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Re: Getting a cockatoo

Posted by Rick on 1/14/09
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    On 1/14/09, petparrots wrote:
    > On 12/30/08, think hard wrote:
    >> I really don't recommend cockatoos as pets. They have
    > horrendous
    >> dander. It can make you very sick. Plus, they are very,very
    >> destructive. The screaming causes a problem if you live in the
    >> city. If you do decide you want one, I would really, really
    >> encourage you to go with a smaller one like a ducorps or a
    >> goffin. If I could live with a dusty bird, I would choose one
    > of
    >> those.
    >> is not exaggerating at all!
    > I agree, especially male cockatoos, they DO NOT makes good pets
    > at all. You couldnt pay me billion dollars to take one in! After
    > 27 years Id never take in or adopt/buy a U2 or M2! is a great place to start BEFORE you get any Cockatoo.

    I have both M2 and U2. Both older males. Yes, they are extremely
    dusty, but with daily mistings this can be reduced. The M2 moreso
    than the U2. The M2 loves to destroy whereas the U2 does not. Our U2
    is not a wood chewer. On in the family is definitely enough.

    As for their personalities, they are the sweetest, loveable when
    they want to be, crankiest, moodiest, unpredictable at times, most
    comical fellows I have ever seen. I'm not sure if Cockatoos in
    general are more skiddish than others, but ours seem to be. But,
    this is their nature, just as other birds have their own quirky
    little behaviors. Not the best for kids in my opinion. They can pack
    a powerful bite.
    The M2 is noisey, whereas the U2 is cute to listen to.

    We have Macaws that are far more noisier and sometimes more
    obnoxious than the Toos. Talk about cranky and moody at times. Geesh!

    Toos DO make great pets, but only to those who understand them and
    their behaviors. Not for everyone. They can be very demanding and
    yet Not. Reading their body language is a definite must, and being
    alert when in their presence as they can be quick to spaz on you
    with joy. The have their own unique way of playing and displaying
    for you. The get so excited at times. Just like little kids that
    bounce off the walls with to much sugar. Needless to say we watch
    the sugar content they receive.