Can I give something to my Cockatoo to calm him down?

by Randy
(Libby, MT)

Our Cockatoo screams non-stop sometimes. I understand that they like to scream, and, he is a great cuddler, but, sometimes we can't stand it anymore. He's a great bird but we can't hold him 24 hours a day. If we try to get some things done around the house and walk out of the room he screams continuously.


We used to have horses and we would give something to our Thoroughbred to calm him down if we planned on riding him. Is there anything safe we can give to him to sort of calm him down? We don't want to get rid of him but sometimes we can't take it anymore.

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Jan 26, 2016
hemp seeds
by: Rita

How long does the hemp seed to start to work andhow much do iI give him?

Jan 20, 2016
Rescue Remedy works wonders
by: Anonymous

I have a Greenwing Macaw who has separation anxiety. She does not scream like yours but she will start fluttering her wings, biting her ankle, and chewing her feathers when I leave the room.

My food supplier breeds all kinds of birds and recommended I try Rescue Remedy. OMG what a difference! She became the most loving, cuddly parrot almost overnight. She still has separation anxiety but it's nothing like it was before.

You will have to adjust the dose for your cockatoo but I give my greenwing 6-8 drops in a fresh bowl of water everyday. She somehow seems to know how to self medicate on it when she needs a little bit more help from it but if it caused any change in her water intake, it only increased how much she drinks (in a very good way!).

I wish you all the best. :)

Feb 20, 2012
soothing a cockatoo
by: Anonymous

I agree with Linda 100%. I just got a cockatoo myself, and she does the same thing. I'm glad that you asked this question. I do want to break her of this habit also. I really don't know what to do, but what Linda is saying makes alot of sense. I wouldn't even think of getting rid of her at this point. There are a lot of people out there that are monsters, and I don't want that to happen to her. Thank you Linda for your answer. It's greatly appreciated.

Jan 07, 2011
Agree to disagree
by: Jesse

This goes out to Linda first... Your reply is "ok" but you only made one good point before lecturing Randy about getting rid of the parrot which he specifically said they don't want to get rid of the parrot!

Randy... I was at the flea market the other day and was talking with one of central Florida's top avian trainers and breeders.. He told me that Hemp seed calms them down a great deal, even enough to train them.. Now I don't disagree with Linda 100% about maybe its screaming because it hurts somewhere BUT you also have to remember that parrots travel in Flocks and you my friend are part of your birds flock.. I can tell you right now that its not in pain and you probably don't have to waste money for the vet because of what you said "when your in the room in quite but when you leave it screams" that's what we call separation anxiety. Since your part of your parrots flock and you leave it wants to go too, so it screams to call for you... now that's what happens first, since parrots are really good at developing bad habits the screaming grows on the parrot and now it has a screaming habit for every time you leave..

I myself have a sun Conure that is screaming right now but all I have to do is say something like "Im still here" kinda like your calling back to it, and it will eventually work its way back to a non screaming habit.. gotta be patient though!.. good luck!
Oh and the "hemp seed" I talk about it legal because it can't actually grow.. I buy it at the flea market I go to here in Orlando.. I wish you luck my friend, training birds out of bad habits has been the hardest thing Ive trained other than my fish................ .. .... ... . . . . lol

Sep 21, 2010
Can I give something to my Cockatoo to calm him down?
by: Linda

Your bird is in desperate need of training not tranquilizers. There are parrot training materials Parrot Training page and people to help you, and you can also look around for parrot behaviorists in your area to help you with this. This is a complicated problem brought on by spoiling a young bird. Once the bird gets used to being held too much as a baby, they want the same attention as an adult and will get the attention any way they can much like a spoiled human child.

Cockatoos are very emotionally dependent and have to be trained to be more self sufficient. BEFORE beginning any training, take your bird to an Avian Vet for a thorough examination to make sure some of this is not caused by physical problems.

When you mention "getting rid of bird", I see red because if you don't try and help this bird, what do you think will happen to him? He will end up in an abusive/neglectful home and be tortured for the rest of his life is what happens to thousands of parrots. Getting rid of birds with problems is not the solution. Getting help is the answer to the problems. If this was a helpless child, you would not even consider "getting rid of it", but would take child to doctor and get help from a psychologist if it appeared problems were emotionally based. Same with birds who have rougly intelligence/emotional levels of 4-5 year old children. Yes, it will cost a bit of money to help your bird, and when you took him into your family, the commitment to his highest and best good was made. Parrots with problems need loving, committed people to help them, and throwing them away to the monsters out there who torture birds is not a part of that commitment.Please believe me, monsters are real, and they are where parrots with problems end up, and you can take that one to the bank.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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