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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Lori - 2010-04-21
I have a Goffin, he's about 16m old,I've had him for a year. Scooter is his name and he is just beginning to talk, he loves to dance, kiss and walks around on the floor following my family like a dog. No joke you can be in another room and call him and he'll come, he also will knock on the glass door to come in or go out. This bird loves coffee but today I noticed the back of his tongue appears to be raw, little pink instead of gray, does anyone know if this is normal or if there is indeed something wrong?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-05-19
    No no no coffee.. It is toxic to birds.. One of many common things, such as avocado, raw onion, and other foods.. As well as the fumes of most household cleaners.. paints, perfumes.. please get on web and look. Lots of sites with lists... pretty good.
  • L Johnson - 2010-05-23
    Coffee is NOT a safe food for birds. You should also avoid chocolate and avocados. All of them contain caffeine which is a poison to them.
  • bryan - 2010-07-30
    If your bird is drinking coffee you may wish to stop this. Caffeine can be fatal to birds and may be causing the color change to the tongue and raw can be from burns if the coffee is hot.
  • Donna Throckmorton - 2011-04-27
    Stop giving the bird coffee, or caffeine of any kind. If it doesn't clear up or improve in a couple of days get it to a vet. Is it still eating its regular diet, and drinking water? Why would you give a Goffin coffee anyway, Lord knows they are wired all the time. My little girl never gets tired, and she is a free flier in the house. I can't say that she doesn't get treats she really should not have. Like she loves ice cream, cheese, and milk. But she only gets tiny bits. Because they have a hard time digesting it. She loves scrambled eggs. Hope your little one will be fine.
  • Dawsi - 2011-05-06
    You should keep your goffin away from coffee, chocolate and salt. They are all extremly bad for your little buddy. As far as the toungue is concerened I am sorry I cannot help you. My goffin trys to drink my coffee in the morning (and everything thing else I happen to be eating) so I started giving her her own little cup with unsweetend apple juice. She loves it and feels like she is drinking coffee with me! Good luck!
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-06
    I am not sure but the back of my Umbrella tongue is pink. The tongue part is grey but in the back it is pink. If her poop looks normal and there is no white dripping by the vent and her breath doesn't smell funny, I'd say she is OK. Now if her poop is diarrhea - or white dripping around the vent area, then she probably has a bacterial infection. If her breath smells bad then possibly a fungal. If everything is OK, then she is probably fine.
Lisa - 2008-11-11
Hello, I have a goffin and she's 5. Love this bird dearly, so live up 2 her singing and screams when she wants something. Where I live they dont treat these type of birds. Last night she dropped an egg in her cage, which from a fall, it broke. This worries me because it was her first egg, and now she's having hard time walking, Made her a safe and smooth bed to keep an eye out. Her eyes are also looking like they're holding water. Should I be worried and will there be more eggs. This is taking all her engery and I am so worried I am gonna lose her. My email is if anyone can help...Thanks so much....

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  • Donna Throckmorton - 2011-05-02
    If possible, put her in a small cage with a heat lamp. Make sure she can get out of the way of the heat lamp. Or a aquarium with a heating pad on the bottom, but again only half in case she gets to hot. Try and keep her as relaxed and quiet as possible. I would call pet shops or other bird people in your area an try and find a bird vet as soon as possible. It sounds like she might be egg bound. A very serious condition. If nothing else try your area vets and ask them if they know of a avian vet. Even if you have to drive a long ways, its better that losing your little girl. Make sure to offer her food and water
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    They usually have two eggs and it sounds like your little gal might be egg bound. There has to be someone near whre you live that has been through this so try and contact any vet or breeder in the area. If not, try online - like you are. Keep her warm. Put your goffin in some sort of large container and put a heating pad on low wrapped in a towel under 1/2 the container so she can get warmer or cooler by moving there. Put care fresh, newspapers or bedding material on the bottom of the container. You can also soak her in warm water. You can take a cotton ball and put mineral oil around the vent which might help. It is lubrication. I have placed birds (egg bound) in containers and have placed birds in warm water that were egg bound. The egg came out so I was fortunate. I have not had to go in after an egg, however, and I don't know how to do that. If you can find an online breeder, maybe they would know how or have been through it before.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    I don't mean to soak the entire bird in water, just the back end - vent part to relax the vent so maybe the egg will pass. Please do not soak the entire bird. Hopefully the egg has passed by now.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-03
    How is your little gal doing? Was there a 2nd egg? Did it pass. Hope all is well.
Jane - 2009-05-13
I've had my little goffin for about a year now, I got him at 6 months from a pet shop. He has changed my life to such a degree that I don't want to be anywhere alse but with him. He does come with me in the car, and enjoys it thoroughly. He does stay alone when I am at work, but he has my African Grey with him and he has a huge Macaw cage with lots of toys - it is so important for a Goffin to have the biggest cage that you can afford, as believe me he plays in ever corner of that cage, it is actually cruel to lock up a goffin in a cockatiel cage for the whole day, imagine that you were locked up in a small room for the whole of your day, you would go MAD.
He is my whole world and I can't imagine what my life would be like without him. Thank you my baby goffin, I love you so much and you have made my life so much richer!

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  • Donna Throckmorton - 2011-04-27
    I know what you mean about the biggest cage possible. My Goffin Cockatoo, Shera, is in the same size cage as my amazon. 36in.Hx24in.Wx4Ft.long. She uses every inch. She has her own toy box, and of course hanging toys. She is so funny. Plus she is out every morning for an hour to two, and in the evening before bed time for an hour. I think more people need to be aware of the importance of teaching independent play. Or any cockatoo can be come very demanding and scream. Then they end up in shelters.
    Oh one more thing, I got Shera when she was 11 weeks old, she is now three (April 14). She is a spoiled rotten brat. Of course she is sexually mature now, so its like she is going into her teen years. Now she is a big girl, and doesn't have to listen to mom all the time anymore. She has taken to ripping my glasses off my face! Then she flys around the house with them. Kids and cockatoos need rules to.
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.
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 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.
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.

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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.
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!
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.

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!
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!