Hello everyone! I just brought home Miss Clara. My beautiful pallid blue quaker. She has only been home for 2 days, and is still adjusting. She will come out of her cage alone, but not often yet. She steps up quite well and every time you say the command. She will step up on a perch as well as on your hand. She shakes her head no almost every time she is handled and will fluff her feathers for a moment. Today she also starting making a growling noise after she climbed on my shoulder. She has not nipped or seemed upset though. Any advice? Should we back off handling her for a few more days? She also will not touch her pellets. She will eat the other mix that I got from the breeder as well as snack on fresh broccoli and grapes. I have been feeding her some while she is sitting on my arm, as well as giving her a small amount in the morning. I have owned budgies, cockatiels and dated a boy in college with a sun conure. Sunny dealt with me but, I was clearly not a happy addition.
Welcome to you and Clara. After two days, you're off to a good start, but it sounds like Clara isn't ready to be handled yet. Take more time to get to know each other and let Clara set the pace for your interactions. Just spend time sitting near her cage and talking to her. That's a good way for her to get used to you. Have lots of patience and give Clara all the time she needs to settle in and get comfortable with you and before long, she'll probably be ready to be handled. You might try softening some pellets in water or unsweetened fruit juice and offering the softened pellets to Clara on a small spoon or in her food dish. That often works to introduce pellets to parrots who aren't used to eating them. Put a few pellets in a small glass and add just enough liquid to moisten them. Let them sit for a few minutes to soften, then offer some to Clara. My two parrots eat their dry pellets, but they also enjoy some softened ones every day. You may also need to experiment with different brands and types of pellets-- parrots have definite preferences and may reject one kind of pellets while readily eating a different brand.