Cockatoos are very lively and affectionate birds. They are quite “cuddly” and bond very closely with their owners. Their sociability and need for affection means they demand a great deal of time from their owners. Deprived of affection, cockatoos will become depressed or exhibit neurotic behaviours. They are intelligent, playful, mischievous, and they can be exceptionally loud. Cockatoos can live between 15 to as long as 80 years so they require a long term commitment from their owners.
Things you might need
- Large Bird Cage
- Food – seed mix, grit, treats
- Food and Water Containers
- Perches and Stands
- Iodine Bell
- Wormer/Mite and Lice Spray/Sulpha
- Perch Covers and Grit Sheets
- Vitamin Supplements
Looking After Cockatoos
With housing the larger the cage the better, a strong cage (wrought iron, stainless steel) is necessary to withstand the cockatoos tough beak and horizontal bars allow the cockatoo to exercise by climbing on the sides of the cage. Cockatoos love to chew and destroy things, so providing chewable toys is a necessity. Softwood toys, tree branches, rope toys, bells and cardboard can all be given. Provide both hanging toys and toys that can be picked up in the feet. Toys with hanging strands simulate preening and are popular with cockatoos.
Cockatoos need a variety of fresh foods along with a good quality avian seed based diet. Seed can be up to 50% of the diet and fresh foods (vegetables, fruits, grains) you prepare should make up the rest. Seeds and seed mixes should only be used as a limited treat item since they are high in fat. Nuts can also be used as a special treat. Seed and water should be changed daily, wash the containers with arm soapy water, rinse and dry well to keep the free of bacteria.