Blue And Gold Macaw Rose Breasted Cockatoos also called Galahs Moluccan Cockatoos
Goffin Cockatoos
Here below is a goffin hatching out of it's egg. The "c" mark on the egg lets us keep track of which pair of goffin cockatoos this baby belongs too.
It's fascinating to watch as the chick pips all the way around the egg, before pushing out into the world. 
 Below the Goffin babies are beginning to open their eyes, and this is at 10 days old.  The goffin with eyes still closed is 9 days old.
Baby goffin cockatoo at 4 weeks and at 5 weeks of age. Don't you just love the big feet? I know I do! Yes they will grow in to them :)  


Goffins 4 weeks and 6 weeks old, and yes they are cuddly! This is what their crest looks like when raised at 4 weeks and 6 weeks old, and yes they are cuddly! This is what their crest looks like when raised below. Goffins don't have as elaborate crests as some of the larger cockatoos but they love hugs just the same. 
Goffins 8 through 10 weeks old below. "Bring on the toys we are tired of posing." Toys are great for birds to play with, it gives them structure and a fun activity when alone.  
This is a goffin cockatoo named "Puff" at four months old and she is doing her very best to look irresistible and helpless (to the left). So no one will want to put her in her cage. Wouldn't you want to pick her up and cuddle her? Here she is getting what she wants (right picture)  touch and handling with affection is very important to there up bringing, they are not a toy to be placed on a shelf until you have time and must be treated with kindness and care. However boundaries are not a bad thing to set for a well behaved goffin as they grow up.
This goffin cockatoo was cockatoo was six months old at the time of photo, Isn't he cute? His name is "Dozer Boy", as a baby he would often fall asleep with his face in the bowl of food. Or while playing with other goffin babies and toys, we would find him sleeping in the middle of the toys. But when he was a wake, he was like the Eveready Bunny, all over non stop, very busy little fellow. Although you have to be very careful what you allow them to play with they do like toddler Legos but with supervision only and no rubber parts as these are very harmful. If your handy with wood some clean pieces that they can tear up are a favorite and if you have children you can get them involved coloring them with non toxic water color markers. Mine love the kids to color those old time clothes pins that can be found in craft stores, the goffins and other pets i have that know about these wait in anticipation for the kids to do this and they can see color and love the interaction of sharing and playing. 

Goffin cockatoos were almost unheard of until the middle 1970's, which really isn't long ago. The Tanimbar Islands are where they originally came from. Many people think it was Indonesia, because they were exported out of Indonesia. They are one of the more difficult types of cockatoo to breed. Even so, they are becoming quite popular as pet birds, and there is beginning to be greater success in breeding them..

Goffins are one of the smaller cockatoos, they are about 12 inches in length. There have been many books written about the eye color of the male being black and the hens being reddish brown. Owning numerous pairs of goffin cockatoos, I can tell you this does not run true. We have several males that have dark brown to light brown eyes. We even have a hen or two with dark brown eyes, that we expected to change in time, but after having them well over ten years and some even longer this did not occur. Some hens do indeed have reddish brown eyes and I have seen only one goffin hen ever to have really red eyes. I was so captivated by her that I just had to have her, and needless to say she is now part of our aviary.

Goffins have yellow under the tail and wings, a light grayish blue beak, darker gray feet, and a pale blue eye ring. They are coral to peach color around the lore's, beneath the feathers under the cheeks, down the back, and chest. Some are deeper in color than others. At first glance they look almost white. A rounded crest that can be raised and lowered at will, and a captivating personality.

Many of the babies as well as the adults like to pick things up, and flip it over their backs. They take great delight in doing this. It seems to be predominately on the hens, but I have seen a male or two do it, just not as often. They truly love toys, even my import breeders play with toys. They are quite strong for their size, mine carry all sorts of toys into the nest box. I have often wondered if they are decorating the nursery, or is the purpose to warm the beads and such other toys so they can leave the nest to feed. While the eggs will be kept warm longer? Who knows, I guess we should ask them. In the wild cockatoos in general drag all sorts of little pebbles, rocks, and things of that nature back to the nest. I have one pair that insists on putting to plastic base balls in the nest. On occasion I have caught the hen in the nest with one wing out over each baseball, (all in the name of comfort, I believe), fast asleep while sitting her eggs.

I have been so fortunate to be able to observe them up close on our camera system, when they didn't know we were there. That is how we found out one of my favorite male have been so fortunate to be able to observe them up close on our camera system, when they didn't know we were there. That is how we found out one of my favorite male goffin's was chasing and abusing his hen. He never did this in front of us, and usually this sort of thing goes undetected in a lot of aviaries until the hen is killed. Unfortunately this is common of most species of cockatoo. It can be prevented by supplying a large enough cage for the hen to get away, clip the males wings, and not just once. Because he will molt out and grow new feathers. I have seen the reverse, but not to often. And really pay attention to what is going on when they think you are not there.

I believe in giving them toys, it gives them an activity to do when their mate doesn't want to be bothered. I would rather see them push and chase a ball around the cage then their mate. After all what are they going to do when one is sitting the eggs. They get board just like people do.

Always make sure they are safe toys, mine like beads, (larger than a quarter), that they can carry. I don't care for rope toys (without supervision), because they can get hung up in them. They love us to string their beads on leather, (vegetable tanned only, other types are not safe), we tie knots and hang them. Of course they untie them and pull off all the beads, but this takes a while on their part. A few of my older goffins will even try to restring the beads, some get pretty far too!

Some of my breeder goffins talk, and all of our pets, quite well actually. I have one that gets all the others going, he starts off by yelling, "do the bunny" over and over until he has them all going. And yes they do hop up and down like a bunny. This is something an old friend of mine taught him, (Tazie) to do, in turn Tazie taught all our other pet goffins, and an eleonora cockatoo (named: Wickie Bird) to do it, and say it! "Marvin", another pet goffin cockatoo we have whom is not quite a year old says: "Oh Marvin", when he has made a mess with his toys. Or if he knows I'm mad at him, he will look up at me, and in a child like voice say: "Mom ma". Well, by then I've melted for this cuddly bundle of feathers.

The hen on this pair of goffins is looking in to the nesting box, where the male is sitting the eggs. Pairs generally rotate sitting the eggs, the male generally sits during the day and the hen at night. This is typical of most pairs, but there are exceptions.
This is my first pair of goffin cockatoos, "Baby Fuji Motto & Mr. Motto". I have had them since 1985. They were imports, than pets, than breeders, and still remain tame as pets.

Left photo shows Baby Fuji Motto (female) in front, Mr. Motto (male) is in the nest. Mr. Motto again in the right photo, he is guarding the nest and takes his work very seriously. He thinks he is quite scary here, and I don't tell him how cute he really is, it's a guy thing you know.
Animals are non judgmental and respond to kindness...they know the true worth of a person...and cant be fooled...it's as if they see to the soul and know one's true intent. They often consider their humans to be part of their flock as they would in the wild other birds. This is a trait that is part of the world of parrots, one pet in a home will consider their family and even sometimes other pets as their flock and of course there is that instance when personalities can clash and they may try to drive someone out of the flock so to speak as they would have in the wild. Being domestically raised does not change this at all  :) 

These Goffin Cockatoos are the foundation pair of Sweet Acre Bird Farm...Fuji on the left was my very first cockatoo and Mr. Motto was my second soon after. There have been many special babies from this pair...all have been exceptional talkers and personality plus. They have been with me thru thick and thin for 30 plus years plus...a book on these two could be written. The joys and pleasures of their company can be surpassed by non. 
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