Male Cockatoo and Nesting Behavior
We have a 13 year old Cockatoo, named Bird. He came to us at the age of 6, abused, malnourished, and aggressive. Very pleased to report after many years of patience and very slow movement, lots of TLC, and being bitten more than once, he is now affectionate, trusting, and loving. However, he is in a full blown mating rut and thinks that “I am his Bird.” To date, he has destroyed part of a kitchen cabinet and a antique book. He is overly defiant, aggressive, and verbally demanding. In order to keep him distracted, we built a large wooden box, open entrance, perch, and parapet with casters so it can be easily moved. A Junior moveable Castle, if you will. His own mobile chew toy. That distracted him from the kitchen cabinet(s). However, he is in nesting mode and charges me from the box when I walk by; screams at me frequently; and always wants to be perched on me. I have read both your articles about nesting behavior and deterring it. Sound advice for those of us who were not bird wise; thank you. However, my question is will this eventually phase out and return again next Spring or will the horny adolescent phase continue until his reproductive needs are deterred? It is possible we saved the rest of the kitchen cabinets but escalated his hormone level simultaneously.