How to breed a cockatoo Raising a cockatoo can be an extremely rewarding experience if done correctly. But if it’s done badly, you will have a real problem on your hands. A moody, moody teenager is much nicer than a rude cockatoo. It is much easier to properly breed your cockatoo right from the start than it is to solve problems afterward.
BREEDING A COCKATOO
How to breed a cockatoo
Buy a high-quality seed specially made for cockatoos and top it off with fresh produce and nuts. The fruits can be fresh or dried. If you give dried fruits, however, make sure that they are organic and without additives. Dried fruits and vegetables are beneficial because they last longer, which is great for travel. If you wet it with a little hot water just before feeding them, your cockatoo will certainly do the dance of happiness. Cockatoos parrots get most of their protein from legumes, beans, cheese, cooked eggs, sprouts. From time to time, a small piece of cooked meat or fish can be eaten. Cockatoo pellets are available if your vet feels that your feathered friend is not meeting their nutritional needs sufficiently. But forgo citrus fruits if you give them granules.
Your cockatoo needs exercise to be healthy and happy. Give your cockatoo three to four hours of play outside the cage and at least an hour of interaction with you each day. The playrooms, specially designed for large birds, are also ideal for your bird to meet its exercise needs. The cage should be large enough that it can move around and accommodate lots of perches and toys. About 1 meter wide and 90 centimeters deep. Cockatoos love large, shelled nuts, so allow him to slice them open himself to occupy him and provide an outlet for his energy. Your cockatoo should be resting enough, at least 10 to 12 hours in a dark, quiet room.
Cockatoos are very intelligent birds that need a lot of entertainment, enrichment, and challenges. There are many books and videos on the market to teach you how to train your cockatoo to perform all kinds of cool tricks like talking, turning, throwing a ball, and just about anything a dog can do. Learning your cockatoo’s tricks will not only bond you to him but will ensure that you have a happy, well-balanced cockatoo that doesn’t bite or self-harm. Leave a television or radio on to keep him company. Plan plenty of puzzles, games, toys, and things to chew on and explore for him to occupy while you are away.
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How to breed a cockatoo
Cockatoos can be affected by the same diseases as other exotic birds, but they are particularly susceptible to several of them:
- Psittacidae beak and feather disease is one such disease. It is a virus, often fatal, that attacks the system responsible for creating and maintaining feathers.
- Obesity is also a problem as many cockatoos eat too much fat and don’t exercise enough. Obesity leads to lipomas, or fatty tumors, and fatty liver disease.
- Bumblebee foot is characterized by swelling of the feet and lesions that release a pus-like substance.
- Self-harm and feathering can be caused by a physical or emotional problem. It should be checked immediately before it is too far advanced to be treated.
If you think cockatoos are a challenge, expensive, and time-consuming, you are right. These highly intelligent and fascinating birds are not for everyone. Make sure you have the time, money, and resources to raise her properly. Otherwise, he’ll be just another abandoned cockatoo looking for a home.
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