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Re: Neglected cockatoo

Posted by GreenLady on 8/10/10
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    On 8/09/10, Keysa wrote:
    > Hi everyone :) I'm about to acquire a bare eyed cockatoo in
    > a few weeks. He's a year old and very friendly.
    > Unfortunately his previous owners are getting rid of him as
    > he now screams for attention. They had acquired a puppy and
    > so stopped spending time with Coco their bare eyed which
    > was when he began demanding attention. I am able to provide
    > him with a good deal of attention. I'm going to set him up
    > on a more structured routine but was curious if anyone has
    > had any experience with this. Will he stop screaming once
    > he begins getting attention again? I've read that they
    > shouldn't get too much attention as they will begin
    > demanding it. what is the best way to train a cockatoo from
    > screaming for attention?

    It's great that you are able to provide this bird with a more
    loving home. Congratulations to you both!

    Cockatoos have such a 'delicate' emotional system, it is
    often times very difficult to find the proper balance to have
    an ideal bird.

    Depending upon how long the bird has been acting out
    negatively (screaming), will determine if the behavior has
    already become permanent. Although, you should be able to
    redirect his bad behaviors towards a more desirable lifestyle.

    Cockatoos need to be entertained probably more than any other
    species of bird, so provide him with plenty of appropriate
    toys to play with. If he's very destructive, some basic wood
    blocks cut from two by fours, strung on a chain will be
    adequate and cost saving to you. Provide him with the biggest
    cage you can afford as space is both healthy and necessary.

    A high-quality diet which includes lots of fresh foods such
    as vegetables, greens, fruits, nuts, cooked beans, sprouts,
    etc. will ensure that he's receiving proper nutrition. Don't
    be surprised if he ignores foods that he is not familiar
    with. Time and repeated serving of the new foods will
    definitely prove positive.

    I'm sure when you bring him home he will be out of sorts and
    will probably be very quiet. While you might think he's been
    cured, this is just the honeymoon stage. When he feels
    comfortable, he will probably test the waters and start his
    attention-getting sounds. Keep in mind that cockatoos, as
    well as many other birds, do have normal vocalizations that
    should not be misconstrued as bad behavior. You will not
    have a silent bird at all times.

    It will be tempting to play with him for long periods, but
    keep in mind that what you start out with, you will have to
    continue as birds are creatures of habit. Limit your time to
    what you feel you can provide for the bird on a daily basis.
    It's better to have shorter interactions daily rather than
    long ones only sporadically.

    Ignore him if he screams for attention as this will only
    reinforce the behavior. If you go to him every time he
    screams, he will learn that you are responsive to his
    screaming and will manipulate and take advantage of the

    There's so many more ways to mold a bird into a nice
    companion but time will teach you about them. Always
    remember that there is no quick fix for something that has
    been done negatively to a bird. Have patience.

    Good luck and I hope he works out well for you.