What Size Cage Would You Recommend for a Goffin Cockatoo?

Joan asks:

 

Hello. What size cage would you recommend for a Goffin Cockatoo?

 

Dear Joan

 

A Goffin can enjoy a small cage 22″ wide up to a huge cage 40″ wide or larger.

 

It all depends on its lifestyle.

 

If the bird comes out of its cage in the morning and plays on top or on a stand, etc.

Then a small cage is just fine.

If the bird has to stay inside the cage for most of the time and is only able to come out an hour or two or so a day, then a larger cage is warranted.

 

If the bird can’t come out, bites, etc, then the largest cage you can fit in your home is best to give your bird the space it needs for exercise and long healthy life.

 

Please let me know your needs and I will suggest a few cages for you.

 

Joan replied.

 

Fascinating article about the plucking Goffin, and once again I am awed by your broad knowledge of birds and your patience in answering so completely. 

 

One other idea occurs to me, and while I don’t know a fraction of what you do about birds, I’d like to offer it.

 

Maybe the twice-a-week showers aren’t enough? I mist my parrot daily with a spray that contains a little aloe, and she loves it.

 

She preens a lot but has never plucked a feather.

 

I’ve had her for 15 years, and her feathers are just as healthy and beautiful as when she was a wee chick.

 

Just a thought.

 

Thanks for your newsletters!

Paula.

 

Hi Paula,

 

Yes, cockatoos are considered “powder birds” falling into the same category as budgies and greys.

 

The powder comes from specific feather patches on the bird.

 

The powder down is used to waterproof and clean.

 

If your “Too enjoys a shower or gentle misting from a spray bottle, it wouldn’t hurt.

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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