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How Do I get My Ducorps Cockatoo to Eat Better

Last Updated on by mitchrezman

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,

Catherine

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