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How Do I get My Ducorps Cockatoo to Eat Better

How Do I get My Ducorps Cockatoo to Eat Better

Ducorps cockatoo aka Solomons cockatoo
aka Solomons corella or broad-crested corella

Karen E. writes:

My 12-year-old rescue Ducorps cockatoo who I have had 5 months now, has proved to be a challenge in finding anything he will eat!


I have purchased Harrisons, Tops Higgins safflower gold, InTune, Tropican and Tropimix, freeze-dried fruits and veggies, and dried sprouted mix. I also have dried bananas, strawberries, Greenbeens.


Also, a chop mix that I keep frozen.


As well as fresh veggies and fruits.


Tried it all, costing a fortune but worth it to find something.


He seems to like almonds, cashews, and almond butter.


That’s all! Any suggestions?


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Also, like all Too’s his need for wood is pretty intense.


He has to have it in his food bowl.


I buy pine untreated 2×4 and cut up and sand into blocks.


We encourage wood bird toys at Windy City Parrot


I worry he’s ingesting this wood, is this going to hurt him?


I swear I see him swallow bits🤷‍♀️ he isn’t a plucker and looks healthy and active, and he’s flighted.


I’m against a wall with the food issue.


Dear Karen

You have had the bird for 5 months.

He is alive.


What is it that he is actually eating out of all the food you mention?


All birds are naturally messy and wasteful and they will not eat a large portion of any food.


It is their job to replant the earth, they don’t care that they are in your living room on the carpet.


I recommend simplifying the diet.


Too many choices can result in the birds picking through it all for his very favorite things due to the sheer volume of choices.


Switching to a simple seed mix with no sunflower seeds and additional pellets.


Higgins Safflower Gold Parrot Seed Mix

Higgins Intune Parrot Pellets


We use a simple generic frozen mixed veggie (corn, peas, carrot, lima beans, green beans) and daily give a small bowl with a bit including a little chopped apple.


You can save the almonds and nuts as treats.


Go from there.


I wish you the best,


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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