Animal Stories - Mollucan Cockatoo

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   The Moluccan Cockatoo has an orangish pink accent in its crest, and a lightly tint on the body!
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Darren - 2012-12-10
Just four days ago my family and I became companions to a mollucan Cockatoo named Jamie and he is approximately 30 years old. His owner was unable to give him the required attention any longer and she reluctantly needed to find him a loving home. He had been plucking out his feathers and generally misbehaving so I eagerly took him in. He is doing well but he is slightly nervous with me, although I am able to hand feed him he is not willing to allow me to touch him yet. Last night while spending some time w/ him my wife approached the cage and to our surprisese he came out of his cage and was extremely affectionatete w/ her, allowing her to pet him, hold his back, and even climb onto her arm. I will admit that I am a bit jealous but very happy to see Jamie in such a happy state. Does anyone have some advice on how to teach him to accept me and the rest of my family or has chosens his person?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-10
    Cockatoos are usually a family bird and will get along with all members.   The moluccan probably went to your wife right away as she sesnse or sees some familiar between your wife and the previous owner.  I would think given some more time and a few treats for bribes he would adjust to other members of the family.  Feed him/her treats with your hand.  Let him be closer to you while on his perch when you are eating dinner/lunch and feed him from your plate.  Talk to him.  If the previous owner had similar hair or was the same sex or  etc etc - the molluccan senses the familiarity.  It has only been 4 days and this takes awhile so hang in there.
  • Darren - 2012-12-11
    thanks for the advice Charlie, I will keep you posted on our progress. I am sure in time he will adjust and be very happy in his new home but if i may, any additional advice on his feather plucking would be greatly appreciated as well. I am aware that this is one of the hardest ticks for them to stop but it is very sad to see him continue pulling his new feathers despitee almost constant attention . is there a product than can help w/ this? he also picks at the dry skin on his feet which leads me to believe that perhaps he is uncomfortable. I am allowing his to sample every thing we eat ( except Avocado's and fatty processed meats) along w/ fruits and veggies.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-11
    Lots of toys, lot of wood to chew up.  Buy an untreated pine 2 x 4 and cut into pieces and let him at them.  Aloe Bird Bath that you spritz him with can sometimes help with the dry skin.  Walnuts - just crack them in half and they are on sale after holidays really help cuz oil for dry skin.  Almonds help.  You can think about possibly a collar later.  They work as they prevent them from plucking but I am not crazy about them as can upset them also.  The flight suits birds wear - some birds like and some don't but they can help.  Go slowly when introducing and make a game out of it for him.  I'd wait till he is a little more settled in the home and used to your guys though.  He won't be plucking when you are holding him.  Good luck - it is hard -
  • Darren - 2012-12-12
    Thank you so much! that was more valuable information that I was able to find after hours of research, I will check back in to update you w/ our progress.
reaperess67 - 2012-12-06
I have just rescued a mollucan cockatoo -  had her about a month and a half. She's wonderful. A little loud sometimes. We've been working on trust issues. She now comes on my arm frequently if I go to her cage, not all the time, but most. Then she rests on my chest and just wants me to pet her and talk to her. Tonight she was a little weird, so I figured she just needed more talk and contact and she started rocking back and forth while laying on me. Next thing I know, she laid an egg on me. I know absolutely nothing on birds, and was wondering if this is normal? I also will be going on vacation for 6 days over christmas. My brother in law will be staying here to take care of her. Should that be sufficient for her? Any comments are greatly appreciated.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-07
    Not abnormal.  Parrots will sometimes lay eggs without a mate.  I have to admit i have never heard of a parrot laying an egg on a person but there is a first time for everything.  Take a bowl/ box anything and put some shredded newspaper or paper towle in it and put the egg in the bowl or box.  She will probably lay two more.  After about 30 days or when she gets bored with the eggs just throw them out.  Don't be too concerned if she gets a little protective of the eggs or testy with you while this process is going on.  It is obvious she loves you and trusts you cuz the laying of the head on the chest and waiting to be petted is the love a cockatoo has for its human.  Good luck.
Janet Tuckwell - 2012-07-18
I have a mutant cockatoo that is mixed with Goffin, he is tiny like the Goffin but is 'peachy/pink' in color like the Mollucan. He is naughty! I just rescued him about 2.5 months ago and he had picked his chest and neck totally bare and now he is covered with beautiful feathers. He only ate pellets and now that I feed him fresh fruit and veggies and seeds mixed with pellets his battered looking feathers are now very pretty and have a beautiful peach tint to them. I'm just working on the stepping up and the screaming. He is a very smart little bugger and all he wants/needs is attention

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-19
    Hybrid between the goffin and moluccan?  Yes cockatoos are very smart and extremely affectionate and they want atention.  Once your little guy has you trained (and it sounds like it is working) you will have a lifelong friend
  • Rosa - 2012-08-05
    I just rescue mollucan cookatoo what do I do he picking is feathers out and trying to put its food under is wings acts to be like he itching
iVibe - 2010-10-14
I recently acquired a (12 year old?) male Moluccan Cockatoo. He began to sneeze this evening. I have had him three days. His previous owner was very afraid of him. Supposedly a woman had owned him. I am a single, older woman myself. When I went to pick up the bird, he stepped right onto my arm with a "death grip" and has sat upon a (small) cage for the past three days, entering the cage at night. I realized he is as afraid of me as I began to become somewhat intimidated by him but offered no "feedback" and remained calm. He is settling into what I would consider a regular schedule. He is near a North-facing window and loves to watch the birds outside. He has had two, short-minute screeching sessions but nothing I would consider abnormal. I was outside the window yesterday and he was knocking on the window, I suppose, at me. I have been observing him from a distance yet interaction by offering food and water by hand. He moves very slow, almost sloth-like unless I accidentally startled him (when I was intimidated) and he flapped his wings onto the back of my head from atop his cage. Now I enter the area by announcing his name and giving a laugh which he imitates on occasion. A few times he began to make noise - almost alien sounding - but the laugh is the only recognizable noise I have heard thus far. I do care greatly for birds and would not want to get him used to constant attention but want to be able to handle him. I sit in the same room hours on end, on the computer. Today he flew to the floor and wandered about, trying to get into a silk tree at the other end of the room. When I entered and up-righted the tree, he walked calmly back to climb back to his cage. I was very surprised that he recognizes this as "his" area. I can't say enough about the intelligence of any creatures we share this earth with. I don't agree that nature should be domesticated but have a cockatiel that I indulge greatly. It took the cockatiel 4 months to warm to me but now expects a head scratch upon my approach. I offer a cup of water to the Cockatoo to which he drinks with gratefulness (very easy to see), and does have two clean water's to his avail. I provide seed and fresh fruit. The sneezing is concerning me though and yet not the only reason I write. If anyone can provide me with some other suggestions, all are welcome. His tail is only slightly frayed and he has not lost any other feathers. His previous owner (of 6 months) was a man without time and who was "very" afraid of this bird, ducking at the bird's every move. When I walked the bird to my car on my arm, the man stayed 6' behind me and the cockatoo hissed the entire way. He has not hissed once since being here the past three days. Well, wish me luck? I'd like to see all caged birds in a giant aviary. My other concern is the safety of my cockatiel who is deathly fearful of the cockatoo so I have her in another room but she will fly into a wall or window if she sees the cockatoo! I have to have day surgery and my pea-brain is trying to come up with a solution to being away for the day and the birds being safe together (I live in a small, three room trailer). Thanks again

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  • Christine Bell - 2010-12-09
    iVibe, congratulations to you for taking on this wonderful bird. Mollucans aren't the easiest birds to handle. It sounds like he really did not like his former owner (the hissing ) and he is bonding to you. I have two female mollucans and had a male before them that I dearly loved. I would be sure your bird is kept warm and out of drafts if he is sneezing. He may have a cold. Warmth is the very best thing for a bird who is sick. But you may have to take him to an avian vet if he doesn't improve.
    I keep my birds flighted as I feel it keeps them way healthier. But I realize that this is very difficult in a small space as cockatoos can get into everything and must be watched at all times if free flying! I keep mine in a large heated aviary. They are so much fun to watch flying around. I do think the exercise is so healthy for them and keeps them happy.
    My first Mollucan did not know how to fly. He had been clipped from early on. It took me a year to get him to fly (once his flight feathers grew in). He started by hopping to my arm and then I would stand further and further away from him. Gradually he gained strength and then he could fly quite well.
  • Anonymous - 2011-11-09
    Hi I read your post and thought I might offer an little insite from my own experience. I have a 31 year old female M2 named wackoo. I had not had her very long when I realized she was sneezing every once in a while I went to the friend of mine who had given her to me to care for. He said she mimics sneezing every time someone around her has a cold. And low and behold I had just gotten over the flu. About a week after I stopped sneezing, so did she, though she still does it every once and a while then she laughs at me. If you're really worried take your little one to the vet. But I thought I would let you know sometimes it can just be something they are doing to get you attention or to entertain themselves. Good luck!
  • Angelique Marie Delgado - 2012-03-24
    If you did not want to give him constant attention then you should never have gotten a cockatoo. I have a cockatoo and he requires alot of attention, if they do not get the loving attention they need regularly, they will start pulling out feathers and biting. There is no reason to be intimidated by him. If you pay attention to him by holding, talking, cuddling (which cockatoos love will be very friendly with you and will start talking clearly. It is like the old saying goes, you get as good as you give. As for your cockateil you have got to have his wings clipped for his own safety. As with anyother animal on the planet they have to get accustomed to eachother and that does not happen over night. Suggestion have someone you trust completely to spend the day/night at your home to take care of the birds, as you can't leave them cooped up so long.
krystal - 2011-11-05
My grandprents have Admiral, hes a mollucan cockatoo.Hes been in the family for awile.Admiral only likes my grandfather ,howeve he does seek attention from everyone.No one wants to take the chance to get him out of his cage becuase he runs a muck,chaseing people ,andif you dont run or avoid him he will bite. I make him toys to help entertain him and share penutbutter with him by his cage.Unsurprisenly he bit me recently while tryeno give him a toy. how can i get this bird to like me and what can i do to e him out . he does not get out that much becuase he likes to eat the furniture ect. is there like a bird play yard ? could he be train to siton a perch ,so he could be included in the family. ps when i sAid he dont get out much i ment heonly gets out once a day for like a hour with my pops.

Neil - 2010-09-14
I was wondering what the comfort temp is for a Mollucan Cockatoo? I've just became a proud owner of a beautiful mollucan cockatoo named Miestro. My
family and I are just in love with him and I think the feelings are the same back.

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  • jim - 2011-10-15
    i also just got one i was told 70 degrees
brian - 2011-04-11
I got a 12 yr old male moluccan cockatoo. He's a super sweet bird but lately I noticed he'll go to a corner of his cage and start shaking and sounds almost like he's hissing. Does anyone know why he's doing this? Please tell me. Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-11
    Shaking - like his body is shaking as if trembling? Feather crest up or down and body feathers out or flat? Cage looks out a window? Cockatoos will do a sort of shakey thing where there body seems to treble and a low almost growl vs hiss. I can't say for sure but breeding season is one thing. Is something out the window? Is this just a short 30 - 60 second trembling than my guess is breeding thing. Feather crest up and wings out and flapping and head bobbing with big noise - well you probably know that is normal for attention. I found that mine only did it in the spring and I was told something like the scent in the air and hormones. Mine was a female though and she started it about 9 years old.
Carla L - 2009-12-29
I am the owner of a beatiful 12 year old Moluccan Cockatoo named Bacardi. I have had her since she was a baby and she is very bonded to me. She is very loveable and friendly to most. This past year she started mutilating her chest. I have been treating her for the past 4 months or so and it is getting very expensive. I see this appears to be a common problem in their teenage years. I am new to this site so I'm learing how to communicate with those of you that have posted comments about this horrible mutilation problem. I'm in the process of getting some result back from a specialist to confirm anything going on healthwise. I'm getting very frustrated and worried I won't have the necessary money needed to continue such treatment. Anyone out there that can give me some hope?

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  • annmarie and boo - 2010-02-20
    Do you bath your bird? Getting them use to the shower or bath tub is a good idea. Try soaking her feathers every couple of days and misting her everyday. Warm mist humidifer at night near where she sleeps might help too. Our climate is too dry for our birds. Just use plain or brita filtered water. good luck.
  • syndi - 2010-04-10
    My bird started that too in the teen years as well. I spent a lot of money as well and saw3-4 different vets. Finally when I was in zoo by the bird area, I spoke with one of the care takers. She told me to put on a denim sweater. I made her one and she couldn't chew her chest. It worked great. Although she looked funny! I took it off only to spay her down with water and put on meds. Back on it went. She work it for a long time too. But her feather miraculously grew back although not 100 percent.
  • melanie67 - 2010-05-10
    Hi not to worry this is very common in these birds usually they do this when they get depressed or frustrated. Try some new toys and try giving more attention and you can use Vaseline to the area and it won't hurt him at all.
  • kathy - 2011-03-15
    Hi Carla, I have a 20 year old Molluccan Cockatoo since she was 4 months old from a great breeder, I am all she knows. I am having A LOT of problems with her 'vibrating' behavior in the last 4 months and need ANY advice. She is my life and I have paid for my funeral arrangements over the past 5 years so she will be well taken care of when I'm gone, I have no kids or relatives. This behavior is getting worse and I don't know if it is 'brooding' or something else, please educate me if you can or know someone who can let me know what to do. She is a great girl and 'time-out' doesn't work, please help us. Kathy @ or 604-607-0607 Thank-you for you time.
  • Jeahnette - 2011-03-24
    My moluccan is 13, I put a vest on him. Corrected the self plucking. He likes some vest better than others, he lets me know. Also if you can move her cage outdoors when possible......wind currents, sounds etc. keeps them busy.
Neil - 2010-09-13
Hi I'm a new owner of a 18 year old mollucan cockatoo named Miestro. I was wondering what temp is to cold for him? And what is a comfort temp for him. He is such an awesome addition to our family. I wish we would of got one sooner! He is awesome with all the kids and loves to greet everyone who visits.

glenna - 2010-08-16
I am owned by 2 mollucan cockatoos who are feather pluckers with one that mutilates. I rescued these birds from abusive homes. I am also owned by a sulphur crested, goffin, bare-eyed cockatoo and a African Grey. All these birds came to me with issues and I have healed all birds of their issues with feather plucking and mutilating expect for the 2 mollucans. All birds in my care are vetted by a very great avian vet.

Why I am writing to you is to ask if you have any suggestions that may help with my guys? I would like to tell you that they have toys, eats fruits, veggies, seeds, they are on vitamins daily, iodine weekly as per vet suggestion.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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