One of the more popular bird species serving as pets today is the Cockatoo. And who can blame these pet owners for owning such a magnificent looking bird?
A properly taken care of cockatoo is a very affectionate pet that loves being the centre of everyone’s attention. Everyone who has had the luck to be with or around a cockatoo know just how fun it can be with this bird. So, let’s make sure your fine feathered pet becomes one of those perfect pet companion cockatoos everyone loves.
Let’s start with your bird’s health:
The lifespan of a cockatoo can reach 30 years or more. This is a pet you keep for life! To make sure he reaches a ripe old age of at least three decades (40 to 60-year-old cockatoos are not uncommon in some households keeping such pets) in your care, you need to start off with a healthy bird. In order to do this, you should seek out qualified breeders who produce only the best, most beautiful and healthiest birds for their target customers.
If you’re not comfortable with handling a very young bird, there are many cockatoos up for adoption or rehoming.
Like any pet, you should make sure you provide your cockatoo with only the best food so it can have all the nutrients and vitamins it needs to live a long and fruitful life. Greens, fruits, some choice pieces of carrots, bananas and hard nuts will make any cockatoos day brighter.
A bowl of fresh water is a must. Like any other living thing, fresh, clean water ensures a long healthy life. Change it often.
A large cage with enough room for your cockatoo to flit from one end to the other is ideal but a small cage, provided that you let him out every now and then will allow your cockatoo to stretch out its wings and get a good exercise.
To enjoy your Cockatoo, train it to do some tricks. Cockatoos are exceptionally smart and they can learn a lot of tricks that will keep you entertained for hours. Just make sure you let him rest every now and then. Oh, and reward your bird with treats!