple years over seas so I took the goffin cockatoo he is 3 will he get used to me? He lets me pet him and feed him he comes off his cage and is checking me out them some days he is funny and bites its only been 3 weeks.

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  • Gemma - 2011-01-15
    Hi Brandi! Yes, he will probably get used to you. Respect his space but don't act scared or he might boss you around. If he bites you, tell him "No" in a firm voice and put him back in his cage/close the cage door and ignore him. Also try and figure out why he might be biting - research bird body language and see if you're ignoring his signals. Also, many birds are cage territorial. See if he's acting aggressive or biting when he's in or around his cage.
    Good luck!
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kathy - 2010-12-30
I have a goffins cockatoo about 4 yrs old. He is taken to chewing his shoulders and now one has started to bleed. Is there something I can do to stop this?

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  • Gemma - 2011-01-15
    Hi Kathy! It looks like your Goffin isn't getting the mental stimulation he needs. Spend all your free time with him and give him a big cage with lots of toys. If that isn't working (or you've already done it), try to find out if you've changed anything that might be distressing him. New furniture, new animal? Try it!
    As for stopping bleeding, wrap him in a towel and apply pressure to the bleeding part. Do not apply pressure to his chest/belly! If that isn't working try using cornstarch or call your vet. After the bleeding has stopped, let him out of the towel and have some one-on-one time to convince him you aren't trying to hurt him.
    Good luck and have fun!
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Stephanie McDonald - 2009-11-25
Hi everyone! I have a Goffins that is supposed to be around 3 years old. Her name is Peaches. My husband and I had separated for awhile and I bought her to take up the extra time. I was told she didn't say anything other than her name every now and then. I was comfortable with her being quiet since I have a 3 year old, but one night my entire family was down and she started saying, "Peach Peach Peach!" and dancing and whistling and wanting her scratches! (It really sounds more like reach reach reach!) When my husband and I got back together, she would let him touch her but would never talk in front of him. He told me he couldn't believe that I had paid so much for a bird that didn't do anything! About ten minutes later, when he was good and asleep, she let out an ear piercing scream and started talking! She clicked her tongue and said 'Greg' which is his name. I have only had her for 3 months, but she will let me kiss her and she kisses too. She loves to play with my hair and nails. She won't get on my hand unless she has been on the floor, and I am wary of her being on my shoulder because the day I bought her, she got on my shoulder before we left and bit a hole in the top of my ear! It hurt, but either way, I love my Peachy bird! We are getting a cockatiel for my son for Christmas because it would hurt him less to be bitten by a smaller bird

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  • Anonymous - 2010-08-23
    Really? It would hurt him less to be bitten by a smaller bird...again your son is 3 years old? Let him enjoy getting bit by your bigger bird first and let him tell you he wants a cockatiel for Christmas!
  • Nancy - 2010-11-16
    How much are you asking for your goffin?
  • trishiatripp - 2010-11-27
    My husband has a goffin named peaches. She loves him. She says, "hello peaches, ha ha ha, love" and sometimes barks at my poodle. She is jealous of me so she bites my toes!
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mandie mcarthur - 2010-10-24
How do you find out the age of a goffin cokatoo I have 1 who is supposed to be at least 25 yrs old but he does not talk much only what I have taught him I would be grateful if you could email me if you know the answer.

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Mary - 2009-06-29
I just got the opportunity to acquire a goffin from a late friend. I already have a Congo African Grey and love her very much. Will they get along?

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  • zacy414 - 2010-02-21
    i like this comment cause its short
  • courtney - 2010-06-22
    They should.....but it all depends on their personality, and sex so you should try it and see if it works out.
  • Anonymous - 2010-08-31
    I have a Congo African gray as well and two goffin cockatoo all in the same cage. Cage is 10 feet 4 feet. I also transported them to fly all in one cage. My birds get along good. The gray have taught them to say more words.
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