Post by ahubert3552 on Jun 6, 2018 12:09:07 GMT -5
I'm brand new to having a QP and just got a 3 year old rescue. The parrot store told me that he wasn't "abused" per se, but he was rarely talked to or played with, which is nearly as bad IMO. He's very sweet and has bonded with me and my husband and he doesn't pluck or scream (besides the normal yelling). But, he doesn't say any words or mimic much at all, I'm assuming because he never learned. He isn't very playful either, again I'm assuming because he never learned or didn't have toys. He will chew up paper but he's almost afraid of all his other toys and never plays with them. He also will not "hop" like my parakeets will from perch to perch. He climbs the cage walls to get everywhere, stays on one or two of his many perches, and will not even attempt to hop onto his swing. When he's out of the cage, he will not attempt to hop down or up onto anything even if I know he wants to (I've seen him reach his foot out for things he wants but if he can't reach he just gives up). I've never had a QP before so I'm not sure if they just aren't jumpers, or if this is something that he will develop over time? Or if he will become more playful and talkative over time as well? It doesn't matter to me either way, as long as he's happy, but I'm just trying to learn more about what's normal for QPs.
Most types of parrots are more inclined to climb rather than hop or jump from place to place. As for talking, talk to your QP a lot. The more speech a parrot hears the more likely he is to say something back. Repeat things often that you want your parrot to learn to say, and use them appropriately. There's no guarantee that he will talk, but patience and repetition can help. Have you tried playing with your QP's toys while he watches? Sometimes parrots need to be taught how to play with toys. Some parrots aren't much interested in parrot toys and prefer playing with other things. My two parrots both like to untie knots in strings (Scooter the CAG also ties knots in them) and Ralph the QP likes to build with thin wooden dowels, a bit of the QP nest building instinct. You might add some perches to the outside of your parrot's cage to help him get around better when he's out. Let him set his own pace, and in time, he may become more adventurous.
Welcome …. it sounds like your Quaker is quite normal for being rescued. It takes a lot of patience to make them feel comfy and safe. My Oscar hops a little but not much... he mostly climbs around... but he is clipped so that makes a difference as well.
Talk softly to your little guy... get him used to his surroundings and schedule. They all seem to adjust well to your schedule... as long as you have a few hours a day to give them full attention … they sure are loveable little guys.
Read some of the posts on here and I am sure you will learn a lot... as well... please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have. We are always happy to share our stories.
Post by birdiegirl on Jun 22, 2018 19:40:54 GMT -5
I noticed that our quaker was very wary of his toys at first and didn't say much either. He was also very under confident in getting around his cage. It has taken a few months of trying different types of toys to find things he likes - usually shredding/tearing paper and getting treats out of a vine ball. He also likes digging around in a bucket into which I have placed lots of little foot toys, plastic spoons, shells etc. Yes, talk to him constantly. You'll be surprised what he will pick up. They listen all the time! Things I said months ago Birdy is now repeating - I didn't realise he was taking it all in. He has also got a lot more confident in moving around and is extremely agile now. Your little one is lucky to have found a such good home.
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2018 19:42:33 GMT -5 by birdiegirl
I got a quaker bird from a lady ,she got it from a lady that was very sick but before the lady passed she told her that you can hold the bird.the lady I got her from told me she bites so she uses pot holders to holdher.I had her for four days and she try to bite me.any help will help please.thanks Teresa mott
Hi and welcome, Teresa. If I were you I would not even try to hold the bird until she is well settled into her new environment. This could take some time (maybe weeks or even months), depending on what experiences she has had prior to coming to you. If she is biting I would not force any physical contact at all. You could open the cage door and position a perch of some sort in front of the open door for her to sit on and just observe her surroundings until she gets used to you. Let her dictate when and how she makes contact with you - if not you may end up with a maladjusted, cranky bird. Please ask more questions on this Forum if you're stuck. Someone will always answer.
My Pidge has never wanted to play with toys unless he can see a way to dismantle them. He is also a reluctant talker. He likes to play with me and has even added a variation which he thinks is hilarious.