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actors are great pets they’re larger
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birds they’re probably the most social
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bird that we see they’re very
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interactive they love to snuggle with
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their owners they’re one of the most
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popular birds because they provide so
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much back to their owners they’re very
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sweet and cuddly and they’re kind of
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like the puppy dog of the bird world I
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guess at the same time all this love and
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attention brings some problems
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unfortunately we do see quite a few
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behavioral problems in these birds Sara
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why do you mention a few one of the
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biggest problems I think that people
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realize the most with their cockatoo is
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they cuddle with their cockatoo for a
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couple of hours and they put the
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cockatoo back in the cage to go to bed
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or to rest and the cockatoo immediately
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starts to scream to resume said
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attention and unfortunately people’s
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first reaction is to run back to quiet
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the cockatoo and it’s unfortunately
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reinforces the screaming and will
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perpetuate the issue and what people
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really need to learn how to do is to
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ignore it the bird starts screaming walk
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away once the bird quiets and you can
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come back and handle the bird and
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reinforce the quiet and that can really
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help with those behavioral issues
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all right so if you’re going to have a
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cog to realize that this bird is very
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bonded to you you have to be very
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careful that you’re not accidentally
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reinforcing that screaming behavior that
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develops again it’s human nature to run
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to the cage and say stop screaming shut
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up stop and that just makes the bird
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want to do it more we want to cuddle
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them but we don’t want to give them
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mixed messages that maybe we want to
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bond with them in an appropriate way a
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sexual way it’s gonna be very
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frustrating to birds so it’s nice to
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have a – they’re great birds they
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require fresh fruit and vegetables every
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day and a base pelleted diet they
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require showering because they’re
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they’re very powdery birds they have
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powdered down which is that sort of
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powdery stuff that comes off their
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feathers so they do require bathing
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every day they require fresh air and
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sunlight and all the things that we
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recommend for our other bird species but
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because they’re so socially needy they
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have a special kind of relationship with
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their owners that you really have to
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watch so that we don’t get into those
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behavioral problems

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