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 Post subject: Re: Cockatoo problem
PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:13 am 
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My issue is with doves, rat & mice cockatoos would be good

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 Post subject: Re: Cockatoo problem
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Meet Ollie, one of my plastic owls. The good thing is that this morning I didn't have any cockatoos. These owls can be moved around too.


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 Post subject: Re: Cockatoo problem
PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:03 pm 
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Ollie is a hoot [smilie=a_rolling.gif]

He probably sent the cockatoos over yonder to our place :roll:

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Would be good if the eyes glowed :-D

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 Post subject: Re: Cockatoo problem
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Does he make a hoot sound as well. :-D


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 Post subject: Re: Cockatoo problem
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He's just a plastic statue by the looks



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 Post subject: Re: Cockatoo problem
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Quite right Loo Loo. No hooting here. Bunnings sell an owl which hoots but it is priced a little more than my $12.95 owl. Mine have large acrylic eyes. They have reduced the number of cockatoos around the pen. I have one very cheeky cockatoo who seems as bold as brass and nothing has deterred it yet. I didn't see it today but it was around yesterday.

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I encouraged my four chickens to chase off cockatoos themselves, as we have so many. They come across them when they are out free ranging. Whenever one landed close by and a chook ran at it to chase it off, I would call out Good Girl!!! and give her a treat (sultanas kept in my pocket worked well). The Australorp seems especially keen on this game. But they will all do it. Then the reward. Admittedly only a possible idea if you have the time to be out there with them. I did it fairly consistently at first, but only when I happen to be there now.

Last week a cockatoo got bolshy and lunged back with an open beak at Beetle the Australorp rather than fly off. Beetle wasn't having any of it, fluffed her hackles up and raised her wings so she looked huge and charged at the cockatoo full pelt. I had to go get a sultana especially, but she had earnt it. For some reason they are more tolerant of the crested pigeons, who soon return and don't always get chased off again. If they start going into the open run during free range time, to eat chicken food, I move the chicken feed into the closed doop for a couple of days whilst the girls are out. This stops them doing it for at least a couple of weeks, anyway.

My "training" probably really had nothing to do with it! It's sure been amusing to watch though.


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Get yourself a few guinea fowls they are naturals at keeping pests away even magpies, hawks, crows get a move on or they are attacked

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Bobkat wrote:
My "training" probably really had nothing to do with it! It's sure been amusing to watch though.


Chooks can be trained and conditioned with positive reinforcement, never under estimate their intelligence...

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