Hi everyone! I’ve had my 10 week old Quaker for about 3 weeks. He has settled into his cage well and in the beginning I held him a few times and he was a little scared but then settled into my hand quite happily. Now I’ve decided to use the gentle approach and get him just used to stepping up. He can accept my hand half way into cage.
About a week ago a friend gave me an old child’s mobile which is a colourful owl with lots of things hanging from its feet like a little mirror and a blue fluffy triangle with white eyes. So i decided to try it in his cage and see if he likes it. Well ever since then he has fallen in love with the damn thing and hides under it, behind it, on top of it or simply hugs the blue fluffy triangle or looks in the mirror. This was taking up 70% of his day! He sleeps under it between the hanging things. He’s ok if I take it out of the cage for a few hours in the day but at night he is will pace up and down the perch and seems upset and can’t settle until I put it back.
Now I don’t want to take away his new friend but he was more social without it so I’m stuck about what to do and would love to hear what any of you think.
P.S sometimes I am feeling jealous of the blue furry triangle 😳
Hi sweetbird & welcome! I'm sorry, but my opinion is that the owl mobile just HAS to go. This is obsessive behaviour (something quakers are famous for) and I think if you can nip this sort of behaviour in the bud while he's a baby you will both be better off in the long run. You could purchase a happy hut or ledge for your quaker to sleep on, rather than having to perch at night. That might prevent the pacing. You can put other little parrot toys in the cage to replace the owl mobile. Just be vigilant as to obsessive behaviour and remove the ones he fixates on too much. I'm sure others will give their opinions when they see your post. Cheers.
Hi Biteybird and thanks for the reply. I didn’t know about this obsessive behaviour in Quakers and I agree it’s too much!. He has other toys but ignores them. I do feel bad taking it away and hope he won’t hate me too much. Will also look for a hut or ledge as you suggested as I do worry about him staying on the perch all night. Thanks for the advice.
Post by waterloggedfun on Feb 22, 2019 11:52:21 GMT -5
Hi there. biteybird said it best. Don't feel bad about taking it away. It's for his own good. Maybe you can try introducing in a year or so and see if he still feels the same way. But definitely for now I would remove it. Also, to get him more interested in his other toys, stuff his favorite seeds in his toys to get him interested and forage for treats. You can place a few on top of the toys so he can see it and stick other seeds in hard to reach places on the toys.
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