Our cockattoo is chasing our 12 year old daughter

We recently purchased at 27 year old cockatoo. At first she was only sweet but two weeks after we got her she started chasing my daughter around the house biting at my daughters feet. My daughter loves her and spends time with her but out bird just started this behavior. She also lunges at my head when she is out of her cage. Can anyone please tell me why she does these things and how I can get her to stop?

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Feb 26, 2013
Cockatoo chasing daughter
by: Tracie

Please keep your bird off the floor, then you won't have to worry about the bird chasing and biting feet. Your shoes bring in all kinds of toxic stuff and potentially even bird diseases, so you don't want them running around on the floor.

Also, birds that are allowed on the floor DO get stepped on accidentally. They can also climb up the underside of furniture, chew toxic material, get cut by sharp objects and get trapped. Birds allowed on the floor have been known to get into poison and hidden mouse traps and and such too.

To train your bird, you will first need to work on your relationship with the bird. Once the bird sees you as a favored flock member, it will care more about pleasing you and interacting with you.

We have some training and health articles on our Parrot Training page and you can find information on the Internet and possibly your local library too.

Feb 26, 2013
cockatoo chasing
by: diamondtia

Hi there,
I am the proud mommy to 6 cockatoos and I can tell you, they can be love sponges, but this is the breeding season for the cockatoos and they can become very aggressive.

They will also test you to see how much they can get off with.

Give her some time in her cage, but be sure she has lots of toys, especially foraging toys, and let her out of her cage a few hours a day. By no means, keep her locked in her cage all the time. If you try to ignore this behaviour (if possible), she will find that she is getting no where by doing this. Good luck and please have patience with her. The poor cockatoos are the birds that are passed around so often. I love mine more than life itself and when I first got one of my goffins, she ripped a piece out of my hand, but I still never parted with her. 6 years later she is still here and loved more than ever. She did come out of this behaviour, even during the breeding season when she found out that I was not going to stand for it. Just time, TLC and patience.
Good luck.

Feb 26, 2013
Our cockattoo is chasing our 12 year old daughter
by: Linda

First of all, all new birds have to have exams done by an Avian Vet ONLY to make sure they are not harboring an infection or are having problems with organ function. Since this bird is older, this becomes a major issue. Sudden changes in behavior are many times the first sign of something not physically right with a bird. Have her examined for infections and also have some basic bloodwork done to see how organs are functionoing. If she is and has been eating an all seed diet, she may have fatty liver disease caused from a very poor diet. Birds need to be eating organic pelleted diet like Harrisons found here. If she is found to have fatty liver disease that has not yet turned into liver damage, her liver will begin to heal itself once she is on a healthy diet of organic pellets. If liver damage has already occurred, liver will not be able to heal itself, and she will need further help from the Avian Vet.

So, first step is to have her examined by an avian vet because dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and usually end up killing them.

Also an important fact to make note of is that all parrots are exotic wild animals, and they will revert back to these behaviors when sick, incorrectly handled and in a stressful environment.


The above link is article about how to go about changing birds from all seed diets to organic pellets, and this takes time. Make no changes in diet until bird has been thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet. This older bird needs yearly exams by the Avian Vet to make sure she is doing well. As birds age, like this one, these visits are mandatory to keep on top of any problems before they get out of hand.

Once she has been examined, diagnosed and treated, we can revisit the aggressive behavior if it is still there. In the meantime, make sure avian vet clips wings when at the appointment. Just the 4-6 primary flight feathers are enough, and they are the long ones at the ends of each wing.

Being that parrots are exotic wild animals means they are potentially dangerous, so keep this in mind so someone, including the bird, are not severely harmed while working out this situation.Let us know what avian vet has to say, and we are here to support you, your family and your bird in any way we can.

Thanks for writing,

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