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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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I'd like to have a bird like this.
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mamie owens -
I have a 14 year old male, that I am interested in adopting out to the right family. please reply to this email address.
James Lawrence -
Hello. I read your posting and was interested in your bird. My wife, daughter and myself have owned birds in the past but have always wanted a larger type bird. My wife is a stay at home mom and my daughter is a bit of a home body so he/she will hardly ever be alone. Are you still considering adopting your bird.
My cockatoo is 12 years old, she surprised us one day we found a small egg in sidney's cage. It happened twice. Anyway that was about 8 month's ago. She now has a red something coming out of her bottom, sometimes it's about the size of a small egg and then other times it's not even noticeable, Can you please tell me what you think it might be?
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Terry Dorland -
My vet says it is related to sexual behavior in that she is trying to attract a male. If the sac extrudes too much and too often he says that it may not retract and have to be surgically put back in place. Don't go wild with this info, see your vet, all birds like people are different and require different remedies. I freaked out when I saw it on my Too but I'm calm about it now.
It's a rupture that your bird has. I found when I bred birds this hapened occasionally. Put 2 t-spoons of cod liver oil to aprx, 4 pint of seed and shake well. It's a good idea to do this all the time as its good for the bird.
Hi, please contact me about your bird. What you are describing can be a very serious problem. I need to ask you a few questions though before I alarm you.
Please contact me. I run a parrot sanctuary and answer questions at no charge.
Hi, my husband brought home a utoo about 3 mos ago, this bird loves him so much, she will let me pet her and feed her, even let me break and fluff her crest feathers, BUT! If I try to get her to step up see if she will get on me, she will bite me so hard it draws blood and leaves a mark for weeks. Anybody know why she would be so sweet and then so nasty?
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If your bird is in the cage when you try to get it to step up, they might see your hand as an invasion of their "space". Perhaps the bird needs to get out of its cage first, on its own, and will be friendlier to any overtures. Another possibility is that your bird, a female, prefers males; she might prefer your husband over you, and perhaps doesn't trust you as much. And, since your husband brought her home, she probably sees him as the object of most of her affections.
She has fallen in love with your husband.
I was given an 8 yr old , male cockatoo...first experience..bless his soul, I can't help but love him but they can be challenging at times.....lol.....They get mad at you & it's like having a spouse mad.....but it sure is quiet...Always a great challenge
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What part of Kansas are you from, I am from there until a year ago, I moved to NC, I have an umbrella cockatoo.
Carl Mote -
I was told that an umbrella cockatoo is like having a chronic two year old child with a bad temper. That is soooo true but if you love your bird and correct him without abuse like a two year old child. I used a little squirt bottle that did both spray a mist or spray a jet stream and used the jet stream and sprayed directly on a foot. That taught him the term no eventually. Remember a chronic two year old child. But the love you get back is unexplainable.
I want to sell my Cockatoo I leave in wisconsin do you know any on interested in it? You can email me I just bought for my daughter who is 6 years old but she want parakeet.
How much are you asking for him?
It is true, these are wonderful birds but you must be prepared for a lifetime commitment and many behavior challenges. These birds can be very sweet but will also bite you HARD if they are scared or upset. Their screeching can be very difficult to live with. They should not be bred for sale because it is not fair to them. They are very loving, especially in the first 3 years of their life - but so often people give them up because they were not prepared for the reality of owning a parrot. Parrots are loud and somewhat dangerous and need LOTS OF ATTENTION. If you are not prepared to take care of a 3 year old child for up to 80 years DO NOT GET A COCKATOO! They are incredibly sensitive and when they are passed from home to home it is like torture to them! Be honest with yourself, if you do not have the patience for the mess, the expense, the noise and the time involved DO NOT GET ONE. I have an 8 year old. By the time I got him at 3 years old he had already had 3 other homes. He is the sweetest creature I've ever known and I love him with all of my heart - and am therefore in it for the long haul but I assure you, had I known how much work, noise and danger I would deal with I wouldn't do it again. He has never hurt me personally - (I'm his "person") but I have to be very careful when other people come in our home - he will fly at their faces and could cause serious damage!
I have a wonderful Umbrella Cockatoo with only one leg. He broke it the day I brought him home. Got caught in the bird cage and out of excitement he broke it. Had to be amputated. He does great without it. Now, pictures of cockatoos always show how smooth their feathers lay all the way to the tip of the tail. My bird, Q-Tip, has unneat feathers around the tips of his wings and tail. Can you tell me what causes that? He can groom himself all over but his feathers just look tattered.
I have a 9 or 10 year old umbrella cockatoo. She has laid 2 eggs. This is normal she does it once or twice a year. However, this time I would like for her to have a baby. I would like to get one fertile cockatoo egg she can lay on. Does anyone have any ideas. I live in Kansas.
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Charlie Roche -
It is not unusual for a cockatoo (or other birds) to lay eggs without a mate. Obviously, the eggs will not be fertile. It is also not unusal to place fertile eggs under another parrot that is known to sit eggs real well. You don't need an umbrella cockatoo egg.
However, there is no assurance that your Umbrella will sit the egg. They lay them but they may not wish to sit them. If they do sit them, they may not wish to feed them. So you could acquire a fertile egg and your Umbrella may not sit it and probably won't feed it so you would have to hand feed it around the clock every two hours for about a week, then 3 - 4 times a day for another 6 or so weeks.
That is quite a commitment.
In any case, if you want to check it out, see if there are any breeders in the area and ask if they will sell you a fertile egg.
I would not recommend this. It is difficult to do. Your umbrella may not accept another egg. It could be a very expensive proposition with no reward for you or your Umbrella.
Why not just invest the money and buy a baby Umbrella cockatoo (or another parrot) that your Cockatoo can be friends with. You would have to hand feed it but there is a better chance of success - by a whole lot.
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After all our kids moved out, we purchased our Aussie (umbrella cockatoo) when he was only 9 weeks old. Neither of us owned a large bird before (just small birds). HE IS THE BEST! He is 1 yrs old now. He doesn't say clear words yet but sure tries to say "good boy" and "Hi". We were amazed when we were able to potty train him in only a week. YEA. His wings are clipped but he walks all over the house as if he's the boss. When we get up and get ready for work, we bring Aussie out to keep us company and let him play while we get ready for work. Then when we have to leave we tell him we have to go to work and put him in his cage with the tv on and say "by-bye". He is in his cage during the day while we are at work which is a 72x36x48 loaded with toys, light/ceiling fan on, and a tv that is on while we are away (of course, cartoon network so he doesn't pick up anything bad). When we get home, we bring him out, he goes "potty", we applaud his good behavior and then he does whatever. He has a play gym in the living room that he can go on whenever he wants and a toy box loaded with all kinds of toys. He loves his balls he plays with that are soft rubber and some with little balls inside that he removes within seconds. He gets play time until 1 hour before bedtime and then we allow him to sit on our laps and get his nightly backrub/neckrub. He loves to be rubbed while he hides his head in a blanket or even our shirt. When he gets loud or out of control, we cover him with a blanket. If that doesn't work, then we have a "time-out" cage (36x36x48-his starter cage)in another separate room with a door. If he is naughty (perhaps bites), he gets "time-out". Usually only 10-15 min depending on the issue then we get him out and continue on as if nothing happened. He is a perfect angel when he comes out. He always tries to come to the one that put him in time out as if to say he's sorry---way awesome. He goes to bed at the same time every night-around 9pm. He is an awesome addition. Time out really works as it is in a different room from his normal cage and there is no toys and we leave the room dark. When he does good, we literally clap our hands and say "Aussie, good boy" and continue to reinforce that he is being a good boy. He knows commands such as: no, eat, potty, come, standup, stepdown, nite-nite and yes he can shake. We are looking forward to him talking, hopefully soon. He eats Zupreem fruits and veggies (pellet foods). He likes broccoli, carrots, king crab legs, shrimp, lobster and some fish. He also loves scrabbled egg beaters with me for breakfast. He eats raisens, soup crackers, animal cookies, peanuts and dry cereal. He likes to "chew" so we be sure to have things he can chew on everywhere so he won't chew on what he shouldn't. Oh yea, he loves to shower with us--this is a funny experience. He is quite at night and even when we sleep in on a weekend, he doesn't make a sound until we open his door and say "good morning".
These are awesome pets if you have space, time, compassion and lots of luv to give.
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My cockatoo is 12 weeks old. He"s had his first shower and loved it.
He goes to bed at 9 also in the morning I say good morning and open the shade at the window so he can look around out side.. trying to talk almost there, 99%potty trained
but when I want him to stay on his perch in the living room sometimes it just does not happen working progress (lol) jrakkar is a picky eater not much for human food but still only 12 weeks old....
vallerie akerblom -
Mine is 15weeks old he says hello-supper-wacka wacka - working on how are you ..his name is jrakkar he knows his name very well we go for walks he has also been on the channel news last week..could not imagine not having him very picky eater.
Help please, yesterday I brought home a 16 year old female umbrella cockatoo. She is the sweetest bird, but because of her past situation she does chew her feathers and screams a little. But the main problem is my 10 month old african gray started freaking out today, I think it is because of the new bird. We have a 10 month old quaker and he is fine and the gray has been fine with him. Not sure if i will be able to keep the cockatoo if it is just going to stress out my gray. I don't want him to start any bad behaviors because he is stressed. I figure I will give it a couple more days and then have to make a decision. I would greatly appreciate any advice. I really love the cockatoo she is so sweet and entertaining.
Any advice? We purchased a 2yr old Umbrella Cockatoo two months ago, we named him Nikos. he acts like he hates us, he shivers and hovers whenever we come near his cage. However, he will let us feed him bananas and peanuts by hand. He spends most of his day doing laps up, down and around his cage. We give him plenty of toys and talk to him everyday. He won't let us come near him, so we've never held or touched him. He just hovers in the back corner of his cage. What should we do? i wanted a friendly, outgoing , loving cockatoo, not a frightened, aloof one.
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I was baby-sitting my now "Baby" umbrella cockatoo, female 25 years old. This bird is so smart but also very sneaky. Once they learn to bite... that's it. You have to make it trust you. Gradually, little by little every day go closer and closer and stay still each time until you see all it's puffed feathers relax, then leave. Repeat this every day. At one point, when it's comfortable you being next to it then extend your hand (let your palm drop down so the bird sees the top of your hand), and stay still until you see it's feathers relax and are not puffed up anymore. Do the same thing the next day but closer until one day it will touch with it's beak your hand which shows that it has accepted you. It takes alooooot of patience with these birds. Note: You have to let IT come to you when IT wants and not you force yourself to IT. My bird always stayed in the cage and now it's always in the living room on the top of the couch. LOL and it I don't take it in the living room, oh God it doesn't take a no for an answer...it comes down the cage and walks to the living room. This is our fault because we let it get away with it.
I hope this was helpful.
I am at home all day so it's hard, it wants constantly my attention but if you're not there it finds things to do.
Oh! I never lock it's cage, only when we have dinner because it walks to the table, what can you do it's an extremely social bird.
Trinity Mom -
Poor Nikos may have been in an abusive situation or may have been neglected. Has he come around yet for you? It takes a lot of time, love and patience. They are incredible birds! Best of luck.
I'm glad I have an umbrella cockatoo.
The white cockatoo is my moiety within my culture and when I see this bird around it means a sign of importance must be recognised and acted upon (if need be). However the presence does not mean anything if you are not of the white cockatoo mob, you must have an understanding of the birds habits and enviroment to have knowledge of this great creature.