GOFFIN COCKATOOS BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING
Goffin cockatoos will live approximately 40 years. They are very social, preferring, in the wild, to live in flocks of twenty or more birds. They are affectionate and energetic and will suit a wide variety of people. Great care should be taken in choosing a goffin that has been hand raised by a reputable breeder as poorly weaned goffins can develop behavioral problems that include a tendency to screech very loudly. Their screeching can be controlled by giving them plenty of attention, affection and activities.
goffins cockatoo training session.
A newly weaned goffin in a new environment will often cry and whine and screech if its needs are not met. Stressed or unhappy goffins can become depressed and refuse to eat if they are allowed to remain hungry for any period of time at all. Offer to hand feed your new goffin once or twice a day, especially early in the day, regardless of its age, when it first comes into your home. This will reassure the goffin that it will be taken care of and loved. Continue offering to hand feed your goffin cockatoo for at least a week and possible two, depending on the individual goffin. If the new goffin does not appear to eat well on its own, continue the hand feeding until it does begin eating healthily on its own.
Goffins love to climb and chew and play. They should be provided with a variety of toys and the toys should be changed out frequently so they will not become bored with them.
Goffin cockatoos have an extremely high energy level and will need the biggest cage possible. The minimum size cage should be at least 24 X 36. Goffins should not be allowed outside of the cage without constant supervision. All that energy means that they can cause a great deal of damage and trouble unless supervised carefully. This is another reason that they should be provided the largest cage possible. Cockatoo cages may not be large enough to accommodate your goffin’s energy and it might be wise to consider a large macaw cage.
Provide your goffin cockatoo with rope swings, wooden perches, nest boxes and plenty of wooden toys. Goffins will chew tirelessly and their toys and perches will need to be replaced frequently.