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Oct 11, 2010
by: Terry

Offer it toys to chew on, our cockateil had the same problem! When it starts chewing on something it shouln't, put the toys by them.

Oct 08, 2010
by: Anonymous

I have a conure that is the same way. I just offer lots of toys and wood for chewing. It is a natural behavior. I have a seperate wardrobe that I wear in my bird room, and all the shoulders have holes from Bella's chewing. Its just one of the joys (LOL) of living with parrots.

Oct 08, 2010
cockatoo chewing problem
by: Linda

A question here. Do you have lots of safe wooden toys in bird's cage to chew on? If not, then start bringing them in and change older toys out once a month. You can recycle them later if there is anything left of them, but bird's get bored easily and need to have toys changed out frequently. Cockatoos love to chew and also destroy things as this in in their natures. Your bird also sounds a bit on the nervous side which is also common for the Cockatoos as they are normally higher strung individuals than other parrots.

Learning about who and what each bird species is should be considered required learning before getting any type of bird. The Cockatoo has special needs as do the Macaws, and so you need to find more information in books and on the internet about Cockatoos. They are highly emotional, highly dependent on humans for attention and are usually weaned at too early an age. Toos and Macaws, in the wild, are fed by their Mothers until 9 months to almost a year. Of course, the Mother birds are supplementing them while they teach them to eat regular food, but they are nurturing them along all this time.

Macaws and Toos raised in captivity are weaned too quickly because there is more money in selling them earlier, and their emotional needs are not considered important if they get in the way of making a buck. Taking all of this into consideration, start learning about how to work with your Too.

First thing is to take your bird to an Avian Vet to make sure he/she is not sick with infection or some other physical problem. No training can be attempted before having a clean bill of health. Maybe the chewing on fabric has to do with a dietary imbalance which can be fixed by feeding high quality organic pelleted diet. Also, never feed birds people food as these are too high in fat, salt and sugar all killers of birds.

If you decide to get your bird on a healthy diet, here is an article written by an Avian Vet on how to go about changing birds from poor quality seed diets to healthy diets of organic pellets.
Switching Birds to Pellets article


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