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How to make my too love me

Hey yall I was wondering if there where any ways to make my bare eyed cockatoo bond to me strongly, iv had him a few days now and he does like to be on my shoulder but when he sees a new person he shows a lot of love and climbs on them more frequently than me its like hes bored of me after a few days. I dont know if he just needs to settle more but anyways, does anyone know any ways to gain love and affection and trust from my bare eye too thanks for any replies also if it helps he has trouble with things that shake he gets scared easily
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Re: How to make my too love me

You can persuade and condition, but cockatoos are sentient creatures with powerful emotions and instincts.

A few days is the blink of an eye for the process of acclimation to you and your home. Can you share a bit more information to help us tailor advice? Age, what you know about the last home(s), your parrot experience, diet, etc?

Shoulder privileges ought be given only to a tame and trusted bird. I'm guessing he is trustworthy? If in doubt, please use caution as a bite can be dangerous or lethal and certainly disfiguring.

This thread is helpful to begin the bonding and trusting process: Tips for Bonding and Building Trust
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You can persuade and condition, but cockatoos are sentient creatures with powerful emotions and instincts.

A few days is the blink of an eye for the process of acclimation to you and your home. Can you share a bit more information to help us tailor advice? Age, what you know about the last home(s), your parrot experience, diet, etc?

Shoulder privileges ought be given only to a tame and trusted bird. I'm guessing he is trustworthy? If in doubt, please use caution as a bite can be dangerous or lethal and certainly disfiguring.

This thread is helpful to begin the bonding and trusting process: Tips for Bonding and Building Trust




He only bites when I try to get him to step up, he preens my hair and trys to give me kisses but I try to keep my face away from him, his previous owners where very nice good owners but they couldnt keep him cuz they where moving, right now he is on a diet of seeds pellets nuts fruits and veggies
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Oh also I have had budgies and tiels before and he is one year of age

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Re: How to make my too love me

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Hey yall I was wondering if there where any ways to make my bare eyed cockatoo bond to me strongly, iv had him a few days now and he does like to be on my shoulder but when he sees a new person he shows a lot of love and climbs on them more frequently than me its like hes bored of me after a few days. I dont know if he just needs to settle more but anyways, does anyone know any ways to gain love and affection and trust from my bare eye too thanks for any replies also if it helps he has trouble with things that shake he gets scared easily

Hello Ianknight,


In addition to Scott's link for bonding, just remember that your new Too is 1 year old so still developing/maturing. You will witness maturational changes: hormone, behavior, emotional, and physical changes. As all species have developmental differences, and different body languages, please refer to this link: Owning a cockatoo.


You have had tiels and budgies before but Too's are different yet again. Despite the years of parronting that we all have, these two links are worth reading as a refresher:
Parrots Bill of Rights

Bond forming


Please keep us updated on your progress. We wish you well.


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Re: How to make my too love me

A few days is not enough time at all. You need to build trust and refrain from anything sexual that will misconstrue your relationship. Make sure you take it slow and do not allow people to snuggle/cuddle your "too" (you should not either). This is very sexual for them and it can lead to dangerous health and behavior problems--- pet only on the head and neck (this applies to everyone---doesn't matter if your bird likes cuddles, they are like poison long-term). You should also avoid providing access to dark spaces (under clothing, furniture, blankets/pillows, low-ledges, tents, huts, boxes etc). A hormonal "too" is nothing to mess around with--they can become super aggressive and loud if they become sexually frustrated or over-bond with a particular person. I know your bird is young for hormones, but this goes back to not starting any routines that cannot be sustained--these cuddles etc will eventually be completely inappropriate and if you set them up as an expectation, your bird will not understand why you have stopped if you wait to do so until your bird is sexually mature.

Try doing quiet things near the cage, if you can associate yourself with treats and positive experience, read to your bird, TEACH INDEPENDENCE (praise for independent play), do not start any routine that cannot be sustained long-term, expose to new objects gradually (name then and let them sit near the cage before forcing your bird to interact with them closely etc)...Talk about what you are doing as you do it (e.g., I am going to take out the trash, I am going to sweep etc).

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Re: How to make my too love me

Wonderful advice above! You have a young bird with many changes in process and on the horizon. In my experience, cockatoos are less likely to become "one person birds" provided they are well socialized. For now, work on building trust, bonding, and you can be the primary giver of treats as reward. Ultimately, birds choose their favorites.
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Re: How to make my too love me

Thank y’all for the help and info it is much appreciated, I love my too and want what’s best for him I hope we grow a strong bond
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Re: How to make my too love me

Also I want a too that is social to others but truly clings to me and y’all have given me the best advice
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Thank y’all for the help and info it is much appreciated, I love my too and want what’s best for him I hope we grow a strong bond

Your Too will love you and I'm sure that you will establish and strengthen this bond in time, with patient love.

What is his name? We are 'sticky-beaks' (Aussie term) here and love to see heaps of pics if you are willing to post them???
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