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Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by obxemt, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. obxemt

    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    I am strongly considering adopting a Goffin's Cockatoo and have only found limited information online. Curious if anyone here owns or has owned a Cockatoo, or specifically a Goffin's.

    I've searched several different ways and haven't seen any posts about or involving the species!
     
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    We've owned various kinds of Cockatoos over the years. Goffin are smaller and seemed to be less needy than other Cockatoo breeds, i.e, they don't require constant attention, holding, petting, etc.
     

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    Like most other Cockatoo's, I don't believe they have a preen gland, so be prepared for lots and lots of dust. May not be a good thing if you have allergies.

    Frosty
     
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    Is that a "Baretta Fred Bird"?

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    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    Ha, yeah it is, though the Goffin's that I have fallen for is one of the smaller of the species, about 12 inches and 350 grams.
     
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    I believe that Barretta had a Greater Sulpher crested cockatoo.

    Frosty
     
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    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    Well, I took the plunge yesterday; put money down to hold her. It will be a month, maybe more, before she is weaned and can be taken home. I'll be visiting regularly untill then. Can't wait! ;f
     
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    Congrats! You should have a wonderful, entertaining companion for the next forty or fifty years!

    Frosty
     
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    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    I'm hoping for 60, with proper vet care. I need to draw up a will now.

    I suppose I should specifically seek an Avian vet, not the vet version of a general practicioner?
     
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    Definitely. I don't know how hard they are to locate in your neck of the woods, but I live in a city of 900,000 and there are only four avian vets that I know of. The one I chose is way on the other side of town, of course!

    BTW, my breeder started to introduce small amounts of pellets softened in the hand feeding formula as he got older (he was spoon fed, not syringe fed). It was a snap getting him onto a primarily pelleted diet after he was weaned as he was already used to the pellets.

    Frosty
     
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    I'm in a large metro area as well, I've been told there are three avian vets but I need to get more specifics.

    The breeder won't let me take her home until she is weaned completely bu their standards. They were saying around March 1, but when I went today she was crying incessantly because she had been cut back to two hand feedings; so they gave her another, and then she was fine and sweet as could be. Based on her preening, flying and interest in pellets, I was originally optimistic about the take-home date, now I'm not so sure. I understand Cockatoos are known for regression so I don't want to rush things anyway.
     
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    Fixxer Got ointment?

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    Try a couple more
     
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    We have had ours for 17 years. She is the funniest character you can imagine, BUT...

    She is EXTREMELY dusty.
    She is EXTREMELY destructive.
    She is EXTREMELY loud.

    Definitely not for apartment dwellers (I've always wondered why they call them apartments when they are so close together).

    When I was a roadie, I would bring her broken drumsticks to play with. She made real quick work of those.

    Although I really love this bird, I would not do it again. She wrecks everything she touches.

    All of our furniture has beak marks (kitchen chairs, coffee table, bedframe, rubber gasket on the fridge, you name it).

    When we bought her, they put us in a room with the bird. She was doing her "birdy strut", and instantly, she broke off a piece of the baseboard moulding in the room.;P

    She actually flew away when we first got her- that was a story in itself.