Animal Stories - Umbrella Cockatoo

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The two Umbrella Cockatoos pictured here are still babies under 3 months old, and still needing to be handfed twice per day!
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Wanda Kay Briscoe Robinson - 2012-02-14
Are girls better than boys? Are they about the same. I have agirl about 7months old. I do not work. I stay home all day. I let her out about 6pm with me till about 9pm. She is very happy. Her cage is large 4x5x6 she is happy all day but very happy at 6pm. Do I need to change her day some but it is working good now.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
    You know what they say 'if it isn't broken don't fis it'. Hey sounds like you and your little girl are doing great. She has taught you well and will continue to do so for many years to come. I would say that in some species of birds - girls and boys are different and possibly one can be easier or less demanding than the other. I just don't believe this to be true with Umbrellas. One is just not 'better' than the other. They are both wonderful.
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  • mary ponson - 2012-07-31
    I have 2 umbrella cockatoos my female is the most loving. Madison is 14 months old and I have had her since she was 3 months. She calls me moma. Eli i have had since he was 5 months old he is now 8 months old he is also very loving but he shows it differantly. Both my babies are great birds they get along with all the other birds I help to take care of...a blue and gold macaw, a goffin cockatoo and a muluccan cockaoo. I love all of them
denise king - 2012-04-08
Today, I added a 5 year old umbrella male named Angel to my family. Although I have had birds before, this is my first cockatoo. Therefore, I am eager for any and all advice and/or recommendations you may have to offer. He appears to be healthy, but his cage is sorely lacking any toys for his amusement and his nails are in desperate need of clipping. I understand that he will need lots of time and attention, and as a disabled veteran, I have lots of time to spend with him. I really look forward to hearing from you guys on this one.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-08
    Well, it is a good thing you have the time because a cockatoo is going to take it, love it and give you lots of love in return. Cockatoos eat wood- they eat wood. I mean they really eat wood. So don't leave your fella too close to a window or a cabinet. I am not exaggerating here and I think it is sorta funny but just wanted to warn you. Cokatoos love toys and the more the better. You can buy them but you can also save quite a bit of money by making them. Get a 2 x 4 (untreated pine) and cut it into pieces and drill a hole through the middle of the pieces. Put a dog collar chain through the hole and you can even color the wood with food coloring - Don't put anything in the cage your little one can get himself tangled up in. These toys that people make and sell from rope are dangerous for a cockatoo. They love to play and can get tangled. I say use a dog collar chain as it is heavy (get the heavy one) and big ring at the bottom so the wood pieces you drill won't fall off. Cokatoos are very smart and can learn to undo most locks and certainly undo any screw bolts you use to hang a toy with. Purchase small u-bolts or small padlocks to hang the toys. Nails - you should get a concrete perch for your cockatoo and place it at the highest point in the cage for him to sit on when he sleeps. They sleep at the highest point and that way his nails will be filed automatically and he can also groom his beak. Make sure that the perch doesn't overlap with another in the cage so when he poops, it doesn't get another perch full of poop. Do not use doll rods for perches - it hurts or cripples their feet. You can use cholla wood or sanded manzanita - manzanita woks best cuz it is hard and they can't eat it - at least it takes them awhile. They love play - fetch, balls, popsicle type sticks and will love chewing up paper into really small pieces. Toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls are fun. They love music and can keep a great beat. You sing and they will dance. You enjoy and give Angle a hug for me..
  • teesha - 2012-06-14
    I agree to what you say - I like birds <3 lol:)
sharon Rock - 2012-02-24
Want to sell three of umbrella cockatoo. Any interested person? Please email via

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  • Leslie - 2012-02-27
    I am very interested in a baby or young umbrella cockatoo. Are they still available and what is the price for one? Do you know their sex? I currently have a 3 yr old female blue and gold macaw.
  • CRAIG - 2012-04-15
    The age of a cockatoo is not really a concern. There average life span is more than 60 years. I have a nine year old that laid three eggs this year. By the way, I live in an apt. . . . . . . . No complaints. Sophia is love by everyone around me. Craig
kathy - 2012-03-31
Hi, I just got my umbrella cockatoo. His name is Marley. He is 3 yrs old. He is so sweet but some times, I think he knows about time ever day at 6 at night time he will screech so lound. I found out what to do about that you go to another room untill the bird stops and when he stops that is when you give him a treat for doing good. It is working. We play ball and I made him some home made toys. He just loves the toys.

Jessica - 2012-02-02
My boy Fred is about 4 years old and is a mama's bird...I bought him toys and play things and he doesn't play at all he either will just dance on/in his cage of is with me, in my lap, on my shoulder. He seems happy because he is always dancing and playing with my hair but I worry because he never wants to play. He is extremely terrified of anyone but me and I wonder if maybe that is why. I'm not sure...any words of wisdom out there?

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  • Wanda Kay Briscoe Robinson - 2012-03-07
    Put a tv and boxes and paper when you are not in the room and just watch him. He may start playing.
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Glenda - 2012-01-12
How long after your birds breed, do they lay eggs??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-12
    Birds are breeding because the egg is already there coming down. Usually 3 - 4 eggs and they sorta look like peeled grapes. The birds breed and the eggs are fertilized and as the eggs come out the cloaca, the calcium is deposited around the egg and forms the shell. Now I can't tell you how long it takes for the fertilized egg to complete its journey but somewhere around day 1 - 2 the first egg is laid, then the next day or two the second and the next day or two the third.
mary - 2011-12-29
I have am 8 month old Cockatoo and I think I have over bonded with her. I let her out to play and all she wants is me to hold her.....Any ideas on how to break her from this??? She is very sweet and no bad habits but I try to let her play on the floor or table and she just climbs right up my leg to get to me.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-30
    That is a cockatoo - that is their personality and you haven't over bonded. I don't even think it is possible to over bond with a cockatoo. She isn't going to play on the floor - too low and they can't see what is going on. If you sit on the floor with her and play she will but other wise no. Same thing with a table. I would try a free standing perch cholla wood or sanded manzanita with a bunch of chew toys she can eat. Have the perch so she can see you and place her on the perch. It might take a few times but she should get used to the perch and then you can read, watch TV or do homework and she will play/sit contentedly. She is a baby now - 8 months and she will get a little more independent but not a whole lot.
zhyomie - 2011-11-06
I'm a new owner to a 13 year old cockatoo who's name is Ricky. She picks her feathers and the week that have had her I haven't seen her bathe herself. Is there anything I should do? I've also noticed she has lots of dander. She is my first bird.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-07
    Cockatoos have powder - which is what I think you're saying about dander. In the wild, they would naturally bathe with the rain but in your home, you have to bathe them. You can just spritz them down (soak them good) a few times a week with water. Some love the actual shower. If their feathers get dry, they itch and they will pick at them. A good soaking a few times a week should solve/help that. They also naturally preen their feathers which is their way of cleaning. Just soak her down - but gently. They have bird sprayers and bathes at the pet store but just water and a light sprayer (not the garden hose) will work.
  • Lois - 2011-12-27
    I have a suction cup shower perch for my Cockatoo and he likes his showers and certainly will tell you when he has had enough! My son moved in with a pit bull mix that agitated him and he started showing distress in his feathers so I bought the shower perch and it really helped. One day he said 'NO' and I wouldn't listen---he warned me and bit me bad. I pushed the idea of another bath and he just didn't want it! So do learn his or her body language! That bite HURT bad!
mollie - 2011-10-09
My umbrella cockatoo is named ella she will be 1 in November, I used to get her out for 3 hours everyday and now I've grown up I barely get her out at all, I'm starting to get her out but she is screaming now in her cage! What can I do!? Help!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-10
    Most parrots but cockatoos more than any others NEED attention. They crave attention and demand it from their humans. They are very social and to them you are their whole world. You are their flock, their mate, their friend. They are about equivalent to a 3 year old human chikd in their need to be with their human. You can spend time with your Ella while she is on her perch and you share your supper with her - or your breakfast. You can spend time with her watching TV. You need to spend time with her providing attention and playing. If she doesn't get the attention she is going to pluck, she will keep screaming and will probably be very depressed. You need to decide to devote the time for Ella - for the next 50 years or so --- or to find a suitable home for her. She is young, tame and wants to be loved and there should be no problem finding a new family for her but she can't be stuck in a cage without socialization and companionship. It would be like putting yourself in solitary confinement. Ella knws you are home and will make big noises to get your attention. She is calling her mate her flock. They just can't take isolation.
  • Anonymous - 2011-11-20
    Take her out.