Large White Cockatoo's are popular pets because they are so cuddly. But this large pet bird is a handful. They have no worry about voicing their needs. We've got the experience and supplies to make their care easier.
Social flock animals that are incredibly busy, Cockatoo parrots need a lot of training and interaction to make them fun pets to be around. They call loudly back and forth to their flock all hours of the day. And their Jekle and Hyde personality of a cuddle bird one moment and a rambuncous, unpredictable bird the next is challenging. A bored Cockatoo is likely to get out of the cage and tear up the furniture and woodwork in your home while you're at work. With one of the strongest beaks in pet parrots and the smartest minds too, these birds need a patient, experienced owner.
Despite these characteristics, people flock to cockatoo's as pets due to their reputation for being the most cuddly of birds. To make long term care of these beautiful birds successful, you'll need to know a few things, especially how to handle these rambunctious birds.
The more bird safe wood that you can provide your cockatoo, the better. No need to spend $100's on toys, although a toy or two a month will get their use. Any safe items that encourge foraging, chewing, exploration and simply keep the bird busy are welcome. Check out Parrot Enrichment for tips on making your own bird toys.
Cockatoo's need heavy duty toys that promote chewing, foraging, digging with their feet and problem solving. Plan on offering your bird several reusable foraging toys that require time and problem solving to obtain nutritious food. In nature, these birds feed both on the ground and in trees. They can be seen digging out nutritious roots with their feet and beak or up in trees opening hard-shelled seed pods and nuts. Cockatoos are like hyper-active kids on steriods.
Foraging Toys for Large Parrots
Wood toys with holes drilled to hide nuts and dried fruits and vegetables provide a great outlet for the foraging needs of these birds. Get a Birdy Bracketset to turn an untreated 2x4 into a perch or affordable foraging toy. Drill holes in the 2x4 to hide nuts, toy parts or dried fruits. Highly dexterious, hide cut fresh vegetables for your parrot to find and use as a foot toy.
Cockatoo's need socialization and exercise. Plan on allowing your cockatoo out of its cage for supervised play at least once a day. Be aware that a cockatoo is a wood chewing buzz-saw. A great way to socialize and bond with your cockatoo is to create feeding rituals allowing the bird to eat during your meal time. Another great outlet for yoru intelligent bird is to teach it bird tricks. Due to their intelligent nature, Cockatoo's need mental stimulation in the form of bird training toys and fun interactive games.
Cockatoo's need a fairly consistent routine. Here is a great resource for planning your cockatoo care.