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Old 05-19-2017, 11:59 AM
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Hi their to all the cockatoo lovers, I have 5 year old African grey currently and Iím on and off thinking of adopting or buying from someone a cockatoo form an owner that canít take care of one anymore.
I believe in adopting or buying from current owners.
I know they are probably the hardest parrots to take care of, Iím looking into a Galah, Citron or Sulphur-crested,
My question is, I came across a web site called All About Cockatoos - and it seems like they should not be kept at pets at all even if you know what youíre doing. What you guy think of this site?
Are they just bringing all the bad and worst stories ever?
After looking at this site even if I was an expert in toos I would not want to have one.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:34 PM
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Re: what do you think........

It works well in making people think hard about what are the teddy bears of the parrots world. "Oh look aren't they fluffy and I just want to cuddle one!"

If it makes people do some work before committing to a cockatoo then brilliant IMO! Why do you think so many get passed around like lost baggage during their lifetimes, get treated badly, are not understood and end up having to be kept in rescues because they have had such bad experiences with human beings. It's never the birds fault BUT it is ours!

Even though this site really spells it out as it is, there are still too many passed around. What would it be like if this site didn't exist?

If you do your homework and feel you can give a bird a good home for all the right reasons then go ahead with my blessing.

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Old 05-19-2017, 02:49 PM
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Re: what do you think........

It's a good reality check: perhaps not the full story but taking on one of the large white toos is something that had the potential to end in disaster and a website that tells you very bluntly how bad things can be is a good thing.

Not everyone's experiences are going to tally with the mytoos outlook but the problem is it's very difficult to know how your experience will work out. Cuddly babies can turn into nightmare adults because you didn't set boundaries when they were young (M2s and U2s reach sexual maturity around 7-8), adults that were fine when you meet them then all hell breaks loose when they settle in and decide to lay down some rules of their own... It might not happen in your case but it could, and mytoos at least lets you know what you might be letting yourself in for.
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:48 PM
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Re: what do you think........

Worth a read as reality check, recognizing they have an agenda to dissuade folks from "harboring" cockatoos. I've lived with 10 and currently have 6; they are definitely more challenging on a broad scale than other species, but with that comes the potential for high, very high reward! Once you get closely bonded to a properly socialized cockatoo, it is IMO avian nirvana!
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Old 05-20-2017, 12:43 AM
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Re: what do you think........

Go to a rescue. Meet their worst and the crazies. Listen to all that noise. They aren't just loud because they are at a rescue. They really are that loud. We've had a perfectly fine well behaved bonded umbrella turn on his owner and had to have stitches/surgery on her face. It's not always cuddling that's for sure.

I love the cockatoos but they require full disclosure lol
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Old 05-20-2017, 09:25 AM
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Re: what do you think........

I researched birds before I decided what would be the best bird for me. I went with the galah and my mom went with the Eclectus. Both are 3 months old and have been home a week. Night and day birds lol the galah is so funny and had the easiest time settling in. Both doing great. The galah beak is very manageable, he rarely bites down and when he does it isn't bad at all ( we are teaching them not to bite of course). The galah also isn't what i'd consider loud, his voice and screach are high pitched but he doesn't scream. Very goofy bird and very loving, and smart! He's already stepping up on command and trying to talk. Also VERY inquisitive and mischievous as a result lol but it's really a lot of fun interacting with him. I've started a YouTube channel where I can post videoes of them playing. Anyway, as far as Toos go, I would recommend the galah for sure
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Re: what do you think........

That is a lot of bird dust in your home with those two species. Be sure you do not have any other birds that can be effected respiratory wise. Also a good quality air filtration system would be advisable like Rabbitair. As far as MYtoos goes I think its good to have a place to spell out some of the realities of a cockatoo in your life.
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:26 PM
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Re: what do you think........

'Toos are not for the faint of heart. Even when they're happy, they scream a few times a day. Sometimes for a long time. At a volume that makes your ears recoil and your nerves shatter. You couldn't have one if you had near neighbors. They can bite and do serious damage. They destroy your belongings and your woodwork. They're dusty and create a giant mess. You need to know all this before you think of having one. They're also sweet and cuddly and affectionate and needy. But going into it blind doesn't do you or the bird any favors. That site is blunt and shows only the negatives, I agree. But most of the internet sites show only the positives, the cute dancing, the silly behavior, the cuddling. People need to know it ALL.
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Re: what do you think........

Toos are hard. My best friend in HS's mom got a M2 and he was her baby. He went back and forth to work with her every day, got loads of attention, out of cage time, toys, etc. and was HER bird for several years. Then she got into breeding jack Russell terriers, her time and attention were divided (she still took them ALL to work with her - owned her own hair cutting business) but he got mad and started plucking. Last time I saw him before she rehomed him to someone with more time and less other pets he looked like a plucked chicken with a hair piece (head of feathers, everything else he could reach was plucked down past the fuzz) He also for the first time EVER allowed me to pick him up and give him hands on attention vs just taking treats. He also was VERY loud in the evenings when it was getting ready for bed time. Change is hard on them.
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:02 PM
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Re: what do you think........

Cockatoos really require a certain personality to tolerate. It's not that they are inherently "bad" birds, but of all the parrot species that made their way into the pet trade, they really seem to be the least suited groups to life as pets. Even hand raised babies seem to struggle to adapt to the unnatural behaviors we humans expect of them when we bring them into our homes and stick them in cages. In nature, cockatoos lead a different lifestyle than many other parrots. Many of their natural characteristics and behaviors clash badly with how most people like to live. They also seem to be a more "emotionally sensitive" bunch. exists for a reason. Many people see a big, pretty bird in a pet store without ever seeing the uglier side of the coin of what happens when cockatoos end up in unprepared/unsuitable homes. My dads cockatoo is a habitual biter and a behavioral screamer. My dad raised him from a baby, he's never been mistreated or neglected a day in his life. He just doesn't like living in a cage and never has, so he acts out in ways that are really, really hard to be understanding of as a human. A lot of people would not put up with a bird if it turned out like my dads bird did, especially if they put the work into the bird my dad did. That's why there are a disproportionate amount of cockatoos in shelters, being rehomed etc... with varying degrees of serious behavioral issues.

If you really think a cockatoo might be the right species for you, PLEASE volunteer at an avian shelter and work with some first before deciding to bring one home. And there's sure to be cockatoos a plenty at any avian rescue. TPeople with the ability to be good carers of any parrot are rare in general. People who can be good, lifelong carers to cockatoos are the rarest of the rare (and this forum has some of those shining examples of excellent cockatoo caretakers to help you!).

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