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Re: New cockatoo owner/behavior probs.

Posted by Fran on 3/12/06
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    On 3/12/06, stac wrote:
    > I have a question about this new cockatoo that we have had
    > for a couple of months. He is two years old, and loves
    > women. The problem is that I am terrified of him! (i don't
    > know why, but i am) we live in a complex and he SHRILLES
    > ALL the time to get attention. he is a good bird other
    > than that and his BITING. he talks.. and i have taught him
    > to say, "good morning" "whatcha doin'" "i love
    > you" "cuddles" and "my name is elvis" I talk to him alot,
    > feed him and have gotten to where i can get him out of the
    > cage with a towel to limit his flight. (and mobility... so
    > that he doesn't bite me) my question is how can we get him
    > to stop shrilling and biting? i have looked on previous
    > posts and couldn't get through all the bashing. Please
    > don't bash me, i truly care about this bird and wanting to
    > have a great and loving relationship with Elvis. Oh yeah,
    > i have a 5 year old who is always wanting to spend time
    > and play with the bird, but he isn't allowed to because
    > Elvis usually bites him. Ps... elvis has SHRILLED 6 times
    > since i have started this post and i actually had to get
    > up to get him out of his cage to put him on his perch. He
    > continued to SHRILL on the perch. any kind of advice you
    > can give me through this ramble of information would be
    > helpful!!!
    > thanks stac

    Hi Stac, I'm going to get a little more information from you and try to give you
    some help.

    First, it's great that you are commited to Elvis and working through these issues.

    Is Elvis your first bird?

    Are his wings clipped, you say you use a towel to limit his flight?

    What is his history before you got him, ie did he live with a family, single
    person, had he been in a pet store for a long time, etc.

    Are there other people in the house besides you and your son?

    What is Elvis' cage like, size, location in your home, how many and what kind of
    toys does he have?

    What is his typical day like? Do you work out of the home, is he in his cage
    during the day? How often is he out, what time does he go to bed, get up, etc.

    When you say he bites, when normally is the time he bites. When you're getting
    him out of his cage, putting him back, playing with him?

    I know this seems like alot of information but it will help everyone in advising
    you. In the meantime, Hang in there!!!