Animal Stories - Greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

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   Greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoos make very loving pets that need lots of attention. They can learn to talk, as can most cockatoos and are easy to teach all kinds of tricks!
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Nabeel - 2010-08-29
I have a 6 yr old and 10 yr old Greater Sulfur Cockatoo. The past owners did not teach them how to step up. One is growing feathers that were completely plucked he has feathers so far missing on the shoulders of his wings and his legs. What can I do to speed up the process for them to return? And can you train these birds at this age to step up? Can they be taught to talk more?

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  • John - 2011-12-10
    Your cockatoo is stressed. When stressed they will pluck their own feathers. They can have a bacterial infection as well, although this is rare and unlikely. The rate of regrowth is as fast as nature intends, no quicker and no slower. Simply put, there is nothing you can do to speed up the process, they will grow back when they grow back. What you can do is to de-stress your bird.
Faye - 2010-04-13
This morning a flock of Cockatoo's screeched and squawked in the trees next to my garden. I do not know if they are greater or lesser Cockatoo's.
When I went outside one of my half grown bantam chickens was missing.
Can anyone tell me, Do Cockatoo's pick up prey and take it away to eat?
Is it possible that a cockatoo took my bantam.

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  • sally - 2010-06-16
    Haha, no, that is definitely not possible. They are not raptors. The only meat the eat is the odd bug.
  • Sandie - 2011-06-21
    My name is Lucy, I am a greater sulpher crested cockatoo and I have asked my owner to reply because I love love love meat, but not something I have captured, although I love catching flies and bumblebees mid-flight. No, I want steak, love pork chops (bone-in please), italian meatballs, chicken bones, hotdogs, I think you get the idea. I actually feel that if it is good enough for my family then it is good enough for me. I am almost twenty years old and have been eating right along with my family every day. My cage sits right next to the dining table. I can read the packages before they are opened or prepared and I place my meal order right away. Let me tell you, some of the family (Dad) doesn't like to share EVERYTHING he eats so I have to remind him that I am still here and need some of his nachos. Boy do I love nachos with the works!!
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-21
    Cockatoos do like meat but they would just pick it up - more like a small bug or lizard. They wouldn't swoop down and pick up a half grown bantam. It is just too large. I can see where you would think it though but they are primarily seed/nut/vegatable eaters and are not birds of prey.
wendy - 2010-12-26
I need serious help I recently got a cockatoo I have wanted 1 since I was little. When I inquired about him they said he was 6 mths old (not true I'm guessing he is about 14 mths). They also said he was tame (again not true I'm guessing they got him from the wild as he is very very feisty). My questions are
1) How can I start to train him?

2) What are the right foods to give him as I have read so many sites some are saying this is good while another says it's not.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • trent hardy - 2011-03-22
    Spend lots and lots of time with him. Give him lots of love and attention. . . .
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
    This is similar to a situation one that happened to me. At the time I was a novice when it came to birds and I was told that an approximately 15 year old blue/gold macaw with a quarantine band was a hand fed 6 month old baby. A friend of mine was a breeder and after Tiger ripped his arm open, I decided it was best to go slowly. I placed a perch by the cage and let Tiger go in and out at his pace. I thought this would get him used to me going by and he would feel less threatened. I then started feeding him by hand treats such as peanuts, shelled sunflower seeds etc. After he was used to my hand and showed no agression or fear, I would hold old a sunflower seed with one hand and very slowly just touch his feet with the other. The feet became the back, then the head etc. I finally taught him "UP" and he would perch on my hand. It took me about a year but Tiger did become an amzing pet with a slightly stubborn streak. However, he was affectioneete, enjoyed play and following me around the home. The more he trained me, the better behaved I became and so the more he trusted me.
    Lots of luck and just go slow. Cockatoos make wonderful pets and are a delight to have. Let us know how it works out for you and any tricks you come up with.
lisa - 2010-03-13
About a year ago we were driving alone a country road and we hit a cockatoo. It survived so we took it home. My dad said it didnt look too old and cockatoos are really good pets so we put him in a cocky cage. At first he was really angry and scared; he hissed and bit any one that came near him. 6 months later we decided he was too loud to have you the front of the house so we put him in the chook pen (its really big 50m by 20m)and it has a cover over it. When I fed the chooks one time he followed me around I sat down and after some time he became really affectionate. He trusts me completely. Ever since he was in the accident he has had a limp and his flight feathers havent grown back. I dont want to give him up to wires because we have such a close bond.

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  • Kayla - 2010-05-22
    Hello I'm kayla and I'm ten I have a greater sulphur crested cockatoo, we got him about a week ago and he is about 5 months. He is not tame but he will let you pat him, and he is hand fed. But he always sits in the same spot and he dosen't like fruit, he is very quiet my next goal is to train him to get out of his cage.
  • Anonymous - 2010-08-25
    Don't.. they will put him down because he can't get back to 100% healthy.
Bonnie - 2010-06-09
i have a sulphur crested cockatoo and it laid some eggs does that mean it's a female?

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  • Debra - 2010-06-22
    Absolutely yes. Make sure you have her on a good pelleted diet and examined by an avian veterinarian to make sure she is healthy enough to not have complications from further egg laying.
Gregory Maslivar - 2010-04-27
Hi my name is Gregory, I live in Panama city , I would want to get a couple of sulfur cockatoos, first of all how can I do for this maybe in ship travel because in my country they are very expensive, around 2500 dollars so what can I do to get the couple at a low price and without problems? My phone is 50765638514.

Sarah - 2006-11-06
Hi, my name's Sarah and I have a four year old Greater Sulpher Crested Cockatoo called Ade. I got him when he was two months old so we have a very close bond. He's sitting on my lap as I type this! He's a big show off and loves doing his tricks in front of people. He has a big vocabulary, he says, "Hello", "Whatcha doing?", "How ya going?", "What's that?" and he whistles, laughs, imitates dog barks and the phone ringing. He loves playing and chewing things, he demolishes a wooden toy in no time. The only problem is that he doesn't like many other people and sometimes bites them, he also doesn't like males and little kids, so he is a bit unpredictable. But with me, he's fine, only bites me if he's a bit cranky or I do something he doesn't like. He's beautiful and my favourite boy!!!
Love Sarah and Ade (Brisbane, Australia)

errin - 2006-05-03
We got our cockatoo about 3 months ago, she was a rescue bird, that our friends sister had, she was no longer able to care for it, because of fear, the bird put her in the hospital, than our friend had her for about a year, she screamed the whole time there, his daughter has ear problems. As animal lovers my husband fell in love with her and kept talking about her, i went and met her and said than yes we will take her, she is so loving she makes kissing noises and i have taught her to blow kisses which is hillarious, she has a very large vocab, unfortunately she has a really bad potty mouth, and says swears in a different voice than her sweet i love you voice, she screams if you walk in the door, and don't go see her first, she loves attention, but will and does bite, man she like a snapping turtle with wings, she had done a lot of plucking at her previous home, but hasn't since she lives here, and her hair is growing back, she is loved very much, can't imagine life without her, she seems to play favorites my husband and i have to take turns caring for her, i have always been able to clean her cage and feed her but after sticking her in the bathtub, after we first got her she was not white, she hated me, would scream when she saw me attack at my hands when i would feed her grab at my clothes through the cage pull my hair, now she is nice to me and giving my husband the attitude, she chased him through the house the other day, and was biting at his feet and pants, she has not bit our children 14,12, and 9, they have all held her when she is in her loving mood, and are very aware of her bite for i have a huge scar on my arm. Having a greater sulfer cockatoo, never brings a dull moment, and she now's how to get your attention, my son screams mmmmaaaaaammmmm, sounds like a goat, and i hate it, he has always done that to get on my nerves, the bird is now doing it.

Amy White - 2005-11-04
Just got my Triton Cockatoo... prior to this had only a Quaker Parrot... this Triton is GREAT! Loves everyone she meets... a great bird!!

debbie - 2005-01-30
hi - we have just brought our first cockatoo, it is 16 weeks and very inquisitive.

We have called him cheeky, he has a nice new cage and on day 2 is taking sunflower seeds from all the family we have 3 children who are 12 13 and 14 - they all love him.

He was dancing tonight and pulling his wings back and clapping, he is a real entertainer.

We moved to Brisbane from UK in october 2004 it is now nearly february 2005 and we have just settled in our house, and Cheeky has complete our family, we are so happy and he now takes preference over the TV as he is more entertaining.