Welcome Lyzz and Cedric! It's tough to guess how long it may take for a new parrot to settle in; it can be anywhere from minutes to months. My QP Ralph was fairly well settled in after about a week. A good way to start with Cedric is to sit near his cage and talk softly to him (you can read and sing to him too) so he'll get used to your body language and the sound of your voice. You can try offering him some treats while you're sitting with him too. When you're ready to give Cedric a chance to explore beyond his cage, just leave the door open and let him decide when he's ready to come out. You might attach a hanging perch just under the cage door so he can come out and sit there to look around at his new surroundings. If you read through some of the Forum posts, you'll find other suggestions to help get a new parrot comfortable in his new home. If you have any questions, you're welcome to ask them in the appropriate sub-forums. There are lots of friendly and helpful people here on the Forum.
Hello Lyzz and Cedric. Always nice to have new members on board. I look forward to helping in any way that I can. You might notice already that your quaker calls out every time you leave the room. We all went through that and basically your Quaker just wants to make sure you are okay. These are flock birds so they always call out to the partners to be sure all is well.
I found it best to call back. I have a whistle that means I am okay. (not a real whistle just from my lips) lol... this helps calm my Quaker Oscar and the screaming slows right now.
Post by myquakerangela on May 14, 2018 16:02:49 GMT -5
Hello thank you for having me in your forum i am a new owner of a quaker her name is Angela. She's 3 years of age. She bites terriortaral to her cage. She having a hard time learning step up with out biting me. Would it be best if I let her come out of her cage to show her she will not be harmed. Give her a sense of my surroundings. Then try step up methods? Or will that back fire? I'm new any information about my Quaker will be very helpful.Thanks getting bit in Townsend,Ma LOL.
Welcome to you and Angela. Step up training often works better away from the cage, so if you can get Angela to come out, that could be a good start. You may want to add a suspended perch on the outside of her cage, just below the cage door, so she'll have a comfortable place to sit and look at her surroundings. She may be more willing to step up from that perch without biting. If she's reluctant to step onto your finger, you could try using a spare perch for step up training; sometimes, a parrot will step onto that more readily than onto an offered finger.
Hello and welcome. Quakers are usually very territorial of their cage and food. My Quaker is 9 years old and still to this day he will attack me for cleaning his food or cage. I have learned how to trick him so that he doesn't bite me. Everyone has a different method.
If your Quaker can fly be careful when he first comes out. Be sure to close your blinds or put something in the window so that he knows there is a window there... and the same with mirrors. All fans need to be turned off. Pay close attention to him as they are very curious and within a few sections can hurt themselves or get into trouble.
I have just posted a system to try and teach the "step up" command. I will go and find it and copy it here for you. It is important that they know how to step up so that you can have control.
Be right back... lol
Here it is...
The step up command is very important for them to learn.... and I would suggest you try that one first. Here are some tips:
With the right palm elevated, forearm perpendicular to the floor in a gesture similar to feeling for rain, fold your thumb into your palm and rotate your palm toward your face, keeping your fingers together, until the fingertips point toward the top of the wall to the left. Your palm now faces your chin. Place your Quaker on top of the top (index) finger. If the palm side of the index finger is the highest point on the hand, the bird's instinct to climb will keep it on the fingertip.
Since eye contact is an important part of this process, the bird must face you while sitting on your hand, merely touching its tail with the other hand will usually stimulate it to turn around and face you.
With the index finger of the opposite hand (held in a mirror image of the hand the bird is on), gently touch the bird's thighs just below where they join the belly, maintain eye contact with the bird and say Step Up! clearly and distinctly. The bird should lift foot, and place it on the finger. This method of behavioral practice involves a verbal prompt (the command) and a physical prompt (introduction of the object to be stepped on in the same place at all the time).
At first it may be necessary to pry the little toes up to get that first foot on the front index finger. As you lower the back hand (the hand the bird was sitting on), the bird will complete the step up onto the front (top) hand.
Practice this exercise in unfamiliar territory, out of sight of the cage, a couple of times a day for a minute or so each time. Always stop only after successful completion of the command.
Last Edit: May 15, 2018 14:53:08 GMT -5 by julianna
Hello everyone! I am waiting for my baby blue Quaker! It is being hand fed and weaned and I will be able to get her in about 3 weeks! I am excited but nervous too! I have a 21 year old cockatiel but have never had a Quaker or such a young bird. I want to start off right and looking for any tips and suggestions. This looks like a great forum!
Welcome! This is a great forum, and the perfect place to learn and talk about QPs. In the posts here, you'll find lots of helpful hints and useful information. Of course, you're welcome to ask any questions you may have.
Hi Pamela... I would say test it and find out. Some Quakers learn more quickly than others but usually when it comes to food... if you are not feeding him by hand... they he should find his food on his own. Hopefully he has been weaned and can crack seeds.
Hi from chicago ! Is he eating well so far? How is he adapting to you and others so far? Sometimes it takes a while for the bird to warm up to you ! Best of luck and congrats on the new member of the family !
Welcome to you and Baby! Hope you enjoy the Forum - you'll find lots to read about here, but if you want to ask something specific, just create a new post in the appropriate section (that way someone will see it and answer without you having to read hundreds of previous posts). Look forward to hearing about how you and Baby go!
Hi Everyone! After months of research and waiting until I retired to be able to devote the required time, I purchased my 1st Quaker last night. I searched a long time and finally found the right baby and breeder. She won't ship until next week at the earliest. Gives me time to get the right foods and have her cage prepared for her. I believe someone here bought her sister. I had a Conure and an Amazon many years ago. It will be interesting to see how they compare. Any ideas on what the right Nutri Berries would be for her treats?
Welcome! I imagine you're counting the hours until your new QP comes home. You'll probably find some similarities among your two previous parrots and your new one-- but even among Quaker parrots, there are lots of differences in their personalities and characters. I've tried several kinds of NutriBerries with both my QP and my Grey, and they like the Sunny Orchard ones the best, but will eat the other varieties too.