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How Do I Care for a Rose Breasted Cockatoo?

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Caring for a rose breasted cockatoo involves giving it a cage with plenty of space, food and water, and lots of attention. It is also important to properly groom a rose breasted cockatoo; they tend to give off small clouds of dusty dander when they flap their wings. Spraying down your rose breasted cockatoo with a light misting of water a few times a day should keep this problem to a minimum.

Rose breasted cockatoos are typically active birds, and this is why a roomy cage is important. They normally like to have room to walk around in their cage, and tend to appreciate the presence of toys to keep them occupied. Many owners let their rose breasted cockatoos out of their cages occasionally to explore the house. This can help to satisfy the naturally curious nature of these birds, but it is important to to watch them closely so they do not escape. If there is a way to get out, these intelligent birds will likely find it.

The diet of a rose breasted cockatoo should generally include nuts, fruits, and various seeds. These birds may also eat commercial pellets. It is important to limit the amount of oil in their diet because they are prone to developing fatty tumors. Most birds are able to eat sunflower seeds with no problems, but they should not be fed to rose breasted cockatoos because of the high oil content.

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One of the most important things you can give your rose breasted cockatoo is lots of attention. These birds may get bored easily and usually don't appreciate being ignored. They will occasionally make life very unpleasant for anyone who isn't giving them as much attention as they feel they need. It is not uncommon for a neglected rose breasted cockatoo to make loud screeching sounds when it wants attention. They also might start chewing off their own feathers if they are feeling left out.

One way to give your rose breasted cockatoo attention is by training it to talk. These birds are fast learners and are generally able to learn to say many things. They are also capable of learning tricks. Rose breasted cockatoos often enjoy learning new things and will appreciate the time you spend trying to teach it. If it appears that you can't give your bird as much attention as it requires, you might consider getting another bird to keep it company.

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Lostnfound
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@Grivusangel -- Tell me about it. Our neighbors (in the apartment) had a cockatoo -- seems like it was a rose breasted -- and even though they spent a lot of time with it, it still screamed in the morning and at night. They said this was normal parrot behavior. It probably is, but it's not conducive to a peaceful night's sleep in an apartment complex!

The woman in the apartment used to bake something she called "birdy bread" for the bird, and it pretty much ate a lot of the same things they did. She cooked for the bird, too, because she said they were healthier when you did. I guess so, because the bird always looked very content, and he was very friendly, so maybe a really varied diet is the key to keeping them healthy and happy and free from feather-plucking issues.

Grivusangel
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Just my opinion, but cockatoos are a breed of parrot that really shouldn't be kept as a pet. Yes, they're intelligent and active, and engaging, but this social nature can also lead to very self-destructive behaviors, like feather-picking. Some owners have had to buy little apron-looking shirts for their cockatoos to help discourage the bird from plucking breast feathers, or even tearing their own skin open.

The rose breasted cockatoo is probably easier to care for than an umbrella or Moluccan, but they can develop the same issues. A neglected bird will almost invariably develop these behaviors.

Parrot rescues always have more cockatoos than they can find good homes for. Cockatoos are *loud* birds, too, so owners need to consider the possible noise level, too -- including their neighbors. They're not apartment birds.

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