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The Moluccan Cockatoo

The Moluccan Cockatoo

"Moluccan Cockatoos are the largest, loudest and most difficult Cockatoo to raise -- and require extremely consistent training"

I know first hand how quickly a Moluccan Cockatoo can go from that sweet cuddly bundle of feathers to a fearful, evil, screaming devil -- because when I was 12 years old my parents bought one from a local pet store.

Like most Moluccan Cockatoo's ours was so sweet and gentle. We bought if from a very reputable breeder, it had been hand fed, and everything went very smoothly for the first 4 years of our Moluccan Cockatoos life. We played with him daily, he got plenty of attention and we even trained him to talk, which can be difficult for Moluccan Cockatoos to do.

But like 99% of Cockatoo owners, we didn't train him to do anything except step up.

This was a HUGE mistake! Because as a Moluccan Cockatoo reaches sexual maturity around 5 years of age, his hormones start to flare up, he went into breeding mode, and the s@%t hit the fan because it hadn't been taught a language of communication that it could understand.

A Moluccan Cockatoo will act very much like a child entering the terrible two stage... the reason a Moluccan acts out is because it has no other way to express it's feelings, concerns and needs to you -- except by screaming and biting.

So that's what happens to the VAST majority of Moluccan Cockatoos. They get over their cuddly baby stage, and the start screaming for attention when they want it, and biting when they want to go back to their cages.

Moluccan Cockatoos With Crest Up

This is just the beginning of the problem, because the owners start to become afraid of their Cockatoo and spend less and less time with him as time goes on -- after all they don't like getting bit by him. This sudden halt to all attention causes a downward spiral for the Moluccan, making him act out even worse, resulting in even LESS attention from it's owners and so on, and so on, until the bird is left abandoned, given up for rescue, or declared that it was meant to be a breeder's bird and stuck in a breeding nest box to never see the light of day again.

So before ever considering a Moluccan you'd better take a long hard look at yourself and really see if you're willing to put in the commitment it takes to raise one... because it's a full time job.

There is some hope for raising a well adjusted Moluccan Cockatoo

If your reading this, and already own a Moluccan Cockatoo, and are committed to raising him the right way, you need to do two things. You need to first get your hands on a good parrot training course, there are a few good ones out there, but one that I think is particularly helpful at fixing behavior problems is Chet Womach's course for the Moluccan Cockatoo.
And the second thing I would suggest doing is pulling out your wallet and being willing to pay a top avian behavior consultants like Liz Wilson or Kim Bear to consistently coach you as your bring up your baby bird.  It's not something you can just pay $50 one time and have all the answers.  New situations will come up, and you'll want to have already established a relationship with someone like these ladies, so you have someone to turn to.
 
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