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Old 06-28-2015, 05:01 PM
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Hey, I just got a Moluccan Cockatoo whose name is Toby today. I was just looking for some information and I came across these forums, I decided that if I ever have a question I'd ask here and once I get more experience I can help others. I do need to ask one small question though, how do I get my 10 year old Toby to step up? He lets me pet him anywhere and likes to rub against me already, though, what ever attempts I make to make him step up fails. I'll end this greeting here for now
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:18 PM
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Hello There! Welcome to the forum and Congratulations! Wed love to see photos of your Toby.

Toby is probably a little hesitant to step up just yet. It sounds like you have a pretty friendly bird, but it is his first day with you. Some birds need time to adjust to their new surroundings before they feel comfortable with a human perch. I'd give him a little time to get to know you before asking too much of him.
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:32 PM
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Thank you for answering my question! I guess I have to be patient before I do anything.
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:16 PM
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Hello! Welcome. Allee is right, give him time to warm up to you. I'm sure you will be his best friend in no time. We would also love a few pictures!
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:29 PM
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I apologize, I should have finished answering your question! Toby has probably been taught to step up in the last ten years. Do you know his history? Has he been well socialized? Is he accustomed to stepping up for people? Not to be nosy, but all those things make a difference when approaching your new friend. If he's a cuddly, gentle bird that's been treated well and has no reason to fear humans, your job will be easier. On the other hand, if he hasn't been handled or socialized in the last few years, training may present more of a challenge.

When you do start training sessions, please be cautious, those big beaks are powerful. When Toby is comfortable enough around you, approach him when he's calm, offer your forearm and ask him to step up, you may want to hold a small treat in your other hand so that your arm is a bridge, if he wants the treat, the logical step is to stand on your arm to get it. It's good to have a perch or play stand close to set him on in case he gets nervous or overexcited. Remember the first few times a large Too stands on your arm can be a scary experience for the Too, they startle easily in a new situation. If he is alarmed when you ask him to step up, don't insist at first, give him time to calm down and try again. If he's really alarmed, you can use a large dowel perch to start with, if he seems okay with that, place the perch an inch or so in front of him and invite him to step up. All birds are different and this advice may or may not apply with your bird. Another word of caution, if your Too has been allowed to sit on shoulders, he may try to do that, it isn't a good idea with a Too you don't know well. You can gently block him from climbing your arm, be firm, but kind and consistently calm. It's also not a great idea to let a Too very close to your face before you get to know him.

I wish you the very best and I'm looking forward to Toby updates.
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Old 06-29-2015, 03:06 PM
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Toby for the last 10 years have been moving homes a lot.. To much probably. The person we got it from said that his son was getting frustrated with the bird so the father decided to sell it after only having Toby for 2 months. I have no clue if he was ever trained but he is a gentle bird. He is very picky on when to be pet and if you don't pet him at around 6 pm he'll try and nibble on you but he doesn't put his crest up or anything. So I don't know if its a warning or how he plays, it doesn't even go on the scale of pain and it doesn't leave a mark. I don't try and pet him when he does what I just described and leave him alone so he learns that its not the right thing to do. Slinging another question right back at you now, do you have any techniques or tips to tame the bird quicker or is it just simply time? Also how should I be talking to Toby?

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Each bird is different, some bond quickly, but in most cases it takes some time to build trust. I would focus on the basics, Toby's cage, his toys, his diet, his time out of his cage, his baths, his favorite toys, games, food. Birds adapt to our schedules and lifestyles, but I think routine is comforting to a parrot, especially when they are transitioning into a new home. A well check with an Avian certified Veterinarian is wise for a new bird, especially an older one with a sketchy past. After you've taken him in for a check up, his records will be on file in case of emergency.

Toos need plenty to do, soft wood blocks, shreddable toys, foraging boxes, a place to climb. Playing is a great way to build a bond. Most Toos like to take things apart, their cages, your electronic devices, furniture, appliances, clothing, shoes, they love unpacking for you, groceries, suitcases, shipping boxes, etc... They like to be a part of everything you are doing. It's better to give them their own things and a safe place to hang out so they don't go looking for unauthorized entertainment.

Here's a great link with tips on bonding. Have fun!

Tips for Bonding and Building Trust
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Old 07-09-2015, 05:36 AM
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Hi my came is Kim, Im now Im owner to an uc. His name is Opie h's never10yrs old. H thinks Im his mate so it accounts to major difficultes because h takes me as his mate. H's so sweet. Should i consider mate.
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Hi my came is Kim, Im now Im owner to an uc. His name is Opie h's never10yrs old. H thinks Im his mate so it accounts to major difficultes because h takes me as his mate. H's so sweet. Should i consider mate.
No, you should not consider getting a 'mate' for your bird. Cockatoos may not take very lightly to a newcomer.
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Old 07-09-2015, 05:58 AM
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Why this is my first big bird My vet says hes ok. What can i do to incertain him
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