Citron Crested Cockatoo

by Hannah S.

I recently adopted her. She came home today, I understand that it will take some time getting used to her new home and surrounding and new people but how long will this usually take?

She is aprrox. 5 - 6 years old. The person I adopted her from didn't her exact age. But she is between 5 and 6.

Very intelligent bird, she picked up "dance" and give me a kiss" and waves hello and hasn't even been here a full day yet. (:

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Feb 25, 2012
Thankyou (:
by: Hannah S.

Yeah that makes since! (: Im sad though :( she will perk up for anyone else in the family comes into the room, but she doesn't seem to care for me. She was a rescue bird and the old owner didn't hold her enough so she doesn't want to come to you to be handled. I leave the cage door open alot so if she wants to she can come out. Is there anything more I can do. Will she ever like me?

Editor's note: Yes, please read the training material on our Parrot Training page for help in developing a relationship with your bird.

Feb 25, 2012
New Cockatoo adjustment period
by: Tracie

There isn't a specific time for adjustment, because every bird is different. It sounds like your bird is doing pretty good. :-)

Some birds act fine the first few days and then suddenly become naughty. The first few days is called the honeymoon period, where the bird is figuring out what it can get by with. Be consistent with the time you give the bird and ALWAYS saying "noooooo" or something in a low firm voice while returning the bird to it's cage or perch when it does something unacceptable.

I know it will be hard, but do NOT spend more time with it now than you will be able to spend with it later. Your bird needs a schedule. If you spend hours and hours with the bird because it is new, and then move to less time, your bird will likely become a screamer, expecting you to spend the same amount of time with it.

Start the schedule and training now, don't wait a month or a year. We have some training material on our Parrot Training page that will be helpful.

Another thing that will be helpful is a healthy diet. Peanuts sometimes cause behavioral problems in birds, so I personally would avoid them. Your bird should be eating about 80% high quality pellets, no colored pellets or other high sugar and chemical junk. Our avian vet recommends Harrison's or Roudybush pellets and only 20% healthy treats.

You can read our Switching Budgies To Pellets article if you need help switching your bird to pellets or even a healthier pellet diet.

Avoid table food because it is too high in salt and chemicals typically. Stick with organic, washed, fruits and veggies for the most part.

Cockatoos love to chew and destroy things. You will need to provide bird safe chunks of wood, toys and other things to keep it occupied. There are some PVC toys and other acrylic toys on our large bird toy page that will give you some ideas for toys.

Congratulations on your new friend!

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