Hey guys, I recently purchased a QP. My parents raised me with exotic animals all my life, our Macaw recently passed away and I just felt like I needed to have a bird in my life again. Although this Quaker is much younger I still have questions. I’m still hand feeding and he eats about 4 times a day, I make sure his crop is always full. Poop looks good too. He doesn’t seem interested in his food anymore. He will eat but he wants to bite down the the syringe. Are these signs of wanting to eat solid food? Also, My concern is he’s constantly fluffing his feathers. Could it be because he’s too young? He also seems bored & tired. He will eat and go back to sleep. Again could this be because he’s still young? Any help would be appreciated. I’ve had a Quaker when I was 5 years old and don’t remember much about them except that they tend to imitate noise LOL he would mock me when I would cry.
Last Edit: May 1, 2020 14:24:17 GMT -5 by beautybyk: Help
Hi there! Welcome to you and your new baby! I have no experience with a Quaker this young (we got our Bonnie from a breeder when she was about 8 weeks old), but the feather fluffing could be a sign that he is content and comfortable. If he is close to 8 weeks old he might be nearly ready to eat solid foods, say fresh fruit, veg and mini-sized pellets.
Thank you. I introduced some food to him, we named him Pegasus cause our dogs name is Hercules. He seemed pretty interested in it, but just to play with it LOL. He also started playing more with toys. This little weaning process is going to be harder than I thought. What’s a good brand for Quaker pellets? Thank you again
Last Edit: May 2, 2020 10:25:40 GMT -5 by beautybyk
A lot of Quaker parrots like ZuPreem Fruit Blend pellets. My parrots also like Higgins InTune, which are also naturally fruit flavored. Some parrots prefer Harrison's or Roudybush, and some like Kaytee pellets.
Cnyguy has given you some brands above - these are good ones, I've heard (we don't have them in Australia, but they are available online of course). You could try soaking the pellets in a little water or unsweetened fruit juice to soften them so it is easier for Pegasus (great name!) to eat them.
Post by msdani1981 on May 27, 2020 19:04:42 GMT -5
It sounds like you're going about the weaning process just fine. 😊
Now is the time to start introducing Pegasus to a variety of healthy foods. The babies at my breeder friend's house loved playing with (and nibbling on) Cheerios! 😊
Also pellets (maybe moistened with some apple juice), veggies and some fruit, bird bread (there's at least one recipe in the diet section here, I think), whole grain toast with a bit of peanut butter, plain cooked rice and pasta, things like that.
Just stay away from added salt and sugar, fat, avocado, chocolate, pits from stone fruit (cherries, peaches, apricots), apple seeds...😊
Feed as much formula as he'll take, and then let him explore his different food options.
Baby Quakers are pretty clumsy, so you might want to pad the bottom of his cage, to cushion any falls. 😊
I think you're doing well! 💕
Dani and Zach ---------- FIDS: Taz (Cockatiel), Chewy (Quaker) and Lily (Budgie); Bilbo (Dog); Diablo (Cat); Mr. Newt; Fish; Camelia aka Cami (Horse); Pork Chop (Guinea Pig) Rehomed: Mickey the pigeon, Gypsy the horse, and 4 of the Jackson 5 (Diamond Doves) RIP: Arnie, Conan, Sammy, Petey, Ms. Praying Mantis, Tito, Pico, Mantis Shrimp, Fuzzy Lionfish, and Phoenix