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Old 07-27-2014, 03:24 PM
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Wild Cockatoo and Breed Cockatoo

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I wana share a thought with you although it sounds that i'm a bit an unloyal person.

I love cockatoos, and I bought a wild one three months ago. I trained him after he was so fussy bird. Now he is ok but he is so tiring. I know parrots are tiring but this one is more of he doenst stay for a minute without moving around or biting somthing including clothes and other stuff. I found another cockatoo in a pet shop but its breed. He was very nice and quite. It made me think to exchange it because he seemed so easy going. I asked the seller of why the breed one is nicer than the wild one, he said that wild ones never become like the breed one. wild one would never be adapted to house environment like breed and it must bite. But i feel sad to exchange. its my first parrot but he is driving me crazy and I dont think i will be happy handling him for the rest of my life but if there is a hope, i would keep him.

is it true that wild cockatoo never be adapted like breed one? and is there any chance that my parrot can be as nice as the breed one?

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Old 07-27-2014, 05:34 PM
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As appealing as Cockatoos are to many people, they are not for everyone, and especially not a 'wild' one for a beginner, and ESPECIALLY since you're admitting you got in 'over your head' on this one.
Because of that, IMO, yes I'd exchange the bird for something else (not a Cockatoo) or get your money back. I'm not sure what country you're in, but "wild" ones are illegal. Maybe by wild you mean parent raised and not hand fed by humans? Did the store say they would let you exchange, or are you assuming they will? Good luck. Best to research and seek answers to questions for a good long time first before getting any type of exotic animal. Good luck with this.

Edit: Sounds like this bird would be better off in an aviary or breeding setting with other birds instead of a caged house pet. Although in the "old" days we were getting wild caught birds in legally, and bred birds were less common. I'm sure in those days a a higher percentage of people ended up with unhandleable birds they didn't know what to do with.

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Re: Wild Cockatoo and Breed Cockatoo

The first thing that strikes me is that you say the one in the shop is "very nice and quiet" and that does not sound like a healthy cockatoo to me! It sounds like a sick one. If you are looking for an easy bird, you need to get something other than a cockatoo - also if you want a quiet one, or one that doesnt chew everything. Actually, if you want a bird that will keep his mouth off things, sit still all the time, etc, I suggest you look into a non-parrot, like maybe a dove? I am actually not sure that doves fit that description either, they just seem to in pet stores. No healthy parrot fits the kind of bird it sounds like you want. Please do not feel disloyal to your bird by finding it another home if the two of you will never be happy together - he deserves to live with someone who really wants the kind of bird that he is, and you deserve to live with a pet that fits your lifestyle. I suggest doing more research before bringing any other pet home.
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Re: Wild Cockatoo and Breed Cockatoo

Quote: Originally Posted by RavensGryf View Post
As appealing as Cockatoos are to many people, they are not for everyone, and especially not a 'wild' one for a beginner, and ESPECIALLY since you're admitting you got in 'over your head' on this one.
Because of that, IMO, yes I'd exchange the bird for something else (not a Cockatoo) or get your money back. I'm not sure what country you're in, but "wild" ones are illegal. Maybe by wild you mean parent raised and not hand fed by humans? Did the store say they would let you exchange, or are you assuming they will? Good luck. Best to research and seek answers to questions for a good long time first before getting any type of exotic animal. Good luck with this.

Edit: Sounds like this bird would be better off in an aviary or breeding setting with other birds instead of a caged house pet. Although in the "old" days we were getting wild caught birds in legally, and bred birds were less common. I'm sure in those days a a higher percentage of people ended up with unhandleable birds they didn't know what to do with.
I know this is a slightly older thread but I found it while doing some research. I thought it might be worth me mentioning that in Australia wild caught cockatoos are offered in the pet trade here. They're captured to control their numbers in areas that they are becoming overpopulated or that they are causing significant damage to crops.
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As appealing as Cockatoos are to many people, they are not for everyone, and especially not a 'wild' one for a beginner, and ESPECIALLY since you're admitting you got in 'over your head' on this one.
Because of that, IMO, yes I'd exchange the bird for something else (not a Cockatoo) or get your money back. I'm not sure what country you're in, but "wild" ones are illegal. Maybe by wild you mean parent raised and not hand fed by humans? Did the store say they would let you exchange, or are you assuming they will? Good luck. Best to research and seek answers to questions for a good long time first before getting any type of exotic animal. Good luck with this.

Edit: Sounds like this bird would be better off in an aviary or breeding setting with other birds instead of a caged house pet. Although in the "old" days we were getting wild caught birds in legally, and bred birds were less common. I'm sure in those days a a higher percentage of people ended up with unhandleable birds they didn't know what to do with.
I know this is a slightly older thread but I found it while doing some research. I thought it might be worth me mentioning that in Australia wild caught cockatoos are offered in the pet trade here. They're captured to control their numbers in areas that they are becoming overpopulated or that they are causing significant damage to crops.
I'm glad to hear they're doing that Matt! I'm sure there are still lots of farmers out with their guns too...
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Re: Wild Cockatoo and Breed Cockatoo

Yes, shooting is another method that is sometimes used to control them. I guess it is a necessary evil though, they are moving into areas that they usually wouldn't inhabit.
It's a similar story with rainbow lorrikeets, however I don't believe they're captured for the pet trade. They are VERY prolific. I've unfortunately seen my fair share of poisoned lorrikeets, I had one drop out of a tree a few meters from me, it was very distressing.
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