Discussion in 'Cockatoo Causeway' started by Colt Frost, 7/7/18.
Ah, that makes sense lol
This thread got kind of dropped off lol. But I thought of somemore questions, Like: What is the best way to give water? I've seen people use bowls, or they use this weird kind of bottle thing that has a little dish at the bottom? And how long should a cockatoo have dark (how long should they sleep)? Do cockatoos really enjoy listening to music? And a follow up question, what is their favorite genre of music? (lol) And then finally, do they like bathes?
All my birds have used bowls/dishes, so that's what I use.
I like my 'toos...and all my birds... to have 11 to 12 hours of sleep every day.
Milton does like music...at times. I usually have oldies music on our satellite radio...my wife listens to the Elvis channel in the other room.
Milton would LIVE in the shower if he could. When he hears someone in the bathroom, he runs over, opens the door, and yells, "WANT A WET NOW!" The bird is literally obsessed with water...
I use bowls. Water bottles can build up bacteria and a lot of birds don't know how to use them. My bird gets about 10 hours of sleep. I would like him to have more but with my work schedule it's hard for me to get him to bed before 8:30 and he insists on being up by 6:30. Elvis loves when I sing to him but just looks confused when I play music for him- like he doesn't understand where it's coming from.
You'd think Elvis would really like music...considering his name...
Or a better taste in music other than my singing. Of course, he usually sings along which makes my singing voice seem like Idina Menzel in comparison. Lol. One time Howie even rushed in to see what was wrong and I explained that Elvis was just singing. Lol.
I only use bowls for water with my Goffin's although I've used water bottles with other birds in the past but they got good at removing them so no more water bottles. I could imagine that a Goffin's would be able to remove one very quickly. Also more difficult to clean out the bottles although I did have a special cleaning brush for them.
My Goffin's does like music. She bobs up and down and dances. She gets about 10-12 hours of darkness and she loves bathing. She uses her water dish as a bathtub and after she's emptied it and I refill it she will continue bathing.
I was wondering about the showering thing because I've seen birds that absolutely go crazy for it, and then I've also seen birds absolutely hate it lol. Thanks for the input!
That's what I was thinking on the water bottle too, but I've seen people use them and just wondered about them.
I really hope when I get one it dances like that. It's so cute when they do from what i've seen lol.
LOL. Elvis does that with his water bowl too!
I think Keno read my mind when I posted about her bathing in her water dish. After I posted that I went upstairs and Keno and the bottom of the cage were wet and most of the water in the dish was gone.
LOL. On shower days, I'll change Elvis's papers like 4 times. It's like once he has a bath he decides the entire day must be dedicated to bathing.
Of course they generally take the baths after we have given them fresh water and replaced the paper.
Yes, E did have a couple of days like that when he was here...
Maybe to start off with birds I could start with maybe a conure? This is a new thought I just had. I'm relatively young, but from what I remember of the rules, I'm not allowed to say my age. But do conures eat roughly the same diet? (Chop, Pellets, and seeds?) And do would it be able to eat the same kinds of pellets and seeds? (Volkman avian science hookbill seed, and Hagen tropican lifetime formula for parrots). And if you don't want to go back to where I posted the chop recipe I'm going to go with, I'll post it again. Carrots, Butternut squash, a little mango, kale, broccoli, a little spinach, bell pepper, ginger, peas, beet root, quinoa, steel cut oats, a little brown rice, green beans, chick peas in water (or fresh), pomegranate, a little banana, a little pear, turmeric powder, ginger powder, and mint. And does the 20% of body weight apply to conures to? If so, a sun conure (the I most want), or a pineapple conure, weigh about 100-120 grams, so would I feed 1/2 tbsp chop, 1 tbsp pellet, and 1/4 tbsp seed?
And I also like gold capped and Maroon bellied.
If you're a minor, I would think very carefully about if getting a bird now is a good idea. There are young people on here who are wonderful bird owners. But if you plan to go away to school, travel, etc a bird can be a hindrance. And a life long commitment. A goffin can live 50 plus years. A conure probably in the 20s, I think. I'm guessing that's older than you are. And a bird needs to be a family commitment. Since it means no Teflon pans, no candles, etc. Just some things to thing about. But yes, conures are also very nice birds and are probably less difficult than a cockatoo.
I don't mean to make it seem like I'm really self obsessed I guess, but I think of myself as pretty responsible. I have maintained 6 fish tanks for over a year now by myself (with the occasional fish food 4 dollars from mom), I have a leopard gecko, and 28 chickens I care for mainly by myself, but sometimes my mom comes and helps me feed and water them at night. And I've been looking at colleges and the one near me starting next year has all the courses I was going to go out of state for which are Marine biology, Invertebrate zoology, and aquatic zoology. So I might not have to leave for schooling, and I have to take a 1-2 years at said college because I'm taking classes through them right now. We don't really use candle except for incense, but my dad is allergic to them, so my mom's considering getting rid of them already. And as for the non stick pans, why are they bad for birds?
""PFCs: Global Contaminants: Teflon and other non-stick pans kill birds. Bird enthusiasts and veterinarians have known for decades that Teflon-coated and other non-stick cookware, if heated to high temperatures, is acutely toxic to birds. ... The new heat lamp bulbs were polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coated."
There is an awful lot you don't know that can kill a bird in a blink.
Oh, goodness. Thank you guys for telling me about this. I think my mom has 1-2 non stick pans. But I could probably convince her to get rid of them lol. Or I could keep the bird at the other house. We're building a little extension on the house we rent out where I'm going to put my fish tanks, would a conure be ok being in the same room as 6 fish tanks? Or would the humidity be too high? The room will of course be ventilated, insulated, heated, and cooled. And are there any other very common things that can kill a bird? I will probably get a de-humidifier for the room.
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