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#46365 - 11/08/04 03:12 AM New Member  
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Hi,
I am a new member, please excuse my ignorance confused I have only had my Cockatoo (Matt)for about a year now. We do not have much information on him as he was a rescue bird with no banding. The shelter we got him from was downsizing as they were getting on in age themselves. Matt will go on my arm and shoulder if I sit on the floor but as soon as I go to get up he flys off...the same thing happens on his cage....I can hold onto his cage and he will get on my arm and I can pat him, hug him, kiss him but as soon as I go to leave his cage area he jumps back on his cage, frown could I get opinions whether Matt will ever feel comfortable to walk around with me......He is such a sweetie... smile I have three german shepherds as well and when somebody goes to come into the driveway of our property not only do the dogs start barking but Matt starts squawking as well, so I have 3 watch dogs and one watch bird. <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" /> He does seem to squawk quite a bit and family members and sometimes even myself get frustrated with his noise..if I go up to the cage and talk and pat him he will quiet down but sometimes he starts up when I am not home, busy or are eating dinner???? Does anyone have suggestions on how to quiet him down???
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#46366 - 11/08/04 04:25 AM Re: New Member  
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Lathomas, it is good that you found this site and you will recieve a lot of help here. To even begin to help you, the members would need to know a history of the bird. What kind of Cockatoo is it? How old is he/ she? Do you know, for sure that it's a male or female?

In the meantime, please use the search feature on the top right of your screen and type in subjects you are interested in, ie, squawking, screaming, social eating, cage attachment, etc. You will find tons of good stuff.

Also, just open up the "General Cockatoo Discussion, forum and read the topics. You will find many that you are interested in and there are many pages of discussed topics. There are many other forums. Keep reading until you read the whole site, you will learn much.

Thanks for taking on a Too in need and I'm sure others will want to help you and make suggestions.

#46367 - 11/08/04 10:18 AM Re: New Member  
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Welcome LAThomas! As Charlie said, you'll want to do a search on vocalizations. You can't "shut him up," because they are built to communicate long distances through heavy forest canopy. Trying to make him be quiet is like telling an opera singer to sing in a whisper - not possible! One thing you can start doing right now is talking quietly (or singing, or whistling) to him when you are out of sight. This reassures them that you are there (they are flock creatures) and all is well. You'll see some discussion of this in several threads. For you and your family, get some earplugs. I use them not only for late afternoon/early morning "scream-fests" (in which I participate), but for working, working out at the gym, movie theaters, concerts, driving, etc. etc. ('toos aren't the only loud things in our society).

I just read your post in "Favorite Foods" - and I would recommend you read the Diet forum as soon as you can. Stay in touch - there is nearly infinite help to be had here!

#46368 - 11/08/04 02:28 PM Re: New Member  
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Thank you for your suggestions....I have read some of the site but I will continue to read....Thank you again smile

#46369 - 11/08/04 04:07 PM Re: New Member  
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Welcome LaThomas and Matt.

Bravo for rescuing instead of purchasing from a store. There is a lot of good info here to help you along in keeping your Too healthy and happy. Keep reading. smile

Marie

#46370 - 11/09/04 06:40 AM Re: New Member  
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lathomas,

What kind of Too do you have? The U2 I have was locked in a cage for a year and was very reluctant to perch on anything other than a perch in the cage. I gradually got him used to my hand, and walking around. I just talk to him, explain the things I see that may scare him and cause him to take flight. I also move very slowly around those areas. Usually after I explain something once I don't have to do it again.

Now with my LSC2s talking doesn't work. For them I put my hand on their back as we walk and it seems to keep them calm.

I hope this helps.

Aloha,

Cub


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