Cockatoo toys

I received my TOO yesterday. She has a blue/green tinge to her white body. This was caused by the food coloring in a blue/green perch. Do they need their toys and perches to be bright colors. I want a white bird and all of the items I see for TOO's are colored.

Please help me with this issue.


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Dec 09, 2009
Thank you, Linda
by: Tom

I have read other posts you have written. I wish I had an email address of someone like you so I could get quick answers to my many questions. I am extremely handy and I can build anything, I just need the ideas or design, so I can create the toy or whatever. This TOO has really added a spark to my life. Her feathers are fluffy and not smooth. Is that a moulting stage?

Dec 04, 2009
Cockatoo toys
by: Linda

Yes, birds see in brilliant color and like toys that are colorful. You CAN make toys out of safe woods and leave them natural color though. Safe woods for toys are Manzanita, Dragon Wood, Walnut, Apple, Birch are a few. The Manzanita with the red bark left on are practical and colorful. is a good place to buy. And Tracie carries the dragon wood perches here.

If you are handy with tools, you can cut natural wood branches into slices. For a Too, you want the pieces thicker and made of hardwoods. Manzanita and Dragon wood would be ideal as it is hard, and will take Too's some time to chew up. Birch is a softer wood, Walnut is hard as is Apple.

You'll want to drill 3/8-7/8" holes in the center of piece and string onto 1/4" all cotton rope. Do NOT use nylon rope for any toys as nylon is dangerous for birds. Put a number of large knots inbetween each toy piece. For the toy base(what the toys are hung from, you can use Manzanita arbors which are just shorter pieces of a branch with holes drilled into it. You'll need nickel plated or stainless steel up eye screws, rings and quick links to hang all from top of cage.Birds do not like all the acrylic toy pieces because they like to chew wood up.

There are some decent toys already made for your size bird, but they will cost a lot.

The natural wood branch perches are not painted. Also do not use any of the sand, cement or pumice perches as these dry feet out. One of my Amazons lost two toes before I understood what was causing the problem.

For keeping toe nails trimmed, take your bird to an Avian vet every few months and have them trim the nails for you. Rough wood perches help keep the points off, but nothing takes the place of old-fashioned grooming.

Feed your bird an organic pelleted diet and not a seed diet as the seeds are very poor quality nutrition, and will result in poor health and feather quality. Tracie carries some different ones out here. It will take time to make the change. A good article written by an Avian vet is the Switching Birds to Pellets article.

The food coloring will come off your bird's feathers with some warm baths using a plastic plant sprayer. In winter, don't get bird soaked, just use the warm water to keep nostrils and feet cleaned and some of the dust off bird. In summer, put your bird in a room where you can shut off the AC vent (will stay cool enough from ambient cooling in rest of house). Then you can give your bird a more thorough bath using the sprayer. This method of bathing also helps to clean dust off cage and perches though you'll need to go over everything with clean cotton cloths to get it completely off.

Thanks for writing, and write anytime you need more information,

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