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Scared/Aggressive Sulfur cockatoo

Hi I have a male cockatoo named turkey who is a rescue, he is a little odd but i love him He is a bit of an attacker but doesn't fly, not sure he even knows how.. anyways..my question is.. when i let Turkey out of his cage to interact with him im now at the point i can gently touch him on the top of his head and slightly run my hand down his back but he is always shaking when im close to him.. and if im not careful he lunges and bites me.. he is very sly and i am always on guard.. anybody know why he shakes? and what i can do to get him to stop lunging? its like he has a split personality or something..when he tried to bite i pull back and tell him thats not nice we dont bite and then i reach to pet him again.. most times he will let me and then lunge again.. and if he is in his cage the little devil will stick his legs through the bar and grab me if im to close and hold on pull me to cage and bite like heck.. why is he doing this and how do i correct it? i would love to have him out of cage all day with me but cant because.. well he is untrustworthy at this point.. i do interact with him many times during the day and he loves attention.. like i said he is odd and hard to read.. any suggestions?

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Have you tried clicker training him? Also rewarding calm behavior with a favorite yummy treat?
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You've already pointed out the thing you're doing wrong which is actually encouraging his behaviour, you're pulling away! Never pull away, even though cockatoos have absolutely terrible bites, it will encourage him to get a reaction out of you. Once he knows he can make you do something that he sees as 'fun' he will most likely do it again. He likes the attention. Just keep your hand there, show no emotion on your face, do not speak etc. just ignore him

As for the shaking, I have noticed many of my birds shake. I don't know why. They're not cold or anything. I think it is usually anticipation

EDIT: Have a go at clicker & target training. It is extremely rewarding

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oh dear lord, so you are saying im to "let" him bite me? OUCH! if he does bite really bad and im then afraid how will i be able to stand there while he tried to do it again..its hard not to pull away.. reaction.. and I will look into clicker training.. sound like it might be fun.

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I know it sounds nuts huh but it's a great method. I know the wrath of the cockatoo beak haha! It HURTS. Target training though is a great way to bond with him before actually touching him and getting nasty bites

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Are you sure of the sex of Turkey. My female Sulphur Charlie will bend forward and shake when she is in breeding condition. She did the same thing when I tried to pair her up with one of my males, George. Unfortunately George was scared witless by her and would not come within 3 feet of her.

Charlie will also lunge at people when she is in breeding mode, but never with me as I am her mum.

Female Sulphur's have a brown iris, where males and juveniles have a solid black eye.
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I agree you are encouraging the behaviour by pulling away.
By owning a parrot at some point your going to get bitten, its not nice and it does hurt and heck they tend to bleed a lot but its how you react that determines what the parrot will do.

Also you should not be stroking the bird down its back. You can give them head scratches but no petting of the back, stomach or under the wings as this stimulates them into breeding mode which could also be causing some of the issue.

Clicker and target training are a good idea
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Im not 100% sure turkey is a boy, was just told he was.. turkey doesn't back up to things and shake he just shivers when im close or touching him and I have been bitten by him and you're right it hurt like heck..he laughed thought it was funny..dorky bird I will not pet his back anymore also he just started puking up in his cage i think his issues are severely hormonal at this time..when does the breeding season last?

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Here is my question for you...How long have you had Turkey?




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Abby, I have only had Turkey a little over a month now, and yes i know it will take loads of time, and i have all the time in the world to give him..I think he thinks im his mate.. hence the now regurgitation he does..

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