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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cockatoos as Pets

Photo Credit: http://carolinabirds.org
Cockatoo’s make exceptional companion birds, if their needs and requirements are adequately met. They are affectionate, funny, comical, mischievous and generally easy to get along with. Their requirements, however, are rather complex and many.

The key to a great Cockatoo as a companion bird is a great beginning. Cockatoo’s are known for becoming phobic and developing behavioral issues such as plucking and/or screaming. A study was done a few years ago by Dr. Brian Speer, DVM and associates that indicated that many of these phobic issues may be caused by the early weaning that is practiced by many breeders.³ In the wild, and also in captivity, if left alone, Cockatoo babies stay with their parents until the next breeding season. Thus, a year or slightly less. While the babies are certainly eating on their own a few weeks after fledgling, they have also been observed being fed by their parents up until the next clutch is laid.

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