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What are your Cockatoos favorite kind of toys?

Hi guys!

Long story very short..

Last week I rang up a girl who is looking for a new home for her male Rose Breasted Cockatoo (AKA Galah) named “Bubby”. She said he is 4 years old and he is very affectionate and friendly!

So, in 3 days (Wednesday) we are going to be going and meeting the girl and Bubby, and if everything hits off well, we are going to be bringing Bubby home.

Bubby will come with the toys that are in his cage, but they aren’t going to last.

I just want to know what your Cockatoos favorite toys are so I can get ideas. There is a few great (bird/parrot) stores I can get toys from.
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Aurora, the umbrella cockatoo that we are in the process of trying to adopt, has a beak that grows off to the side and has to be trimmed and reshaped often. This may improve, but for now, it may influence her toy choices. She also chews her feathers, which could be another influencing factor.

Aurora likes toys made of somewhat soft wood. She likes to chew on wood, but she can't seem to make progress with very hard wood, so she gives up on hard objects quickly. If she can make progress with tearing it, she loves it. She likes anything she can destroy, including, but not limited to, foam, paper, rubber, wicker, rope, leather, rawhide, and cardboard.

She has a few favorites. She loves a toy that is made of a rolled up woven mat that must be some sort of grass. It is just a roll of that mat stuffed with shredded paper streamers and brown paper - like what paper bags are made of. She works on those until she has them totally destroyed. She has a braided rope that we tie other toys to - pieces of wood, plastic, rawhide, etc. We tie the toys to the braided rope with rawhide strips. She loves to chew on the toys and destroy them as well as to untie the rawhide knots. When the toys fall off, we tie them back on until they are too destroyed to put back on.

She also likes various foot toys. One of her favorites is a kong which we stuff with a nut. She is not much interested in the kong unless it holds a nut. She also loves a toy that is made with a woven rubber ball with those coiled shoe laces stuffed through it. She loves rubber blocks, but I am not sure she spits out the rubber pieces, so I am not sure I will ever be able to give her another one of those. She loves to rip the heads, feet, and tails off of rubber animals.

Basically, she only really likes toys she can tear up. My grey likes toys she can just play with, like plastic keys and plastic chains and acrylics, as well as toys she can actually destroy, but the umbrella only seems to like to destroy. She soon looses interest in hard wood and acrylic toys, and she will destroy many of the plastic toys that my other birds just like to play with for hour without destroying, so I keep the ones they really like to play with away from her.

When we make our rounds through the toys at the bird store (she is still living there), she reaches out for all the brightly colored wooden toys. Once I get her home, I will see if I can get her interested in noise making toys. For now, she doesn't seem interested in those, although she loves to whistle, so I think I will be able to get her interested in musical toys.

I almost forgot, she likes foraging toys of all kinds, too.

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Mine just love anything they can rip to pieces. We don't have a range of toys big enough for Cockatoos over here and what there is is very expensive. So I just find a gum tree and get branches from those. The prefer ones with a good bark on them. They then have great fun ripping the bark to shreds. Any newspaper put in the bottom of the cages gets shredded very rapidly and we end up with confetti streamers everywhere. Sammy a Sulphur loved his large stainless steel bell and would ring that when he was excited.

Karl the Corella (bare eyed cockatoo) loves his plaited circular swing. He will hang on with his beak and then get it spinning and let go and with just his beak hanging on will spin madly around the cage, often spreading his wings as well.
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The smaller toos we had at the pet shop loved foot toys, ropes, and pine blocks to shred They're very bouncy and playful, liking to bounce about on the floor and chase toys, so we used to give ours those plastic cat balls with bells inside and they would throw them around and chase them about before shredding them

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