Are Cockatoos hardest to re-train.

by John Fahlsing

Princess, 7 plus years? - Cockatoo

Princess, 7 plus years? - Cockatoo

Recently, A nice lady who raised Princess for at least 7 or more years passed on, the bird doesn't do well in the ladies house, main house or other areas, (we're in a large halfway house, trees, birds, lots of room etc.)

So since I take care of 1 Blue and Gold Macaw (Sunni) 15 Cockatiels and love birds, 1 bluehead Conure, 1 Rosella and my Baby, (Quaker)I became the proud new parent. She took to the new location, lots of light, air and cleanliness etc ok. Doesn't like my Quaker and tries to Bite me for sharing my time, but I'm trying to re-train her to accept the bird, new location, and overall this is your new home Girl! So my question? Is it really that hard to re-train the bird? I'm very good with her and all the birds, work hard at maintaining clean cages, good fruit, feed and all.

I realize the transition is one of the main reasons she's copping a bite attitude, and she doesn't do it all the time. Also, she really can make the hairs on your neck stand up, what a noise she can put out.

I've learned different sounds are important, mostly whining or just baby type crying, but sometimes she can raise the dead. :-) Also she can be very affectionate, even loving. Any helpful info would be apprecitated, I took her in and it's for life, I will do all I can to help her and show her love and a good home.

Willing to Commit...

John

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Jun 03, 2012
Thank You
by: John Fahlsing

Thank you Linda,

Makes it a little easier to know hope and patience is all I need. Princess is gonna be fine, and yep she's re-training me too. Loudly! So I ignore, and then wait til she's quiet then go and be with her.

Thanks again..
John

Jun 03, 2012
Are Cockatoos hardest to re-train.
by: Linda

John, you are a very super example of what it takes to become a parrot's friend and companion. I hope lots of people read your letter because living successfully with Parrots requires a high level of commitment.They are not the easiest "people" to get along with as they are highly intelligent and have their own likes and dislikes as for people and other important aspects of their environments.

The 7 year old Cockatoo is nothing more than a baby bird. Since the Toos can live up to 90-100 years, this Too is just a child in all ways. The fact that she is adapting to her new environment says much about you and your true understanding of the parrots. She can and will retrain easily but not effortlessly. She is also grieving the loss of her human friend so give her some space in which to do this. Parrots do not like all other parrots like humans do not like all other humans, so she will like some of your birds and not others. This is to be expected. Just keep the ones she dislikes away from her or at least away from biting distance.

Otherwise, she sounds like a normal 7 year old Too who has been recently been transplanted into a new environment.

Keep doing what you're doing and she will have quiet times and times she makes a lot of noise. The larger the bird, the louder the noise which is also normal. Just direct her from any bad behaviors into new ones by making sure she has diversions like wooden toys to chew on and attention from you. Birds love to chew on safe wood wooden toys, and they keep them occupied plus added benefit of keeping beak honed down.
Be the same with your other birds too and do not give her too much extra attention or she will become very spoiled and make homelife miserable for everyone.

If she has not been examined by an Avian Vet, you need to take care of that to make sure she is healthy.

You are a fine example of what we'd love to see more of and that is caring people who have made a lifelong commitment to their birds regardless of how much work and time it takes. This is a requirement of being owned by a parrot, and those who cannot make this kind of deep commitment need to look elsewhere for their pets.

As for "hardest to retrain" there are only varying degrees of how well a bird has been taken care of. Abused birds are all mentally ill to some degree and some of these never come back to mental health. How hard it is to work with a bird depends entirely on how much abuse, neglect and plain old misunderstanding a bird has had to live through. This bird sounds like a wonderful little girl, so continue to honor her Spirit and take care of her body. You are very Blessed and will continue to be Blessed in many ways for your work with these birds.

Linda

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