Cockatoo Feeding Problems

Just hoping this will work to stop my cockatoo from scraping out all of her food out of the bird cage feeder dish. Do you have any suggestions if you think this will work or if you carry anything better? 

How full are you filling the bird cage dishes? If to the top, the bird is just digging away to reach its favorites and dumping the rest. I recommend you fill the bird food feeder cups only a third to a half full and see if that helps. If you can, let the bird go without bird food a couple hours before giving a small scoop again. Your days off are good for this.

The bird sounds spoiled or it really does not like the food. What are you feeding it now? What kind of cockatoo and how old, how long have you had it?

Would you believe I barely cover the bottoms of the dishes with her food? It is costing me so much money in waste that it has just gotten completely out of hand. She is kind of naughty I have to admit., but a sweetheart also. 

I bought her a year ago and they said about 3 years old then. So anywhere from 3 to 5 years but has never laid an egg, so her age is questionable. Talked to a bird expert that told me cockatoos sexually mature at about 4 years old. So guessing she is possibly getting sexually mature.

She was already tossing out the food when I bought her, so the people were placing a dish in the bottom of the cage they had her in in the center of it to try to keep some of the mess inside the cage. I think that was a factor in finding her a new home. She is a smaller lesser sulfur crested cockatoo. 

She loves the food I give her but I have never yet to date seen a cockatoo that didn’t toss their food out. Have to admit though none I had before even came close to being as bad as the too I have now. I worry about her even getting enough to eat. 

As soon as I place the cup in the bird cage she goes to eat but when she goes to take the pellet, she is already tossing the food about until she has one in her beak. Then she stops and eats that, but then back to the same routine again for the next pellet. 

The people that had her fed her such a terrible diet so I am still trying hard to get her to even eat anything good for her. Slow process!

You’re are feeding pellets to a cockatoo? Although it is not unusual, we are hearing that cockatoo’s don’t always do well on pelleted diets. It does not satisfy their need of variety and foraging. 

Have you tried a mixed diet, seeds, pellets with fresh veggies table and fruit in another dish? 

This mix from Hagen bird food is very good, seeds, nuts, grains, pellets, dried fruits and veggies. A complete diet. 

https://www.birdandparrot.info/Hagen-Living-World-Food-80442-3-9-LB-food.html 

I also preferred to feed my birds on the bottom of the cage in a large heavy crock, placed on the center of a big piece of newspaper. Then as they tossed the food, some would end up on the paper to give them a second chance at it. 

I admit to not being a bird behaviorist, but you may wish to contact one. Michelle Karras www.thepoliteparrot.com may be able to help. 

Keep me up to date on her progress. Please.

I feed my cockatoo the fruity pellets, a safflower seed mix by Lavian, a parrot seed mix by them also, then I offer her the bean cuisine mix, plus try to get her to eat a bit of fruit and veggies. She wasn’t ever fed the fresh food so she don’t do much with them other than if there is corn in it. Had such a terrible diet poor bird. One bag they sent with me was wild bird food! Cheap stuff at that.

 I buy the unsweetened cereals and offer those as a treat. I just need to keep the food in the dishes long enough to get her to eat it! LOL

Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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