Cockatoo Help

Hello, my husband and I were looking into adopting a cockatoo that someone is getting rid of. she is a 3 yr old female, but the owner says that she does not like females that she gets nippy and at time bites. We were wondering if with training, could we change that. I will be around the bird most of the time so we wanted to make sure this would be the right home for her. And we have had a parrot before. Thank you

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Apr 28, 2010
Cockatoo Help
by: Linda

Yes you can change this behavior with training, and building trust. The reason, "he is getting rid of her" is because they do not want to take the time to work with her. A Too only 3 years old is still a baby and needs lots of attention and time spent with her. The woman in this other home may NOT LIKE HER INSTEAD OF IT BEING THE OTHER WAY AROUND. She may also be afraid of her. Parrots are to be respected for the damage they can do if they want to and for the special "people" they are, and they need to be seen as frightened, possibly sick, little beings who need someone to love and trust them.

Get this bird out of there as quickly as you can. Take her to be checked out by an Avian Vet, and this needs to be done first week you have her, so find the vet and get appointment lined up. Once she has a clean bill of health,you can slowly start working with her. One word of common sense here is ALL PARROTS BITE, AND THEY WILL ALWAYS BITE SOMETIME OR ANOTHER BECAUSE PARROTS ARE WILD ANIMALS, AND YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THIS PERFECTLY BEFORE BECOMING INVOLVED WITH A PARROT. Many people do not understand the true nature of a parrot, and this is the reason so many of them are in neglectful and/or abusive homes or the so called sanctuaries.Make sure you understand who you are getting when you get a parrot. The larger birds are NOT recommended for people who have NO experience with birds as they are potentially dangerous.You said you have had some experience, and so you are good to go just keep bird OFF YOUR SHOULDERS because this is where many injuries to humans can occur when they are this close to your face.

You need to do a lot of study, and there are some training materials, links on this site to help you. Mostly, she just needs your time and attention and to know that YOU ARE NOT AFRAID OF HER. Parrots pick up on fear, and will react with fear because it makes them fearful when YOU are fearful if that makes sense. You're dealing with an exotic, wild animal here so all things wild apply.They have roughly the mental/emotional development of 4-5 year old human children, so you're dealing with a very sensitive creature. You should do all the feeding, watering and cleaning at first, so she sees you caring for her--it makes a big difference in how they act. The one who brings all the goodies and cleans them up is their HERO, so enjoy being a hero for her.

Please get her out of that house she's in, make a full commitment to her health and well being, and do not give up because it gets a little rough here and there. She WILL come to trust you and love you, and I promise you that if you make a solid commitment to her, SHE WILL UNDERSTAND THIS, and maybe feel safe for the first time in her young life. Feel free to write in anytime after you get her and ask anything you want to because WE ARE HERE FOR THE BIRD'S AND THEIR HUMAN'S HIGHEST AND BEST GOOD and welcome all questions. The only dumb question was the one you did not ask!

Linda

Apr 28, 2010
bird owner
by: Al Mitchell

I recently adopted a yellow nape amazon who came with the same aligation of not liking females, well since I have had her both my neices have spent a great deal of time with the bird who has ended up loving them and and actually holding conversations with both of them, I think it may have to do with the people that come in contact with the bird and there own personality, and sometimes something as simple as voice intonations, or the persons scent that can turn a bird off. it has been a trial and error thing and really depends on what the bird likes or dislikes, they will adapt better with nutritious treats and a good diet, and lots of love

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