My wife and I recently bought a cockatoo from an owner. , with the following caveats, he bites and is pulling feathers.My wife has always wanted a 'too, but we rapidly discovered we were vastly under prepared. My wife was bitten repeatedly(we have learned some birdie body language). We were told Keke enjoys cuddles, and he did the first 24 hours. We decided we would educate ourselves to provide the best life for our new feathered child. A Pinterest search for cockatoo behavior found this site. We started with a visit to an avian vet, which turned out to be good information, and eventually a DNA result which tells us the gender of our new baby(a boy).
In spite of the screaming(which we have learned is mostly normal), and the biting(which we are trying to discourage and/or avoid), we are searching books and online to become the best bird parents we can be. We have ZERO intention of allowing Keke to father parrots, we arent equipped to responsibly breed parrots. Keke is kept in a suitable cage, and we are working toward having him interact outside the cage as we build trust(both his and ours). My wife wants to be Keke's "person", but we understand that choice is ultimately the birds'
We welcome constructive advice, and seek to educate ourselves to best provide for our bird