My little boy buddy is just over 10 months old. Already he is showing signs of adulthood and has for a couple months. However he still seems like a rambunctious little 2 year old in that he is a pest a lot of times,hyper overactive,demanding, ect...not the idea of a somewhat stoic parrot sitting on your shoulder. Flies over and within a split second,starts chewing on my shirt,my cap,glasses,apron anything attached to me that he can get his beak on. He can crack a hole in my shirt faster than I can crack a beer! If any of you were to see a picture of me without him,you'd know right away that I have a quaker! Sometimes it's funny because if I remove my hat,he thinks I'm gonna catch him with it and jumps.over to a chair,only to immediately return,hat or no hat! If I leave it off,he will sometimes preen my hair,which is growing back after chemo...sweetie isn't he? He's cute and I laugh a lot for this,curling my head down to my chest like he does when he mooch for scratches..I've tried to wear a dish towel around my neck,but he grabs it and throws it off so he can get to the good stuff.if i shrug him off successfully, he goes to the floor and chews my shoes.he has a pair off his own,but apparently mine taste better! ..on another recent thread,eastex..had some good ideas with training him to go to perch,which I have been working on,but that lasts only until he's done with his walnut treat. I setup a t stand perch so he can watch me prep food from the other side of the counter..but you folks who have raised your birds from youngsters...do they settle down after a while? I'm laughing as I write this..after all,it could be worse..a parrot that doesn't go to to you.
Well.... I would say yes. Oscar is still very active and does the things you say... however... I have managed to teach him things like "it's mine" which will stop him from chewing my clothes or whatever he wants to chew on.
He still loves to preen me but with a quick shake of my head from side to side... he understands "no". It does not work for everything but for most part it does. He does this to me as well. I just wish he would remove the hair that I want gone... and not the ones I want to keep.. lol
Training him not to poop on me... did take time but it worked. I could tell every time he wanted to poop (around every 20 minutes) so when he would do the little squat... I would rush him over to the newspaper and let him do it there. When he did... I would be very excited and say "good poop". It took about a month when he finally got the idea. And... if he pooped on me he would a scolding and I would put him back on his cage. I would raise my voice and show him what he did... "Who did that... did you Poop on Mommy??"... "bad boy". Of course I never stayed angry long but soon enough... he would wiggle and jiggle to get off my shoulder to poop. Such a good boy.
Training is the most important thing you can do at this early age. Be consistent!! They are very trainable .... Good Luck
if I remove my hat,he thinks I'm gonna catch him with it and jumps.over to a chair,only to immediately return,hat or no hat!
That sounds to me like your QP has invented a fun game to play with you and your hat.
My QP Ralph has always had a somewhat calmer disposition than most parrots-- which is not to say that he isn't active and busy, or that he's not demanding. Your parrot may become less rambunctious as he gets older, or he may just have a really intense personality.
Sounds like you need to do some training to get Buddy interested in chewing on something other than your clothes. It's a bad habit on your part to allow him to continue to do this. Do you provide foraging toys for Buddy to play with? In the wild, a bird can spend up to 80% or more of their day foraging for food. Since we generally provide all the food they could want in a bowl that is easy to eat from - for most of the day they are bored. Foraging is a learned behavior - that is - the parents teach their babies how to look for food. Since Quakers live in huge communities, it's easy for the young birds to witness how everyone else is getting food.
Ok - so you can teach your Buddy how to search for food also. This will keep him occupied on foraging vs. biting you and your clothes. There are several good youtube videos on creating foraging items and how to develop your fids skills. If you can't find any, drop me a line and I will try to explain it. I'm being lazy, 'cause I don't want to do all that typing. lol
Hope this helped a little. Have a Great day today and a better one tomorrow. Remember that 10 minutes of training today will bring hours of joy later.
Thanks you guys ! Yeah we've done some extensive training..trying to teach him to stay put on his perch.I made him 2 T stands a while back which I use for flying exercise every day as well as tricks ect. When placed on a tv tray,there of ample height so he can see everything around him. He gets plenty of attention every day from the both of us. I'm home all day with him. Also,he's located in the kitchen with windows in front if him and both sides,wide enough to fit both of his cages and his playgym..his view overlooks a patio with trees and a waterfall to a pond. Plenty of visitor birds to chat to !.so really he's never bored if I'm out. The other side is that,as a former chef,spending 2 to 3 hours in the kitchen is nothing for me and many times all day. So maybe he sees too much of me !"communal meals"too. I've tried the foraging tricks even showing him how they're hidden in paper towel or wrapping paper,but he doesn't appear interested. I'm gonna try kleenex which has become his favorite tear up interest. I think once I get him to realize that there's treats to be had for a little work,he'll spend more time on the floor even cleaning up a bit ! As of late,he's been really good tho..maybe the word no is sinking in haha!.I've learned some good things from the folks who have posted here,some I'll post when I get a chance. ..cheers !
I don't think quakers learn "no" LOL. My Pidge has been a terror. Started worrying about being sued by people who were bitten! Read my post on Clipped Wings. I really didn't believe in doing it but it solved lots of problems.
Funny you say that, Pidgesmum! I've often commented to my husband that the only words Bonnie doesn't say are negative ones like "no" (even though when we got her from the breeder he said all the baby quakers understood what it meant). She's never said "no", "silly girl", "oh dear", etc., only positive stuff like "good girl", "give us a kiss", "hello", "goodnight".
Oscar understand the word "no" but... he doesn't always abide by it. He knows that there are certain things like the power cable to my laptop that he should not touch. He will go for it... and if I say "no" he will leave it alone. But on the other hand many times I will say "no" and he will totally ignore me. When he wants something... bad enough... he will go for it regardless of what I say.
my macaw is 8 years old and has not calmed down a bit...still crazy screaming and biting and you can't satisfy her...she get the best treatment, the best food, huge cage(aviary) and she is still a 24 hour brat....ruins everything she touches and craps all over the place....I would NEVER get another one and wish I could go back in time and do it over...NEVER AGAIN....