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The Goffin's Cockatoo are known to be clowns, and are extremely playful!
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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 -
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.
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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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.
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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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!
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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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!
How much are you asking for your goffin?
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!
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.
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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i like this comment cause its short
They should.....but it all depends on their personality, and sex so you should try it and see if it works out.
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.
I've had Rocky since 1988 and at that time we guessed him to be around 4 years old. He was a rough one indeed - I got him dirt cheap at a swap meet. I couldn't stand to see him couped up in a small cage and hauled around in the back of a van. I had always been around birds - parakeets, cockatiels, and conures, so I knew Rocky would fit right in. After a few years he settled down and like all Goffins loves to be petted and be 'on me' whenever he can. He's out whenever I'm home (including overnight). He's posessive of me to extent he'll chase off cats, dogs, anything that comes on "his" sofa. Once, when the power went out overnight and it started to freeze I brought him to bed with me to keep him warm. There he slept - no problem. He's never bitten anyone but I'd be (am) leary of young children who don't respect the power of his beak and jaw. If you have enough love to go around a Goffin is agreat companion that doesn't take up the whole darn house.
I just recieved a 3 year old male goffin cockato named leo. He dances and says "Rock N Roll". He loves attention and loves to play and if I don't keep somthing on the doors of the cage he will reach out and open them. I am really enjoying his company and his comic behavior.
Proud Owner Of A Bare-Eye Goffin's Cockatoo
I have a 3 year old Female named Roxy and she is a sweetheart. She hasn't started talking yet, but I am working on that. She gives kisses, dances and LOVES to sit on my shoulder while I am watching TV or on the computer. I wouuld recommend a Goffin's Cockatoo for anyone because they don't need HUGE cages, they usually aren't too expensive, they're friendly and are great with kids of all ages. I hope to possibly get a Goffin someday, but right now ... Roxy is happy with being alone. I must also say this, though ... if you have a smaller cage (like me) you have to take them out A LOT. Roxy is in a Cockatiel cage, but she is out from 4:00 pm - 8:00 am. Yes, she stays out overnight! I haven't had any problems with it either! Another thing with her is that her cage actually needed a lock on it so she couldn't get out when I'm not here because she is such an escape artist!
James van Wyk
I have been wanting a goffins fore 4 years now! I really want one, but I probebly need to pay 70-90$, but this is not easy because I'm in geremany. I think I will get one before next year (2010). From reading all theas comments I hear they are really loving. I'm very sure that when I get one I will definitely be very, very happy. GOFFINS ARE AWESOME!