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Posted 8/21/2005 12:06:03 PM Post #40
 

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Cockatoos are notorious for having screaming fits.  Hey, didn't we do that as kids?

Let's have a healthy discussion in this forum on how NOT to give up your cockatoo.  Many families get them and give them up after a year or several years.  Many cockatoos will have a dozen families in the first part of their lives - wouldn't you scream TOO?

Keep in mind these birds will outlive us AND live to be about 60 years old - I hear stories almost every month about a cockatoo being given up for one reason or another.  Let's have an educational awareness about these gorgeous loveable birds.

Manon :u2:

http://www.wingspanaviaries.com

 

Manon

Posted 10/5/2005 7:10:30 AM Post #170
 

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This has a lot to do with impulse buys and people not knowing what they are getting into or the responsibility these birds actualy are. Hmm...very much like kids! They are cute and cuddley when little so they get all the attention they want. Then they get older and it's time to go to work and I'm tired and really don't feel like watching or playing with the Too. So they don't get the attention they were used to. Toos crave attention anyhow by anymeans nessacary and bad attention is better than no attention!

Suddenly that cute cuddley pet just turned into a screaming demon and hates everyone maybe except for....They also can spoil very easily as far as attention goes. When they get older nature takes it course and can create unwanted behaviors. This is with any type or bird (parrots exspecialy).

The best thing to do is DO YOUR HOMEWORK and UNDERSTAND what you are getting into. If you know you will not have the time later then don't do it! I never recommend Toos to first time parrot owners.

Regards,
Mandy Tucker
www.singing-wings-aviary.com

Posted 1/28/2006 2:03:18 PM Post #321
 

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I got a moluccan cockatoo a couple of weeks ago.  I don't think any amount of reading would prepare me for him.  He is quite a character, and does require a lot of time, and consistency.  This is the 4th home he has had in the last year and one half.  I have had parrots in the past, but nothing compares to Mingo.  He likes to come down off his cage to play fetch with my daughter. I think he thinks he is more dog than bird.  We make sure to have him out a couple of times a day to play.  He gets lots of petting time too.  I also have to constantly finds toys and things to keep him busy.  When he is out of his cage we have to watch him constantly, otherwise he will surely get into something.  I have been trying to get him used to going outside.  Today we sat out on the back porch for a few minutes since the weather is nice.  He was terrified.  He just sat on my leg watching everything and shaking.  I am going to take it real slow and easy with him.  Lots of people don't realize the amount of shredding and chewing they do.  Mingo always has a fresh assortment of wood and toys to chew. I am always looking for suggestions on new toys.  Any one live in the north east who can suggest some non toxic trees I can get branches from?  

Nancy and Mingo
Posted 4/7/2006 4:12:29 PM Post #381
 

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you can use any unsprayed fruit trees, also birch with the bark on, poplar and maple. these are all good choices chewing and making toys.


B&G

 

Posted 7/6/2006 4:46:38 PM Post #541
 

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I have 2 Umbrella Cockatoos, I adopted both of them. I have had Mickey for 20 yrs and she's now almost 40 yrs old. Mickey is not your tipical Too though. She was severely abused so she has never ever spoke one word. We do communicate but in her language so to speak. She very seldom ever screams, I think she learned the very hard way noise brought pain to her so she became silent. She fears all people but meand is quite content to just be out of the cage amusing herself on top of the cages or on a gym. Shaynn is my other Too now he is a typical Too. He demands attention and would prefer to be with me all day if he could. However he's very sweet and loves to be snuggled. I have used Shyann for educational purposes on owning a parrot. I show the people how well behaved he is with giving kisses and snuggles then purposly put him back on his perch so they can hear him having a tantrum because he's not beside me (works Very Well)!! I tell them that I was Shyann's 6th owner in 7 yrs to show how often birds are given up for adoption.  I love the Too but don't  recommend them to a new bird person because they do require a lot of time and aren't for everyone.

Bonnie

Posted 8/17/2006 9:20:15 PM Post #592
 

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Hello

I am live in Indiana and am looking for a cockatoo.  I met a baby cockatoo on monday at www.birdfever.com.  We fell in love, however the price is keeping our love apart.  I was wondering if the rescue programs are good places to purchase cockatoos, or would I be getting into something not so pleasant? 

HELP!!

Posted 2/1/2007 3:30:00 PM Post #756
 

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The best one -- is apple tree branches - they harden over time....make sure it's the right size as well. Otherwise, it won't be good for his claws.

Manon

www.wingspanaviaries.com

Manon

Posted 2/10/2008 3:05:04 AM Post #1174
 

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I would like to know which type of cockatoo requires the least amount of attention. 
Posted 2/11/2008 10:11:08 AM Post #1179
 

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There is no such thing

Stacy Shue
Blake Aviary
www.blakeaviary.com
Posted 5/17/2008 1:37:31 PM Post #1340
 

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hi..i just bought an eleanor cockatoo, her name is scabbia..her age is 1 and half year...just wanna know how long it takes to train this sccabia..coz i just can touch her..but sometimes...how can i train her..i got no experience adopt this big bird...hope u guys can help me..

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