Hello, I currently had a foster parent of a male Quaker Parrot ask me to adopt him. Long story short he was found by a friend in a couples house in a dark room. He was fed nothing but corn flakes and kept in a seriously small cage. The foster mom took him in for over a year, took him to a vet and got him back to health. This is where I come in as in taking him in because she was unable to care for him full time. She said out of all the birds she has taken in he was the toughest. He came to my home about three days ago. He is still in the same cage he came with and VERY aggressive, although I know its him being scared. He will not come out of his cage and its hard to feed him. He will make noises to me, turn around when I come into his room, and pur. I feel so bad for him and I want to upgrade his cage asap. Im trying to take my time with him and do small things like sliding a small toy into his cage. Basically im trying to heal a bird that was abandoned from a baby. Any tips, tricks or advice? I dont expect a miracle I just want to give him a good loving home. But my goal would be to rehabilitate him if all possible.
Welcome to the Forum. It's wonderful that you're giving that QP a new home and good care. The main thing you'll need is lots of patience and time. Working with a previously abused parrot is usually a slow process, but progress can be made. I'd suggest the same approach as with any new parrot-- sit calmly near your QP's cage and talk softly to him. That will help him get used to the sound of your voice and body language. In time he may be ready to come out of his cage. You could put a hanging perch on the outside of his cage, just below the door, and then leave the door open. Let him decide when and if he's ready to come out. His first step may be just to come out and sit on the hanging perch and look around at his surroundings. Treat him gently and kindly and you should make good progress with him.
This might be a very long haul, but bless you for being willing to help him. I'd go ahead and get a bigger, better cage as soon as you can, and set it next to the one he's in now so he can get used to seeing it. He might well be willing to move into it sooner than you think. Right now, the little cage is all he knows. Talk and sing to him as much as you can. Pretend you don't notice the aggression. They love drama, and if you react, it will reinforce the behavior. But when he makes even a tiny overture, such as responding when you speak to him, make a GIANT fuss over him.
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Post by Jan and Shah on Mar 11, 2019 16:16:15 GMT -5
Thankyou for taking him in. This will be a big challenge but you will be rewarded in the end. I wont add to what the others have written except to reinforce their statements to take your time and don't rush anything. As Siobhan says, when he makes the tiniest of overtures make a big fuss of him. If you have any questions or need information, please ask us. We are all here to help you and your new buddy.