Just got a goffins
Posted 12 April 2011 - 01:39 AM
I just got a goffins cockatoo 2 days ago. Her name is Angel and she is very sweet. She belonged to my neighbor who passed away and her son was going to do something very bad to her, I told him I would take her. Now anytime I am thinking about getting a new pet I do research like crazy. I am a respected (well I think i am, lol) member of a reptile forum and a saltwater fish forum. But birds I really know nothing about.
So I've been doing research non stop for the last week. I thought I read every piece of info on goffins. Then came the day I actually got her, lol.
So when I used to see her at my neighbors she was so sweet. I've never heard her scream or anything. She was very content. Tonight she started screaming, and I mean SCREAMING, lol. I'm not to concerned with that.
She has always been cage happy. She wants to be in her cage or on top of it. When anyone would try to get her off the cage she'd kinda run away. My neighbor used to have to force her off the cage by just grabbing her feet. My problem is I'm afraid I'm going to hurt her if I do that.
How can I get this bird to trust me? She isn't aggressive, but even when I try to pet her she trys to get away. I know it will take some time but would really like any tips you folks can offer.
Also she has been sitting on top of her cage and it looks like she is chewing something, her beak just goes and goes like she is talking, but doesn't make a sound. what does that mean?
Any tips on what is the best food for a G2? I've read this forum about the diets they should have but was just hoping to get some more opinions.
What are good treats and how much is to much? She really likes oranges. She wants nothing to do with apples. I thought I read somewhere that to much citrus is not good, but how much is to much?
She is a very sweet girl, I'm sure she misses her owner. She has been well taken care of and is in perfect feather. Her toes are even painted, lol. I have all the vet bills and she has a very nice, big new cage.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 02:25 AM
As for trust, that will come in time, and I doubt it'll be too long either. Goffins love attention. Give it to her, but in small amounts, and off an on. Not when she 'calls' for you. Goffins are master manipulators, and if you can resist, you're a stronger owner than I. Just take it slow, talk with her lots, offer her treats (you'll find the ones she loves) when you approach her.
The beak motions you're talking about are I think beak grinding. Parrots do this when relaxed and sleepy. You may even hear the small grinding noise they can make.
Foods are everything healthy. Fruit, veggies, cooked veggie pasta, cheerios (a great treat), grapes and bananas are usually favorites also. Beans soaked overnight and cooked, cooked eggs, small amounts of cheddar are OK, but only a little, and not to often. I also buy healthy snacks that my birds can share with me. I like some of the kashi stuff. Whole grain breads toasted, and spread with a little peanut butter are another treat mine love. Seeds are also good in small amounts, and pellets offered in a bowl during the day to snack on round out a good diet. Oranges are good, but not large amounts daily. Mix up what she eats. If saved for treats, they may work great. Nuts are something mine doesn't like, but try them with yours. Almonds, walnuts, pinenuts, pecans, etc. They're fattening, so go easy on them also.
Caffeine, sugar, chocolate, avacodo, are no no's. Non stick cookware is also deadly if overheated. Aerosol sprays can damage delicate lungs. So be careful with air fresheners and cleaners. Candles are another thing that it's wise to stop using (if you do).
Screaming (calling) is just something parrots do. As long as it's not going on for hours, it's completely normal. Greetings can be noisy, and several times a day you'll hear vocalizing just because she's a parrot. Don't pay it too much attention, and it shouldn't go on for too long.
Make sure she has toys to chew, shred, and play with. Try several types until you can see which are her favorites. Toys are a never ending expense.
Have fun! Goffins are the clowns of the parrot world, and little love sponges too. You've a new companion that'll be with you for the next 40+ years. Get to know her, and she'll reward you're patience and love forever.
Oh, one more thing, lol. I also do the 'leg grab' when my little Too is being a pain. Don't you try that just yet though! But sometimes getting a toe is all I need, the little Too follows.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 02:05 PM
I'm going to by a clicker today. The training will start, lol.
Posted 13 April 2011 - 01:52 PM
LMAO, I thought she was a little big for a goffins. I looked at all the vet bills and it just says cockatoo, not the type., lol Well now I know.
Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:22 PM
They're also just 'more' IMO. More needy, more voice, more crest, more displaying, more sensitive, etc.... Umbrellas and Mollucans are the top Cockatoos in rescues. They're the hardest to keep emotionally stable, they're also the original velcro bird. While velcro Toos are great for our ego, it's bad for the bird. They need to be taught some independency, and that 'mamma' is not a 24 hour perch.
They're the most awesome companion bird in the world, for the right owner. Good luck.
Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:22 PM
U2s are bigger much bigger. Louder and also Goffin beaks are pale horn colored. U2s black.
My brother was about to get a goffin but road curved on him. And I was looking into adopting a umbrella. But to large for me just yet. I got my amazon instead.
By the way your too is beautiful. Congrats to your new life long companion. Yay
Thankyou so much for my WONDERFUL sig macawpower58!!
Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:35 PM
All the info I have given you remains, so I wont repost it, unless someone would like me to...
For now, I'll re-link to the image of an umbrella and goffin's next to eachother!
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AND! Between all the places you may have signed up to, I believe you should be able to get quite a wide range of information and advice! I'll be keeping a closer eye on you and Angel, though! And I hope you are able to learn everything you need to know for this white beauty!
Posted 21 April 2011 - 01:08 PM
Toys, they are huge chewers and destructive birds.. Of course you want to get bird safe wood, a cheap and effective way to curb their appeitie for destruction is UNTREATED 2x4s cut into sections, if you are handy with a drill... you can drill a hole in the center and hang it with some recycled chain from previous toys, stay away from Oak trees and acrons the tanins in them is toxic to birds. Dog wood, citrus trees are good. To much citrus has Iron and they can not get rid of the iron in their diet. Organic fruits and vegetables are best.. sweet potatoes mashed are a favorite around my house. I just add some mealed flax seed in it and a little warm water and they eat and eat..
Wheat pasta is another favorite around my house.
Coconut milk can help replenish electrolytes......
is he flighted? or Clipped?
I am glad you got him and didnt let that evil soul take him and do horrid things to him.
Sometimes at night they scream and this is natural because they use that as communication to other memebers of their flock out in the wild.
Posted 23 April 2011 - 12:45 AM
She is clipped. I'm still having a problem getting her to eat certain things. She loves sunflower seeds, oranges, blueberrys and walnuts. She took some cantalope from me once but was not impressed, lol. So far she hasn't taken any veggies at all. I even just put it in her food dish and it ends up on the bottom of the cage.
I'm going to a real good pet store tomorrow to get a scale and maybe a tree. I havent gotten a scale yet because she won't get off of her cage so I couldn't get her on it anyway. We are making progress with this though.There really aren't any good pet stores around me. I still haven't seen her play with any toys yet. I spent about 100 bucks on toys when i got her and she isn't interested. But put some cardboard on her cage and she destroys it.
And yes, she sure can scream. All day she doesn't make a sound but every night around 7:30 she screams. Sometimes she screams when the dog goes outside but not to loud.
Posted 24 April 2011 - 10:42 AM
Posted 24 April 2011 - 01:03 PM
Kuja actually does that "I want to stay on the top of my cage" thing every now and then. I just sit there with my hand out (my hand is close to me, not towards him) waiting for him to come to me.
Having a trusting relationship is a fine balance between doing things on their terms (aka let him come to you instead of you going to him) and having him listen to you.
If he does "step up" then do a little exercise of a bunch of those back to back and making a big deal when he does it "GOOD BIRDY" and such. If you get excited about something, most likely your bird will too.
Posted 27 April 2011 - 12:57 AM
I've been working with her doing the clicker. For a few days she would put on foot on my arm while going after the treat. Then she actually did both feet and stood there for awhile. When she realized what she was doing she snatched the treat, ran into her cage and pretty muched slammed the door behind herself. It was very funny. I've never seen her close the door before.
I've tried peas and carrots. It's a no go. I eat a banana every morning. She seems interested but when I offer her a bite she doesn't want it.
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