Post by smcarpenter on Sept 21, 2019 18:55:28 GMT -5
Good evening, I am new to the Quaker world. I have wanted a bird for a very long time. After doing a lot of research I decided to adopt a Quaker. I had an African Grey many years ago.I must say, I couldn't be happier with my decision. I am almost 60 years old and stay home most of the time so I thought I needed some excitement in my life. I have had Casey for a little over 2 weeks. He is 3 months old. I wanted to share with someone some of the things he does to see what they thought. He flies all over the house and is out of his cage about all day. He will fly to wherever I am, most of the time he lands on me. If he is on the floor, he will come to me when I say his name. He seems to really like lying on my chest, almost flat. He spreads his wings out so I can rub his sides and belly. When he is tired or ready for bed, he flies to his cage. I talk to him all day and I think he is trying to mimic me. He doesn't bathe himself so I spray him with a water bottle. How often should I do that? I would really appreciate any advise on how to keep him happy and healthy. Thanks!
Welcome to the Forum! It sounds like things are going well with you and Casey. My QP Ralph usually requests a bath every four or five days (he rattles his water dish when he wants a bath). He'll splash in his water dish and I give him a good misting at the same time. I also mist my Grey Scooter, who really dislikes being sprayed, but has learned to tolerate it. I know of some parronts who bathe their parrots daily, and others once a week or even less often. Once or twice a week is usually enough for most parrots.
G'day & welcome! We spray/mist our Bonnie around 2-3 times per week because she is disinterested in bathing in her oven dish more than once a week (despite the heat - we are in Darwin, Australia). When you rub his feathers try not to rub his back, as that is an erogenous zone (when his hormones kick in at about the 6-8 month mark you will notice some behavioural changes).
It does sound like you have a lifelong friend! Congratulations on having a quaker for your master...